Oh, Little Sailor Girl, are you trying to send me off the deep end?
Some background… This is a pattern that my sister saw a sample knit of in her local LYS/fabric/craft store. My brother-in-law being in the Navy, she thought this would be a fantastic sweater for my niece. So, she and my mom called me up and persuaded me to knit an awesomely cute sweater for my awesomely cute niece. Once I was onboard, my mom bought the pattern booklet and brought it home with her to hand off to me to knit for my niece’s birthday, which is in October.
I did a cursory glance over the pattern and determined that knitting a sweater for a child-who-will-outgrow-it-
In June, I sat down to get started on the sweater to give myself plenty of time to get the sweater done. I took a look at other knitters’ versions on Ravelry and began to get the sense that something was wrong with the pattern. The major problem seemed to be that the cute little sailor flap on the back of the sweater is knit in two parts and seamed up the middle; this is not something you can tell from the pattern pictures as none of them are shot from the back. I think the average person seeing the pattern photos would assume that the flap is one piece; I know I did. The idea of a seam running down the middle of it just didn’t appeal. No worries, several people had made modifications to eliminate the seam and it sounded easy enough to do.
I read the pattern through and found myself reading parts over and over again because they were confusing, and while the words were in English, they almost seemed to not be strung together in a recognizable order. I got things sorted out by realizing that the pattern called for you to cast on the striped edging for the bottom of the fronts, up along the button bands, along the collar, and around the back flap for each side; you then cast off all but the bottom of the front portion. The back is not as complicated, just calling for the striped section at the bottom of the back. I cannot for the life of me figure out why they would have you knit the entire length of the stripe, then have you stitch it on. Picking up and knitting the stitches seems so much easier of an idea.
So, the sweater was cast one, back and fronts all in one piece, with a provisional cast-on for picking up the edging stitches later.