I'm trying to start the "Beautiful Vest" and I'm already confused by the instructions! Here are the directions and I attached a picture:
With Bison/dark brown and Oyster/beige (auxiliary) make invisible cast on edge of 388 sts, join and pm.
Knit 6 rounds (back hem).
Purl 1 round -- will be used to fold the hem.
Knit 6 rounds (front hem).
Next round: fold and knit back and front bend together. At the same time, increase 40 sts evenly -- 428 sts.
Next round, begin Pattern A (which uses both colors).
I've tried an invisible cast on before and found it difficult. Since I had previously tried it with lace weight yarn, I'm hoping it will be easier with this yarn, which is fingering weight. Any tips to keep everything even? And to keep my stitch count accurate considering that I'm dealing with / counting 300+ stitches?
Second, what do I do when I join it back up? I'm especially confused by the part where it calls to knit the back and front bend together. I'm not supposed to pick up the auxiliary color at all, am I? I assume I knit through both the loop on my needle and the corresponding loop on the auxiliary yarn at the same time, otherwise I would wind up with twice as many stitches.
What type of increase do you think would be best, since the pattern doesn't specify -- make one? or knit front and back? Or just knit the front and back loops separately instead of knitting them together? And how do I increase "evenly" when the number of stitches to add doesn't divide evenly into the existing number of stitches? It looks like I'm going to have to figure out some way to space it out where sometimes I will increase on the tenth stitch and sometimes I will increase on the ninth stitch, is that right?
Thanks in advance!