In order to have a nice, slightly rounded neckline after I cut the front steek of my cardigan, I need to stop knitting about four inches short of the shoulder and set up a new steek.
The first step is to put the steek stitches and some stitches on each side of the steek to equal about three inches. Second, I use a backward loop cast-on to re-establish the steek stitches. As I knit around the sweater, I work matched decrease every other round for a few rounds. My plan was to eat up the seed stitch panel on each side of the steek and then let the braids continue on up to the shoulder.
Can you see how the seed stitches have disappeared? Once the neck shaping steek is cut, the neckline will open up beautifully. It always helps to think of steeks as space holders or, even better, not really being there at all. They don't influence any of the neck shaping.
I hope to get started on the sleeves this weekend because we are off to Sunriver, Oregon for a four-day vacation.