minor progress

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I should be posting about the finished garter st baby sweater I mentioned before. actually, I should have finished the garter st baby sweater I mentioned before. instead of doing the little seaming I have left, I’ve totally ignored the vintage cardi for 28thirty. carrie’s right, there is something about all those purl ridges that is hypnotizing. I wish she would hurry up and post her finished sweater (hint!hint!) so I can finally see what it looks like. in the meantime, I’ll just have to carry on with mine.

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I’ve separated the sleeves and have knit a few inches on the body and I’m now in that weird part of a project where I have to decide on the length. do I follow the pattern or mess around and try it on a bunch of times? I haven’t decided yet since this cardigan knits up so quickly. is it weird that 4spi is starting to feel really chunky? the knitting itself has been pretty uneventful, except for when I got to the first buttonhole. I had to email carrie to make sure I wasn’t crazy. in the pattern photos, the buttonhole band is on the right but as written its on the left. I kept staring at the photos, then at my knitting thinking I wasn’t reversing something right in my brain. finally, after checking my coats and tom’s shirts, I talked myself into some semblance of sanity. the buttonholes ‘should’ be on the right, so there. then I noticed another small prob, the buttonhole is the double yo but there’s only one decrease written in. easy enough to spot, but still the buttonhole should be k1, ssk, double yo, k2tog, k1. on the next row k1 p1 when you get to the double yo.

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now I have a question for you. this is something that’s irked me for a while and no one has ever been able to give me a proper answer. in top down raglans, when it comes time to work on the sleeves, if you simply join it in the round you are left with a gap and some loose stitches (as seen above). how do you keep this from happening or how do you hide the gap? I think it’s even worse when you knit a raglan bottom up, since you have gaps on both sides of the grafted underarm stitches. thoughts?

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  • gleek February 20, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    sometimes i pick up a few stitches under the arms but if i feel like the sleeves are going to be too wide, i just join in the round and seam up the hole afterwards.

  • chppie February 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    i pick up a couple of stitches here to close the gap and if it seems that the sleeve is going to be a little snug i leave them in succeeding rounds. If not, then i decrease them out in the next round. I find this makes a nice smooth pick up and no seaming afterward.

  • Katie February 20, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I usually CO a few extra stitches between the two sides of the sleeve. When you start knitting the body pick up those extra stitches for the body as well. Depending on the CO technique used you may or may ot have a visible underarm “seam”.

  • Heather February 20, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    What they said (picking up extra sts)…and I agree that the purl ridge is mesmerizing!

  • yahaira February 20, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    yeah, I usually do the pick up sts thing but I still feel that it isn’t the best or tidiest way. especially with the looser sts involved.

  • Lynn February 20, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    No that I have a ton of experience… but I came across the “gap” issue recently (Wicked) and decided to treat it like a gusset. As many above have already noted, just pick up a few stitches on either side of the hole and decrease every other row like working the gusset of a sock.

  • Wanett February 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Because I’m impatient and a little lazy I always end my raglan increases a little soon and use the backward loop cast on to add stitches (usually 5) to the underarm. When I go back to knit the sleeves I PU stitches over those that I cast on. It has worked out well for me. I did this with Juliet and the raglan sweater I just finished.

  • jess February 20, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    mm! those purl ridges do look fabulous.
    As for the top-down raglan bit: I either pick up stitches in that space (sometimes knitting through the back loop to make it tidier — I also usually pick up a couple of extra stitches in the corners to prevent any holes), or I work it as Wanett said above.

  • yaiAnn February 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Ack, no tips for you here. I haven’t knit that many raglans..

  • Leah February 20, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I love the look of those purl ridges. Yum!
    What yarn is that?
    As far as the raglan issues I typically pick up a few stitches as well.
    It’s funny, reading this it seems as if we’ve all sort of rewritten the pattern to make it work!

  • stacey February 21, 2008 at 7:32 am

    I usually pick up a few stitches to eliminate the gap in top down raglans….or, you can kitchner/3 needle bind off the underarm stitches with stitches from the arms…

  • carrie m February 21, 2008 at 8:49 am

    i’ve had NO LUCK with that gap. i totally wing it. And I swear i’ll post a pic soon, but jon is out of town, and he’s my official photographer. : (

  • Courtney February 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    That same thing mystifies me, but I have to say, the color you’re using on that sweater is amazing. What yarn is it?

  • Veronique February 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Ooh, purl ridges!
    One thing that I’ve done if I don’t want to pick up sts: at the end, I use a crochet hook to pull on the sts next to the loose sts, to even everything out.

  • lekkercraft February 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    amen on the gaping holes under the arms. Except for mine usually look way uglier than your photo! I’m glad to read the helpful answers to your question.
    That is a beautiful blue!

  • tiennie February 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    That’s a beautiful color and I can’t wait to see it all finished. About the gap – mine is always worse than yours so I just have to fiddle with closing it up after.

  • Teyani February 23, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    love that soft blue color. 4spi would feel chunky to me too (grin)
    I haven’t done a top-down sweater (yet)..

  • Illanna February 25, 2008 at 12:42 am

    When I weave in the ends, I use the tail of the yarn to cover up the hole, by weaving the end like a little circle around the whole and then pulling it tight. I do it neatly in a way that is similar to duplicate stitch. What yarn is that? It’s pretty.

  • knitography February 26, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I knit the sleeve flat for a few rows before joining in the round, and that seems to work nicely.

  • bettyc March 11, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Unlike most knitters, I prefer to knit the sleeves flat and join the seams. It’s faster for me to knit them flat and sleeve seams are easy to do. That way, I just continue the seam a bit and close the hole.