Week 4: Knitting the Sleeves
As a reminder, here is the list of abbreviations used in our pattern.
Here is a list of abbreviations used in our pattern.
K = knit P = Purl st(s) = stitch(es)
alt = alternate approx = approximately beg = begin(ning)
cont = continue dec = decrease inc = increase
foll = following rem = remain(ing) rep = repeat
sl = slip st-st = stocking stitch tog = together
patt = pattern tbl = through back loop in(s) = inches
psso = passed slipped stitch over
Keep in mind that when you are knitting the sleeves, you will want to knit your stripes/colour blocking in such a way that works well with the body of your sweater. While we are not suggesting that the sleeves have to match the body of your sweater exactly, we just want you to make sure that you give it some thought before you dive in. (But then again, you already have…. haven’t you?)
While we know that this sounds like an obvious statement… it is not unusual to just FLY through your first sleeve, completely forgetting to change colours/ work your pattern along the way! The sleeves knit up quickly, so don’t forget to stripe! (That is… if you are knitting striped sweater!)
SLEEVES (remember, you need to knit 2)
With 3 ¼ mm needles, cast on 37 (41: 41: 45: 45) sts.
K 16 rows.
Change to 4mm needles and beg with a K row work in st-st inc 1 st at each end of next and every foll 6th row (a stitch counter might come in handy here) to 53 (55: 53: 57: 69) sts, then every foll 8th row to 55 (59: 61: 67: 73) sts.
Work straight in st-st until Sleeve measures 9 ½ (10 ¼: 11 ¼: 12 ½: 13 ¾) ins from beg, ending with a P row.
SHAPE RAGLAN TOP:
Cast off 4 (4: 4: 4: 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 47 (51: 53: 59: 63) sts.
Next row (Right side): K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts, sl 1, k1, psso, K1.
Next row: Knit
Rep the last 2 rows until 11 (13: 13: 15: 17) sts rem, ending with a wrong side row.
Sl sts onto a thread or stitch holder.
Your finished sleeve is quite narrow at the top, and quite wide at the underarm- which we admit, looks a little weird! But trust us here. That is exactly how it should look.
Repeat process for second sleeve.
In order to download a PDF version of this week’s pattern, click here. Week Four- Sleeves
Happy knitting everyone!