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knitting 2 sleeves at once?
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Nov 27, 2012 08:58:07   #
Nana89
 
knittingknurse wrote:
Crafty Gardener wrote:
I knit 2 sleeves at the same time on straight needles. You need 2 balls of yarn, one for each sleeve. Knit pattern row for first sleeve and then again for second sleeve and the sleeves will come out the same size.

I have a silly question about this-do you knit them both the same? Most patterns I've looked at only give directions for one sleeve and I have avoided them because I didn't know what to do with the opposite sleeve. I might be overthinking this.... Thanks.
quote=Crafty Gardener I knit 2 sleeves at the sam... (show quote)


Yes, knitting them both at the same time means 2 separate balls of yarn but length will come out the same...Easy once you have made them

Good Luck and we are looking for pictures of the finished item...Relax, Have Fun and stop stressing
 
Nov 27, 2012 09:04:57   #
vonni
 
I have only just realised how much easier it is to knit 2 sleeves at once after all these years of knitting. I thought it would be awkward but its much easier. I will try the inside of yarn and outside as well.
Nov 27, 2012 09:14:45   #
DoreenW
 
I always have done both sleeves at once. If its a cardigan I do bo th fronts at the samr time - would hate to have to cast off one sleeve and then do the same all over again!! Maybe I'm just impatient.
Nov 27, 2012 10:36:29   #
Homeshppr
 
I, too, prefer to knit both sleeves at the same time. It's the best way I've found to make sure the sleeves are exactly the same length without having to stop and measure the second one.

Also: on top-down baby sweaters, I usually stop to knit the sleeves BEFORE the lower body. I often add length at the bottom of a sweater for growth room, so it's easy to get the sleeves too long. I like to get the sleeve length just right before finishing the sweater to the right proportions.
Nov 27, 2012 10:47:38   #
Maisy
 
If you do a top down sweater, can you still do sleves on a straight needles?
Nov 27, 2012 11:17:30   #
RavinRed
 
two sleeves at once definitely....when you are done, you are done!


elmom wrote:
hi-sorry to ask an easy question, but...... i'm an advanced beginner knitter - have made a few top down sweaters and a few sew the pieces together on straight needles sweaters...i've read about knitting 2 sleeves at once, on long circs, (but treating them as straight needles) --makes it easier to make sure they come out the same etc...do you use two balls of the same yarn? and how do you go from one sleeve to the next? any other advice/comments? thanks!
ps
i'm from outside Philadelphia, pa, usa -wish i could visit all you UK knitters!
hi-sorry to ask an easy question, but...... i'm an... (show quote)
 
Nov 27, 2012 14:43:06   #
Kateannie
 
Doing both at the same time is a perfect way to do it. Use circular needles and just go back and forth as if you were using the traditional sraight needles. You definitely need two balls of yarn. Just repeat the row you did on the first sleeve on the second sleeve. This way, you will be guaranteed that they will both be the same length, but also remember, if you "goofed" up the first sleeve, you are likely to "goof" up the second one. I was always told a GOOD knitter is one who has to tear back once in awhile. I do the same thing when doing mittens - two at a time and just reverse the thumb placing.
Nov 27, 2012 14:51:56   #
Hilary4 (a regular here)
 
Maisy wrote:
If you do a top down sweater, can you still do sleves on a straight needles?


Yes, absolutely, but probably easier to use your circulars and knit back and forth.
Nov 27, 2012 14:59:11   #
brynmawr
 
I do 2 sleeves at one time too. But I usually do them first. Sleeves are usually my least favorite so I get them out of the way. Also, if I have 2 skeins partially used, I can use them up in the body and maybe not have to break open a new skein. I always use 2 balls because everytime I go inside out on my yarn, I get huge yarn barfs and it's not worth my time to keep detangling.
Nov 27, 2012 16:19:35   #
nuthouse
 
Knittingknurse - both sleeves are knitted exactly the same; that's why patterns only give one set of sleeve instructions. They usually say "knit two'.
Nov 27, 2012 17:45:59   #
dianm
 
I hate sewing up after I finish a sweater so I out comes my very favorite knitting aid "the barrel counter" I use two of them held together with the yarn of whatever I'm knitting. Then I use two circular needles and knit them in the round keeping track of rows on counters...I also write on pattern which rows I increased or decreased depending on where I started. I know this means two sets of dpns or circular needles but since I am forever loosing then finding needles I have way more then two sets of almost every size:)
 
Nov 27, 2012 18:16:48   #
gdhavens
 
I have knit two sleeves at the same time, because the sleeves are made exactly the same and you will have all shaping at the same point on both sleeves, so they will be "even."

I try to avoid using yarn from the inside and outside at the same time. I have found that I end up fighting with the two strands tangling; and, with some yarn, it causes problems with the yarn "untwisting" and not looking the same.
Nov 27, 2012 18:22:46   #
knittingknurse
 
Thanks!
Nov 28, 2012 07:43:33   #
laceandbits
 
Cast on for the cuff, take a new ball of yarn and cast onto the same needle for the second cuff then work bacl along the row, switching to the other ball of yarn at the gap.

Usually both sleeves are identical. Very occasionally the shaping will be slightly different at the top so the second sleeve has to be made as a mirror image (think cardigan fronts where instead of writing the instructions in full for the second one, they say read left for right or some similar variation).

I always knit both fronts together and both sleeves together. It seems quicker that way apart from anything else as then you only feel as if you have three units to knit instead of five. If you lose track of your increase rows then both sleeves will be the same, and they'll be the same length without needing to count rows for the second one.

For fronts, if it says cast off at the beginning of the row for the armhole, you know that you also cast off at the beginning of the next row for the other sleeve so on your needles it's a bit like knitting a back with a gap in the middle. Once you have finished casting off the shapings can be done on the same rows. When you get to neck shapings, again they will be facing each other so if you knit two together at the end of the row on the first front, you do the same at the start of the row on the second one.
Nov 28, 2012 07:46:26   #
Rhonda-may
 
elmom wrote:
hi-sorry to ask an easy question, but...... i'm an advanced beginner knitter - have made a few top down sweaters and a few sew the pieces together on straight needles sweaters...i've read about knitting 2 sleeves at once, on long circs, (but treating them as straight needles) --makes it easier to make sure they come out the same etc...do you use two balls of the same yarn? and how do you go from one sleeve to the next? any other advice/comments? thanks!
ps
i'm from outside Philadelphia, pa, usa -wish i could visit all you UK knitters!
hi-sorry to ask an easy question, but...... i'm an... (show quote)


I always knit both sleeves at once using 2 balls of wool on straight needles this way both of the sleeves will be the same length so be careful when using circular needles and if you are doing stocking stitch or something very easy because you are knitting on auto pilot when you come to the end of the first sleeve you just automatically turn, force of habit and start knitting same the sleeves or is it just me.
Rhonda
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