Please note: the following instructions apply to our patterns
using Morehouse Merino Yarn. You may have to change the instructions
if you are working from your own pattern or are using yarn from
another manufacturer; because gauge, number of stitches in
sleeve and rows in armhole depth may vary and could affect
the outcome of your sleeve. If you need help with this process,
contact us at >
Help with Knitting Pattern.
Also, the following instructions apply to dropped sleeves only.
To save yourself the work of sewing sleeves in, itís easier to knit
sleeves right onto sweater and knit them from the shoulder down
towards wrist. This is how itís done:
Depending on circumference of sleeve, you may be able to start
sleeve with 16Ē circular needle, then switch to double-pointed needles
as sleeve narrows. Or if sleeve circumference is less than 16Ē
(on a childís sweater, for example), work entire sleeve using
double-pointed needles. (See >
How to knit in the round).
Right side of sweater or cardigan facing you, start at the
under-arm position and pick up 1 stitch per 2 rows on sweater.
If you knit the first and last stitch at armhole edge when you
are knitting sweater, it will create a firmer selvedge to
afterwards pick up stitches from and the little knot it
creates every 2 rows is easy to see. When picking up stitches,
put needle through that little knot and pull yarn through from
back to front to create stitch (if instructions call for
picking up additional stitches; for example: every fifth
stitch pick up 1 extra, pick up loop between knots and pull
yarn through from back to front to create additional stitch).
Pick up number of stitches according to pattern. Mark beginning
of round with piece of different colored yarn. Then start knitting
sleeve according to pattern. For decreases in sleeves, knit first 2
stitches in round together, then knit in pattern to last two stitches
of round, and knit those last 2 stitches together. Always work
decreases symmetrically: at beginning and end of same round.
For neckline, use 16Ē circular needle on adult sweater, double-pointed
needles on child sweater. Pick up stitches as follows: right side of
sweater or cardigan facing you, on a cardigan start at right front
and pick up around neckline and on sweater begin picking up stitches
at left shoulder. Pick up 1 stitch per stitch on sweater: put needle
through last stitch right before neckline decreases on sweater and pull
yarn through from back to front to create stitch. Mark beginning of
round with piece of different color yarn.
If you want neckline to lay flat, a good rule of thumb is to knit
2 stitches together in first round at each shoulder (just in first round,
donít repeat in subsequent rounds). Then work rounds as written in pattern.
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