Okay, back to knitting. I pretty much followed the pattern except for adjusting it to fit my hip and bust measurements, which of course fall in between two sizes. It’s easy to adjust – just figure out how many stitches you need to end up with and how many you start out with and subtract. Divide that number in half as you’ll be taking half the decreases at the right side and half on the left side. In my case I had 14 stitches to decrease, 7 on each side. I had 30 cm of length in which to make these decreases. Now here’s the ONLY tricky bit. You have to make 7 sets of decreases in 8 sections. I’ve added this info this little illustration I just finished for work (see how I’m a slacker – don’t ask about the rainbow thing) to show this. So divide the decrease pairs plus 1 (7 + 1 in this case) into the 30 cm of body knitting. This gives you a decrease row every 3.75 cm. Works like a charm, but it baffles me every time. Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti is a great resource to figure out this stuff plus tons more. Great book.
Okay now that I’ve muddled all your minds, back to knitting the front.