I actually finished up the front and joined the front to the back at the beginning of September and then I started on the side inserts. I was knitting away on the inserts on size 5 needles (I had done them both on size 7 but had ripped them out when I started the tunic over on size 5) and had gotten one almost finished when I realized that I was not going to make it. It wasn't that I was going to run out of yarn, I just hadn't been using it up the way I needed to. I figured out that I used 2 grams of yarn for every 3 rows of the Cane Stitch chart and that I needed to do 20 repeats of the chart. Some quick math revealed that I basically needed to use up all of skeins 5 and 6, as well as all of my leftover yarn from the body, so I ripped back. Then as I was knitting away, carefully weighing and counting I suddenly remembered that I needed to use some of skein 4 to do the armhole and neck edging. Fortunately I realized this while I was still working with skein 5. I took a quick break from the inserts and took care of the neck and armhole edges. Fortuitously, it took exactly the amount of yarn that I had previously used when I was working the insert that I had almost finished - 6 grams. So, here is the front and back joined and with the edging worked. I did sew a little bit of the side seams, just enough so I could pick up the stitches around the armhole. I am currently working repeat 18 on my first insert, and it looks like my yarn usage estimate is a little conservative (I try to always err on the conservative side) as I am only on skein 4.
Pattern: Open Eye Tunic by Deborah Helmke (Interweave Knits, Summer 2013)
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Tinsel Toes in Electric Blue Flame
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Born in Dayton, Ohio, grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and Yellow Springs,
Ohio. Undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering
Physics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Graduate
degree (MS) in physics from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Some graduate work in the history of science at the University of Notre
Dame in South Bend, Indiana.