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Date: 11/30/08 5:52 PM

I've been knitting off and on for about 45 years, but consider myself on the low end of intermediate. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying some new patterns and stitches. I have a Tried and True cardigan that's made in one piece. I've made pull overs with back, front and sleeves. The pattern I'm working on now is a cardigan/w cables and ribs. The front left and front right are worked as separate pieces. It says to work one of the sides in reverse of the other side. I don't quite understand how do do this. For example, do I start with a right side row, instead of a wrong side row. Would row 2 of the pattern become row one on the opposite side? I know this may sound a bit silly, but I've just never done a separate piece for each front and can't get my head around how do do it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 11/30/08 7:59 PM

When you begin each piece they will be the same row for row. When you get to a section to increase or decrease for waistline shaping or armhole shaping, that's when you consider the term working opposite or reverse. If the increases are on the beginning of the row on the right side piece, they are at the end of the row on the left side piece. When you bind off for the armhole for example:
Right side: K1, BO2 and knit the rest of the row
Left side: Knit the row to 3 stitches left; SSK to bind off 2 at the end, then K1.
I like to do knit right and lefts sides at the same time on the same needles. It's easier to keep track and see how the shape develops. Armhole on the right piece is on the right; Armhole for the left piece is on the left. And Center Front of each piece is in the center of the needles where the 2 pieces sit side by side. The Armholes are on the end of the rows, far right and far left.

I hope this makes sense!!! Good luck - let me know if you have questions.

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Date: 12/1/08 7:49 AM

Thank you so much. I really like the idea of working both sides at the same time. If I can't get them both on the straight needles, I'll work with my circular. I will probably do that as the back gets longer. I had to cast on 177 stitches and using size 7 US straight needles. The work is, so far, not too uncomfortable on the straight needles, but I really like the flex I get with the circulars. Also, it's easier on my hands and arms. I'm so glad you are here. I haven't see much communication on the Knitting thread. I was worried that I wouldn't get an answer to my question. Thanks again.

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Date: 12/1/08 9:13 AM

I was given this really great pointer in a finishing class. My teacher would baste a contrast line every 10 or 20 rows of length. This really helps to ensure that both sides have the exact count and really helps to line up for finishing her seams. All of her sweaters where finished impeccably.

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Date: 12/1/08 9:35 AM

What a great idea - I'll have to try that. Easy and very helpful to have those markings.

Here's what I do to count rows or stitches. I insert small white hang tags right into my knitting at critical spots I want to mark. The tags are like you see at a yard sale; purchase them at Office Supply stores. You can write on the tag to record particular points, such as the first bind off for armholes, or other various items you want to mark. Then later snip the white thread on the tag, and remove it when the project is done. I have also tied one of those tags onto a stitch marker which I keep at the end of the rows when I am counting. I make my check mark on the white tag to count my rows, decreases or increases.

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Date: 12/1/08 9:37 AM

I recommend the circular needles, especially when knitting both fronts together. I like the flexibility and it is easier on my arms too. You must be using thin yard to be casting on 177 stitches! Good luck with your project.

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Date: 12/3/08 1:02 PM

When I make cardigans, I work both sides at the same time. That way the row count always matches on both sides and I can see the shaping as I work it on both sides thus ensuring the shaping is correct!

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Date: 12/3/08 10:59 PM

It's probably just past my bedtime, but how do you work both sides at the same time? Are you using two different skeins or something? So confused! I'm working the second side of a cardigan for my daughter, so it's too late for this project, but I would love to use this tip for my next (as well as some of the marking tips).

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Date: 12/4/08 8:21 AM

Thanks to all who have answered. To work both sides at the same time, two skeins would be used. That's what I love about my TNT raglan cardigan. I can work the entire thing using one skein at a time.

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Date: 12/4/08 9:44 AM

Hi Eme - Yes you have two balls of yarn, and don't connect the two sides of course. You cast one the right side of the sweater, then pick up the second ball and cast on the left side on the same needle. I like to knit them so the center fronts are facing each other on the middle of the needles.

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