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STUCK ON CHALEUR?

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One of the most frequent emails I receive is from knitters getting stumped when it comes time to divide the front and back pieces, and they can’t quite understand what they’re being instructed to do next with the provisional cast-on (CO) stitches.

For some, they power thorough it by just doing, quite literally, what it says to do. For others, they just get stuck.

When I have time, I will add photos to illustrate the steps, but luckily this is a fairly simple question to answer!

The instructions have you place your provisional CO stitches on either side of the needle so that you can visualize how they will form the base of your sleeves. Another reason I chose to write it that way was to help knitters avoid accidentally having 64 provisional CO stitches with no break. Of course, if you choose, you can certainly CO two sets of 32 provisional stitches on the right needle only.

Once you get the provisional CO stitches on either side of your needle, with RS facing, notice where your working yarn is positioned (where you left off knitting before separating for front & back). You need to knit 3 more stitches at the end of that RS row (into the 3 closest provisional CO stitches), but you can’t because your working yarn is trapped by the provisional stitches.

Moving the provisional stitches to the opposite needle allows you free your working yarn and to knit into those same 3 provisional stitches as you would normally (granted, since you’re using a circular needle, the L & R needle sides are difficult to keep track of when you rotate the needle to continue knitting). Try not to overthink it.

The next few rows are similar to how you would work short rows, working into a few more (rather than fewer) provisional stitches each row until you’ve formed the base of your sleeves, with a gentle curve at the underarm.

The provisional stitches will be removed later when you graft the front & back pieces together at the underarm & sleeve.

Hopefully after reading this, you’ll have the “ah-ha” moment you need!