We have long loved the bottom up sweater. For a pullover you work 3 tubes, attach them all together and the knit a yoke. For a cardigan it’s 2 tubes and a rectangle. Simplicity at it’s finest! The only problem is that pesky seam at the undearm, so here is a little step by step on closing it up.
- The underarm stitches from the body and the sleeve are on hold on waste yarn and there is a long tail from the sleeve. You will use the tail to work the Kitchener stitch seam.
- Insert needle tips or double pointed needles into the held stitches on each side; the needle tips should be on the side where the yarn tail is as you will begin seaming from that end.
- Remove the waste yarn
- Thread a blunt darning needle with the long tail from the sleeve and use Kitchener stitch to seam the live stitches together. Note that there are still little holes on either side of the completed seam.
- Use the darning needle to stitch up the hole. Then weave the yarn across to the other side and do the same to close up the last hole.
- Voila! A nice neat underarm seam has been completed!
More bottom up sweaters from TCK: