It has been done. And it was good. Wanna know how?
1. This pattern instructs you to mark the centre stitch for the steek. I wisely marked it a few times while knitting so I would know where it was, then I added a few more to be sure.
2. Using a smaller crochet hook and yarn I chained on each half of vee of this centre stitch. There's a good explanation of what I did here--much better than I can explain. I followed the little diagram and it work perfectly. Then I ended up with a ridge down the middle that looks like this:
3. I made sure the middle of the sweater wasn't distorted--this took a few tries with the crochet--it's not my best needle-work skill and then I tried it on for Mandy and for good measure. I think I over blocked it because it grew a bit, but another wet blocking when I'm done should cure that.
4. Then I gathered my supplies: scissors--I ended up using the short ones, sweater, a glass and the potent potable of choice--today I chose Bushmills (I couldn't find my Glenlivett).
Of course, this part is optional, but a shot does loosen up that part of your knitting brain that doesn't like putting scissors to knit stitches.
And it's yummy.
5. If you look at the space between the two crochet chains there is a ladder of stitches that runs up the middle. This is what you're cutting, and it's pretty easy to see.
6. Then you cut. Once you do the first few snips and see that the whole thing doesn't unravel into a mess, the rest is easy.
7. Voila, now it's a cardi. The crochet steek is so neat you could just wear it as is (weaving in the ends of course). I'm going to pick up stitches a couple of stitches in from the crochet steek and do button bands--but I have to wait for my yarn from Amy. So for now I'll do a Rachael:
A second drink to celebrate is also a fine idea.