NWR – Any knitters out there feel like helping a novice interpret a pattern?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsRevolutionize:  I know this probably isn’t helpful but aside from a knit stitch everything I’ve leared from knitting has been self taught. Unless you have someone there to physically show you how to do the stitch I think the best way is to just work it out by trial and error, have you tried just going ahead a knitting yet? Often once you get to the section that seems confusing you’ll realize what they’re talking about, if there’s anything that you don’t understand how to do just look it up on youtube. I’ve made all sorts of things with this method, including gloves, sweaters, hansi singh’s squid, and a sack boy – all of varying difficulty. I really feel like you should just ignore those lines since they only seem to (very poorly) explain how the pattern works so if you understand the pattern itself then just go ahead and knit it.

Post # 5
453 posts
Helper bee

@MrsRevolutionize:  woo boy. I’ve been knitting for about 10 years. (My gma taught me when I was little, but I did take a class later in college and learned some more difficult things… yay rah liberal arts education! lol) And I stopped knitting about 5 years ago (when my kids were born) and I just recently picked it up again. 

I’m finding that I’ve forgotten a lot of things. Not so much HOW to knit, but what the heck wyif means or ssk! All I do is google them it comes back. 

Anyhoo. I’ve never done anything more challenging than a baby sweater. So, I had to google what w&t is! I’ve never knitting anything with a short row. But I found this really helpful.

Good luck!

Post # 6
28 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014


Hi.  You may have already figured this out, but I thought I’d reply anyway.  I pulled up the pattern to get a sense of what is going on here.  The pattern is written for someone with shortrow experience.  So it’s not clear for those who have not done it before.  Honestly, the first time you do short rows it will kinda be a leap of faith no matter what pattern you’re doing! 


Let me break down row 1 for you and see if it helps.  I left the pattern instructions in bold and interjected my comments in normal font

At the start of row 1 you have 66 stitches provisionally cast on.

sl1p wyif (this just makes your edges look pretty)


w&t – this stands for “wrap and turn.”  My preferred way to do this is to bring my working yarn to the front, slip the next stitch purlwise, and  bring the yarn back to the back.  Then turn the work (yeah you’ve only got 8 stitches on the needle.  It’s okay, I promise!).  

Your working yarn is in the front – leave it there for now.  Slip the slipped stitch back onto what is now your right needle.  Pass your yarn to the back (now you have completely “wrapped the slipped sitch with your working yarn)

Now you have 7 stitches on the needle and your yarn is in the back.  All ready for the next step:

k7 (now you’re at the end of the row)

turn Now you will knit all the way across all 66 sitches

sl1p wyif, k7, sm (slip marker), work row1 of chart, sm (slip marker), k to eor (end of row)

Does that help you visualize things?

The short rows will add that little bit of ruffle to the edges of the cape.  It is a super cute pattern – your mom is going to love it!

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