As this pattern is for a top with neckline, it meant that part way through the front section I needed to split one row, so that I could knit up one side of the neckline to the shoulder, first. Once the first side was finished, I had to rejoin the yarn to the split row and knit up the other side.
Thankfully, even the split and then the decreases for the scooped neckline were easy, especially after I’d located my stitch holder and was able to leave the remaining stitches on this, rather than a length of thicker spare yarn, threaded through the stitches ( which I have done before).
I always worry about stretching at the split when I do a pattern like this, especially on an adult size with the weight of the piece pulling as I work. I take extreme care to lift and turn the whole piece of work, at the start of each row, to minimise the weight burden on the split area. However, the split row in the front section of this project seems to have survived the knitting process quite well and I am happy with how it looks.
So with no sleeves to knit, the next job is to join the right shoulder and pick up and knit the stitches along the neckline, required to make the neckband.
NB: I have been really frustrated trying to get a photo showing the true colour of the yarn, without much success and so today I have been playing with the photo editor and these two shots are as close as I can get to the actual colour of my top. Unfortunately to get the yarn right I’ve had to sacrifice the colour of the rug and sofa but I can live with that. I would say the the Cobalt colour is probably in the middle of the shades shown across these two pictures and is a gorgeous blue/purple but with the depth shown in the picture illustrating the split row.