Thursday, August 06, 2020

Technique Thursday - Sleeve Decreases

In the Fall, when we are knitting lots of sweaters, the plan for the You Tube podcast and here on the blog is to knit all the sweaters!  While I was knitting on my Soundtrack this last July, I had an idea that it might be nice if I shared with you dear readers, how I accommodate my sleeves in my knitting to account for what I lovingly call my pelican arms. (Yep, I should have been worrying about them back in my youth and then I wouldn't have to worry about them now, but hey, work with what you've got in your 60's!)

I start with picking up extra stitches under the arm.  Very rarely, does a pattern, in my opinion, have you pick up enough stitches under the arm, which results in some extra stitches left or a bit of looseness under the arm.  I, also, for my sleeves, almost always go up a needle size or two from what I have used in the sweater yoke. It depends on how I like the fabric that is created with the larger needle.  Generally, the fabric doesn’t change enough for me to mind. 

In my notes on my i-phone, I have the measurements of when I need to start decreasing my sleeves which is right about one inch above the elbow.

Using the handy dandy website from yesterday, I calculate the decreases I need to make, to get to my very small wrist.  (Why couldn't the rest of my arms be as small as my wrist measurement?).  The website tells me exactly how to achieve nice decreases.

Right before the rib, I make sure that my stitch count works with the rib count needed and then go to a smaller needle size to cinch in the wrist.

And voila, I've got the perfect sleeve for my arm!

Hope this helps you to have better sleeves for your arm.  You are in control of your knitting!

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Wednesday Website

It has been a while since I blogged about a website on Wednesday, but I had to share this one with you.

The website came up yesterday, while some friends and I were knitting downtown Peoria on the riverfront, maintaining social distancing, of course.  We were discussing decreases on a sweater, and how sometimes, the pattern doesn't give you the right decreases for your body type or when you do need to make changes to fit your body, you have to get the calculator and use that four letter word M-A-T-H!

I use it all the time when I need to decrease my sleeves (which by the way, I am going to blog about tomorrow).  I use it so much that I actually, put the link on my phone in the notes app, so it is always there wherever I may be.

And speaking of notes app, on my I-phone, I use it a lot for knitting related info that I don't want to go hunting for in one of my notebooks.  I have my sweater measurements in it, so I know exactly how long to make everything, the helical method of knitting, weaving in ends while knitting and German short rows.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  It is another drop dead gorgeous day in Central Illinois, sunny and 62 degrees at 8:30 a.m.  Woo Hoo!