I am still plodding my way through the knitting of the slowest cardigan on the planet. The back and right front are done. I'm halfway up the left front, but I have been thwarted by an innocent little phrase. Reverse all shaping. Aaaargh. I can reverse my car without incident, I have been known in my youth to place the odd reverse charge phone call to my mother, I even use reverse psychology on my children, but this reverse shaping business has me going.
Bear with me while I attempt to explain.
My cardigan has a seed stitch border with acres of stocking stitch. Proudly, I managed to get the seed stitch on the leading edges of each side without incident or swearing. Result. But my Waterloo seems to be the armhole shaping. I need to cast off some stitches to make the armhole (although quite frankly, at this stage a half cardigan, half cape seems an attractive proposition).
On the right hand piece, I cast off some stitches at the beginning of row 100 - nice curve, no problem. So in my reverse shaping world, I just had to cast off some stitches at the END of row 100 on the other side. How wrong can one be. Because I am left with a gap and a single lone stitch at the end of the row and my working yarn in the wrong place.
Even if you are not a knitter, it is clear that this is not a good thing. Is there some trick I don't know (it will no doubt have a bizarre name if there is) or do I just do the casting off at the beginning of row 101? This seems a workable solution, but then my armpits won't be even.
You have to help me. I'll even give you a slice of my birthday cake as a reward.