We are back again for the next installment of the Curvy Girl Knit-Along. We got started with the left front panel, casting on and working it up until the point where you start to decrease. How did that go? For me, it was fun to get started on the cable portions.
One question I saw in our Ravelry group was about how to measure an armhole. It can see confusing — are we measuring height? Around the curve? On the diagonal? Well, the answer is actually the simplest one: measure straight up and down. Place the end of your measuring tape at the row where you cast off, and measure straight upward from there. You can use some kind of straight edge, like a ruler or even the side of a book, to make sure you start the measuring tape in the right spot.
And it’s good to know that, because this week we are finishing the left front. That means you’ll be shaping another armhole, on top of working the v-neck decreases.
As you can see, the v-neck decreases start before the armhole shaping, so make sure to keep track of the decreases to get the right lines. The pattern explains it pretty clearly, so all you need to do is keep track of your rows and it will be fine.
You’ll notice the stitch holder at the end of a long, piece of cabling. Later on, that will become the neckband. When we’re all finished and we sew the whole thing together, that piece (and the coordinating side on the right front) will be attached to the top of the back and stitches on holders grafted together.
Go forth and finish that left front! Next week is going to feel pretty familiar, because we’ll be casting on the other front piece and working it until before the decreases. One tip for anyone who is working ahead: keep an eye on the cable chart! The left side cable has probably started to feel natural, but the right side one is different. You will be holding the cable needle to the back of the piece instead of the front, so that it appears to twist in the opposite direction.
Now, go forth and knit! And join us on Ravelry if you haven’t already. We love seeing progress!