Hello Knitters! Thanks for checking in. I hope you are finding the rhythm of your seed stitch and enjoying the color changes as you work with Shawl in a Ball. You may have noticed a new video with a back view of the garment has been added to the pattern page. This will be helpful to look at when it is time to piece the items together.
The first piece you will be working is the back. Here are a few tips and tricks for this section:
Look at that BEAUTIFUL Back Section:
After you work the back you will be knitting the next half of your cardigan with two different front sections. I found that as I settled into this cardigan, my tension got the slightest bit tighter. If this happens to you when you knit, you may want to cast on all 3 sections (BACK and 2 FRONTS) at the same time, and then place them on waste yarn until you get back to them. Another alternative is aggressively blocking the pieces upon completion, so that they are very close in shape and size. My pieces are only off the slightest bit, but I could see for a beginner knitter this could be a problem, so I just wanted to mention that here.
These front sections are mirror images of each other, so pay attention to “END with a RS row” verses “END with a WS row”. Another way to think about this: just know that the RIBBED side of the front stays ribbed from beginning to end. If you find yourself going to bind off, increase or decrease when you are in the 20 stitches of ribbing, HALT! That is the wrong section.
These three sections are the bulk of the cardigan. These are my “two cents” after knitting them up. What are your thoughts? How is it going? What has tripped you up? What is going great? Did you ALMOST have your Rio Rancho Cardigan confiscated at the airport in Mexico like me? I sure hope not! Happy Knitting!