cables, sweaters

Joining the Sleeves to the Sweater

cablejoinWith both sleeves reaching the underarm, all three pieces have been joined in the round.  Exciting!  This is actually my first time constructing a sweater from the bottom up in one piece.  It’s been a nice change from the top down and it makes so much more sense when knitting with cables.  It’s easier to see where the cables are going and figure out your decreases and when to stop the cables.  From the top down, you’ve got to really plan each stitch so you know when to start the cables.

A decision had to be made as to how many stitches to put on hold at the underarm.  I chose 8 stitches because I have a lot of stitches to reduce and I don’t want the arm hole to be really deep.  8 stitches should give me enough room in the arm hole without being too deep and sagging.  Hopefully, it will work out nicely.

underarmjoinHere’s what the underarm looks like.  It’s going to be grafted closed using the Kitchener Stitch after the top has been knitted.

The plan is for a scoop neck.  In about 8 more rows, I’m going to bind off the first neck stitches.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  So far, so good.SnowyDay

My second ever attempt at sweater design was a pieced cabled cardigan for my daughter that we both love.  She picked out the yarn and the stitch patterns that she wanted and I did the rest.  We’ve entitled it “Snowy Day” and she wears it all the time.  The only thing I would do differently is the buttonholes.  I used the yarn over holes and they stretch out and look messy.  Anyone had that experience?  I’d love to know what your favorite buttonhole method is because I need a new one!

I’m hoping my new sweater will be just as successful as “Snowy Day” and will avoid the “Shelf of Shame” in my closet.  That’s the shelf where my failed sweaters go to live…

14 thoughts on “Joining the Sleeves to the Sweater”

  1. Wow! This is a stunning sweater. I confess I have a ‘shelf of shame’ too – full of failed knitting attempts, including a very expensive alpaca and silk mistake that I just can’t bear to frog..
    Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂


  2. My goodness, you’re a fast knitter! Love both sweaters, but I’d snatch the new one right from your shoulders if you passed me in the park wearing it… 🙂
    As for buttonholes: I usually do one-row buttonholes (you can find an excellent tutorial here: ), because they’re neat and firm. Just takes a little practice.
    What I’d like to try in the future is the i-cord buttonhole. Looks really good, but is some extra work…


    1. Thank you so much for the link. That looks like a great solution and I love that it’s all in one row! I’ve never seen the I-cord button hole before just looking up on the internet. It’s elegant. If you use it, you’ll have to let us all know what you think about it!


  3. I was going to suggest the one-row buttonhole too. I learned it from Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury, but reWOLLuzza,’s linked tutorial is very practical! Note: at stage 11, you can change the tension by knitting 2 tog instead of passing one st over the next- have fun experimenting!


    1. Awww. Thanks! 🙂 And, thanks for the tip about shoring up the buttonholes. I’m going to find an online tutorial for that technique because the buttonholes look terrible with all the use they’ve gotten… it’s ruining the sweater. Such a small detail makes a big difference!


  4. Your sweater looks great! (Both of them!) I love the kitchener stitch – it makes the best joins, but I don’t know how to use it under the arms. Maybe some day I’ll get to try it. Thanks for visiting my blog today.


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