Before You Begin
As you are picking up the underarm stitches, it's important to pay close attention to the corners, at each side of the sleeve, between the held sleeve stitches (from the yoke) and the picked up stitches. It's really easy to get unsightly gaps there.
Also, since there is naturally going to be a lot of stress on the fabric at those corners when you move your arms around, it's important to keep things neat and secure. Often times knitters will use their yarn tail to sew up any corner gaps. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can pretty much prevent the gaps from appearing.
- stitch markers (optional)
Picking Up Underarm Stitches for Gap-Free Sleeves
Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Wallflower Sweater Pattern shown in this lesson has videos to help you learn more about:
- The Importance of Swatching
- Tracking Progress in Complex Knitting Patterns
- Open Bar Increase (a.k.a. Open Make 1 Increase)
- Decrease Slant and Stitch Charts - 3 Helpful Tips
- Smocked, or Tied, Stitches
- Dividing the Body and Casting On Underarm Stitches for Top Down Sweaters
- Picking Up Underarm Stitches for a Gap Free Sleeve
- Suspended Bind Off (Purlwise)