Baby got Back

This is part 1 of 2 for my mother-in-law's birthday. She's receiving an "earth-friendly" bundle because she desperately wants to become a hippie again.

Pattern: "Knit Coffee Sleeve" by MissKnittyPants, available free here
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (turquoise) - leftover from Hannah's "Fetching" mitts
Needles: US6 circular, worked flat
Plus: What's cozier than your favorite latte? Cashmere.

Delta: The backside, like my own, is not so attractive.
Eww. See how it puckers sideways in the middle because of the cable pattern? See how it splays out to be taller in this part because the cable pattern bunches vertically, while the seam flattens it out? Now, there are two ways this could have been avoided. One, I could have cast-on provisionally and then grafted the end stitches to the live beginning ones with Kitchner. Two, you could ditch the pretty horizontal cable and cast-on the correct amount of width stitches to be worked on dpns, knitting in vertical ribs and cables to keep the sleeve snug.

Ah well. It's still a big step up from cardboard.

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