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knitterlover09 12-08-2012 08:28 PM

How to knit a sweater in the round?
Okay so I found this pattern I really like but it's flat way to knit. And, I really want to knit it in the round but I'm not really sure how to chage it cause of the arm holes how do you do that? Also this is my very sweater.

suzeeq 12-08-2012 08:46 PM

You can cast on the front and back stitches, knit it in the round to the underarms which you bind off and work the front and back flat separately, shaping the armholes just the same as in the pattern. Then do a 3 needle BO for the shoulder seams. For the sleeves you can do them a couple ways - knit in the round to the underarm, BO stitches and work the cap flat just as written and sew into the armhole. Or you can pick up stitches around the armhole, shape the caps with short row shaping and knit down to the wrist with decreases.

Since this is your first sweater, I think one worked top down will be easier, you won't have to convert anything. Here's a couple of pattern generators where you put in the gauge you have and finished measurement you need and it gives you a pattern:

GrumpyGramma 12-08-2012 08:47 PM

Can you provide a link to the pattern? That would help a lot. If not, the name of it and where you found it? Someone might have it.

knitterlover09 12-08-2012 08:56 PM

It's in this little book from Country Naturally

Jan in CA 12-08-2012 09:18 PM

What is special about it that you like? Personally I'd look for a pattern that is already knit in the round rather than try to change one especially if you're new to the technique or a new knitter.

knitterlover09 12-08-2012 09:20 PM

Well it's a simple pattern and easy for me do

suzeeq 12-08-2012 09:22 PM

Does it have a name? That way we can see if we can find it or a picture and help you out better.

knitterlover09 12-08-2012 09:43 PM

Yes it does it's called Everybody's Cowl Sweater

GrumpyGramma 12-08-2012 10:19 PM


Originally Posted by knitterlover09 (Post 1362630)
Yes it does it's called Everybody's Cowl Sweater

I can't find it; I saw a lot of books pictured when I googled but I guess you have to buy the book to see the pattern. Have you tried looking at for something similar? Is it done in plain stockinette or garter stitch, does it have cables or other stitch patterns, is it raglan or set in sleeve or something else? When it comes to modifying patterns you really need to either have some experience or be willing to mess up and have to start all over again...maybe both. People can only help if they know what you're working on.

suzeeq 12-08-2012 10:39 PM

I couldn't find it either. If it's just a plain stitch with a cowl neck, there's lots of patterns like that, some of them already written for in the round. But you could still try it like I outlined in post 2. The front and back stitches would be worked separately, just as they would be if you were knitting it in pieces. Then after the shoulders are joined, you probably pick up around the neck for the cowl. The sleeves can be done either way I mentioned; there's a video tutorial for picking up the sleeve stitches and working the short row sleeve cap if you want to do it that way.

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