Here we are at the place where we’re done with our sweater body. We need to move some stitches around before we move on to the sleeves.
The Carbeth Cardigan is knit from the bottom up to the neckline and at this point we are done with the body and we’re going to hold these stitches until it’s time to attach the sleeves to the body. At this point we will rearrange the stitches to set aside a few for the underarms.
We slip the stitches around the needle without knitting them — see my working yarn at the beginning of the row?
The size I’m working says that I remove 4 stitches on either side of the marker so I slipped over to that point. Be sure to slip your stitches purlwise for this because knitwise will twist them and it will be visible later.
I like to use scrap yarn to hold stitches because it’s usually softer when knitting near it later. I always choose a thinner smooth yarn in a contrasting color. (There are always scraps of Ewe So Sporty hanging around my studio so that works perfectly!)
Thread a darning needle with some scrap yarn and move the required number of stitches — 8 for me — over to the yarn.
I tie it in a little bow to secure.
Now we continue moving around the sweater bridging the gap just created by the underarm. Slip to your next marker and move those stitches.
Now we have all of our body stitches sorted out! I’m going to leave the main stitches on my interchangeable needle cord. I attached the stoppers and I’ll set this whole piece aside until we need it again after the sleeves are knit. Sleeves start Wednesday!
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