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Old 05-08-2013, 04:31 AM   #1
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I've been working on this sweater from knitting Pure and Simple. I've finished the hood up to this part. It says: "Divide the hood stitches in half, put on separate needles and Kitchener weave them together OR bind off sts, fold hood in half and sew a seam."
Okay, so I want to do the first option, but I have NO idea how to put the stitches on separate needles. Does that just mean to pull the cord from the circular needle I'm using, and put half the stitches on one needle and half on the other, or does it mean to move the stitches over to straight needles, and if so, HOW do I do that??? I think I understand the Kitchener stitch and I'd really like to not have a seam. I'm probably overthinking it, but still.... HELP!!!
p.s.... after (and assuming I've done it right) it says to fold the 3 st casing to the inside of the the hood front and pin in place then stitch down all around. I am assuming this is to make a small tube for the cord to go in, but the pattern makes no mention of the cord, or how to get it in once the casing is done... do I just do an icord and thread it through or what???
I realize I've asked two questions... thanks for putting up with me
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:00 AM   #2
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You've actually solved it yourself. Pull the cord through at the halfway point so that half the sts are on one needle and half on the other. Kitchener will give you a seamless join and will work best with the little 3 stitch casing. An alternative is 3 needle bind off.
(If you wanted to move the sts over to straights, you'd just slip the sts to the straights purlwise. You might have to slip the half with the working yarn at the end 2x so that you get the working yarn at the tip of the needle.)
The cord looks like a crochet chain but a small I-cord might be smoother and neater. To thread it through, put a safety pin on one end and use that to lead the cord through the casing and out the other end.
So glad this has worked out so far. Good luck with the finishing and post a photo if you'd like. We'd love to see the finished hoodie.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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I agree about the 3-needle bind off. However, if you want a totally seamless look inside on the hood, you might prefer the Kitchener stitching. You could try both on small samples of a few rows of about 30 stitches in any yarn you have left over from anything and see what you think about them. Kitchener stitching can be tricky the first time and you'd want to practice it first anyhow maybe. That's a really nice hoodie. I hope we get to see it.
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