I trusted the pattern....that was silly.

So, I got to the point on the front part of my sweater where I have to bind off 11 of the center stitches for the neck...and now, im stuck. You see the pattern never says to switch to using two sets of circulars when doing the shoulders, yes, I know that should be common sense but this is my first sweater, so I dont know what to do, do I need to go buy another pair of the same needles and do the other shoulder simultaneously? What about the yarn? Do I just attach another skein of yarn to the other side and start knitting with that? Or is there some special bind off method I didn't get the memo on? Someone please help me, I made a stupid mistake (but then again ya'll were probably all expecting this, since it's my first sweater and all)...here's the link to the pattern so you have an idea of what im talking about. Any help someone could give me would be appreciated.



MMario's picture

First; stop, breathe and don't panic.

YOu are using circs but knitting the front of a sweater "flat" - or back and forth?

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

steve kadel's picture

they gave the exact same advice in scuba class. hmmmm

wherever you go, there you are

we put birds on things

MitchPR08's picture

Back and forth, the only reason im using circs is because they're ADDI needles and they were the only brand of metal needles available at my LYS and circs are the only type available over 6mm (im using 9mm).

Bill's picture

I usually put the stitches from one side on a holder...(sometimes a piece of thin ribbon or string)...and continue knitting the one side... then later add yarn and finish the second shoulder. You could also buy another needle..add yarn and continue, as you suggested....(but that would mean you have to wait 'til next weekend to go buy the new needle).

JDM511's picture

You can use just the one circular. bind off the stitches then knit to the end of the row. Knit back to the bound off stitches. Skip the bound off stitches add a new skein of yarn and knit the other shoulder of the front.

Keep knitting back and forth using a separate skein/ball for each side of the bound off stitches.

I know this is not as clear as it could be, if it does not make sense give me another post.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Jim, my man, this is a great tip. Normally, I would have done like Bill and just concentrated on one side until it was finished, then began the other. This way, you can keep both sides even and match up all the shaping. Thanks! -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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MitchPR08's picture

It makes perfect sense Thank You, I thought of this last night when I was going to bed (I had to step away from the knitting for a while) and it looks like that is what Im going to do. Thank you all for the tips and suggestions!

Tallguy's picture

Yes, that is the right way to do it, with circulars when you are knitting something flat. You can use very long circs as well -- no need to buy many different needles that way!

And when you bind off those 11 stitches, continue on to the other side. When knitting back, cast on a couple where those 11 were, and continue to the other side. These 3 or 5 cast-on stitches are the "steek", and will be where you cut the fabric later. Not a problem!!

The problem with doing each shoulder separately shows up when you have variegated yarns.. the patterning will not be the same. Doing it as a steek will help preserve the colour patterning of the yarn somewhat.

So you just continue as you were. There really is nothing hard about this. You just over-think it and make it more complicated than it needs to be. You are still knitting a flat piece of fabric -- which you will cut apart in the middle later on.