I’m continuing with my (very horrible, grubby self striping yarn) sweater.
The pattern is back and sleeves in one, front and sleeves in one, join, add neck band and cuffs.
Front, shape neck is work a number of stitches, turn work this side for neck shaping (left side of sweater) and cast off.
Centre stitches to a holder.
Rejoin yarn to rest of stitches and work that side (right side) and cast off.
Shaping is just decreases at neck edge.
I chose to work both sides at once on long circular needles so that I could keep the stripes matching on each side of the front.
Neck shaping was simple but here’s my question:
Both sides of pattern are identical until the last line.
The right side tells me to work 10cm ending with a ws row. cast off.
The left side tells me to work 10cm ending with a rs row. cast off.
Why does the pattern call for an extra row on one side?
The only reason I can think is that the cast off row will have stitches overlaid/leaning (I don’t know the correct term) heading towards the centre neck, making the cast off stitches symmetrical in look.
By working an extra row one side of the sweater will be a bit bigger than the other, the colour stripes will not be symmetrical, making it look a bit odd perhaps, and, does it matter which direction the cast off rows are laying if I then go and mattress stitch those edges together for the sleeve and shoulder seams which hides the cast off row anyway?
I’d be grateful if you can explain the need for the extra worked row as I’m thinking of skipping it to keep the colour work even.
PS its working out truly awful with all this horrible yarn but I’m determined to just keep going until its done before moving to a new project.