Sunday, July 09, 2006

Tempting II Sleeves

I've finished the body of "Tempting II" and now I'm working on the sleeves.

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I'm doing them two at a time on two circular needles, not my usual technique. I am usually able to manage with just ONE circular needle for such things, but it wasn't quite long enough to work comfortably.

I've done a tubular cast on which gives 1 x 1 ribbing a nice, professional looking start.

Attention Knit-a-long-ers:

Another change I am making to the original pattern involves the way the body and sleeves are attached and the yoke is knit. The pattern has you knitting partial rows and breaking the yarn several times at this point. Instead I plan to join the underarm of one sleeve using a 3-needle bind off, knit across the front stitches, join the second underarm with a 3-needle bind off, and knit across the back stitches. For the next row I'll knit across the tops of the first sleeve, along the front, the top of the second sleeve, and the back. As far as I can foresee this should have exactly the same outcome as breaking the yarn all those times.......and will result in less ends to sew in when I'm finished. Anyone see a problem with this alteration? Please leave a comment if you do!


The Boot said...

Marlene - that sounds like a great idea! You'd only be missing that one little "place on scrap yarn" row that is written, but I don't see why that would make much of a difference seeing as how you're binding it off anyway. I just finished attaching my sleeves, so I can't join you on this one. :) I would have! Best of luck and let us know how it worked out!

Dena said...

I was wondering why breaking the yarn so many times was necessary. I'm just about to start my sleeves and was hoping someone would come up with a more elegant way to attach the sleeves. Let me know how it turns out.

Jan said...

Sounds great to me! In fact, I'd wondered just why it couldn't be done this way myself.

Denise said...

Sounds like a great idea. I only have 12" of body done, so I can join you on this.

Molly said...

Works for me. I was going to join it all at once and 3 needle bind off the underarms, too.

Tokyo Knitter said...

Sounds excellent! I'm still only half way up the body, but I will definitely try your technique when I get to the sleeves. Thanks!

Yarnartist said...

That was my idea as well. I just have one more round to go. Glad to hear you already tried it and it worked.