There's no help for it-if I want stranded bands on the front and neckline of this sweater (and I do), I have no choice but to knit them back and forth. That means purling Fair Isle, which is a total pain in the butt. It also means reading the chart from right to left, and then left to right. Have I ever mentioned that I have a left-right thing?
I measured 5" down from the upper center steek edge and marked the proper stitch on either side of the steek (for the start of the band- the excess upper fabric will be cut away after the neck band is knit). I picked up 160 sts down the front of the sweater (picking up 1 st per row works pretty well for Fair Isle, though it will need just a tinch of length blocking after I finish), and then worked the green/white border back and forth. A very slow and tedious process, what with trying to remember which way I am supposed to read the damn chart on any given row.
I finished working the border motif, and the picot row, and was working on the solid green facing when I noticed something.
I am not afraid to rip, but lordy, I did not want to rip this band out.
So I didn't. I finished the band, bound it off, and then duplicate stitched the proper color stitches over the boo boos. The fix won't show to any casual observer (though judges will see it, if I enter the sweater in any competitions).
The other band stitches have been picked up, and it's ready to knit. After I get both done, I'll cut the steek, and then sew the facings down, in prep for the sleeve steek placement, shoulder seaming and neck band. Knitting the sleeves will be a piece of cake after all this fiddling.
p.s. isn't Michael Phelps going to have a surprise when he stops swimming 5 hours a day but still wants to eat 10,000 calories at each meal?