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In a recent knitting tip post, the Webs Yarn Store Blog laid out a pretty convincing argument for knitting the sleeves of a sweater first—especially if you hate swatching.

When knitting a sweater, where do you start? Are you strictly by-the-pattern, or do you use tips and tricks for making the project easier?


Haley Pierson-Cox

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  1. Katherine says:

    Usually I start from the bottom and go up, but that makes total sense to start at the sleeves first, especially when starting a new pattern. That would have doubtless saved me a lots and lots of time undoing stitches :)

  2. elisabeth says:

    I always thought the reason patters say “knit the back” first is that one is most likely to make a mistake with a new yarn at the beginning of a project, and mistakes or tear outs in the material for the back won’t be as noticable — at least to the wearer! Also, one has more options I think, one can make short sleeves or change something into a sleeveless vest if there isn’t enough yarn, if you make the front/back first and sleeves last.

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