Oh my, do I owe you a big apology. I am more than a month late in posting the fourth week of this crochet along! To make a long story short, I have had a mild case of sciatica all year, due to several back injuries over the years. Six weeks ago, it turned into a severe case. I have been in and out of doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and hospitals for the last 6 weeks and bed ridden in excrutiating pain most of the time. Needless to say, THANK GOD I am making a full recovery and FINALLY starting to feel better and feel like myself again.
So, if you can accept my apology for the late blog post, I am happy to share this week's lesson on the Petals Wrap Cardigan from Crochet So Fine. Now that the fronts and back are complete, we will assemble the 3 pieces together.
If I had followed the pattern correctly, I would have made the fronts first and the back second. Haha, I guess I'm not really used to reading patterns... because I made the back first and the fronts second. AND, in order to assemble the fronts to the back, on the LAST ROUND of the back, you join as you go to the fronts. So for mine, I will have to unravel back to the beginning of the last round of the back. No biggie, but good to point out that WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES! And in yarn, it is usually fixable :)
Ok, so to line up the pieces before you begin to join, lay each front on either side of the back with the end of rows facing the back. Normally when we join motifs we join to stitches facing each other, however on this piece we will be joining to the side of stitches on the end of rows of the fronts with a slip stitch (counts as a chain), which is normal for joining motifs. You may want to use split ring stitch markers or safety pins to keep your pieces even, however, there should be double the number of end of rows on the fronts as there are slip stitches to join on the back (so you will join into every other end of row). So, line up the pieces like the photo here with the first half of the front lined up with one edge of the back, and the second half of the front lined up with the next side of the back. Skip one edge of the back, and line up the other front with the next 2 sides of the back.
To show you how out of practice I am (I haven't crocheted in over a month - GASP), I had to unravel the right front so many times because I was not joining it correctly to the back. I'm not used to crocheting lying down yet, and can't sit yet. Notice it is unravelled back a few too many rows? Well, I will have to fix that, but I included the photo still, because you can still get the gist of the construction from this photo.
Next week, we will make the perpendicularly joined edging around this entire piece, joined as you go. It is a really pretty edging and a great way to join as you go. That will be the fifth and final CAL because I have chosen to make mine as a wrap vest instead of a long sleeved sweater. Besides, the sleeves are very straight forward and don't require an additional tutorial. If anyone has specific questions about the sleeves, by all means ask me! And I will include the Q & A in the week 5 CAL.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in waiting for this CAL. I'm sorry, and I am getting it to you the quickest I physically could. Happy crocheting :)