So, when I was back in Seattle, I was talking to a very nice guy in a yarn shop about various things, and somewhere mentioned that I wanted to try my first sweater but was trying to get up my courage. He told me "if you've done socks, you already know most of the techniques."
Well maybe, but construction is full of surprises!
I'm working on Brownstone, by Jared Flood. (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brownstone). Several folks seem to have done it as their first sweater and I like the look. Of the model too. ;)
Err...anyway, a couple of issues.
1: gauge. The gauge is 18 stitches/28 rows = 4 inches. It looked okay in the swatch but now, while my stitch count is right on the mark, I'm getting more like 26 rows to 4 inches. So by the time I finished my first sleeve and got to the right stitch count, the sleeve was about 2 inches longer than the length I was supposed to knit up to *after* achieving the stitch count. The good news is that it lines up perfectly with my underarm. So I'm not too worried yet as the body length is pretty much measure-as-you-go and not dependent on a particular number of stitches, but am I going to run into problems when I do the yoke? Or should I re-swatch on a smaller needle before starting the body?
I swatched on a circular (all right-side, carrying the working yarn over the back for each row) but the sleeves are done on dpns. It's confusin'.
2: What should be obvious to someone who's done this:
I've done the first sleeve, and all's well, but I'm a bit confused by the instructions:
Knit until 7 (8, 9, 9, 10) stitches remain in round. Break working-yarn leaving a 7" tail. With a tapestry needle, thread remaining 7 (8, 9, 9, 10) stitches of round onto waste yarn, remove marker when you encounter it, then continue to thread the next 7 (8, 9, 9, 10) stitches from L needle onto waste yarn. You will now have 14 (16, 18, 18, 20) stitches held on waste yarn that are centered directly over your sleeve “seam.”
Set sleeve aside and work 2nd sleeve by repeating the above instructions once more.
My question is, what about the other stitches? Do I thread them separately? Or do I leave them on the DPNs and go out and buy a second set to do the second sleeve? I suppose I could just stick them on a spare circular needle in the meantime? As long as I'm not supposed to be binding them off. ??
Thanks in advance for you help!