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  • Yikes! I would never, in a million years, have figured this out by myself. Thank you so much, Amazing Patty!

  • Patty The Wonder Worker does it again. She has worked out a solution we
    were all wondering about.
    Thank you, thank you!

  • Brilliant! That always annoyed me so much that I stayed away from top down sweaters – don’t need to do that anymore! Although I still prefer seamed sweaters- the fit is better.

    • Just brilliant. Such an efficient method with a beautiful result. Thank you!

  • Thank you, Patty! This is clear and wonderful.
    But one little thing is bothering me….shouldn’t the last sentence in Step 5 read “One stitch added has NOW been decreased away.”?
    This reminds me of what I do when knitting socks, after turning the heel and when adding back the held stitches.
    However it’s 4 am here on the west coast and I’m up because of a headache, so I may not be thinking clearly.

    • Yes! Pesky typo fixed.

  • How about the hole you get when working a thumb in a mitten? Would something like this work? I usually close it with the yarn tail, but it looks lumpy. Maybe there’s a trick to help?

    • I’m always fiddling with that gap too, but adding 5 sts in such a small area might be too much. I also use a tail to duplicate st to pull it all tighter.

      • Thank you so much for this explanation. I’ve spent years and years frustrated with raglan sweaters and the unsightly armpit hole! I’ve tried EVERYTHING. This is the most clear and sensible fix. I am knitting a baby sweater and thought…”It’s just a baby sweater, it won’t matter.” But i tried your method and it’s gorgeous/beautiful!!!!! Thanks again for helping me take my knitting up a notch.

    • I would love a trick for this – I do lots of fingerless gloves and I hate those lumps.

  • Wow! Magic! You and your brain are amazing as usual.

  • Oh thank you! This is exactly what I needed. You are brilliant!

  • Do you have a video explaining this? That would be even more helpful for knitters like me:}
    Big big fan of yours!!

    • Yes, please, a video would be so helpful. I think I understand but I’d love to see it done before attempting it.

    • I’m with you. I, too, would love a video.

  • This is a keeper! One more idea: I like to join the yarn for knitting the sleeve well away from the cast-on area. Make the beginning of round in the lower back of the sleeve, knit around, pick up from the cast-on in stride.

    • First of all, thank you. I am looking forward to finishing my first top-down sweater. It has been vegetating for over a year now. I made it a goal to finish it before Thanksgiving and thought about it again last night and, blessings be, there was your snippet ready for me to pick up the needles and finish. Tanks much again.

  • Once again you have saved us HOURS trying to reinvent how to close up those dreaded holes. Thanks so much!!

  • I’ll try this next time–thanks. I agree it would be super helpful to have a video demonstrating this brilliant technique.

  • Splendid! I expected nothing less.

  • This is a great but I am having trouble with step 5. If the marker is between the two loose strands, how do you knit them together, unless you move the marker?

    • In step five, you’re using your left needle to pick up the stitch and then knitting it together with the following stitch, not the one already on the right needle.

    • The k2tog is the two stitches after the marker. You are knitting a full stitch (that ends up on top) with the twisted picked up strand. See the stitches in the red circle.

      • This is brilliant! I’ve just used it and no gaps. Patty, thank you so very very much. I’m just hoping that no one notices right armpit = holes, left armpit = intactness.

  • Thank you Patty! I usually pick up extra stitches when starting sleeves and then decrease them away in the next round, but this method is so much more refined and takes that techniques to a whole new level. Amazing!

  • Love to Patty.

  • Yay! Thanks, Patty!

  • I just read Patty’s instructions. Confusing! When I ran into the problem with my first top down sweater sleeves, I decided that I would knit my sleeves separately via magic loop 2 at a time, and then I would seam them like I would with a sweater done in pieces. This has been working like a charm for me and I don’t get confused. Plus, I didn’t care for the extra weight of having to hold the whole sweater in my lap or dangling from my needles. I didnt like having to knit 1 sleeve completely and then the other one either. I do get bored easily!

  • This is fascinating, and makes a lot of sense. I’m always ‘improvising’ extra stitches…but now I see there is a real method to this, supporting my instinct.

    A related question—-can one first pick up stitches all the way around and THEN knit them? Why do the instructions always say ‘pick up and knit’? Why would it matter?

    • Here you have no yarn attached. Pick up and knit (often used interchangeably with “Pick up”) is when you put your needle through an existing stitch and then pull yarn through it to knit. Here, we are actually combining pick up and knit with pick up. We just “pick up” the loose strands on our needle.

  • Brilliant!

  • Can’t wait to try this! Top down sweaters are my favorite. (Sorry Patty, I hate seaming…)

  • Is there any way I can print this? Thank you.

    • Great question I forgot to ask!

  • Thank you, my underarm looks so much neater.