Ok, I found this great pattern for a sweater for my mom. I did change a few things though. The whole sweater is done in stockinette stitch. I did, however, add a cable along each side of the button band. 5 pearl rows, 10 cable rows, and 5 pearl rows. I am using a mattress stitch, but now can’t get the button band to lay flat. If it continues to hang the way it does, the buttons will be turned so you have to close the band to get to the buttons (or holes) I have not finished the band in case I need to unsew it. Any suggestion on a different stitch? or a way to get the band to lay flat with the rest of the sweater???
Another problem that I appear to be having is with the sleeves. I have decided to have the cable pattern on the center of the sleeve as well. I am working the sleeves on a circular needle so I don’t have a seam. The way the needles are set up is one needle has the pattern, the other has a stockinette stitch (can’t cable to well between needles) The stockinette side appears to be growing longer quicker than the cable side. I’ve only done about 20 rounds of knitting, and when trying it on it appears the back of the sleeve is longer than the front. Is this an illusion? Is this caused by the cable? Would it be easier to make the sleeves on a straight needle to prevent this? Or maybe this won’t be a problem in the long run?
I don’t really want to do too much more because I’m afraid I may have to tear it all out. Please help.