Ahhh … to find a pattern you love only to discover that it is in a language you can not understand …
It happens to all of us who browse Pinterest only to discover links that loop back around to Pinterest or are in a language we don’t understand. Again and again we keep finding ourselves staring at a photo of the perfect pattern wishing our parents would have sent us to Ukraine or to Japan for boarding school.
Well … it happened to me again. This time it was some Germanic language. Maybe it was German, but it’s also possible it is Dutch or Swedish. They all have a similar sound to this California girl. Well, I wasn’t going to let a little thing like a foreign language stop me. After all, English is a Germanic language.
I watched the first 5 minutes of the video on repeat. Not so bad … I could kinda understand. She speaks very slowly, and I could tell she was a very good teacher. Counting was easy; there is enough similarity to pick out the numbers under 10. Thank goodness this pattern only needed me to count to 3, 4 and 5. Easy peasy.
I discovered that it’s a pretty simple repeat of of four rows that create the curve of the neck and the steps. From there, I simply fast-forwarded to the end of the video to see how many panels were made and watched how easy it is to make the mirror-image steps on the other side.
LET ME AT IT!
I decided to use two strands of Loops & Threads woolike yarn to create a little added texture. The size ended up being perfect for my daughter, but that was pure luck. Now that I’ve done my first I have a bit of an idea of how to grow the pattern for multiple sizes: yarn thickness, hook size, row count. Thicker yarn and a bigger hook is the easiest way to make it bigger, but if you want to use this pretty delicate yarn, you can always make it a 6 count square for the steps or an 8 count square … if that makes any sense to you at all.
If you would like to watch the video, and learn a little “Dutch?” You can find the link on my Bucket and Twine Pinterest page or click here.
Good luck! If you need a little help, drop your questions in the comment section and I’d be happy to make a quick English tutorial to walk you through.