Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Joining the body and sleeves

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We’ve done a lot of knitting and now it’s time to put it all together! There are a lot of moving parts on this step but it’s really just one row that we have to work. We're about the join the sleeves to the body and create the yoke of the sweater.

 Parts of the Carbeth Cardigan before assembly

Parts of the Carbeth Cardigan before assembly

Here we have our pieces! The body is knit up to the armholes and each sleeve is worked to the same place. There are stitches on holders waiting at the underarms but otherwise we're going to work all of these stitches into one piece. 

I like to have all of my stitches on needles for this type of work before I start the row. That way I don't have to stop midway through. Here I have my body on my longest gauge-size circular needle. Everything will be transferred to this needle so it's best to have the longest cord you have. My sleeve in the upper left is on a shorter cord with below-gauge needle tips and my sleeve in the upper right is on a set up DPNs. And have your 4 stitch markers ready, too!  

 Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

Let's get this crazy row started!

Join your yarn to the leading edge of your sweater. Start with a ball that still has a lot of yarn on it so you know you'll make it through this section. Work across the Right Front stitches and place a marker on the needle. The numbers on the pattern should have land right at the right armhole.

 Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

Then it's sleeve time! Using your working yarn begin knitting the stitches from the sleeve on to the body needle. The pattern calls for 42 sleeve stitches and that's what I had. Phew!

 Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

There it is! The first sleeve is attached. We place a second marker and knit across the back of the body. Smooth sailing.

 Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

Joining a sleeve to the Carbeth Cardigan

The second sleeve should be just as easy but it's a little insane looking with the double-points.  Nobody but a knitter would understand what's going on here! Place a marker and move around your stitches.

 Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

OK! Look at that -- both sets of needles are on the table and I'm placing my last marker. Just the left front left to knit.

 Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

Knitting the Carbeth Cardigan together

And, done! Looking from the top this is a long and wild row but we have everything on there and all the parts aligned. 

 Beginning the yoke of a Carbeth Cardigan

Beginning the yoke of a Carbeth Cardigan

There it is! It's looking like a sweater! The body has sleeves and the sleeves are in the right place. That's all we can ask for in this world, isn't it? :) 

Our next step is to knit 5 more rows even. As you work these stockinette stitch rows the sections at the sleeve might feel a little tight moving around the needle but it gets smoother at every row. Just shift the stitches around the cord to make it more comfortable. 

  Carbeth Cardigan  by Kate Davies

Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies

Then we get to the part that makes the Carbeth Cardigan so unique -- the decreases! We're going to create those stunning lines up the yoke with only stitches, no seams. Every row of the yoke gets smaller by 4 stitches so I think it will go fast. 

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