Ok all you CPH "Wanna-See-Inch-By-Inch-Knit" fans! Here you are. My Hoodie no longer looks like a cabled rectangle. Today I started working on the Right Front independently from the rest of the piece. After knitting up to the 14" I was ready to do the bind-off for the armholes.
At first I was perplexed on how this was going to be done. I had read ahead in the directions (I always like to know what I have coming up) and noticed that the armhole shaping started on the "Wrong Side" for the Right Front and on the "Right Side" for the Left Front and Back. After coming across this, I immediately posted to the CPH KAL asking anyone who had done this in one piece how they handled it. I received a couple of good responses and I decided to mix what I had been guided to do and what I thought would be easiest (at least for me).
So what did I do? Well after I completed a "Wrong Side" Row of getting me to the 14", I separated all the stitches among three cables. Fortunately I was very smart when I casted on for this sweater and had use blue stitch markers to indicate the "seams" of each piece. By doing this I didn't have to count out all the stitches to make sure I got them on the right needle. Since I decided to start with the Right Front, I needed to knit one more "Right Side" row to get to the"Wrong Side". However, once I got to the last stitch of the "Right Side" I turned my worked to start the binding off for the armhole. Right now I have worked up to the 6" on the Right Front. I am now going to stop there and worked on the Back section because the Right Front and Left Front have to be as long as the back piece when all is said and done. The Back is done a little differently, so to make sure all pieces match up in the end, I am going to do the Back now. Once I am done with the Back I will finish the Right Front and the work the Left Front.
To start the Back I am going to add another skein of yarn and immediately work as the pattern instructs. Since I had ended my 14" working a Wrong Side row, I am ready to do the armhole bind-off. Now some of you may be thinking that the Right Front will have one more row than the Back and Left. You are correct but I figured that it wouldn't be noticable and it has to be done this way to keep the cabling rows intact. Besides, who is really gonna get down with my sweater and count the rows just to tell me I have one more row around the armholes on the Right Front when compared to the rest of the sweater?
I'm sure this all sounds complex and confusing, but in reality once you have the basic idea of what needs to happen it becomes clearer. All I have to say to those of you who want to do this sweater in one piece is "Do Not Be Afraid". It's easier than it appears!