I am knitting a sweater pattern i purchased on Ravelry called Portland Pullover. I have just attached sleeves and am having trouble understanding the pattern.
Join sleeves to body
Note: Change to shorter circ when necessary.
Next rnd: With body sts still on longer circ and using yarn attached to the back, knit across 44 (44, 46,
48, 52, 54, 56) sleeve sts, pm for raglan, k25 (28, 31, 34, 38, 41, 44) sts for left front neck, place left front m (use different color than raglan), k8 sts for center front neck, place right front m (use different color than raglan), k25 (28, 31, 34, 38, 41, 44) sts for right front neck, pm for raglan, knit across 44 (44, 46, 48, 52, 54, 56) sleeve sts, pm for raglan, knit across 58 (64, 70, 76, 84, 90, 96) back sts to end, pm for raglan and BOR—204 (216, 232, 248, 272, 288, 304) sts.
Begin short rows and raglan shaping
Short-Row 1: (RS) Knit to left front neck m, turn. Short-Row 2: (WS) Yo, purl to BOR, then cont to purl to right front neck m, turn.
Short-Row 3 raglan dec row: Yo, *knit to 3 sts before raglan m, ssk, k1, sl m, k1, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times, knit to 2 sts before last left front neck gap (not counting yo), turn (8 sts dec’d)—196 (208, 224, 240, 264, 280, 296) sts.
Short-Row 4: Yo, purl to BOR, then cont to purl to
2 sts before last right front neck gap, turn.
Rep last 2 short-rows 3 more times—172 (184, 200, 216, 240, 256, 272) sts; 50 (56, 62, 68, 76, 82, 88) sts each front and back, 36 (36, 38, 40, 44, 46, 48) sts each sleeve.
Re-position BOR marker
Next row: Knit to BOR, remove m. Knit across left sleeve, knit across front, close all the gaps formed by short rows by knitting the yo from the previous row together with the next st (as in k2tog), knit across right sleeve sts, k25 (28, 31, 34, 38, 41, 44) back sts to center back, pm, this is the new BOR.
First, the short rows make no sense to me.
- Why are we turning the work right smack dab in the center of the front of the sweater?
- Why do the instructions on short row 2 tell you to purl to BOR and then continue. To right front? What is the significance of telling you to purl to BOR if you are just carrying on to right front?
- I am super confused with the instruction of knitting to 2 st before last left front neck gap (not counting yarn over)
- Although I am not there yet ( i have to rip out and go back to beginning of yoke instructions cause I have created such a mess), I dont understand the last set of instructions on repositioning the BOR marker regarding the knitting in the yo from previous row. Maybe it will make sense if I ever get there. I think if i could understand what is going on with the short rows in the front I may be able to figure the rest out. I am hoping someone will read the pattern and will be able to explain to me what is going on and why. I have done these bottom up in the round sweater patterns before where you knit the sleeves separately and knit them in but have never seen these short row instructions. Any help would be appreciated. I am stuck.