Can’t Let Go

Brightly colored knitted top in progress
The sleeves will end me.

I meant to do a post about Querido’s sweater, which is coming along slowly but without major mishap. But I can’t let go of this top. The sleeves continue to confound me, but they’re so little, so deceptively simple…I keep having to take a crack at getting them right.

This week will be chilly, too…I could totally pull off wearing this at work. I have a vision, in which the top is awesome and the nine months I spent thinking it would be awful are all requited by its awesomeness. If I lose any more of my sanity, I will take to wandering the prairie wrapped in a giant shawl and wondering aloud to nobody when the rains will return.

But I have tried knitting the medium size sleeve, and I know that will give me a claustrophobically small sleeve. I tried a 2X Large, which gave me untidily large sleeves that I’d never be able to fit into the armhole. Logically, the Extra Large numbers should work pretty well. I’ve even counted how many stitches are bound off and how many rows are knitted, to see if this size will fit in the armhole.

The fifth time could be the charm. Wish me luck.

11 responses to “Can’t Let Go”

  1. Amy Herzog has shared an armscye calculator at

    I’ll be doing a fuller post on sleeve cap mods (and their ins and outs) soon, but in the short run: What do I recommend as a short cut to perfect sweaters for those knitters who require these mods? Well, I think your best bet is to use this fabulous armscye calculator. Here’s how it can be used: Put in all of the information as written in the pattern except what you’re changing, where you should put the new info. (For example, if you’re enlarging the bicep, put in everything as written except the max stitch count. Substitute your own stitch count there.) The calculator will give you a number of decreases over a number of rows in the “curved” portion of the sleeve cap.

    You can then either fudge it, draw it out on knitter’s graph paper, or some combination of the two, to figure out how often to decrease when you’re knitting the cap.

    Here’s the lost link to the calculator:

  2. Good luck. That is awesome yarn and will look stunning. Hope this is the time the sleeves work out.

  3. Did you happen to check for errata for this patterns? I bashed my way through some sleeves for hubby’s sweater a few years ago, confounded by the pattern, cursing my skills, etc., only to find out there was a misprint that resulted in twice the number of rows needed for the saddle–things were much better after that.

    • Oh no, that had to be so frustrating! Sadly, this one’s all on me: I changed the gauge for the whole pattern, and the negative ease that was ok on the body was not ok when I tried to make snug sleeves cover my broad shoulders!

    • *laughing* Yes, Sarah Plain and Tall and Little House on the Prairie–these were my total knowledge of Kansas before living here!

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