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« on: February 01, 2008 02:28:01 PM »

I just picked up knitting again after a long time, and I've never knitted a sweater before. I picked out an easy pattern and got to work, and other than an error in the pattern early on, I've successfully managed to get the body done and to the end of the first sleeve. But at the end of the sleeve, it says to "work even until sleeve measures 21 in. from beg (or desired sleeve length plus 3 in.). Bind off loosely."

That part seems to make sense, except that I'm not sure I want to roll the sleeve up at the end, and that's what I thought the three inches was for. So before binding off, I looked down at the finishing instructions to make sure, and it says this:

"Sew sleeves to front and back leaving the bound off sts free. Sew bound off sts to 3in. top side of sleeves on each side. Sew sleeve and side seams, leaving slits open."

And now I'm totally confused and afraid to bind off that first sleeve. How can I sew the sleeves on if I'm not sewing the side seams and I'm not sewing the bound off sts? What does "3in. top side of sleeves" mean? The fact this pattern already had a pretty bad error in the beginning doesn't help, because I don't know if I'm just not understanding them, or if they've left something important out.

The pattern is here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/827.html?noImages=

It looks really basic -- just a nice warm baggy sweater. But I'm missing something. Thanks for any help.
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 06:18:28 PM »

I can't picture it either, but I can't picure how the front and back are made either with a quick read through. I would follow the directions as written, make both sleeves, set them aside, seam the front and back, do the neckband, sew the sleeves to the front and back and see where that 3 inches might fit in. The only thing I can think of is it might be tucked inside kind of like a shoulder pad. Or you can just leave off the 3inches and sew it up conventionally.

« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 09:07:28 PM »

Those instructions sure are poorly worded, if not quite misleading. 
Here is my take on it.
It appears the armholes/sleeves are a modified drop shoulder style as shown on the 3rd diagram on this page.

The extra 3 inches on sleeve fits into the shallow recess of the body armhole. which is about 2.5 in. deep. The bind off sleeve edge is sewn to the side of armhole, while the last 3 inches of the sleeve underarm seam are sewn to the shallow bottom of the square armhole. you can then sew the side and sleeve seams up.
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 09:35:11 PM »

 Undecided OK, I'm pretty sure that makes sense. The Knitty pictures helped a lot, thanks. I'm glad I didn't go ahead and bind off without those three inches, then.
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 10:01:48 PM »

You know, I wondered if that's what they were talking about, but couldn't figure it out from how they worded the pattern on the body. 21 inches to the armpit is quite long though; I have long arms and only measure 19".

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