Leave a Comment

  • My dear Kay,
    I wish someone had explained this with those very soothing and funny words when I was struggling with my first ever knit-in-the-round sweater, and my second, which was a Riddari.
    Many, I know, will find this useful.

  • I love it so much when you snort from high spirits. Or too much gin. Last time I saw those tumblers they had gin in them…

  • “Like the venerable beast of burden that I imagine myself to be, I do not contemplate clever ways to overcome an obstacle if I have the option of groaning softly, putting my head down, and waiting for the discomfort to pass”….Best sentence EVER! Man, I love this blog…

    • I know, right? I laughed so, so hard at this.

    • That whole PARAGRAPH is the best ever! Love you, Kay!

    • I agree, what a great sentence! Thanks Kay!
      Now I will sit down with a soft groan and finish this baby blanket.

    • Yes!!

  • I’m lovin’ those green swirly sleeves!

  • I’ve tried to explain this process to people several times, and you’re right — it’s the sort of thing you really have to just do for yourself, trust the process and see how it happens as it happens. I never would have thought of that birds-eye bowl and tumblers approach, though!

    And I should have known your answer to my question about how you handle those tight first union rows would be “groan and bear it”! The only time I’ve ever done a sweater with this kind of construction was my Walpole cardigan and I thought for sure I was doing something wrong because it was so incredibly awkward. I actually put the sleeve stitches back on two DPNs and worked around them that way. I did not enjoy those few rows, but you’re right — they’re brief. And the sweater survived it just fine.

  • I just want to thank you and Ann for continuing to blog. I realize that blogging is so over. However, some of us do not want to deal with Twitter or Instagram or WhatsApp or Whatever, and thus deeply appreciate your continuing to use this dinosaur medium. I love the short posts, but blogging is particularly well-suited to longer posts, such as this one, in which significant educational information is conveyed.

    • Here! Here! So glad for this blog; the humor, the pictures, the adventures in knitting, the knitting group feel of the comments. Though I didn’t know blogging is over. I hope not because I still post to mine and still read many knitting and quilting blogs. Though I always check Mason-Dixon first for what’s new!

    • I so agree and appreciate the blot. Especially since. I just read about it in knitscene mag. Another outdated. So they say! Ha! What do “they ” know.

  • I detest that awkwardness at the sleeve/body join when you first put everything together. I usually just do the first few rounds on two circular needles to alleviate the pulling between sleeve and body pieces. After an inch or so of knitting, I keep going on one circular.

    • I do the same thing with 2-circs, as I tend to use metal chiagoos, and it is best not to put a ton of tension on their metal cords. Unless you don’t fear them breaking on you at the most inopportune moment, as they are wont to do.

  • At this moment my love for you knows no bounds. When I asked you for this tutorial I knew it would not only be clear but hilarious – you do not dissapoint. One more question, when you get to the 3 tube stage have you broken off all working yarn. So in other words, when you start the joining are you starting with new working yarn? (Clearly I am reading my instructions from another state.)

    • Susan, what an excellent question (again). For extra credit, do not break yarn on one of your sleeves. That way you can call it the left sleeve, starting the join where you stopped putting the 12 sts on a string (you have to knit across them before putting them on the string so that the working yarn is in the right place). This makes you feel like you have one fewer pair of ends to weave in, although I’m not sure it really works out that way.

  • You are a woman of my own heart. Your words paint a picture in my mind and I feel like we are old friends. I know we are not (that might be a bit creepy) because you don’t know me although I have been reading your blog from the very beginning. I think I shall snort a little now and go cook dinner.

  • Wow. All I can say is “wow.” Your explanation is amazing–thank you for your guidance on this. I’m *almost* ready to try this!

  • Oh Kay, If only I had seen this before I attached the sleeves of my Owls sweater to the body. It was painful because as lovely and clever as this pattern is, the author did not specifically point out that the stitches on holders can stay there until you are ready to graft them. Probably because it was obvious to more advanced knitters. It made for some interesting twists that then had to be untwisted as well as two rather gap-y underarms that will have to be sewn shut in some creative way. All worth it now that you have shown us the True Way!

  • Wait, could you go over that one more time? AW JK JK JK. This is so inspiring that I want to rig up some tube socks and a cowl just so I can how this deal works. Masterful!

    • I shall wait to see the joined tube socks and cowl!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I love your tutorial and it came with good timing because I am working on my first sweater with this type of construction. I’ve knitted lots of sweaters but have somehow missed this construction until now. I’m knitting Vivian (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vivian) which is a heavily cabled hoody cardigan – my body tube will be an open tube which should only effect the beginning of the round. I’m a “how hard could it be?” knitter so was not worried about the joining round in the least. My biggest worry is having to wait to join until I have knitted two whole sleeves! Now when I am ready to join, I will envision a green bowl body and two swirly tumbler sleeves!

    I love your attitude about “I like to learn skills, such as Magic Loop, strictly on an as-desperately-needed basis.”

  • Brilliant! Your photo with the bowl and two glasses is not only an effective way to explain the construction, but it is such a strong, beautiful image, that it will stick with us and be there to hold our hands on future yoked sweater projects. Thank you!!

  • Fabulously hilarious! And accurate! Kay, you never cease to amaze.

    Do I recall correctly that you made at least one lopapeysa with the knitterly equivalent of pit-zips? I think you bound off those underarm stitches, leaving a little air space so the wearer would not die of overheating – those things are WARM!

