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wannabe 12-30-2012 09:02 PM

Joining raglan sleeves--still
I'm sorry. I can't make this work !!:aww:

Working on the same baby sweater--"babies who lunch" in Sublime yarn. This is a cardigan with raglan sleeves. Under the arm there is a 5 stitch bind off in one row, so it is horizontal. Then the rest is slanting decreases. It never is perfectly horizontal/vertical, and it never is right for mattress stitch according to the video under "finishing". Sometimes the sleeve stitch is slight vertical and sometimes nearly completely horizontal. How do you make this work when trying to join the sleeve to the body?

Thank you again.

salmonmac 12-30-2012 09:22 PM

It may not be so easy to use mattress stitch on this raglan line. You can always line up the public sides of the sleeves and the fronts, pin along the seam line and stitch a seam diagonally from the armhole bind off up to the neckline. A sewing stitch like a runnung backstitch works well here (a stitch forward and a half stitch back).
For adult sweaters it works well to put the raglan decreases one or two stitches in from the edge and use mattress stitch but sometimes that's not so convenient for baby sweaters due to the smaller size.

wannabe 12-31-2012 11:56 AM

Dear Salmonmac and Suzeeq: I just told DH about your wonderful support. I had spent all day yesterday trying to resolve the problem with raglan sleeves on baby sweaters. I just read your helpful insights and breathed a deep sigh of joy. DH says "alright, ok--so there is a knitting G_d!"

Bless you all and Happy New Year!:grphug:

suzeeq 12-31-2012 12:03 PM


DH says "alright, ok--so there is a knitting G_d!"
Or Goddesses.... Not that we are, but someone must be looking out for us all.

Happy New Year to you as well.

salmonmac 12-31-2012 03:05 PM

Glad it all worked out. A very happy new year (filled with knitting) to you and to all!

GrumpyGramma 12-31-2012 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by suzeeq (Post 1364723)
Or Goddesses.... Not that we are, but someone must be looking out for us all.

Happy New Year to you as well.

Alright, suzeeq, don't let it go to your head! ;) While I'm here, could I please ask for a special blessings on my knitting needles and yarn?

suzeeq 12-31-2012 07:38 PM

Domine, domine, domine.

GrumpyGramma 12-31-2012 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by suzeeq (Post 1364786)
Domine, domine, domine.

Multiple choice response:

a) Huh?
b) Wow! I could've had a V8
c) Change those Es to Os and order pizza



suzeeq 01-01-2013 12:58 PM

It's Latin, and if you're old enough you might have heard of the Firesign Theater...

GrumpyGramma 01-01-2013 05:45 PM

I missed the Firesign Theater but love Monty Python. Is it similar? I wonder if I can find some FT on the web. I'll have to try. Bless my effort, please.

Domino's makes me ill anyhow so i didn't bother with their pizza.

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