I decided to say the heck with it and start knitting a sweater. I have often come back to the Acer cardigan on Ravelry, so when the gauge looked good I cast on and started knitting.
And I was moving along at a pretty good clip when I noticed something... I'd missed a cable crossing about 15 rows down.
See that? That hurts. I considered... could I live with it? No. Was I willing to rip out over 3000 stitches and inches of work? Absolutely not! So. Drastic measures. Fix the cable.
Step 1. Using a stitch holder, capture the five stitches that will need to be crossed.
Step 2. Put two end stitches on holder.
Step 2.5. Breathe deeply. Don't panic. This is no time to panic.
Step 3. Drop the five stitches down 15 rows. That's the scary part. It looks like this:
Step 3.5. Continue to not panic. Stay calm.
Step 4. Get the 5 stitches on the needle and cross them in the right direction.
Step 5. Start laddering your stitches up, not forgetting to do the yo, ssk every other row. I did this step row by row. I suppose you could do the three straight stitches all the way up, then the yo ssk, but I don't think it makes sense. Easier to keep track this way.
Step 7. Profit!
And no one will ever know that I forgot! Except you all. But you won't tell.
The Yarn Harlot has a much nicer tutorial on how to execute this tricky, but very useful maneuver.
I'm knitting on this cardigan like crazy. I'm very nearly ready to divide for front and back!