I finished the back of my sweater late last week:
I have the neck and the shoulders on holders so it’s hard to smooth it out. But you can get the general idea.
So I’ve started a side front (this being a cardigan and all).
There was some discussion in my blog comments about how much you need to increase above the ribbing or bottom band to allow for how much cables will draw in the knitted fabric. My rule of thumb is to add a stitch for each cable twist. For example, I have a 4-stitch cable that is a 2 x 2 twist — I will increase 1 stitch in the last row of the ribbing to accommodate that. So 3 ribbing stitches are increased to 4. The braided cable I’m using has three 2 x 2 cable twists across. The pattern is 18 stitches across, so I will increase 3 stitches over 15 ribbing stitches.
This is a rule of thumb. If I have a cable that travels one stitch at a time — like the center zig-zag, I will increase fewer stitches, because it does not pull in as much. So for each side of the center zig-zag, I’ve increased one stitch only over the whole motif.
I do the increases in the spot where the cable twist will occur, rather than spreading them evenly across the width of the piece.
Here is the left side front. The bottom band has been completed, the increases done on the last row of the seed stitch band, and the first row of the body pattern has been completed.
As you can see, it lies pretty smooth.
Here it is after 8 rows of pattern have been done:
I can see now that my increases have worked out. It looks a little rumpled because of course it is smooshed up on the needle.
My progress on the left side front so far:
Again, because it is smooshed onto the needle it is hard to spread it out flat. But it does lie flat — the rate of increase I used is working.
“Yes, I am floofy!”