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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

How to Join Sweater Pieces to Knit in the Round with Two Circular Needles

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When making sweaters in the round from the Bottom Up, I like to use two circular needles to knit the yoke in-the-round (same concept as socks just many more stitches). First, I put half the sts of one side of the sleeve on Needle #1; repeat with a second needle for the remaining sleeve stitches.

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Making sure I have the under-sleeve facing the underarm of the body of the sweater, I place the stitches that have been on a piece of scrap yarn back on the needle. The Front section goes on one needle; the Back section goes on the second needle.

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Now all that’s left to do is align the under-arm of Sleeve #2 with the underarm area of the sections and slip its stitches back on the working needles as for Sleeve #1, front and back.

That’s it! Now the large amouts of stitches are spread out over two needles, making it really easy to manage the bulk. This also eliminates the *squeeze effect* you get if you use one long circular (where the joins of the pieces are tight and awkward to work).

I go for easy. Maybe I’ll go for fast… ;p


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