Sunday, September 09, 2007

Help with Fifi sleeves


Hi everybody,

I know that the Fifi knitalong is officially over but I'm truly hoping for words of wisdom to help me out. I tried on my Fifi multiple times as I was making it and noticed that the stitches under the arms elongated. (I used a backward loop cast-on.) So when I picked up and knitted from the cast stitches, I tried to spread the yarn out in the stitches along the whole sleeve. But when I finished it, I had this huge hole so I ripped back and tried again. This time I used smaller needles and held the tension snugly. It's better but still I have holes. I have no dropped stitches; I've counted and I have the right number. I'm afraid to put it on again because I think it will just get worse. My thought is to try to pull it together and treat it like I'm mending it. Is there a better solution? I love topdown patterns...how do I prevent this from happening again in my next sweater? (Obviously I'm new to making sweaters.) Please help. My Fifi is so beautiful otherwise.
Thanks in advance, Walk2Sing

5 comments:

Chrispy said...

I would suggest that you "mend" it. That is what I did to fix the funny spots around the bust darts.

mary_me_a_little said...

I usually pick up a few extra stitches around the arm to avoid getting a hole. At this point, I'd just darn the holes up---it will look fine!

AliceInDilbertland said...

Also, when picking up extra stiches under the arm, knit though more than one strand of yarn at a time -- this will make the existing stitches stretch less.

Cindy said...

This happened to me, too. I just sewed it up afterwards. You can't tell at all.

Walk2Sing said...

I "mended" the holes and the pattern has enough detail that the extra stitches don't show up at all. In the future, I think I will try picking up those few extra stitches. aliceindelbertland, i did pick up 2 loops per stitch. Are you suggesting that I go down more than one row? Thanks again for all the help. It really boosts the confidence level.