To quickly recap, you know you’re done knitting your yoke when you’ve met a couple of criteria: 1) You’ve worked enough increase rounds to attain the targeted number of stitches in each of your sleeve and body sections, giving you your desired dimensions (when factoring in the anticipated cast-on underarm stitches). 2) The raglans are long enough to reach the target spot, somewhere south of your armpit, where you’ll be casting on the underarm stitches. Note that I’ve added pics of my finished yoke to the previous post (and to the Ravelry page). Which means it’s time to talk about separating the body from the sleeves.
We’re going to do this with the assumption that the body will be knitted first, followed by the sleeves, although you’re free to proceed in any order you like. You’ve presumably finished a full yoke round, so you’re at your front-center marker. Drop that marker and work to your first raglan marker. You’ll also be dropping all of your raglan markers as you come to them. (Remember that what happens to any raglan seam stitches is up to you. I have two stitches running down the center of my raglans, and I’m splitting them right down the middle: One will become a body stitch and one a sleeve stitch.) Transfer the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn. On your right needle, cast on the number of underarm stitches you determined you’ll need, placing a marker in the center of them — e.g., I’m casting on eight stitches, so placing a marker after the fourth one. Then continue knitting across the back of the sweater. When you come to the right sleeve, same thing: Transfer the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, cast on your underarm stitches, placing a marker at the center point, then continue with the front stitches. You’ve now got your body joined in the round, with a marker at the center of each side. The left-side marker is your new beginning of round.
For anyone knitting a cardigan, separate the sleeves and body as described above, ignoring the bits about joining in the round — just keep working the body back and forth like you have been.
The image above and detail shot below are of my sweater after the separation round — the sleeve stitches are on waste yarn, and you can see the cast-on stitches at the right underarm, with a white marker in the center of them. Below right is a photo of the sweater on me again after knitting just a few rounds of the body. If you want to knit an inch or two of your body, that’s fine, but don’t go too far until we talk about how to shape the body and sleeves. That’s all that’s left!
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Introduction / Part 1: Casting on and marking raglans / Part 2: Raglans and neck shaping / Part 3: Finishing the neck and yoke / Part 4: Separating the sleeves and body / Part 5: The art of sweater shaping / Prologue: The possibilities are endless