Take a stab

How many different methods of knitting small circumferences does it take to knit a sleeve to a sweater that is considered “acceptable”  by my freakishly high standards?  I have vacillated between three separate methods.

DPN’S – The ever evil three or four needle method.  Created to drive the sanest person bat shit crazy.  It’s all “cool” and “clever” but there are upwards of five needles to work with, and how exactly are you supposed to work with them and how come no matter how often I use this method it never seems to get any easier or less cumbersome?

Two circulars – Wonderful method, much preferred to the above mentioned “five needle madness” method. 

Knitting flat and seaming – Unlike some people, seaming has never bothered me.  In fact I find it rather cool and oddly satisfying to pull my yarn and watch the two sides “magically” come together.

I’ve tried all three methods for my sleeves, which is probably why they still aren’t done.  The dpn’s were ruled out just because they’re evil.  The two circular method was going great until I started to [slightly] obsess about the fact that my stitches along the join looked wonky even though you couldn’t really notice it unless you stretched the sleeve (and lord knows my sleeves would have stretched like crazy to accommodate my massive muscles.)  Anyway, I decided to knit the sleeves flat and seam.  Except knitting things flat gets kind of old because you have to purl, and for some reason purling seems to take a lot more out of you than just plain knitting.  Why is that?  Is it all in my head?  Have I just become spoiled by working in the round? 

New years resolution 1:  Fall in love with purling. 


6 Responses to “Take a stab”

  1. Bobbi Says:

    LOL. Good luck with the sleeves!

  2. Julie Says:

    I kind of like seamed sleeves, too- seaming is practically magic!

  3. Maryse Says:

    I wonder if you are talking about Thermal sleeves? I’m coming there soon too and I’ve considered knitting them flat also, but I’m not an expert at seaming yet… Looking forward to see your next FO! Hope you enjoy the Holidays!

  4. Soknitpicky Says:

    Have you used Magic Loop too? I prefer that to using 2 circulars.

  5. Lily Says:

    I hate knitting sleeves also. Normally I use circular needle and using the magic loop.

  6. Jane Says:

    When I first started knitting with double points, it was like wrestling a hedge-hog. But once you get used to it, the knitting goes smoothly. One thing I’ve discovered is that if you arrange the needle you’re working from so the right tip is over the last needle and the left tip is under the next needle it’s easier. Also, pull the 2nd stitch you knit tight to avoid those ladders. It didn’t matter what I did with two circulars, the weight of the needles pulled the stitches so I had ladders so I frogged and went back to dps.

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