Dear Olive: How do I fix underarm gap?

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Dear Olive,

I’m knitting the SOUNDTRACK PULLOVER, and I’m finding a gap at the underarm where I work the sleeve in the round. What did I do wrong? What is the best way to rectify the problem, without frogging back?

Sincerely,

Hole-y Armpits

Dear Hole-y Armpits,

First, let me reassure you that you’ve done nothing wrong. Gaps under the arm are a natural happenstance when knitting a top-down seamless sweater. There are two solutions:

  1. Pick up a few extra stitches under the arm when you begin working on the sleeves. This can help close the gaps, BUT it will also make your sleeve a bit larger. I prefer the advice in #2, which is…
  2. I like to use a quick fix for weaving the gaps closed using the tail of yarn that’s already there. See the tutorial video below.

Sincerely, Marie Olive

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