Knitting the body to the underarms:
We have knit our yokes and are now ready to knit the fronts and back separately to the underarms, when we will cast on some stitches for the underarms and work the rest of the sweater in one piece.
I am posting before I have this whole step finished this time because I don’t want to make you wait.
Divide for fronts and back:
Count your stitches, divide the number of stitches by 2, making sure the number for the front is even.
Divide the number of stitches for the front by 2 (if you increased evenly from the collar this shouldn’t be a problem).
If you prefer an equation:
(A / 2) ≈ C ≈ (B x 2)
Where A = the total number of stitches, C = the number of stitches for the back, and B = the number of front stitches.
Place the number of stitches for one of your fronts onto your needle and the rest of the stitches on holders. Work even until your piece measures the measurement you took of the distance from the shoulder to the line with the underarm. Repeat for other front.
Place the back stitches on your needle and work even as you did for the fronts. If you want to get fancy you can work your back slightly longer than the fronts to help it fit better.
Total number of stitches at the end of the yoke: 75.
75 / 2 = 37.5
Number of stitches for the back = 37
Number of stitches for the front = 38 or 19 for each side
Put 19 stitches at side onto a needle, work for 9 inches [23cm] straight.
Repeat for next side.
Put 37 stitches for back on needle and work 10 inches [25cm] straight.