I'm designing a baby sweater and figured I'd try to save time by knitting the sleeves in the round. I don't know if I was doing something wrong but I noticed that all the stitches that were increased were looking stretched out. For some unknown reason I just kept on going deciding I was being too critical of myself and, if anything, the uneven stitches would smooth out with blocking. Keep in mind I was also trying to be fancy by doing the sleeves 2 at a time on 2 circs.
I was off work one day and had gotten several inches done before JF came home and gave me a reality check. These sleeves just weren't up to par with my usual work. Part of the problem was the ladders that were created where the 1st needle left off and the 2nd needle began. Sticking increases in the same area didn't help things any. I did try periodically to move the stitches around on my needles so the join wasn't always in the same place. However, since I was doing both sleeves at the same time one sleeve became trapped in the middle and I was only able to move the stitches from one needle to the other if I removed it completely from the needle and put it back on in another spot.
I finally gave up on my experiment and admitted I just needed to do the sleeves flat and probably one at a time. The concept of doing both sleeves at the same time is so that you are certain you have done the same number of rows on each sleeve. This is more exact than simply measuring 8 inches or however long your sleeve is. I tend to get confused with this method and end up increasing where I shouldn't or continuing to knit Sleeve #1 when I should be on Sleeve #2.
Anyone out there in blogland have similar problems? If you have any tips on how to deal with this problem I'd love to hear them. I hate having to sew sleeve seams!!