I’ve been knitting for about a year now and have mostly been sticking to straightforward things like hats, scarves, preemie blankets, socks and one very easy sweater. Now I’d like to do a sweater for my dad (fortunately for next Christmas, so I have time). Some time ago, I happened upon This pattern and would love to be able to knit that sweater for him. Since then, I’ve been trying to make sense of the pattern and just can’t, despite my best attempts at recreating the whole front/back of the sweater pattern in Excel. I’ve asked my knitting Guru, Treeling, for help, but she’s also not sure exactly what’s supposed to go where and so suggested I come here and ask for help.
I understand the general stitch coding, as in where to knit, purl and which way to knit the cabling, but I don’t understand which cable should go where. So basically, it’s the repeat panels I’m having trouble with. She has the side panels in a separate box, but where should these go and how should they be repeated? Unfortunately, I’m horrid at maths and geometry. Ideally, I’d like to be able to construct the whole back/front in Excel in one “panel” so I can see exactly what I’m dealing with.
Part of me wants realize that this is just waaaay too difficult for me to handle, but another part says that I should be able to knit the project (although possibly with many tears and gnashing of teeth) if I can figure out how to read the pattern. Then, there’s the part of me that’s just really, really stubborn and yet another that’s too lazy to spend time looking for yet another “perfect” pattern.
Can anyone help me or do you think I’m totally out of my depth? Should I scrap the idea to save my sanity?
I’ll also add that without knittinghelp, I would never have learned to knit. Love the site!