    My problem with the bottom-up construction is that those underarm stitches get stretched out at the ends, and it’s a real challenge to get them all nicely tucked back in where they belong. Any tips?

  • Kay! Perfect description with graphics! Aren’t you fancy. Really was a simple map of a potential traffic jam!

  • Not only do you have sweater joining in your bag of tricks, you also seem to be able to change the color of the sweater as well! Can we look forward to a tutorial on this in the near future? This could help greatly in those situations where the intended recipient, upon being shown a 3/4 completed sweater, changes their mind about the color they requested and now wants white instead of blue.

  • As Ashveen says: “soothing and funny.” We are indeed “here for this.” Or, anyway, I suppose that’s why my own knitting tends toward the whimsical, and why “thoughtful romantic comedy” is my favorite movie genre. Love and laughter. My two favorites! (Also, the vase and two glasses composition, aka Three Tubes, is just beautiful. I LOVE green!)

  • As always, you crack me up! Thanks for the entertaining tutorial, as I want to make one of these someday. I made some pants for a doll family a few years back and worked out how to go from one body tube to 2 leg tubes in kind of reverse from this…knitting halfway around and adding stitches for inside of leg, working one leg, then doing the same on the other leg and grafting the added stitches at the end. Anyway, I was proud at the time that I figured that out : ) In knitting, and in general, I tend to just jump in and figure I’ll deal with the problem when it comes up. Interesting, guess that’s why I married a detailed oriented, plan-ahead kind of guy. Love the green dishes, too!

  • Dear Kay,

    I am working on a cardigan that is constructed in this same way, making three tubes then attaching them. Last night I had to rip out three inches of the yoke because I noticed that I made the two sleeves exactly the same and attached them to the body that way. Three inches up I realized that the increase stitches were visible on one and on the underside of the other sleeve. Disappointing. I ended up knitting another half row on one of the sleeves before starting again. Arugh.

  • Oh, I do so love the way you (and Ann) write. I have read and reread your books, because, like the blog post above, they just plain make me giddy with joy. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Sorry, but when I see “tubes” I can’t help but think of Ted Stevens. Your sweater is a series of tubes, just like the internet!

  • Beautiful knitting. Beautiful explanation. But honestly, I cracked up at the symbolic tumblers and bowl —
    reminded me of a uterus and ovaries! I know; it’s crazy!

  • You had me at “Talleyho!”

  • thank you for the glimpse into the sweater maw. what a lovely thing indeed. the un-obvious simplicity, comfort, the wearability of a lopi sweater. so great.

  • What a great tutorial! And the sweaters are pretty cool, too . . .

  • You know, I never planned on making one of these before, but now that I see that it’s all done in the round with almost no sewing, I’m so there.

    • It’s not “almost” no sewing. No sewing! I don’t even graft the underarms; I do a 3 needle bindoff. It’s under the arms, so what’s the point in being fancy? Weave in ends and it’s done. Very satisfying.

  • I, too, consider myself to be a beast of burden – it comes with knitting on the subway – I have been doing it standing up quite a bit lately, though I do actually do a little bit of magic loop.
    But I’m really just commenting because I ain’t got no instagram acc’t but saw your pic here and just signed up for the indigo workshop.
    So see you there.

  • Not to take away from this now-finished lopapeysa since I saw it on the insty-gram and it is my leading favorite of yours–but that demonstration of how to attach ? Best sweater support diagram ever. Totally made my day.

  • Aaaaah, finally I understand it! You should do a video . I would definitely get it!

  • Well, it’s been a lonely sort if time, as I felt no need to read this post because I knew that I would never make the sweater. Then, I just thought of that time tested adage “never say never”. Kay, I only had to read it once! Just when I was thinking that I had lost track of some stitches, you were talking about grafting those (48) stitches! YES! I did not lose track of them–there they were in your tutorial. I now feel confident that I might just be able to do this some time, no prob. There is just one little thing, I did not initially read the Magic Loop part. I eventually did read it, pulling myself kicking and screaming through those torturous few sentences, and found that it was not so bad at all.

    Thank you, Kay. I came. I read. I understood.
    Life makes sense again.


  • I’m working on a Stopover and have come to this point in the pattern. I like that I was able to put “three tube situation” in the search box of the new-and-improved MDK site and it brought me here. I love technology.

  • Love this Blog! Please keep up the great work! Thank you for a wonderfully evocative and visual explanation, Kay! Thank you so very much on behalf of all knitters not yet exposed to this possibility. Being a “lazy”, not-wanting-to-sew-my-knitting type of knitter, I “unvented” (All credit to EZ for this term) this solution many years ago. My only addition is that I actually use three-needle-bind off instead of grafting, and I do that first before joining all parts to work in the round. I find it addresses the tightness issue as well as making sure those underarm stitches don’t go anywhere.

  • Excellent explaination! I love my knitted sweaters front the bottom up with a yoke. This is a perfect explaination for those who need to learn

  • Your explanation had me at the “ how hard can it be?”
    My outlook is “once I suffer thru this, I’ll have learned something!”
    Very similiar

  • Perfect and thank you. Fears allayed, I forget ahead!

  • ah — this was what I was looking for…..working on a stopover — I’ve used DPNs at the sleeve cuffs for the color work, and then moved them to two at a time magic loop so I don’t get stuck on sleeve island. Next up — bowls and cups!