Both sweaters are having BIG weeks this week! We are shaping armholes and finishing the back of the Beatnik and finishing the body of the Two Boyfriends Cardigan. I know some of you have been waiting for a challenge, and this is it!
More importantly? Serious progress will be able to be seen this week. BINDING OFF will happen! This is the halfway point, after all.
Lily of The Owl and the Bee just started her’s this week, but I’m sure she will be caught up with us in no time. That girl can knit!
You know what isn’t a big deal? Being behind. There are a couple of you that I know haven’t even cast on and that is ok! Use the past forum posts to answer your questions and of course you can email me and I’ll be happy to help you through issues even if they aren’t this week’s questions. Just keep knitting and you’ll get there.
Keep emailing me or posting questions on our rav forum, sending me pictures, and, above all, knitting! 3 weeks down, 5 to go!
There has been a fair amount of freaking out about this armhole shaping we are tackling this week, and for good reason! We changed this pattern to be knit in the round, so instructions for what we are about to do are not written in the pattern. But the good news is that in the future when you modify your sweaters to be knit in the round you can use this exact same armhole separation method.
And if you’ve ever done this before, sweet! Do it do it!
So what you’ve got right now is the body of your sweater, ended on a wrong side row. Your needles should be right at your side markers, and what you are about to start working is the back. We haven’t needed to establish which side is the front and which side is the back until now, and up until this instruction both sides have been worked identically.
Your next instruction in your pattern reads:
Sizes L, 1X, 2X, 3X Only: BO 4 sts at beginning of next -[-, -, 2, 2, 4, 4] rows. -[-, -, 115, 123, 127, 135] sts.
All Sizes: BO 3 sts at beginning of next 2[4, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4] rows. 85[91, 99, 109, 111, 115, 123] sts.
Figure out how many stitches you are binding off at the beginning of this row and bind those stitches off – either 4 sts for L, 1x, 2x, 3x or 3 sts for smaller sizes. And just to be clear, if you are making a smaller size, pretend that first instruction doesn’t exist and just start where it says All Sizes.
After binding off your stitches continue working in pattern to your next side marker. At this point you will have worked half of your total sweater stitches.
With a long strand of scrap yarn on a yarn needle, put the remaining stitches not yet worked on this yarn, up until your bound off stitches. Tie your yarn so you don’t have to worry about your stitches falling off. This is the front of your sweater! You will put these stitches back on your needles later, but for now they are just going to hang out on your scrap yarn.
Now all that is left on your needles are your back piece stitches! You will now be working back and forth on these stitches.
See? How easy was that?!
You will now turn and work your first real WS row of the sweater. Follow the pattern, binding off stitches as your size indicates and continuing to work your charts like you have been. It might take a few rows to get use to working wrong side rows across these patterns from the actual wrong side of the sweater, but by now you’ve got the cable patterns down pat so it won’t throw you off.
This Weeks Beatnik Goal: Finish the back of your sweater! While this sounds like more than you have had to do in the previous weeks, it’s actually less because you are working less than half the stitches you have been working for about the same amount of inches.
When you get to the shoulder and neckline shaping things get a little hairy. Much like working two sleeves at once, you will be working two shoulders simultaneously. I just made a video about making two sleeves at once that you can use for these shoulders if it isn’t making sense to you, and you can find that video here.
So finish up that back piece so we can get the front finished up next week!
The Two Boyfriends Cardigan
This Weeks Two Boyfriends Cardigan Goal: This is our final week of working on the body! So you will be finishing up your last few inches of body striping just like you have been for the past two weeks, and then finishing up the body of your cardigan with 2″ of ribbing with your main color.
Be sure to end your striping with 4 rows of 2 color striping, and to knit 1 RS row with your MC before starting to rib. This keeps your striping continuity with the rest of the sweater and makes sure you don’t have different color purl bars sticking through your rib.
Bind off loosely! You don’t want a puckery bottom edge. And the congratulate yourself big time because you finished the body of your cardigan! Holla!
Post pics and/or questions on our Ravelry Knit Along forum, email them to me, or tweet them with #solknitalong so I can show them off next week.