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Topic: Sleeves on waste yarn - now how do I get them onto my shrug?  (Read 546 times)
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« on: October 14, 2008 05:19:27 AM »

I have been making the Shimmer Shrug (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter03/PATTshimmer.html) from Knitty Winter 03.  The pattern calls to knit both sleeves first (in the round), finishing by binding off 8 of the stitches and putting the rest on scrap yarn.  Then you knit the back piece (which, hurrah, I did the lozenge pattern without screwing it up).  Once the back is the width you want, the instructions go as follows:

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In patt, work to 8 sts before first marker. BO 8 sts. Purl across to 2nd marker. BO 8 sts. Work to end of row.

Join sleeves
K 8[11, 14, 17], pm, k sts from first sleeve, pm, work back sts in patt [row 5 of lozenge pattern], pm, k sts from second sleeve, pm, k to end of row -- 186[218, 250, 282] sts on needle

That italicized part is the part that's really throwing me for a loop.  I have tried knitting into the live loops on my first sleeve, except towards the end it gets so tight I can barely make it happen (as I'm trying to basically squeeze a circle of knitting onto a straight needle base).  Is this really right?  Am I missing something key here?  All the instructions I find for sleeves are for sleeves which are bound off.  Help, please!
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008 07:18:28 AM »

Is there a reason you're not using circular needles? 
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008 07:29:37 AM »

Ooh, sorry, I am using circulars, but the needle part of the needle is straight and metal.  I keep having to smoosh the sleeve up towards the point of the needle to make the last few loops on the sleeve accessible. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008 09:13:51 AM »

I went and looked at the pattern, and I think you're doing the right thing.  The stitches might be tight for the first two rows as you make the transition, it's true, but once you scoot them along the circular and are working on the next flat part of the knitting, it should be okay.  Did you slip the stitches back off of the waste yarn onto a small diameter circular?  It's a whole lot easier to pick up stitches from a needle than from the air.  I do this with a smaller needle so there would be more room for my main needle as it comes in.

Let us know how this turns out!
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008 10:30:27 AM »

Ooh, sorry, I am using circulars, but the needle part of the needle is straight and metal.  I keep having to smoosh the sleeve up towards the point of the needle to make the last few loops on the sleeve accessible. 

Oh, okay - I think Therisa is correct.  Sometimes getting things onto the circs for the first time stretches things a bit but I think once you get past a row or two you'll be fine. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008 10:46:52 AM »

You could use 2 circs for a round or 2.
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