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Old 07-20-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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sleeve question
I feel like this is the 100th question I have asked about this sweater, but I am working on St. James sweater and have knitted the first row on the sleeve cuff. The pattern says to use the smallest needle (size 7 circular) The sleeves are knitted flat which I had started on back and forth on my interchangeable needles. I could barely get the right needle through the stitch on the left needle because I can’t get the needles far apart enough. I am having problems because the stitches cannot go any further down the left needle because of the side “seam” on the sweater (it was actually knitted in the round). Am I doing this correctly?
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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It looks like they're attached at the underarm, not the cuff? They'll be tight for a while, you might try a magic loop or single loop method until you get some more length to them.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
It looks like they're attached at the underarm, not the cuff? They'll be tight for a while, you might try a magic loop or single loop method until you get some more length to them.
Thank you. I knitted another row and it is pulling so tight that it is messing up the tension of the stitches already under the arm. Do you think I could switch to DPN's? I have not done magic loop before, but I have worked with DPN's a couple of times.
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You're knitting them flat though right? What you can do is kind of magic loop it, even though you're not knitting in the round. Pull the cord out halfway along the sts so it folds the sleeve up. Just knit across to the loop, then knit the other part of the row. Keep doing this for a couple rows and after that it should be much easier. It's always difficult to get this going. And if you are going to knit them in the round, do the Magic loop anyway.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
You're knitting them flat though right? What you can do is kind of magic loop it, even though you're not knitting in the round. Pull the cord out halfway along the sts so it folds the sleeve up. Just knit across to the loop, then knit the other part of the row. Keep doing this for a couple rows and after that it should be much easier. It's always difficult to get this going. And if you are going to knit them in the round, do the Magic loop anyway.
I am knitting flat. Hmmm...I think I am being thick. When you say to just knit across to the "loop", I am not sure what you mean?
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That's after you pull a loop out between the sts about halfway along the row. Knit to that point, then knit to the end of the needle. It's kind of like magic loop only with flat knitting and it helps when doing something like going from in the round to knitting flat. Or you can do the sleeve in the round, it might be easier.
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