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  1. Deb
    February 7, 2022 @ 6:49 pm

    I have an Icelandic bottom up sweater pattern that calls for 10 stitches from sleeve to be placed on stitch holder and 11 stitches from body to be placed on stitch holder. I’m not sure how to do this as I’m thinking that in order to graft underarms you use same number of stitches from sleeve as from body. Is this a misprint???

    • Alexa Ludeman
      February 7, 2022 @ 11:51 pm

      Hi Deb – It might be a misprint, but you can work a decrease as you graft the underarm sts together. It’s much like a k2tog, where you treat 2 sts as one.

  2. Angela Chavez
    October 5, 2021 @ 7:34 am

    I realize this is from 5 years ago but came across as I’m struggling with how to do the underarm and so so grateful you did this and with pictures to boot…so clear and concise…just wanted to say thank you!!

  3. Kathleen Kelm
    March 21, 2019 @ 1:52 pm

    The problem is that the live stitches grafted together leave holes that the author suggest be darned. That works but I prefer to Kitchener the whole shebang. There are side stitches on the corners of the mouth. Pick up one stitch on each end of double pointed needles, both needles, to add 4 total stitches. The working yarn will be one stitch from the end so move it where it should be. Thread that working yarn onto a nice blunt needle and bring it through the picked up stitch closest to it. Then continue on with the Kitchener graft. It looks pretty and is regular.

  4. Christina Thaler
    February 24, 2019 @ 5:02 am

    I was wondering how many stitches should there be for the underarm? I’d like to adapt the bumble to better fit my 10 year old and am makinx xs sleeves but am planning to make an S body. that means I’ll only have 5 stitches on hold for underarm, instead of 11. would it be OK to do increases one round before I put them on hold just in the underarm area? or would that look messy?
    thanks for the help…

    • alexaludeman
      February 25, 2019 @ 10:22 am

      Hi Christina – you definitely need a matching number of underarm stitches on the sleeve and body so they can be grafted together at the very end. I think you would be better off just putting 11 sts on hold for the sleeves as well as the body.

      • Christina Thaler
        March 7, 2019 @ 3:30 am

        thanks for the help :)

  5. chrostowski
    March 31, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    Thank you! My armpits are always like… the armpit of the sweater! ;-) Just a detail, but when you say, “Use a darning needle to stitch up the hole”, what kind of stitch? This is where I just go for it and it often looks gnarly. Should one be trying to use mattress stitch? Or…?

    • alexaludeman
      April 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

      We just used a whip stitch (just yarn over the top)

  6. Macrobe
    March 29, 2017 @ 7:08 am

    How about top down sweaters? I prefer those, partly because it can be tried on while knitting to adjust length aNd width. :)

    • alexaludeman
      March 30, 2017 @ 9:58 am

      Hi – top down sweaters usually have the sleeves picked up an worked down, so you pick up the underarm sts rather than grafting them

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    • alexaludeman
      March 28, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Terri – are you looking to make it as a pullover? It can certainly be done! You just need to work the even chart rows as knits (since it will be in the round)