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Topic: Suggestions for modifying SnB "Skully" sweater sleeves  (Read 521 times)
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« on: September 10, 2006 04:19:12 PM »

I am making the SnB "Skully" sweater, sans skull design...(go figure) and I would like to taper the sleeves more and add ribbing to the cuff. Any suggestions on when to begin decreases, what kind of decrease pattern to use, and how many rows of 1*1 ribbing?

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006 08:51:25 PM »

doing 1x1 will make the sleeve pucker where the st st meets the rib. will you be ok with that? that's why it's in garter.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006 03:50:35 AM »

I, too, started the Skully Sweater, made one sleeve & then got mad at the shapeless tube it was.  I frogged the whole thing and haven't started it again because I never got around to looking up some sleeve construction patterns.  You inspired me!

Since you're going to follow the pattern for joining the sleeve to the body, don't worry about the "measurements" of that join, just count the number of stitches that you're going to use. 

 Here's what Vogue Knitting says about making a sleeve:

Measure your wrist, add at least 1 inch or two for ease, more if you want a looser wrist opening.  Then calculate how many stitches that would be for your gauge.  That is, gauge x wrist measurement.  Always be sure to add ease to your measurement.

Next, subtract the # of wrist stitches from the # of shoulder stitches.  That is, shoulder stitches - wrist stitches.  This is how many stitches you need to decrease. 

Then, decide how long you want the sleeve to be.  This will help you plan where to put your decreases.  You can put the majority of them at the top to make a tighter sleeve along the forearm or space them out evenly, like every inch or every 1/2 inch.  When you do the decreases, always do them when you start a row by binding off the first stitch.  You can make for a more dramatic tapering by binding off 2 stitches if you want.  (This is a flat-knitted sleeve, so if you ever make a circular sleeve it'll be a different decreasing method.)

I would recommend trying the sleeve on periodically to make sure it's turning out how you want and also to know when to start the cuff.  When you get to the cuff, just keep knitting until it looks long enough.  Then count your rows so you'll know how many to do for the next sleeve.  Which reminds me, I've done this before where I didn't write down what I was doing, which meant that when I did the second sleeve I had to guess when I wasn't sure about my counting.  So, whatever you decide to do, write it down so you won't freak yourself out when you start sleeve #2!

Good luck! and I guess I'll be pulling out my Skully stash now!
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