Dip the plastic cables ONLY (not the bamboo parts!) in boiling water for a few seconds to soften it up, and then hang it by one end of the needle (I used one of those pants hangers with the clips and just clipped one end) until it's cooled off.
I did this pattern awhile back, so I will try my best. I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but this is how I approached it: You knit 2 sts, then follow the chart up to the red box, and then repeat the row within the box over and over until you no longer have enough stitches left for a FULL repeat before your first marker (the one before the center stitch). Then, with the leftover stitches before your marker, you finish with what is left on the row AFTER the red box, slip the marker, knit 1, slip marker, and then repeat it on the other side (Knit up the red box, repeat the box until you can't do a full repeat, finish off the row, sl marker, knit 2).
What really helped me was the place a lifeline after each set of repeats so you can easily count how many repeats you have done, and also place a stitch marker between each horizontal repeats, so you can keep track of how many stitches are within each repeat. Does that make any sense? The whole thing went much faster after I implemented these tactics.
Knitpicks' Swish Superwash is softer than either 220 or WOTA, IMO. It's not very expensive either, and I wear it against my skin without a problem (and I usually have very sensitive skin). Plus, it's superwash, so you can roll around in the dirt like fiber_freak's daughter. It does pill a bit, but no more than 220.
Some of the designs are hideous, but easily adapted or toned down. This lady self-publishes her patterns, and they are great. I have the very last book, Sweaters for Everyone Kids to Adults, and it has really cute patterns:
Thanks, Lana2. I actually read that post and my question was not answered, which is why I posted again. I actually Barbara Walker's Knitting from The Top, and, as I have mentioned in previous posts, her directions are not clear to me. The other patterns that were posted are not the type that I would wear myself. This poster was looking for a sweater for her mom, considering that I am not old enough to have a child that is old enough to knit, the style of sweater that I would be looking to make would mostly likely be different than the one that was mentioned in that thread. This is another reason, why I posted a seperate discussion.
If you are anyone else has further advice about the topic that I started it would be greatly appreciated.
Fave expensive stuff: Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn, Malabrigo (of course), Koigu. My new favorite find is this small company called Pear Tree Australia. They only have about 6 colors, and they claim it's 100% merino, but I swear it's butter. Pricey though - almost $10 for 50 g. But sooooo yummy....