Friday 02/20/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Demystifying Set-in Sleeves with Margaret Fisher
Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well, but the caps can be tricky to shape and seam.
Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder) and how it fits into the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful.
Homework swatches, approximately 50g/100yards of the same yarn used to make the swatches (smooth light-colored #4 (worsted weight) yarn), needles used to make swatches, several yards of a dark-colored worsted weight yarn.
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 following three swatches using #4 (worsted weight) yarn and needles that give you a gauge of 5 sts/inch, 7 rows/inch. Make a gauge swatch first, and change needle size if necessary to get this gauge.
Swatch 1 CO 20 sts. Work 2 inches in st st, ending after working a RS row. BO 5 sts at beginning of next row. Continue working in st st and dec 1 stitch at the end of every RS row, 3 times, as follows: work across row until three stitches remain, k2tog, k1. (12 sts) Work even until piece measures 6.5 inches. BO in pattern.
Swatch 2 CO 20 sts. Work 2 inches in st st, ending after working a WS row. BO 5 sts at beginning of next row. Continue working in st st and dec 1 stitch at the beginning of every RS row, 3 times, as follows: k1, ssk, work across row. (12 sts) Work even until piece measures 6.5 inches. BO in pattern.
Swatch 3 CO 40 sts. Work 2 inches in st st, ending after working a WS row. BO 5 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. (30 sts) Keep stitches on needle or place stitches on a stitch holder, leaving yarn attached.