Two by two

Sometimes it really is easier to do two things at once. Whilst I await  several promised squares for the Masterpiece (from Canada, the UK, India and the US) I have been working on Jacob’s hoody. The back and front are now complete and I have been knitting the sleeves this week. One thing I don’t like about knitting is all the care that is required to ensure that two pieces match exactly.

Sleeves: two at a time

Sleeves: two at a time

However, because I have some lovely KnitPro circular needles, with interchangeable wires, I have been able to use a long wire and knit the sleeves simultaneously, thus avoiding the possibility of making them different shapes or lengths! I don’t think that the work progresses much quicker this way, but it certainly saves effort in terms of counting rows and interpreting the pattern.

Once the sleeves are done, I just have the hood and pockets to knit, so this super-warm creation should be ready just in time for the British summer: perfect timing!

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  1. I’ve been know to do the ‘knit two at the same time’ but usually it is when I have a limited amount of wool. It means that I can shorten the sleeves to three-quarter if need be. I usually do them on two sets of needles and then get in a muddle. I think I shall be using the circular needle from now on. Sounds less knot-making. 🙂

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    • I have a friend who knits socks two at a time, using two sets of dpns, but I think I would find this too confusing… I just rely on a row counter, which seems to work ok until I forget to click it over, and then I have to count rows anyway!

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      • I am only just getting the hang of dpns using one set let alone two! I must get a row counter – they sound cool.

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  2. Very clever! And I love the colour.

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  3. I can’t one-at-a-time, let alone two!

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  4. Those sleeves look fantastic. I don’t do the two at a time thing because I don’t like the magic loop method…possibly because I’m so bumbly and slow with it. 😉 Looks like you’re not having that problem at all. 🙂

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    • In fact they are knitted flat… it’s just that the circular needles make it possible to fit all the stitches on comfortably. I too do not like magic loops, being a real fan of dpns for knitting in the round.
      I do like the idea of knitting sleeves in the round, though to avoid all that pesky sewing at the end!

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  5. You sounded just a tad cynical there when you mention the British Summer, it’s almost as if you can’t admit we’ve had it this last few days.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  6. I am SO terrified of circular knitting. I an not entirely sure why to be honest but fear oozes out of me when faced by a set. From what I hear about British summer he is going to need it 😉

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    • Oh, it’s for me… the wool is from Jacob’s sheep!!!
      And it’s actually knitted flat, it’s just that the circular needles are the only way to fit all the stitches on in one go… they are also good, because you never lose one whilst you are knitting. I have seen them recommended to those who knit on planes/buses/trains because if you drop one it can’t go rolling off under the seats.

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      • I think I might have to combat my fears and learn how to knit in the round. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the net to help me conquer my fears 😉 I love the look of the sleeves by the way and they ARE very uniform. Maybe that’s the secret to me turning out a jumper that someone is going to want to wear? 😉

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  7. I haven’t knitted bigger items like jumpers since my kids decided it wasn’t cool to wear mum’s knitting but I always knitted two sleeves or two fronts at the same time. Only way things would get finished if two necessary parts were otn…..and only straights back then. Your hoodie looks great, nice colour.

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  8. You’re so clever, I love reading your posts x

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  9. Knitting two together is the only way they come out the same in my opinion! 🙂

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