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Dec 10, 2011 14:12:18   #
This is the first time I've done this and I'm so confused. I'm knitting a sweater from the top, all in one. The pattern reads: K1, yo, K2tog, knit to marker, move sleeve stitches to waste yarn or a spare circular needle. Then, using the cable cast-on, CO 2 stitches at the underarm. Knit across back section to next marker and do the same with those sleeve stitches. My question is, how do I move stitches to waste yarn? Then what happens to them? What happens to the cable cast-on? This is all new to me. If you can communicate this to me in any manner, I'd appreciate it. If you want me to call you, I will. I'm desperate. Thanks in advance for your help. I read this site and all the questions every day, and have learned a lot. I love it and the people are awesome.
Dec 10, 2011 14:24:04   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
You are putting stitches onto another kind of yarn that you happen to have around. The purpose is to have a place to "store" these stitches until it is time to do something with them. You can either knit them onto the piece of waste, or extra yarn, or use a bodkin (blunt end needle) to thread them onto the yarn. I think it will become clear to you once you have done this and continued on with the "live" stitches, that is, the ones you are working on. Later, when the pattern tells you to, you will then put those stitches that are on the waste yarn onto the needle and continue knitting with them.
Dec 10, 2011 14:28:02   #
I understand the "why" of the waste yarn, just not the "how."
It also says waste yarn or a spare circular. Maybe I'll try the circular. I will try to knit them on. Thanks so much. :-P
Dec 10, 2011 14:28:03   #
Hi Stelli, welcome to the world of knitting! The stitches you put on "hold" will be used later in the pattern. It is a good idea to read through the pattern before you start, so you can address any confusing pattern instructions.

I would continue knitting the pattern, it will all make sense in the end. Sometimes you have to actually make the stitches to understand the pattern. Good luck! And of course post any questions that come up, we are here for you!

Dec 10, 2011 14:37:09   #
I've been told that you never look beyond the row you're knitting. However, just before I got your note, I did look and realized I'll use those stitches later. Since I'm having a problem with the waste yarn, I'll do the circular needle for now and try to learn the other later on. Thanks, Lois. You ladies are so sweet, not to mention talented. :thumbup:
Dec 10, 2011 16:15:05   #
the waste yarn is simply a stitch holder, threaded thru the live stitches to get them out of the way till needed, as discussed by your other answers. if you have a st holder (looks like a big safety pin) you can use that, too.
Dec 10, 2011 16:56:45   #
Thank you for answering. It's done, thanks to all of you.
Dec 11, 2011 06:05:20   #
I love top down sweaters, usually raglan sleeves. When I put the stitches on a holder or waste yarn, they become the sleeves later on... after you've finished the body of the sweater.
That may be what the pattern means
Dec 11, 2011 06:51:15   #
You can also use a stitch holder, which is a knitting tool that looks a little like a large safety pin. They do the same job of a waste yarn or a circular needle.
Dec 11, 2011 07:08:10   #
I take a crochet hook and put all the hold stitches on it, hook the waste yarn to the end of the crochet hook and pull through all the stitches. Tie in a bow until you need them.
Dec 11, 2011 08:10:28   #
Instead of using waste yarn, I use stitch holders. I went out and bought them. I'm new to knitting too and I took a few lessons. The instructor used waste yarn, but I found stitch holders much easier to use and to get the stitches on and off.
The circular needles are a good idea. You would just slip the stitches on them.... :D
Dec 11, 2011 08:44:05   #
Putting them on another circular needle or a stitch holder will work, but may be cumbersome and get in your way a little. I use a blunt needle and thread the waste yarn through the stitches before I take them off the needle.
Dec 11, 2011 08:46:26   #
Good idea....Thanks for the tip!
Dec 11, 2011 09:23:40   #
I'm glad to see that you're back on track!

When I use waste yarn as a stitch holder, I thread it onto a large needle (the same one I would use to sew the garment together). Then, I slip the stitches off the knitting needle onto the sewing-or-tapestry needle, and slide the along onto the yarn. When all of he stitches are on hold, I tie the waste yarn's ends in a slip knot.
Dec 11, 2011 09:26:13   #
Cindy M
This is where the interchangeable needles are ideal. I use the cable for holding the stitches, detach the tips, attach them to a second cable, and continue knitting. When I come back to the sleeve stitches later, again, I attach the tips and just knit.

When you go to knit the sleeves, you may have a gap where the sleeves and body of the sweater meet. Just pick up a few stitches in this area. On your next round or two, you will decrease these picked up stitches to get back to your correct stitch count.
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