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Old 03-24-2008, 03:22 AM   #1
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Knitting two sleeves at a time
I finished Knitty's Daisy sweater recently. I had to knit two sleeves in the same way (all sweaters have identical sleeves, I know!). After one sleeve is knit, I had to make sure the other sleeve is an exact replica. If I made a mistake in my first sleeve, I have to repeat that in the second one. Moreover, patterns specify sleeve length by inches rather than by rows, so I have to measure the second sleeve against the first one.

Looking at these problems, I was wondering if I can knit two sleeves at the same time. I will have to manage two balls of yarns which means yarn tangling and untangling. Other than this problem, is there a reason why I shouldn't do this? I haven't heard of anyone doing this before and may be there is a compelling reason for not doing this?
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:39 AM   #2
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I've never done it, but one of the women at my LYS always does sleeves two at a time using a magic loop. I'm sure someone will come along and tell you how, or you could look at Amy's video.

Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:53 AM   #3
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Knitting 2 sleeves at once is not as uncommon as you think; lots of knitters do so.

You can use either the magic loop (1 one needle) to do it or 2 at a time on 2 circs. Deb already pointed you to the ML video. Here are a couple web sites for the 2 circ method.
http://www.socknitters.com/2circs/lessontwo.htm
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html

Both these methods assume you want to knit your sleeves w/out seams, as a circle or tube.

However, if you just want to know them flat, 2 at a time, you just need a needle long enough to hold all the stiches. A circular needle will probably work better for you then straights.

As to the 2 balls tangling, put each one in a zip lock bag. This will help keep them from tangling.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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I agree. I always knit both sleeves at the same time unless they're knit right onto the sweater.

If you want to knit them flat, circular needle is necessary to hold all the stitches, and I've found that putting a stitch marker between the two sleeves helps me to remember to knit the second sleeve. If I put it down between sleeves, I've gotten mixed up.

With this kind of knitting, the strands generally don't tangle much, and the baggies do help.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:53 AM   #5
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Thanks Marilyn. Thanks for the zip lock bag tip. When I was knitting the visit, I was working with two separate balls of yarn and had a hard time keeping the yarns free. I can use your tip next time.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:06 AM   #6
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When I was knitting two sleeves flat, someone suggested that I pin the sleeves together. One safety pin across the gap did the trick--usually placed a couple of inches below the needles. That helped remind me to keep on knitting across both sleeves (using a separate ball of yarn for each of course) and not turn and knit back on the first before I knit across the second.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #7
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I always do both sleeves at the same time. I haven't had much problem with tangling as I rotate the ndls clockwise/counter-clockwise every other row. I also use plastic 'boxes' that grapes and other fruit come in (with holes in them...pic attached) that are perfect for keeping the yarns separate. (I use a lot of recycled thrift sweater yarns that are machined threads so am frequently confronted with the potential for tangling.)

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You can also double-knit 2 at a time.
The in the round sock method.

For flat I would do it like standard mirror image double knit projects (ws to ws) , since you'd be turning there wouldn't be a gauge problem of having one arm all knit and the other all purl.
Carrying both strands together is easier than what you have to do with the sock method (ws to rs).
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:06 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the tips. cam90066, your plastic box tip is too good. I am going to try it out.

Mike, thanks for the link. I didn't know you could knit two at a time, one inside the other. Now, that is scary!
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I also knit sleeves two at a time - on two sets of needles.....
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