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Old 06-06-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Picking up stitches in Raglan sleeve sweater
I am knitting a Raglan sleeve sweater and I am to the part where you pick up stitches to knit the sleeves. My problem is I keep getting holes and I don't understand why I'm getting them ( the picked up stitches are under the arm). The sweater is knitted in the round from the top down. Is there a secret to prevent holes where you pick up those stitches?

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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That is a tricky place to p/u stitches. You can p/u extra stitches and decrease them out a few rows down or p/u the stitches a few stitches in rather than on the edge. Or you can leave a long tail and when you weave it in it helps to get rid of any holes.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
That is a tricky place to p/u stitches. You can p/u extra stitches and decrease them out a few rows down or p/u the stitches a few stitches in rather than on the edge. Or you can leave a long tail and when you weave it in it helps to get rid of any holes.

What do you mean when you say "p/u the stitches a few stitches in rather than on the edge"? Also, how do you weave the long tail in to get rid of holes? I don't have problems picking up stitches except here and I have tried and tried, but I still get holes.

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Old 06-06-2007, 11:31 PM   #4
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You have a caston edge at the underam, right? Instead of picking up stitches at that edge, she means pick them up a row or so in. But if you don't have an edge, you can still pick up stitches wherever you need to. You would use the tail to tighten up the holes. You may not be able to prevent them when you pick up the stitches, but you can fudge and cover them up later.

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Thanks Jan & Sue for the info--hope this works.

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Old 06-07-2007, 12:21 AM   #6
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Yeah, what Sue said. Sorry I wasn't clear! As for weaving in the tail.. just use duplicate stitch and it should help.
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