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galleylama
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  07:55:57 AM  Show Profile Send galleylama a Private Message
I like to knit the largest most difficult piece of a sweater first. Whew! The biggest hardest section is done! Everything seems to go much faster for me when I do the hardest part first. Anyone else have a prefered method they knit by?
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  09:07:19 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Sleeves first to get them out of the way and it is all down hill from there.

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COgirl
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  10:04:31 AM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message
I typically will knit the body first, then the sleeves. But sometimes, particularly if I'm not certain about my gauge, I'll knit the sleeves first. Better to screw up on gauge on something like the sleeve where being a bit off won't matter as much.
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AuntyNin
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  10:17:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message
Back first, then sleeves, then front(s) works for me for items knit in pieces. For top-downs, I like to get the body to about 2 inches below the armpits, then finish the sleeves, then go back and finish the body. That way if I'm a little short on yarn, it's only reflected in the length of the body piece, not leaving me with half a sleeve unfinished.

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silfert
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  10:57:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit silfert's Homepage Send silfert a Private Message
I got into the habit of back, front(s), sleeves when I made my first sweater, mostly because that's how the recipe went. Gets the biggest part of the project out of the way, and I'm comfortable with the pattern by the time I get to the part that everybody sees. :)
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mwedzi
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  1:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit mwedzi's Homepage Send mwedzi a Private Message
Front first, then back, then sleeves, assuming they're all worked separately. The front is the hardest for me with bust shaping and the neckline, so yeah, I do like to get the hardest part out of the way first.
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busygirl
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  1:54:56 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message

I always knit the back of a sweater/cardigan first,then I do the sleeves,before tackling the front(s).

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  2:11:18 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Back first because that`s the bit that`s seen least in the finished garment (by me, anyway) so all the learning mistakes and frogging are best done there.

Then front, then sleeves.

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careynev
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  4:44:49 PM  Show Profile Send careynev a Private Message
I'm such a dork that I just follow the pattern, no matter which order it recommends. But, for my most recent project (IK's Rhapsody in Tweed), I did a sleeve first to get my gauge. Now I'm doing what the pattern says again, and did the back, then the front. The other sleeve will go last, when I have the body done and blocked. My husband has loooong arms and wiiiide shoulders, so I want to be done with the body to make sure the sleeves will be long enough (it's a drop-shoulder design).

I have never put much thought into the order of the pieces before, though. Now I'll start thinking about it!

Judy, the Nerdy Knitter (http://nerdyknitter.blogspot.com )
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kdcrowley
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  5:06:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
Sleeves first for gauge swatch, then the rest.

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galleylama
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Posted - 03/30/2006 :  5:12:03 PM  Show Profile Send galleylama a Private Message
I like all the ideas on back first because you can work out the pattern kinks because it's seen last! It's the premise on my haircuts - I can't seen the back and so am less fussy about the back and more concerned with the front!

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