I hope that your armhole shaping and neck shaping went swimmingly. Now, you’ll join the fronts and backs, including casting on for the front neckline and a few stitches for the underarms.
Make sure you place the safety pin on the stitch that the pattern calls for. You’ll need this spot later. You can use a safety pin, but it’s just as easy to use a locking stitch marker.
When you join the pieces, make sure nothing is twisted! One of use discovered this the hard way (and that knitting when you’re tired isn’t always the best decision!). It’s easy enough to go back and undo it, but it’s better to save the hassle before you get there.
As you continue the body, you’ll be using the make one increases again for the shaping on the body.
One of the best things about working a piece from the top down is that you can try it on as you go. We put our stitches on waste yarn and tried them on. (In the pictures below, you’ll notice Tina’s working her sweater in Valley Yarns Northampton for a fall/vest option.)
Next week, we’ll finish up the body and work the hem.