I told you before that I wasn't too thrilled that the design of this sweater is nothing like the Wonderful Wallaby - in fact it's only similarity is the fact that it's a hooded sweater with a pouch. The construction is as far from similar as day and night. With this in mind, I decided to change the method for building the pouch to make it more Wallaby-like.
I started by knitting a contrast piece of fingering weight yarn at the spot where the top of the pouch begins. Once I had knit several inches of the body, I went back with a second US 7" circular needle and picked up the sts for the top of the pouch - right where I had left that contrast yarn as a visual guide to facilitate picking up the correct sts.
Then I knit the pouches on each side until I had reached the correct length as indicated in the pattern.
Oops - The body wasn't long enough, so I went back and knit the same length for the body and the pouch. In this case, I counted the ridges of garter sts to ensure I had exactly the same number.
Using a three-needle technique, I knit the pouch and the body of the sweater together by knitting through both needles - thus joining them perfectly.
See - it's smooth as silk.
Knit across the back of the sweater to the pouch on the right side front. Using the three-needle technique, fuse the pouch to the body on the right side.
Voila! The body of the sweater is complete. But wait - I've got a slight issue with the pouches.
Did I mention how lovely this Malabrigo yarn is to knit with? It's like buttah.