My sweater now has a completed back.
To shape the shoulders, the pattern directs you to bind off x number of stitches at each armhole edge once, then x number of stitches at each armhole edge once. (I’m using x here because I can’t recall the exact number and I don’t feel like getting up to look at the pattern.) This gives you a slightly slanted shoulder seam edge. Rather than do the bind-offs, I did short rows and then put the live stitches on a holder. This way, I can do a three-needle bind-off to attach the fronts and back at the shoulder seams.
Work is now being done on the left side front. I’ll be glad when the body is done because it is awkward flipping the whole thing back and forth as I knit.
It has crossed my mind that if I like this sweater, I could winkle up a design for a similar one. I happen to have 20 more skeins of All Seasons Cotton in another color (a pale lavender, I think) that I bought at the same time I bought the yarn I’m knitting with now. If I do make up a sweater based on this one, I’ll do it in pieces and seam it. I do like having side seams in my sweaters because I think the added structure makes them hang better.
There was a question in the comments from Julie about how much yarn this will use. In the yarn the pattern calls for, the largest size (which I am making) takes 1536 yards. (Note that I do remember this number without looking at the pattern yet I can’t remember how many stitches you bind off each time for the shoulders.) I am using Rowan All Seasons Cotton which has approximately. 98 yards per skein. so I should need 16 skeins to complete the sweater. I have 20 skeins.
But . . . I want to make the sleeves wrist-length rather than three-quarter length, so I will likely use up most if not all of the 20 skeins.
Another question in the comments, from Patti, who asked:
I have a question about blocking… the lace portion obviously will block out beautifully, but normally ribbing is not blocked, at least in my knitting experience, ribbing is suppose to “pull in” not block out. How do you plan to deal with the blocking of this beauty?
I plan to steam-block the lace portion with my trusty steam iron and keep it away from the ribbed portion. For sweaters I almost never wet-block anyway.
Lucy has clearly had a rough day today, because this is what she currently looks like: