First Knitter: Quick Simple Swoncho Tips

June 18, 2021

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  • Nell, these are simple-to-do great lessons. Thanks. You really are the bomb!

  • I have a question about the swoncho pattern: when you finish all the increases it says to work a number of rows even; does that mean you no longer do the cable or do you continue with the cable at the appropriate row?

  • I have come to a screeching halt on my Simple Swancho, Have completed the first 4 rounds of Shape Yoke, and need clarification about repeating rows 1-4 25 times for a total of 432 stitches. I do not understand, under Stitch Patterns, how the left and right cables instructions for rounds 1-4 (for a total of 16 rounds) for each interface with the continuing shaping yoke instructions. I seem to do better if I draw a picture or make a chart of what I have to do as I knit along. Help, please would be greatly appreciated, as I am quite stuck 🙂 Thanks, Karen C.

    • Your cable sections are a 16-row repeat, with the crossing occurring on row 5. The front and back, along with the sleeves, have an increase pattern of 4 rows (front and back increase 2 stitches every other row – on rows 1 & 3, sleeves only on row 1).

      I hope that helps; I have ripped it all out and started again more times than I care to admit. I was at first frustrated with the repeats, but now it’s the yo’s.

  • I’m having problems with the count. I am knitting size 2 which ends up with 388 stitches. However when separating for sleeves and body it says I should have236 stitiches. With the sleeves on waste yarn, 56 stitiches each, that leaves 276 stitiches for the front and back,. I believe the additional 40 stitches are the 4 cable se cations however if I leave the counts the same that’s an additional 8 inches around the circumferences which would now make the bottom 55 inches instead of 47 inches. Is that right? What am I missing.


  • I would live a pattern for this beautiful swoncho please
    Thank you
    Kathy Archibald