Now I'm ready for the bodice. This is the sweater from the beginning of the armhole to the shoulder. I always work the back first so that I can see where I want to place the neck opening. I like to put in a number of patterns here, just for the fun of it. Typically I use a lace pattern, my favorite fake cable, a knit/purl pattern, and lately I toss in a twist stitch pattern. This is where I veer away from traditional gansey patterns, and here is where I have the most fun.
These patterns are mostly from Japanese books, with the exception of the ladder one (the one on the far right and left. I usually pick out the lace pattern first, and then add the rest. My one caveat is that there is no patterning on the wrong side. All I want to do is knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. Life is too short for me to pattern on the wrong side, and I will completely modify a pattern so that I can do this. So, when I have a bunch of purl stitches on the right side (look at the lace pattern), I know that I can just follow along on the wrong side. Makes it easy and very pleasurable to knit. (On the body and sleeves, however, because they are knit in the round, I will use any stitch at all since all the work is done right in front of me on the right side.)
That fake cable appears in everything these days; I love it that much. The twist stitch pattern is between 2 of the fake cables. No cable hook here; these guys are just twisted, and only on the right side. What I love is that the outer edge of this pattern looks as if I'm manipulating something or other. It's just a trick of the eye; you want to see it look like an outside edge, and it's not. Just knitted along.
I'll work the back until I have approx 8-8.5", place the stitches on a piece of yarn and then work on the front.