The back... and the front, too.
I knit the back. Honest. I even took pictures, but somehow I decided to delete them from my computer and camera before they made it to the blog. Janet's directions were very clear and I was able to pick up stitches and cast on across the neck without any problems. I used stitch markers for the first row or two of the pattern, but then they were in my way and I didn't need them to keep track of what I was doing. I use one marker on the wave cable to remind me when I last made a cable cross, but other than that, I can keep track visually of what's going on.
I managed to save my photos of the front, and even took pictures of my progress along the way.
Here's the front, just a few rows after I joined the two sides:
Again, I didn't have any problems or mistakes on the front. I'm sure that means I made an egregious error on the saddles or something. I have a feeling of dread that I must have made a terrible mistake somewhere, only I haven't discovered it yet.
Here's the sweater after I completed the front down to the armholes:
Erm, I think I should have cropped the above photo a bit to hide the fact that I'm working ahead in the book and have picked up stitches for the sleeve. I'm cheating again. Sue me.
Here's another shot of it, folded as it will (sort of) look, eventually:
I like the way the wave cables hit the neck edge, don't you? Keep your eyes on that part of the sweater so you can't see the sleeve on the left.