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Stuck on Chaleur?

One of the most frequent emails received is from knitters getting stumped when it comes time to divide the front and back pieces, and they can’t quite understand what they’re being instructed to do next with the provisional cast-on (CO) stitches.

For some, it's no problem; but for those who need to have it explained in detail, luckily it's quite simple:

The instructions have you place two sets of provisional CO stitches on either side of the needles so that you can visualize how they will form the base of your sleeves. Writing it that way also helps knitters avoid accidentally having all the provisional CO stitches with no break in the waste yarn. Of course, if you choose, you can certainly CO two sets of provisional stitches on one side only (the side opposite of your working yarn). 

Continuing as instructed, once you get the provisional CO stitches on either side of your needle, with RS facing, notice where your working yarn is positioned (where you left off knitting before separating for front & back). You need to knit 3 more stitches at the end of that RS row (into the 3 closest provisional CO stitches), but you can’t because your working yarn is trapped by the provisional stitches.

Moving those provisional stitches to the opposite needle allows you free your working yarn and to knit into the same 3 provisional stitches as you would normally (if you’re using a circular needle, the L & R needle sides are difficult to keep track of when you rotate the needle to continue knitting). Try not to overthink it.

The next few rows are similar to how you would work short rows, working into a few more (rather than fewer) provisional stitches each row until you’ve formed the base of your sleeves, with a gentle curve at the underarm.

The provisional stitches will be removed later when you graft the front & back pieces together at the underarm & sleeve.

Hopefully after reading this, you’ll be back on your way!