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Topic: Long and the short of it: Sleeves  (Read 459 times)
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« on: August 07, 2008 12:12:21 PM »

I'm knitting a jumper(=sweater for our American cousins Grin) and I would like to make it short-sleeved rather than long. It has ribbing on the cuff and is then knit in stockinette stitch. I would like to keep some of the ribbing just above the elbow and then continue the sleeve. The pattern is for length rather than number of rows so it should be fairly straight forward.

But I have a query (rather than me just telling you what I'm doing!).

There are increases at each end of every sixth row. Now, do I cram the increases into the number of rows I think I need? Or, what I think I might need to do, do I cast on with a higher number of stitches, pretending that the lower half of the sleeve is there, to take account of the increase rows that would be there if it was long? (if that makes sense  Huh I'm not certain!).

Many thanks in advance of any help. I've been knitting this forever (I got distracted by several other things...) and would love to finish it soon.

« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008 07:41:46 PM »

The long sleeve instructions have you inc at the ends of every 6th row, but at some point the incs stop and you knit X inches to the underarm right? So figure how long you want your sleeves below the underarm and figure back to that point on the pattern and how many sts you should have there. That would be the number of stitches you cast on. If you want some ribbing, maybe CO a few more because it pulls in and you probably don't want it too tight.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2008 03:22:45 PM »

Hurray! Thank you so much. It makes sense now Cheesy I've been scratching my head for days now!

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