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Topic: Just The Sleeves, Please! a short sleeve/shrug w/ tutorial  (Read 8586 times)
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« on: September 23, 2005 11:35:54 AM »

I was looking for a way to use those low-yardage chunky handspun and fluffy novelty yarns in a wearable garment. Many of them don't even have enough yardage for a One Skein Wonder, and frankly, I thought that they'd be a bit bulky around the back. Solution: Knit sleeves that look like a shrug in the front, but are open in the back where they connect with a simple, but functional i-cord tie!

Size: M-XL
76 yards of Bernat Boa and Target's Fuzzy Fur held together (can sub any "chunky" weight yarn)
I used less than one ball of Filatura Di Crosa worsted weight wool
Size US 5 circular needles
Size US 9 DPN or circular
Size US 13 straight

Gauge: Worsted - 5 st per inch on US 5, Chunky - 3 st per inch on US 13
These are meant to be a little loose, so they can pull over sleeved shirts too for additional warmth. :-)

In worsted weight and US 5, cast on 60 stitches.
Knit k2,p2 rib for 7 rows (1.5 inches)
Switch to chunky and size US 9 needles, knit garter (all knit) for 2 rows.
Switch to size US 13 needles, knit 4 more rows.
K 1, K2 tog, K to last 3, ssk, K1 - for 6 rows
K1, K2 tog, K2 tog, K to last 5, ssk, ssk, K - for 10 rows, 8 stitches remain.
Keep stiches on needle, and seam together ribbed edge and 4 rows of chunky to form sleeve.
Switch back to worsted weight and US 5 circular.
K 8 stitches, then pick up 30 stiches along one edge of chunky knitting, continuing around picking up another 30 stiches - total of 68 stitches.
Knit 2x2 rib for 4 rows, bind off loosely.
With worsted and US 9 DPN, pick up the center 4 stitches at the top of the sleeve.
K 4-stitch i-cord for 20".
Bind off and weave in ends.
Repeat for second sleeve.

Also modeled by Bente, I sent her a pair for the Stash Swap p7: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50945.60

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2005 11:44:07 AM »

That's really smart. I've thought about getting something similar to the one skein wonder thingy, but frankly I think it would look very misplaced on me, viewed from the back, it just doesn't suit me to have that kind of thing.
But this may work. I may try this sometime in some way Grin

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2005 01:55:34 PM »

What a fabulous idea! Is it difficult to tie on yourself?

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2005 02:12:50 PM »

What a great idea!  Does Vogue know about this?

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2005 03:11:03 PM »

the yarn is very pretty. and I love the concept.

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2005 03:39:09 PM »

What a fabulous idea! Is it difficult to tie on yourself?

Thanks! I don't have any difficulty tying it, and I had a friend try it, and she didn't have a problem either.

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2005 08:55:35 PM »

thats cool! when i saw it at first i was a bit "uhh...." but it actually looks really good on!
very different.

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2005 09:20:53 PM »

that is very cool! I haven't crochet for a long time but I just have to give these a go! Problem is I have to figure it out from a picture cause I just can't read a pattern.  Brain cells missing! But I sure love yours and the colours!

« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2005 06:08:52 AM »

That is a really fantastic design.

« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2005 07:40:04 AM »

Great sleeves!!!

And thanks for the pattern!
I just happen to have a ball or two of fuzzy yarn in the same colourway as yours - will only have to wait until I can knit for ME. (Have several things which are being knitted as presents at the moment.)

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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2005 02:06:22 PM »

What a neat idea!  You're very creative.  I like it!    Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2005 06:19:21 AM »

this is very cute! i love this kind of sleeves since my childhood! very fancy Roll Eyes

« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2005 07:52:32 PM »

Wow, that is such a great idea, and wicked cute as well! AND a pattern! You rock!

« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2005 11:41:26 AM »

Great use of novelty yarn that normally makes me just want to puke. Grin

That would also be cute if you did the sleeves the same, but also made it an actual shrug with the back done in the plain yarn. 

« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2005 03:29:57 AM »

Thank you for sharing your creation with us. I can most definitely benefit from it. It is very cold in the place I work, this thing will come very handy. Perhaps I may make the sleeves longer. Smiley
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