Froggy Knits

July 23, 2004

Sleeves, ugh!

While knitting sleeves I feel that I am constantly counting rows for dec/inc placement or to insure that the sleeves are identical in shape and length. And it seems to go on forever. (I'm sure it would also help if I didn't fumble the inc/dec every now and then. Inc'ing just a bit off in row count when I should inc'ed on the last knit row, not this one. I guess I really count to make sure the fumbles are in the same spot on each sleeve.)

So I have decided that I would knit both sleeves at the same time.

What's wrong with this picture?
Why is one sleeve longer than the other?
I pulled out the same amount yarn from each ball to work. I guess that would explain why the strand of yarn from one ball seemed to get shorter a lot faster than the other. I thought at some point it was moving a bit faster. Yeah, faster when you start working only one sleeve. Duh!

Posted by froggy at July 23, 2004 11:16 AM

I tried to knit two sleeves at the same time once too, and the same thing happened to me. I got confused, and couldn't remember which I had worked last, especially if I came back to my work later. I think it was made worse by the fact that they were on circulars.

Posted by: Clara at July 23, 2004 03:00 PM

Interesting idea...two sleeves at once. Sounds like something I might try when I am more experineced. Love the color of that yarn! just gorgeous!

Posted by: Monica at July 23, 2004 03:29 PM

Your a funny girl! I was told that doing both sleeves at once is the only way to go. I have not done it yet though. So is Alex grey or Lavender?

Posted by: Eilene at July 23, 2004 05:50 PM

The first time I knit two sleeves at the same time I had a similar problem. You can pin the two sleeves together so you can keep track of where to turn your work and start on the next row. It helps alot, but no one ever really mentions it! Good luck! Once you get the management issues down, two sleeves at the same time are the only way to go!!

Posted by: sequinK at July 23, 2004 06:01 PM

Oh Miss Froggy...I'm so sorry. How very brave of you to show us!

Posted by: Georgia at July 23, 2004 10:31 PM

Hi Froggy! This has already happened to me, too. I have often knitted to sleeves at the same time adn early noticed that you may NEVER put down the needles after a row on ONE sleeve. Afterwards, you never remeber which one you have to knit next! Hehe! This is normal. Good luck with the rest and have a nice weekend!

Posted by: Marta at July 24, 2004 04:17 AM

You crack me up! Are you going to knit the second sleeve so it'll play catch-up?

P.S. If it's a small sweater, I usually knit both sleeves at the same time. When things start getting clumsy, I'll move one to another needle and only work on the other. So, you can say that you did it on purpose. Hee!

Posted by: Becky at July 25, 2004 03:13 AM

that made me laugh so hard!!
thanks for posting that, it seems that most people only post their perfected pieces.
wow!!! and people like me need to know that I am not the only one making such stupid mistakes.
(have you seen my one armed sweater?)

It will turn out great in the end!!!!!

Posted by: joy at July 25, 2004 04:19 PM

Haha I have done that too! I was glad I read one of your other comments about pinning the two sleeves together....what a good idea! I wish I had thought of that!

Posted by: Karen at July 26, 2004 07:04 PM

Oh poor brave Froggy! I keep a sheet of dots and a little tiny spiral notebook in my knit kit and I put stickers on the side I'm supposed to work next AND I write myself notes! Otherwise I can't ever put anything down, because my first instinct on what needs to be done next is *invariably* wrong! LOL!

Posted by: Mush at July 29, 2004 12:27 PM

I knit sleeves (and even backs/fronts if the shaping is the same, like Audrey) simultaneously on circulars all the time. Here's a trick I use. I put a stitch marker on EACH one, a stitch or two or three in. That way I always know right side (odd number) from wrong side (stitch marker is at the beginning of right side.) And I use a stitch counter. If the stitch counter is in the middle, I'm in the middle of a row. It's really easy, relieves "second sleeve syndrome," and your shapings are always exactly the same.

Keep trying. You're on the right track!

Posted by: Martha at October 1, 2004 04:32 PM