As I have said a number of times, I love knitting stocking stitch in the round. The simple joy of knitting around and around and around satisfies something basic for me. So, when I decided to make a knee length cardigan I converted it into the round. When I was done with the knitting I used this Kate Davies tutorial to reinforce the steek. Then I cut it, and used her "steek sandwich" idea to ensure a nice, covered edge. This is particularly important for this pattern, because you can see the inside of the facing, particularly on the hood.
I loved using this technique, rather than knitting backwards and forwards, which all the turning and purling. The edging done this way is so very neat. The only thing I would have done differently is I could have knit the hood in the round and steeked that too, but being that this is only the second time I've steeked I didn't think about that until after I had knit it. All in all I am incredibly happy with the way this cardigan / robe has come out. It was a comforting knit that has produced a comfortable garment.
We took action photos, while I was cooking dinner because that's what this garment is for; throwing on around the house wiht my trackies. Perhaps it would have been more acurate to take pictures of me sitting on the couch, knitting and watching TV.
After knitting the hood joined in the round, adding 5 stitches to place the steek.
Finished the sleeves with ribbing, rather than garter stitch
Used a sewn hem on the bottom
Did the belt in stocking stitch, with i-cord edging, and the belt loop were knitted
Steeked the fronts and applied double sided stocking stitch facings