The steeking is done - and - it is crocheted. One defeat per sweater is enough. The steek, unlike the short rows in fair isle proved to be successful.
The next question is - do I like it? I'm not sure.
Removing the line of crochet and exchanging it for a line of stitch-catching machine sewing is still an option. My steek was 5 stitches wide so there is room. I have already picked up stitches on one side of the sweater for the i-cord trim, as you can see. If I want to do the machine stitching, it would be easier to do it before the i-cord is complete. Perhaps a weekend time out is required. For such a nice sweater it sure sees a lot of time in the penalty box.
And a Tech Tip thanks. One of my readers - and I'm sorry I don't remember who it was - gave me great detailed instructions on how to convert from bloglines to google reader. I am happy to report that I DID IT!! Thanks so much. Not a single posting was lost.