“Wouldn't it be handsome,” thought I, “if I continued the Knotted Rib through the underarm area and grafted it to the other side of the underarm? Then I could pick up along both edges of the Knotted Rib strip and have a little underarm gusset. It would probably help with the stretched stitches that I sometimes get in that area.”
The more I thought about this idea, the more I liked it.
When I got to the spot where I ordinarily do the underarm cast-on, I continued the Knotted Rib strip instead:
When I got to the end of the little strip, I grafted the end of the gusset to the Knotted Rib on the back raglan line:
At about this point, I briefly wondered if I was a little obsessed, knitting that little tiny strip and then grafting it to the other side. Could it possibly be worth the effort it was taking?
I continued knitting across the back, and then knitted and grafted the other little strip on the other underarm.
At the end of the row, I had underarms that looked like this:
Next, I picked up along the body edge of the gusset, muttering more things about how obsessive I can be in the knitting of the perfect sweater:
I'm very pleased with the results.