Joining Sleeves to body in the round

I am working on a sweater for my baby girl and I’m stuck! It’s knit in the round in three pieces. You knit up to the armpits, stop and make two sleeves apart from the body piece, then join them and knit the yolk. The sleeves are knit in the round as well.

I’ve gotten to the part where the pattern simply says
"Using longer circular needle and knitting in the following order (left sleeve, front yolk, right sleeve, back yolk) pm for start of round and join body and sleeves"

Can anyone tell me how to do this? I did a google search and came up with nothing…

If it helps, the pattern called for slipping 6 stitches on each side of the body onto scrap yarn, and 6 stitches on each sleeve are slipped onto scrap yarn as well. I just have no clue where to go from here and I don’t want to just wing it and make a mess :wink:


You do exactly what it says. You have 3 tubes a larger one and 2 small ones, at the top they look like this - oOo. Where they touch is the underarm where the 6 sts are held. You don’t do anything with those sts for now. So with a long circular needle knit a RS round on one sleeve, starting to the left of the held sts around to where they’re held on the other side, then knit half the sweater sts on to the needle, the other sleeve sts, then the back sts. It’ll look weird and your needle has to flex in all different directions, but after you knit a few rows it starts looking like a sweater.

My pattern for a tiny sweater ornament on size 2 needles says something similar. It says to use a circular needle and to knit 10 of the arm stitches, then 24 of the sweater, then 10 of the arm stitches, then to do the same thing again on a second circular needle. I only use DPNs in that size. Would I need to have a circular needle to knit it?

If you want to use the Magic loop you can use a circ, but you can use the dpns. Is this a 4 armed sweater?

knit 10 of the arm stitches, then 24 of the sweater, then 10 of the arm stitches, then to do the [I]same thing again on a second circular needle[/I]

LOL, it’s just 2 arms. The sleeves are knit separately, then it says:

“On one circular needle, p.u. and knit 10 stitches from one of the sleeves, and p.u. and knit 24 stitches from the body of the sweater, p.u. and knit 10 stitches from the other sleeve. On a second needle p.u. and knit the remaining 10 stitches from the second sleeve, p.u. and knit the remaining 24 stitches from the body of the sweater and p.u. and knit the last 10 stitches from the first sleeve.”

I’m thoroughly confused. I hope I can do it with the DPNs, because the tiny sweaters are so cute! LOL.

I’ve done little sweaters like that with dpns, but you may need to use 5 or 6 or even more, whatever it takes to hold all the stitches you will have. Using one long circular is often hard because the needle will still have a hard time “going around the corners” even though it will hold all the stitches easily. Sometimes I’ve used 3 or 4 circular needles to make it easier.

Okay, I thought 10 sts was all there was for the sleeves. It’s odd that you start in the middle of one, usually you knit all the sleeve sts onto the circ, then half the body sts, then all the other sleeve and the other half of the body sts. They’re telling you to use 2 circs because of the small number of sts, but you can try it on the dpns and see how it works.

Thanks for the answers! I suppose I’ll just try it and see how it works. I’m doing an ornament ball first so I can practice colorwork. :slight_smile:

Thanks so much for the help!