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Old 04-16-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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Help on cardigan pattern
I am knitting this cardigan and would like to make some modifications. I am excited that I found it posted online. It is from Twinkle's Big City Knits.

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I have just finished working back, before the decreases on each side. Instead of having to seam the shoulders, I would like to graft them with the Kitchner sitch.

Can anyone help me out?

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Old 04-16-2007, 12:07 PM   #2
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Instead of decreasing 1 stitch every row 5/6/7 times, you'd use the short rows and leave one unworked. On the row before you start decreasing, leave one stitch on the needle and turn, knit across, but leave one stitch on your needle. On the next row, purl across, but leave 1 more stitch on your needle (2 left unworked) and turn. Keep doing that until you have 5/6/7 stitches unworked on each end of your needle and have 10 in the middle for your neck. Put everything on a stitch holder or spare needle - you might want to place markers before and after the center 10 stitches so you know which ones are for your neck and which for the shoulder.

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Old 04-16-2007, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thank you! Should I do a wrap and turn? Or should I look into japanese short rows?

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Old 04-16-2007, 12:39 PM   #4
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I don't think you w&t when you do short rows for shoulder shaping. You can try it out both and see how it goes. There's not a lot of stitches so if it doesn't look good one way, you can rip out and try the other.

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Old 04-17-2007, 11:13 AM   #5
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Sue,

Yeah! It worked. You can see a bit of a seam where I used the kitchner stitch, because the back of the cardigan is in reverse stockinette and the front shoulder is stockinette. Didn't think of that earlier, but I like it much better than the original directions!

So, my next question is: instead of knitting the sleeves flat, joining and seaming. Do you think I could pick up stitches around the arm hole, and work my way down the sleeve, decreasing as neccessary? Or is there a better way?

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If you have fitted armholes that won't work too well, I think. Picking up stitches usually only works for drop shoulder armholes where they're straich with no decrease shaping. You can try it and see how it works out though. If it doesn't, you can rip back and do it the way the pattern says.

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