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Old 11-22-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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Trouble with "divide for neck" instructions

This is my first time posting here, hope some kind soul will help me get over the "snag" I have encountered while attempting to make a sweater for my unborn child (I'm six months pregnant!)

The free Lion Brand pattern from is called Sideways Yoke Cardigan, pattern #L0071. I would have posted the link but apparently true neophytes are not allowed to...

Everything was going well until I reached the "Divide for neck" section. Here are the instructions I don't understand:

"join a 2nd ball of yarn and k18. Knit both sets of 18 sts at the same time using separate strands of yarn until piece measures about 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg of neck divide.
Next Row: K18 (for right front yoke), slip 18 sts to a holder (for back yoke); leave yarn attached to back yoke for later use."

I joined the 2nd ball of yarn no problem and then proceeded to knit the stitches that were already on the needle with the additional yarn just added on. I did this for 2 1/2 in., thinking I was on track, but the piece already started to look strange.

First of all, this was the "divide for neck" section so I expected the piece to start showing some kind of hole for the neck. Secondly, it didn't make sense to me that this 2 1/2 in.piece was now twice as thick as the rest of the sweater. Third, when I got to the next instruction, (i.e. "Next Row: K18 (for right front yoke), slip 18 sts to a holder (for back yoke); leave yarn attached to back yoke for later use.") I knew something was wrong because the stitches I slipped to the holder for the back did not have any yarn attached to them as the pattern said they should.

What am I doing wrong?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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