I've been working on my 0-3 month size baby sweater with a steek for the front opening so I can make a cardigan and with armhole steeks. I made 10 stitch steeks in each place. The two colors I am working with are bamboo (green) and pink. I decided to keep pink on each side edge of each steek and alternated the rest green and pink. I finished all the knitting yesterday and was ready to sew and cut. I read everything here again and then went to Eunny Jang's blog site where she has a lot about different ways to do steeks. I was going to sew with the sewing machine, but chickened out because I was afraid of foot pressure issues and other unknowns. I decided to try EJ's idea for a hand-sewn steek. I did one of the sleeve steeks so far and cut it.
Success so far. I want to cut them one at a time as I am ready to pick up to take care of them so they don't have a chance to think about unraveling.
I have been working on picking up stitches around the sleeve. I want to pick up 44 stitches because 44 will work with my pattern stitch which is a multiple of 11. (It just occurred to me as I typed this that I could go with 55, and maybe that would be better. I had 44 so stuck in my mind that I couldn't think beyond that.
). Anyway I have more like 58 stitches that would like to be picked up, that includes the 5 I had at the armhole. My question is, "Do I need to pick up each stitch around so that they can't go anywhere, or is it allowable to skip stitches as you pick up the stitches around the sleeve?"
Another thing that I have been pondering is doing the pattern stitch down the sleeve rather than up the body as I did. I'm thinking I just start at the top of the chart and work down instead of up as usual. Is that right thinking?
I look forward to an answer, because I don't want to go off have cocked at this point. I will not proceed until I find out if it is okay to skip stitches or not. Then I will need to decide if I want to go with 44 or 55.
How is your project coming? Thanks for your help.
P.S. I'm using Brown Sheep, Nature Spun, sport weight weight wool for this project. I only have one skein each of the green and pink and I have a skein of white. So to try to stretch this yarn for a sweater I'm doing all the bands in white.
Just thought I'd tell you, in case you wondered.