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Re: Joan Collins sweater
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: November 21, 2008 07:47PM

First off, what kind of armhole shaping do you have? Do you have: 1) No shaping whatsoever; 2) bind off X number of stitches and then worked straight up to shoulder; 3) bind off some stitches and then decrease to create a diagonal line to the neckline; or 4) start with binding off a few stitches and then do a few more rows where you either bind off a couple of stitches or decrease a stitch.

The kind of armhole shaping you have will impact what kind of shaping you need to do to the top (cap) of the sleeve. Basically a sleeve gradually widens out from the cuff until you reach whatever is the desired/required maximum width for the sleeve. From there, you shape the cap.

1) -- True drop shoulder, no sleeve cap -- just knit until it is the width you want and the sleeve is the length you want and then bind off. Mark the center of your sleeve and then sew down the back and front equal distance to attach the sleeve.

2) Modified drop shoulder -- you can pretty much work the sleeve cap like the drop shoulder.

3) Raglan sleeve -- you need to plan your sleeve cap to match the angle of your armhole decreases. Many patterns use some of the stitches from the very end of the sleeve to help shape the neckline

4) Fitted sleeve -- you need a shaped cap. You can do initial decreases to match the shaping of your armhole, then you knit up to a certain height and then do some more decreases or bind-offs to shape the top of the cap. Frankly, this is the most complicated shape to plan -- you usually want the cap to be slightly bigger than your armhole and then you would ease your cap into the armhole shaping as you sew it in place.

The Vogue Knitting book is a good place to start for getting an idea of sleeve shaping and what is involved. There are other design books that you might find helpful too -- Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Riggheti is one -- and there are books by Anne Budd, and others like here, that take generic sweater shapes and plan out for you cast-on stitches, shaping, etc. based upon your gauge and projected sweater size.

Subject Written By Posted
  Joan Collins sweater Mary Lou 11/21/2008 06:28PM
  Re: Joan Collins sweater KT 11/21/2008 07:47PM
  Re: Joan Collins sweater Mary Lou 11/22/2008 05:06PM

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