Monday, August 11, 2014

Knitting -- pullover/jumper sleeves

The pattern I'm going to give you is is for long sleeves.
Long sleeves have a problem; you need to be able to push them back if you keep the sweater on while you do dishes in the sink, for example.
So the wrists have to be loose or you will pull them loose.
"Loose" means loose on you.
What I want you to do is make a sample wristband for a sleeve and see how loose it is on you.
So cable 64 stitches onto either of your circular needles.
Then work 10 rows of k2/p2 rib.
Then bind it off.
On me, this would be 2 inches wider than my wrist.
See how far you can push this up your arm.
That will tell you how far up your arm you can push a sleeve to keep it out of the way of dish washer or other cleaners.
If you need it wider, do a new test strip and add 6 more inches in the starting cable for each inch wider that you want the wristband.
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  1. In a long life of knitting i never saw such a comic way to describe how to calculate one`s sleeves .... of course we each have our way....

  2. LOL I'm trying not to assume that people have ever knitted their own sleeves. also that they might live somewhere so cold that if they bother to put a sweater on, they won't want to take it off to do dishes. Also that like me they do dishes the old fashioned way, in the sink. My kitchen is too small to install a dishwasher as well as washer and dryer. Also keeping kosher I'd have to have the double racks for the dishwasher ---- too much STUFF in my little house. But anyway wait until you read my discussion of how to get the sleeves not too long, not too short, but JUST RIGHT.