This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along.
In our last email we talked about the Game Day Cardigan’s ribbing, and after the ribbing is a row with a large number of decreases. The ribbing was worked on a smaller needle to create a dense, stretchy rib, but to achieve that density without having it pull in at the hips, it needed more stitches than the stockinette body on larger needles. That means a lot of decreases need to be knit, all at once! If you’ve never used this trick before, it likely sounds strange, but trust the process, and it’ll look great.
Once you’ve knit that row, welcome to stockinette land! Because this is a gender-neutral pattern without chest or hip shaping, it has a large amount of straight stockinette after the ribbing. The pattern will tell you how many inches long your cardigan should be before dividing for the armhole, assuming you’d like it to match the length given on the schematic, but if you’d like a shorter or longer sweater, this is where you have the chance to make that change.
Dealing with Common Stockinette Mistakes
More Game Day Knit Along
Use the hashtag #KPGameDayKAL to see more posts on social media, and check out Knit Picks Podcast episodes from June 1st 2022-September 5th 2022, to hear about our hosts Lee and Stacey’s own Game Day cardigans in progress.