Last spring my knitting peeps and I participated in a knitting shop hop. One of our stops was Needlework Unlimited. They were hosting a trunk show by a designer that I had never heard of before: Bente Geil or Geilsk on Ravelry. She is Danish and many of her patterns are in German. A sweater was on display that I fell in love with called Dydsmønster…whatever the heck that means!!
Bente Geil’s Dydsmønster
It wasn’t yet available so I waited. And waited. And waited. Until my birthday. Then I rushed over and bought her Geilsk Tweed yarn and the pattern – in English!! I started it right away and have been working on it quite regularly ever since…but it is a slow knit (32 sts and 34 rows per 10 cm).
I think I would be done with it by now but for one little problem. Yes. That pesky little problem called “did you read the pattern?” I thought I read the pattern, but therein lies the problem. I missed one very small and very important sentence: Continue 8 row repeat 6 times.
When I joined the body and split off the sleeves, I missed that one little sentence. As you can tell from the picture, the bottom flares out quite a bit – in actuality, you almost double the stitch count by adding two sts per cable section every 16 rows. Because I failed to do the straight away section, I started my flare right after the underarms.
So instead of the sweater shown above, I got this:
The bright red is what I knitted – the dark underneath shows what it was supposed to be. It was a lot of extra knitting. A lot of WASTED knitting, because I had to rip it all out back to the underarm. Thousands and thousands of sts and hours and hours of knitting. But I’m not bitter. I kept thinking there was something wrong and I should have trusted my instincts, but every time I looked for that all-important sentence, it eluded me!!!
Despite it all, I plunged forward yet again. I really like the design and the fit. So I am far from done, but still enjoying it.
It looks much better on a person with arms (sorry, Lettie!). I just love the bold raglan shaping:
The triangular wedges are on the fronts, the shoulders, and the back. I have several inches to go on the body but decided to take a break and work on the sleeves.
You can see how nicely the cables flow, even though the direction of the knitting under the arms is reversed. I added the cabling right under the arm where the sleeve starts, which was not in the pattern.
I hope when it gets done it is cute and fits because it sure is a lot of work. This designer is very talented and there are a few more of her designs that I like. Her yarn and patterns are available at Needlework Unlimited so you do not have to order from overseas.
Replay to Laila:
Thank you for commenting and giving us a definition of dydsmønster! Actually, the cables are not true cables — they are worse! You make elongated sts on the WS row and then pull the last 4 sts over the 1st 4 one by one on the RS row. They take longer to make than regular cables if you cable without a cable needle. Also, they do not rip back as easily!!