[color=indigo][/color] A friend at work taught me to knit this past January (I have crocheted for years). After knitting a hat, a couple of scarves, and a pair of baby booties and matching hat, she assigned me the task of knitting a sweater for my soon to be 4 yr old granddaughter. The sweater is called 'The Wonderful Wallaby' and is a pullover hoodie w/a pocket.
I have the first 10" done on the body, along w/the pocket, and today finished my second sleeve. I have to tell you, I was quite proud of myself to figure out how to use those double point needles! Anyway, the directions called for using size 8 16" circular needles to do the main part of the sleeve once you got thru the experience of using the four needles to knit the cuffs. In my head, this is wrong, but I didn't know any better at the time, so did what the directions said. When I finished the cuff on the second sleeve, I used size 8 12" circular needles which was much easier and not so stressful as I didn't like how the 16" needles stretched the stitching out so much. So, I have my first sleeve, measuring 10 1/2" long, and my second sleeve measuring the same. I counted the rows (which for me is about as easy to do as it is to read a knitting pattern!) and there is a difference of six rows, which really stresses me out. In my brain, this is due to the fact of the 16' needles stretching out the knitting as I did the first sleeve. I was set to rip out the first sleeve down to the cuff, but she told me that I should just go by the measurement for the length of the sleeve, as that is what the pattern says to do, or I can split the difference and add a couple rows.
Now, this has me completely befuddled. Should I just go by the pattern and use the length or sit here and dwell on the row count? By looking a them, you can't tell that there is a difference in the row numbers, and the stitches all look the same....so I'm sure I am worrying for nothing.
Thanks for any replies!