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Old 01-02-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Sweater Conundrum
Hello all,

I am halfway through my very first sweater, and am quite baffled at what's happened: I have knit the first row of each sleeve on, so that it is now one piece (the body, sleeve 1, and sleeve 2 are all on one set of 29" circular needles). However, I am having a monster of a time knitting that first sleeve for the purl row! Rather, it is impossible.

I am working on Avast (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTavast.html), and this is the section of the pattern that has me for a loop (below). Does anyone know where I goofed? I've tried to highlight in red below, but it's the Purl 1 row where I've stopped.

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Note: When working the next row, you will be working the held sts of all pieces from the spare needles onto the US #7/4.5mm needle, joining the sleeves to the body. Stitch markers will be placed between the body sts and sleeve sts, and the raglan decreases will be worked at these points.

Joining Row [RS]: Using US #7/4.5mm needle and yarn attached to right front of body, k40[45, 50, 55, 60] sts of right front, place marker, k73[75, 79, 83, 87] sts of one sleeve, place marker, k90[100, 110, 120, 130] sts of back, place marker, k73[75, 79, 83, 87] sts of other sleeve, place marker, k40[45, 50, 55, 60] sts of left front. 316[340, 368, 396, 424] sts on needle.

P 1 row.
Decrease Row [RS]: [K to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k2, k2tog] 4 times, k to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 30[32, 34, 36, 38] times more. 68[76, 88, 100, 112] sts.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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It can be a bear for the first couple of rows, but it does get easier.

You can try slipping some of the stitches from the sleeve on a second circular and purling them off of that just to give you some wiggle room. But, as I said, you're not doing anything wrong, it's just a pain to do.
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Wow I was expecting a solution that involved much frogging and tears (horrors!) - thank you very much for the help! I will take your sound suggestion with a grin and a wink. Hoorah!
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