Start of a Sleeve

I finished the front, sewed the shoulders together, and picked up stitches for the first sleeve last night. I followed the instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters for working the set-in sleeve cap seamlessly from the top down.

first sleeve cap

The technique is a little fussy because you have to first pick up the right number of stitches around the armhole, then you have to follow a specific series of short-row wraps and turns until all of the stitches have been worked. Once I got started, I didn’t want to put the knitting down until I had joined for working in rounds at the base of the armhole. But it sure beats sewing a seam!

4 thoughts on “Start of a Sleeve”

  1. Lucy Harrington

    This is such a beautiful sweater! As soon as the directions are available, I will be in line to buy it. It’s so hard to knit for my adult sons ~ they have no sense of adventure! They want blue, black, gray or brown, and plain, plain, plain, but I think they would really like this sweater. And it has enough pattern that I won’t fall asleep while knitting and poke an eye out. Good design, Ann.

  2. What a great design. Still anxiously awaiting pattern release. How many skeins did you buy for this sweater? I would like to have my yarn in hand when the pattern is released. My son wears a medium, a 38″ chest, slim build, 5’10”.

  3. I pick up stitches with a crochet hook, then place them on a needle. It works because it makes the first knitted row easier. The edge is even while looking professionally done. Barb k

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