I did it! I got through the front!
i’m a little curvy since i’m still unblocked
And damn if it doesn’t feel good. For the first time on this project, I feel like it’s completely doable. Not just if-I-hope-and-pray-and-don’t-have-to-rip-back-too-much-or-f-up-the-armholes-or-the-front-split.
A couple details:
I’m giving enough detail so someone else could copy me if that’s of any interest. I’m sure I won’t remember this in a few months.
The front consists of 8 repeats of the main cables. I split the front at the start of repeat 6. Instead of continuing with the Chart D (the big center chart) I split them into Chart E (split) Chart C.
Then, to make a smooth edge, I did an attached 3-stitch i-cord edge flanked by a single purl stitch as follows:
row 3 Follow Chart C. You’ll have one extra purl stitch in the middle before you start to follow Chart E. Increase 1 using a lifted increase, knit f&b into the center purl stitch (these 2 sts split to form each of the i-cord edges), increase 1 using a lifted increase, and then follow Chart E.
row 4 When you get to the area with the new increases, slip the first increase purlwise wyif, m1 knitwise, slip the next st purlwise wyif. Attach a new ball of yarn, slip next st purlwise wyif, m1 knitwise, slip next st purlwise wyif, knit Chart C.
At this point, your attached i-cord has been setup. Next step is to add in the purl stitch between the i-cord and the cables.
row 5 Knit in pattern until you reach the i-cord. M1 purlwise, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1. With other ball of yarn, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1, m1 purlwise, cont with Chart E.
All following WS rows Cont in patt to purl st before i-cord, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif. With other ball of yarn, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1, cont in patt.
You’ve now split the neck and have an i-cord on each edge.
setup for hood
As you can probably guess by now, I’m going to continue the cables flanking the i-cord all the way around the hood. To give the hood a comfortable fit, I stopped knitting the center cable one repeat before the end (in other words, I knit 7 repeats instead of 8). Those stitches are on some waste yarn and I’ll pick them back up and continue once I start knitting the hood.
I find that armholes can often distort in the curved area, misshaping it and creating a larger armhole than I wanted. To address this, I slipped the first stitch of each row.
For aesthetics, I also decreased into the armhole. So, at the start of rows I did a k2tog, and at the end of rows, I did a ssk. I did these decreases one stitch in from the edge.
So, decrease rows went as follows (always on a RS row):
Slip 1, k2tog, cont in patt until 3 sts rem, ssk, k1.
All WS rows were:
Slip 1, cont in patt until end
Once the decreases were finished, I stopped slipping the first stitch because I didn’t want the armhole to bind. I just wanted to give it some extra support.
shoulder bindoff with cables
This is the place where I winged it the most. If I just bound off I would have had too much cable splay — the bound off edge would have been wider than the garment itself.
After a little experimentation, the solution that worked in most cases was to decrease whenever 2 cables would have eventually crossed. Occasionally, I’d notice there was still a bit of splay, so I’d tink back, decrease another stitch, and continue on.
staging the front
What would a St Brigid post be without showing you how I took the pics? With autumn’s arrival, morning light is getting less abundant. Lolly’s post this morning reminded me of my own light tent. So, I took it out of the back of the closet so I could get some decent pics early enough this morning.
If you’ve made it this far then you deserve a huge thank you! All your comments have really motivated me to keep on going. And while I haven’t personally responded to each one, I want you to know how much they’re really appreciated. Thank you thank you thank you!