National Sweater Day Knitting Challenges: Lucinda – Step 2, the sleeves
By Lucinda Iglesias, one of two guest bloggers devoted to knitting for National Sweater Day, and owner of Mont Tricot store in Sutton, Quebec
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This week we are supposed to start working on the sleeves. According to the pattern, the sleeves are worked on double pointed needles. Somehow, the mere thought of working sleeves on double pointed 10mm needles did not appeal to me. I suggest that you join me in working the sleeves with the magic loop technique. This technique allows us to work a small circumference with a long circular needle. The advantage of this technique is that you don’t risk losing your stitches and you can progress quickly.
Note that I worked the bottom band in garter stitche. When you knit with animal fibres, they tend to roll in plain jersey. By knitting a garter stitch border, you can prevent this from happening. I also knit the bottom border of the sleeve in garter stitch for a better more symmetrical finish. The original pattern appears to have ¾ length sleeves, but I chose to make a full length sleeve. Remember this pattern allows you to try on the sweater as you knit. This makes a perfect opportunity to adjust sleeve and body length as necessary.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s progress. Continue to add your pictures to the WWF event on Facebook and don’t hesitate to ask me your knitting questions. It is my pleasure to help you !
For a great video on magic loop, click on the link, http://knitpurlhunter.com/blog/?p=182