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Old 07-08-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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OK, I'm drawing a blank...
I've knit and unknit this section several times to got this to work, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the yarn back onto the right needle so I'm still knitting in the round.

Here are the instructions I'm confused about (from this pattern):
Leg Openings

Rib9, k26 and place on holder, cast on and knit 14 sts, rib 29, k26 and place on holder, cast on and knit 14 sts, rib 9.

I've been knitting in the round up to this point using Magic Loop (which shouldn't make a difference, but there you go). Starting a new round on one half on the needle, I rib9. I then knit26 onto a needle holder (to save a step), and at this point, the yarn is coming off the last stitch on the end of the holder. After I cast on 14 new sts onto the left needle, the yarn is coming off the left needle. How to I rejoin my knitting with the stitches that are still on the right needle?
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Since it looks like you're saving the stitches on the holders for the legs, you'd knit around using the stitches that are on the needles. It works well to put the 'on hold' stitches on a piece of yarn to make them flexible, so when you work the other stitches in the round you can pull the end stitches of those sections together to link all the stitches in the round.

In other words, you have

XXXXXXXXXXXXX_____________XXXXXXXXXXX____________XXXXX

When you work the next round, let the stitches that are on hold fold into a circle so you can bring the red edge stitches together.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
......0..... 0
Pretend the O's are attached to the row of knitting--those are your leg openings. I hope this hasn't confused you even more. It's kind of late here.

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Old 07-09-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
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I just tried a sample of what the pattern tells you to do. I didn't try to knit the stitches onto a stitch holder, I don't know if that makes any difference, but I didn't do it. Okay, if the yarn is right at the end of the holder it shouldn't matter, that is where it ended up when I knit them and then slipped them.

After you have the stitches on the holder, ignore them and on the next stitches in front of you on the left needle tip cast on the 14 stitches using one of the knitted cast ons. Now knit the 14 stitches you just added. You don't need to "rejoin" your yarn to the stitches on the left needle, you just keep knitting around the row or round. After you have knit the 14 you cast on, then rib over the next 29 just continuing around the round. The place where you put the 26 on a stitch holder will leave a hole for the dog's front leg to go through. Then the 29 are the tummy I think (could be the back) and then you make the other leg hole by repeating the process.

Knit the next 26 and put them on the holder and then on the first stitch coming up on the left needle tip cast on 14 and knit over them and then rib the final 9 stitches. You are still working in the round just as you were and now you have two holes for the front legs. Then on the following rounds just knit around the stitches that are not on the holders, that is where the leg holes are.

My first leghole turned out right but the second one didn't, but I only had one row of "dog sweater" and it was a little weird trying to work on it. I don't know if the ML was any problem, I think it works, my sample was just really small and hard to work on. LOL

I think you later go back and pick up the stitches on the holders and maybe make little short legs.

Does that make any sense? I hope so.
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I must have been really tired, because it makes perfect sense to me today. I forgot that when I cast-on in the middle of a round, I need to turn the work and cast-on to the now left-hand needle, which orients the yarn correctly when I turn the work back. Doh!
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I think in the case of this dog sweater you don't even need to turn the work, because you are working in the round. You have a left hand needle and you just add on to the beginning of it and then knit back across them, and keep going.
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Yes, I think you are correct. I did what I said, but then unknit four rounds that I knit last night because I had an errant thread spanning the leg openings.

Thanks for your help!
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Oh, yes. Casting-on the stitches to the left needle without turning the work worked much better! I was confused as to how I was going to join the new cast-on stitches but that happened in the following round. All that worry for nothing. Yay! My project is back on track. Thanks again.
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