I finished the intarsia last weekend but then I stalled — not sure what I wanted to do with the neckline. I decided I wanted something shapely but not fussy — and I wanted the edge to be knit on versus picking up stitches afterwards.
The edge is pretty simple. I slipped the first stitch of the edge to keep them tidy. Then each side has a purl stitch as the third stitch — allowing the edge to roll under just a bit, but stop at the purl stitch. I think it will lay nicely once it’s on, but I have to finish knitting up the back to find out for sure.
I did basic waist shaping, decreasing about an inch on either side via
The decreases were knit about an inch apart (the section from the bottom going up toward the waist), but I sped up the increases to accommodate a full bust by spacing the increases only three-quarters of an inch apart. You can see the difference in the photo. I did this instead of short rowing — as an experiment more than anything else. I had planned on short rows and the motif was small enough that short rows would have fit. But, I wanted to see what this did for the fit instead. I won’t know until the back is done and sewn together.
Blocking Cash Iroha
I am *so glad* I washed and blocked my swatch before starting this sweater. This yarn blooms A LOT. Take a look.
I placed the back-in-progress on top of the washed and blocked front. They both have the same number of stitches, yet the front is a good 2 inches wider (at least). See that pencil? That’s how many rows I’ve knit on the back. The row gauge grows considerably too.
I’ve also read that Cash Iroha has a tendency to stretch out as you wear it. I think the sweater will be a tad snug when I first put it on, but assuming it will stretch a bit it should fit like a good pair of jeans after an hour or so.
At least, that’s the plan.