Thursday 02/23/2012, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
J C Briar
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Slick Set-in Sleeves with J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your measurements.
Plain, smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color (400 yds if you want to complete the class-sample sweater); 4.5mm/US 7 needles or size needed to obtain gauge of 20 sts = 4" (including dpns, two circulars, or a long Magic Loop circular if you wish to knit the lower sleeves in the round); clip-on stitch markers; smooth, contrast-colored waste yarn; and a crochet hook roughly US G/6 (4mm).
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Knit the back and right front of a child-size cardigan from the top down as follows:
BACK: Cast on 50 sts firmly. Keeping selvedge sts in stockinette (do not slip the first st of every row), work even in stockinette for 4.25 " (11cm), then increase 2 sts every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1 (58 sts). After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.
RIGHT FRONT: Holding the back with its RS facing you, pick up and knit 13 sts from the back's cast-on edge, starting at the right armhole edge and extending for 2.5" (6.5 cm) across the right shoulder. Work even in stockinette for 5 rows, then increase 1 st at the neck edge every RS row 6 times as follows: knit to last st, M1, k1 (19 sts). After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then cast on 6 more sts at the end of the following RS row (25 sts). Work even in stockinette until the right front measures 4.25" (11cm) from its initial pick-up row, then increase 1 st at the armhole edge every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to end of row (29 sts). After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.
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