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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

For the love of math, and math alone, some days I just love the knitting.

It doesn’t hurt to be a Stone Cold Row Counter, either.

How else could one start a project, marinate it for a few months, pick it back up and Carry ON?

My Cassidy cardi (Carodan Farm Worsted Weight Yarn; Color: Lt. Blue) was just one such item. I finished the Left Front, then got about 2/3 done with the Back before high Summer waylaid it. How to continue and match the pieces?

Like many of you, I make a working copy of the pattern then do Mark-Up. In the margins, I keep track of rows in various places (length of ribbing, length to underarm, length to shoulder, total length, etc) as reference points for the entire sweater.

If you notice, sweaters knit in pieces already have this functionality built in. They usually start you out with the Back Piece first. Here you will find the Rosetta Stone for the Fronts. Many times, knitters email me with shaping questions about cardigan construction and I always refer them back to the Back.

Now, this requires a slight leap of imagination, because the Back, as is, is the Mirror Image of the other pieces and not the doppelganger…

All of the shaping information one needs to make the Body and Armhole areas of the Fronts are already accomplished on the Back.

AND, the concept works in my favor here as well. When I dug my cardi out from the Marination Chamber, I simply had to count the rows to the top of the shoulder from the Left Front and know that I could easily match the length with no prob…

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