I am working on a shrug and I am doing the sleeves without a seam by knitting with circular needles. I am just about ready to switch from knitting in a circle to going back and forth to create the center portion of the shrug. I am concerned that when it is worn, there may be a lot of strain put on one single thread that is the last stitch in the row when I stop and then start knitting back and forth on the needles.
I am attaching a photo to let you see what I mean.
The top of the "ladder" is going to be strained a lot, I fear. If that one breaks after a lot of use, it will compromise the rest of the garment. Are there any stitches that I might do perhaps on a few rows below to reinforce the density of the stitches so that the strain isn't all on one piece of yarn?