My first post here - the site has been so helpful to me as a new knitter!
On to the question - I want to make this shrug - http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e04718&categoryid=32
I think I am doing fairly well at reading the pattern but would like some reassurance on a few things:
First - knitting the sleeve, I should be casting on, knitting 5 rows, then stockinette starting with K, doing the first increase at 7th row of stockinette (12th total row), correct?
I decided to use the knit front & back method to increase - I’m doing it on the second stitch in from each end (after slipping the first stitch on each row (as I learned from watching some of the videos here)). Does that sound like a good idea or would something else be better?
And am I correct in reading the instructions as saying that I’ll knit the first sleeve and the back together in one piece, then knit the second sleeve, sew the two pieces together, and then stitch the sleeve closed? The pattern mentions grafting the two pieces, but doesn’t seem to say anything about turning the flat work into actual sleeves…
One more general question: I bought split stitch markers to use in this project as recommended by the pattern. I was just wondering what are some other times I might want to use stitch markers? I noticed in some other threads some people were using them to help count stitches when working a large amount of stitches in a row - any other tips for when I might find them helpful to use?
Thanks so much~