So how do you

read a knitting pattern anyway?

It’s nothing like crochet!

I found a pattern on knitty, one of their “mellow” ones. and I am completely :wall:

Here’s the link.

Here are the first 3 rows:
CO 120 sts. [COLOR=“Black”]I got that:happydance:
Row 1: Work all sts in 2x2 Rib. [COLOR=“Black”]I got that. K 2, p2 30 times[/COLOR]

Row 2: Work in 2x2 Rib as set to last 2 sts, turn work.[COLOR=“Black”] Ok. what? work 2x2 to where? How do I turn work?[/COLOR]

Row 3: Sl 1, work 3 sts, place marker, work to last 2 sts, turn work. [COLOR=“Black”]Now I’m really lost and not feeling so smart. I started with 120 stitches and now I have… 5??? 6???

As you can tell, I’m pretty new to the patterns. I’ve done a couple of things, bibs, blankets, ect… but this is out of my current range. Any help is greatly appreciated!


You’re working what is called “short rows” - turning your work before the row is finished.

Basically, what you would do is:
Row 1: K2 P2 all the way across, 120 stitches
Row 2: Continue the K2 P2 rib most of the way, stopping 2 stitches before the end (so, 118 stitches). Turn your work just means turn your work around - what was your left needle is now your right, and what was your right needle is now your left needle.
Row 3: Slip the first stitch (usually knitwise - place the right needle into the stitch as though you were going to knit it, but just slip it from the left needle to the right needle without knitting). Work 3 stitches, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches, place a marker, then continue your rib pattern across the row, stopping before the last two stitches. Turn your work again.

Hopefully this is right - I’m still somewhat new to knitting and haven’t actually done anything with short rows myself. But that’s how I would interpret this pattern. Good luck!!

Your pattern seems to have some shaping done by what’s called “short row shaping.” This means that you are not knitting all the stitches on your needle and then turning your work but knitting until there are 2 stitches on the needle and then turning you work. So you do exactly what the pattern says K2 p2 all the way across until there are 2 stitches on your needle. Leave those 2 stitches on your needle and turn your work and start knitting the next row.

[COLOR=Navy][B][I] Row 3: Sl 1, work 3 sts, place marker, work to last 2 sts, turn work. [/I][/B][COLOR=Black][B][I]Now I’m really lost and not feeling so smart. I started with 120 stitches and now I have… 5??? 6???
This means that you slip one stitch onto your left needle without knitting or purling the stitch, work the next 3 stitches (I assume this is in the rib pattern you are already working in) place a marker, then continue in the rib pattern across your row until the last 2 stitches and then turn your work again. You will have worked all the stitches across minus the first 2 stitches from the previous row and the last 2 stitches on the row you are working.

With short row shaping you work rows and leave stitches on the needle unworked. Eventually you will do a row that will require you to work across all the previously unworked stitches and that will create the shape of the garment. It isn’t really all that complicated. You might want to check out Amy’s video under Advanced Techniques about short row shaping. This includes a wrap technique that you aren’t using but it might help you visualize what is happening when you do short rows.

Hope this helps!



Also, you might want to cast on fewer stitches as many people have found the FO to be too big using all 120 stitches. I tried the often recommended 84 CO and found it just slightly too small, so I plan to make another using 88 or maybe 92 stitches to start.

You should be able to find a few threads on this project, just search for calorimetry.

Good luck, it’s a fun pattern

Thanks for the help - and so quick too! I’m going to have to try it now!