So I frogged 6 balls of yarn and said goodbye to a zillion stitches. My mind kept trying to figure out how to flatten the top and bottom of the pattern, in order to create the width you need in the front. And speaking of frontage, if you have any at all or if you are older then 11 you are going to have problems covering it. Without the back dragging behind you like a train.
Nothing I tried really flattened out the top and bottom attractively. And then my brain woke up. A square, that is what is needed. Or better yet a rectangle. A quick look in my Mom's old knitting pattern book and this. The pattern is dead simple.
Now if you kept knitting this square you could make just the back. Or if you want you could leave the armhole spaces and continue around the front. I think that might be a lot to keep in your lap. So I think maybe a back and then two half squares for the front. This will allow of some armhole shaping if you like. The front will cover your front. You still have the swirl design and none of the circle problems.
This sample is small and please excuse the awful center start. But I think you can see how it will work out.
I am not re-energized :D And I will cast on properly today with my pretty yarn.
If anyone is interested, I will post the stitch pattern.
Don't you love when it when your knitting stops kicking you in the gut :-}