STARTING THE LEFT FRONT
Now we’ve shaped the neck and are ready to work the left front. Please note that at this point we are mirroring the right side of the garment. If you made any adjustments to the right side, the same adjustments should be made on the left. For example, one of my students decided to make the sleeves a bit longer, so she added a few extra rows to the right sleeve, now she needs to add the same number of rows to the left sleeve at exact same point as she did to the right. Another student wanted the sleeve to be a little narrower, therefore she eliminated a couple of stitches from the sides of the right sleeve; now she needs to duplicate the process on the left side and make the left sleeve narrow by the same number of stitches.
To increase for the left front there is no need to cut the yarn, simply chain the appropriate amount for your size and start working on the right side of the garment. For the first row of the front work your sc into the the chains. Once you are done with the chains, continue to work the back of the garment in the pattern for SC row (*sc, sc-blo repeat) , finishing the row with the “ribbing”.
To start the sleeve, work the first row according to the pattern (that will be the last row for the front and back), then for the second row slip stitch through the back up to the armhole without cutting and reattaching yarn. Your sleeve will appear in the middle 44 (48, 54) stitches of the total 133 (141,151) stitch count. The decreases are done by skipping stitches rather than working them together (full fashioned decrease). You will notice that your garment looks torqued.
Don’t worry! It happened because we are working straight hdc rows and regular sc rows together. That can be fixed during the blocking process. To ensure both sides of the cardigan are identical you can block the piece folded in half at the center back.
To block your project, you can use different methods such as wet blocking, steaming or spraying. Most of the acrylic yarns respond well to steaming. Make sure that you don’t hold your steamer too close to the garment. The most helpful contraption is the blocking boards; however, you can use a stack of towels to pin your cardigan to the measurements. Here is a helpful link on blocking.