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The Sleeve begins July 14, 2011

It’s only a Thursday, but there’s something like weekend excitement bubbling up around here. In the Mix: two sweaters ready for my top-down set-in sleeve sampling experiment.

This little cotton number has been ready for a few days and is just waiting for its turn (how it mocks me!) in the workflow (new Fall patterns shipping to LYS – and are they ever beautiful!). I’ve been using these two projects as a dangling Carrot to pull me along the daily grind and be ready in the wings as a reward. The last we heard from this cardi, we were doing a test on some dyeing possibitlies — now we’re ready to get even more adventurous and try a whole new technique.

And there’s a whole lot of info out there about how to do this, so it’s taken a bit of time to sort through it all — very interesting to discover and dig through all the individual takes on the process. I first turned to, but of course, Barbara Walker’s book – and then went online and read all I could…

Here is a great wrap-up of the process by the indomitable Stephanie Thorton: Short-row Set-in Sleeves. She basically sets out the initial way you pick-up-and-knit for this type of sleeve.

Now this isn’t exactly the first time I’ve knit top-down sleeves. Both the Cerisara and the Vonica designs have them.

But this is the first time I’ll be making them on a traditionally shaped (curved after an underarm bind off) armhole. I’ve got a good idea of how I want to consolidate and tweak all the different takes I’ve run across on this process — everyone has a slightly indiviual way they proportion the thing itself, including moi!

If you’ve done this before – leave a comment with any helpful hints? Hold my hand? I’m a little skert!

 
 
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