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Old 02-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Baby cardi - picking up to finish sleeves question
I seem to be suffering a severe brain drain today. (I blame it on the snowstorm!) I'm making this baby cardigan, which is a very simple pattern but I can't for the life of me figure out how to start finishing the sleeves. It's a top-down one-piece knit that has you place 38 stitches for each sleeve on holders while you finish the body. Easy enough. After you bind off the body, it says:

(Finish the sleeves)
Pick up 38 sleeve sts.
Rnd 1: pm at beginning of round, k38.
Rnd 2: join to k in round. K38.

It sounds simple enough, right?? But do to my (hopefully) temporary mental condition, I can't figure out how, after I put the stitches back on the needle, to join live yarn and begin knitting. Do you just hold it in your hand and leave a loose tail to weave in later? I watched the video on picking up stitches but that's for creating live stitches and I already have live stitches from the holder. I'm thinking I just hold the yarn like I would if I were actually picking up stitches to begin the knitting but I'd appreciate some confirmation or correction if necessary. Thanks!
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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Yes, just leave a tail long enough to weave in later and start knitting. In this case 'picking up' means to slip the sts from the holder to your needle. Then take the yarn end and knit them - you can use the tail to close up any gaps between the sleeves and the body at the underarm.
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