Doing Both Sleeves at Once?

Dudes of Knitting:

So, I've finished the front and back pieces of the Carlito Cardigan and I'm ready to start the sleeves. A friend of mine said the she always does her sleeves at the same time. It sounds like a good idea; however, I started thinking about all that weight and two skeins of yarn and I'm starting to wonder if it's worth the trouble. Anyone else do their sleeves this way?



rc_in_sd's picture

I did this once and would do it again. I was working with some pretty light-weight yarn, so it didn't really get heavy or awkward for me. I don't know if this was true, but they seemed to go faster than doing the sleeves individually.

Tom Hart's picture

So how do you do something like that? Is there a YouTube video that shows you how to do two sleeves at once. Sounds like high-wire acrobatics to me. Backwards.

rc_in_sd's picture

Hi Tom,

It's more straightforward than it sounds. You need a fairly long circular needle. Using one skein, you cast on the stitches for one sleeve. You then park the first skein and use a second to cast on for the second sleeve. Turn the work if you've used something like the long-tail cast on. Don't turn it if you've used something like the cable or knitted cast on. Work the first row of the sleeve on the left hand side of the needles, park the working yarn from that skein and work the first row across the next sleeve. Once you've worked the first row across both sleeves, turn the whole kit and caboodle around (the two working strands will probably twist at this point, but it's manageable) and work row 2 across both. Etc. It's easier to do than it is to describe, but I hope this helps!

Iacobvs's picture

My mother once made me a sweater following a classic, 40's pattern but she did the sleeves individually and one was shorter than the other. It is a pain to do both at once, the two strands and the two balls of yarn make things difficult, but it is worth it in the end. Especially if there is a pattern in the stitches or the colors, I always do both sleeves at once. Besides, once you're done with the sleeves, you're done and you don't face the prospect of doing the very same thing all over again!

ronhuber's picture

If you use a circular needle it shouldn't make much difference in weight. The yarn tends to get tangled at times but it is a nice break to sit back and straighten things out. It really saves time if you have a pattern to do and to count rows. I would recommend it.

I always try and do both sleeves at once. If you use a long circular needle the weight of the sleeves sits in your lap and there is no strain on your shoulders.

steve kadel's picture

i always do two at once. just to put my two sleeve cents in

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Buck Strong's picture

It's official now, Steve has spoken. I will be doing both sleeves at once.

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