Little Lessons: Joining Sleeves and Body
How are you getting on with your knitting? I’m really enjoying the soothing nature of knitting round and round on the tubes of my Debut Pullover (Ravelry link). I settle on the sofa in the evening, with something good on the telly, and off I go on autopilot. Knitting round and round. Slowly but surely, tubes of knitted fabric are being made.
Last month I showed you how to join to work in the round (without getting a pesky twist), so I’m hoping that you’ve been happily knitting in the round since then.
If you are a newer knitter, maybe you aren’t aware that by simply knitting round and round, you can make a sweater. Yes! You can make a three-dimensional shape, to fit your body, simply by knitting a series of tubes.
All together now
Today’s video tutorial is going to show you how to go from three separate tubes–a body and two sleeves–to one nearly-pullover.
Here are our cute mini-sleeves and mini-body, ready and waiting to be pullover-ified. You can almost see how it’s going to work. Once the pieces are joined into one big round, it will become a single final tube (with some decreasing) that completes the yoke of the sweater (that’s the top part that goes over the top of your arms, chest and shoulders).
Who knew that a sweater was just four tubes joined in a clever way?!
Watch the video for a deep-dive into how that transformation occurs:
Video notes: If you are watching on YouTube, you can hover over the time bar to see the different sections of the video, which is handy if there’s a particular thing you want to re-watch. The video also has subtitles which you can display by clicking on the CC button.
I’ve used a mini-version of the fabulous Debut Pullover by Karida Collins, from Field Guide No. 18 Beginnings, but the principle applies to all bottom-up, knit in-the-round pullovers:
- You make two sleeves and cast off some stitches at the underarm.
- You then knit the body and cast off the same number of stitches at each underarm of the body (that’s to say, on opposite sides of the tube of fabric).
- Then you work across the back, followed by a sleeve, followed by a front, and finally, the second sleeve.
That’s it! Your pattern may have you doing that last round in a slightly different order, but it’s all essentially the same.
There’s very little more to it. You are going to want to watch the video to pick up some pro-tips on maneuvering the needles, and you will be able to see how things should match up. But really, it’s no more complicated than the knitting round and round you were doing before.
You can do it!