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Working both sides at the same time

Hi everyone. I'm knitting my first sweater, and can't work out the "work both sides at once" bit. First, though, I was wondering if anyone knew a good source for a video or diagram, so I can understand the explanations I'm finding. Here's the part of the pattern I'm unsure of:

"...join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center
24 sts, work to end. Working both
sides at once, bind off 4 sts from each
neck edge twice..."

Any help would be great. Thanks, everyone!

 
susangustus wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

work even

I don't know of any video source or diagram but I will try to explain it...

The chest area of a sweater is, perhaps, the only area of a sweater where it matters if the two sides are exactly even. Consider the sleeves - if one sleeve is two rows longer than the other no one will notice and it doesn't affect the fit of the garment. Not so with the yoke of a sweater. Two rows will make a difference on the fit.

To avoid this problem knit both sides at the same time. Well, not EXACTLY at the same time. First you'll knit the left side, then the right side. Next you will purl the right side, then the left side. Of course that's what you've been doing all along. The difference is now you have two balls of yarn. The first ball that you have been working on is for the left side and you are going to add the second ball for the right side. With no yarn to cross the gap between left and right you are left with, well, a gap. We call this gap a neckline.

The pattern you listed is rather concise. It can be expanded a bit. (In this example I am assuming you have 144 stitch on your needle are are working in stockinette stitch)
Row 1. Knit 60, Join second ball of yarn and bind off 24, knit 60.
Row 2. Still using 2nd ball of yarn purl 60. Drop 2nd ball of yarn, pick up 1st ball of yarn. Bind off 4 stitches. purl 56.
Row 3. Still using 1st ball of yarn, knit 56. Drop 1st ball of yarn, pick up 2nd ball of yarn. Bind off 4 stitches. Knit 56.
Row 4. Still using 2nd ball of yarn purl 56. Drop 2nd ball of yarn, pick up 1st ball of yarn. Bind off 4 stitches. purl 52.
Row 5. Still using 1st ball of yarn, knit 52. Drop 1st ball of yarn, pick up 2nd ball of yarn. Bind off 4 stitches. Knit 52.

Of course you will need to modify this to fit your particular needs. If you need more accurate instructions, please include the number of stitches currently on the needle and the stitch pattern you are using.

Happy Knitting!

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