Sunday, October 23, 2005

The sleeves look BIG, especially compared to the fronts & back. And they're definitely going to need blocking.

This is what the knit side looks like as the right side. I'm making half the total number of bobbles, because, in this bigger gauge, they're the size of gumballs.

If you're using the 9 sts to 4" gauge, here are the revised sleeve instructions for the size small:

Cast on 32 sts. Work 10 rows of K2, P2 rib.

Next row: K7, p3, k12, p3, k7. This establishes your rib pattern for the cable. Work the stitches as established (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side) for four rows. On the 5th row, work a bobble on the middle purl stitches (p1, make bobble, p1) and work the C6B, C6F cable on the center 12 stitches.

Reseet your row counter to zero, and repeat the cable-and-bobble row every 8th row.

Increase one stitch at each end when your sleeve reaches 5" in length and again at 8 " in length. You'll have a total of 36 stitches.

I don't think 17 inches is long enough for my niece (she has long arms) so I'm going to start the sleeve cap shaping at 18".

Sleeve cap: Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Now you have 30 sts. Follow the instructions to decrease 1 st each side, every other row, until you have 14 sts. Work 4 rows even, work the dec row again, p 1 row. Put the remaining 12 sts on a holder.

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I think I messed up the first cross on my first sleeve...but it is way too late to frog!
The sleeve looks great. I will probably start the sleeves tomorrow.
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