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May 17, 2019 09:44:59   #
vlsg56 (a regular here)
 
I am making a top down sweater for my 7 yr. old grt-niece. The sleeves are on hold while I finish the main body. Does anyone have any advice or tips concerning finishing the sleeves? When I knit in the round (small) I use double points and am comfortable with them, but this is a gift and I want it to look nice. I don't usually have ladder problems-just wondering if there is something that I should do or look out for. Thanks.

Vickie
 
May 17, 2019 09:54:36   #
deenashoemaker
 
I use magic loop method.
May 17, 2019 09:56:59   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
You will do fine with double points. Often it is best to go with what you know than learn something new when your project is extra special.
May 17, 2019 09:59:16   #
kelsogal
 
I have completed a few Flax sweaters for little people. When putting the sleeve stitches back onto the needles, I usually pick up 2-4 more stitches, in the underarm area, than called for in the pattern. That will help close up those holes that seem to always crop up. Within a round or two I have decreased back to the number of stitches call for.
May 17, 2019 09:59:55   #
Troy
 
If you haven't tried using two circulars instead of dpns, I would encourage you to try this method. I always ended up stabbing myself with the dpns so the 2 circs was a welcomed improvement for me, but it sounds like you're quite comfortable with the dpns. Try watching Staci Perry's VeryPink.com tutorials....I find hers are the clearest and most easily followed. I'm sure she has one on using two circulars to replace dpns. Good luck!
May 17, 2019 10:12:34   #
vlsg56 (a regular here)
 
kelsogal wrote:
I have completed a few Flax sweaters for little people. When putting the sleeve stitches back onto the needles, I usually pick up 2-4 more stitches, in the underarm area, than called for in the pattern. That will help close up those holes that seem to always crop up. Within a round or two I have decreased back to the number of stitches call for.


Thanks, I'll try that.

Vickie
 
May 17, 2019 10:26:16   #
LEE1313
 
AH you have this.
Don't over think it.
I also pick up at least 2 extra armpit sts. And then dec on the second round. Helps prevent the "hole"
May 17, 2019 10:31:14   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
Even on adult sweaters, I seam the sleeves. I am not adept with magic loop and the smallest circulars I own are 16". Yes, I can use DPNs.
May 17, 2019 10:39:48   #
eikeat (a regular here)
 
Would a 9 inch circular needle work for you? It would of course depend on the number of stitches involved.
May 17, 2019 16:57:28   #
fancythatfancythis (a regular here)
 
That’s a good hint. Thanks.

kelsogal wrote:
I have completed a few Flax sweaters for little people. When putting the sleeve stitches back onto the needles, I usually pick up 2-4 more stitches, in the underarm area, than called for in the pattern. That will help close up those holes that seem to always crop up. Within a round or two I have decreased back to the number of stitches call for.
May 17, 2019 23:46:53   #
klrober
 
Suzanne Bryan has an excellent video on that underarm area where you get the little holes & she shows how to close it up also....just can't remember if she adds extra sts as others have stated but it makes sense too & most likely she does....
 
May 18, 2019 07:00:46   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
I add on 2 sts also then decreases on following row, do this with socks gusset too.
May 18, 2019 07:00:47   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
I add on 2 sts also then decreases on following row, do this with socks gusset too.
May 18, 2019 09:26:38   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
vlsg56 wrote:
I am making a top down sweater for my 7 yr. old grt-niece. The sleeves are on hold while I finish the main body. Does anyone have any advice or tips concerning finishing the sleeves? When I knit in the round (small) I use double points and am comfortable with them, but this is a gift and I want it to look nice. I don't usually have ladder problems-just wondering if there is something that I should do or look out for. Thanks.

Vickie


Working currently on sleeves of a top down child sweater. I have both sleeves on a single 40" circular needle, using Magic Loop technique. When finished, they will both be exact same length without having to keep track of row count.
May 18, 2019 10:31:45   #
MartiG
 
Sometimes investing in tools which enhance the enjoyment of a hobby are well worth it. I found that 9” circulars for baby sweater sleeves and 12” circulars for adult sleeves made the projects so much more enjoyable. Regarding using two circulars, I was terrible with dpns and a yarn store owner suggested I try using two circs ( as she did) and to watch all the videos regarding that concept. I loved it. You might, too.
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