OK, I have been embarassed to admit that the above two tips don't make any sense to me. Now I'd better swallow my pride before I mess up.
This sweater calls for a cast-on of 69 stitches, ribbing in 2 inches, then stockinette. The front, you work to 15 inches before beginning neck shaping. For the back, you work until 17 1/2 inches before binding off 23 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows and then presumably doing a 3 needle bind off on the shoulders (it just says to bind off and sew together later but I was going to do a 3 needle bind off.
I had planned to work until 15 inches and then spilt the 2 halves, work back and forth, bind off shoulders, pick up 72 stitches for the sleeves and then work the sleeves in the round.
(The sleeves end up with 72 stitches at the top)
I just realized the absurdity of this notion now that I have done about 11 inches in the round of the body (138 stitches). This sweater has no shaping for the SHOULDERS - only the neck - so how the heck to I figure out where the sleeves begin?
I just in the nick of time prevented myself from knitting a 15 inche useless tube. :rollseyes:
Should I quit now and make the sleeves? Figure out how wide/long the tops of the sleeves are and then subtract that from the "actual length" of the sweater (17 1/2 inches, it says, though it is actually 2 rows past that since it says to bind off at the edges of 2 rows past that), and divide back and front when I have [17 1/2 - sleeve width] inches of tube?
Have I just messed this up completely?
Is there a good book to read on this sort of thing?
Hope this makes sense.