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Sleeve Cap in Need. Desperate need.

OK. So remember that sweater of beautiful, beautiful awesomeness? The one from Vogue Knitting with tons of pattern issues (no blaming the designer here).I’ve made some progress. In fact, everything is pretty much done except for the sleeves. The delay? The time and attention needed to pick up sts (in pattern) and maintain concentration to do a sleeve cap. Today/this weekend, I was going to have the time to do this exact thing.And then I hit a road block.Allow me to explain. So, if you’ll remember, this pattern is basically a beautiful, amazing rectangle with sleeves. Here’s a photo that illustrates this well.Hokay. So, I picked up the sts and began the sleeve. The problem (at least how I’m perceiving the directions) is that the sleeve cap is being placed in a really, really strange place.oddshort row lines.jpgThe directions (unless I’m completely off base – and if I am, please someone tell me) indicate that you should knit the purple row, and then short row, yellow, green then blue and continue in that manner. This puts the big, wide cable in the middle of the sleeve cap – definitely a good thing…But when you put the cardigan on… here’s where the short rows end up:oddshort rows 2.jpgNow… I know I haven’t actually made a sleeve cap before. But I feel like my American Apparel shirt nicely illustrates the way the sleeve cap should be. Don’t you think?Here. Wander and look at these sleeves. I’ll wait.I feel like I want to move the sleeve cap so that it goes like this:RowsIwant.jpgIt makes sense to me. But then I’m only partially confident that I can keep the large cable from getting wonkey. Because that would mean that when you look as the sleeve flat… the short rows would go like this:wantedshortrows2.jpgAnd that also seems kind of wonkey.Now, I’ll grant you that this isn’t your traditional cardigan pattern.  The fronts hang/are pulled across the front.  I still just don’t think that I should put the sleeve caps across the back…  And I think that if I moved the sleeve cap… some of the wonkeyness in the sleeves could be fixed.So.  The choice seems to be:  Make the cable across the back a little wonkey where it meets the sleeves*(see note below) or… make the sleeves a little wonkey.  What do you think?****  NOTE:  I made a mistake in making the cable across the back/fronts.  The big cable isn’t at the right pattern row where the sleeve holes are:  it’s supposed to be after the cable cross (and entering like 7 rows of work even) and not about to go into the cable cross.  I kind of think that the fact that it’s entering the cable cross might actually help make it look less wonkey if I move the sleeve cap.


Comment from Kalani
Time November 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Hm. That does seem kinda odd. My guests have just left, so I’m around if you have time to call.

Comment from Emilee
Time November 27, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Huh. I’m no expert in set in sleeves, but I definitely thought the short rows belonged on top for a reason. Though maybe with the odd construction it does work best with them in the back? Huh.

Comment from Nicole
Time November 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I’ve consulted with a few friends… and we think the decreases in the front moss panel section pull the sleeve cap over/ontop and this makes things right.I’m still not sure I like the front moss section panel, though… nor am I sure that I’m ready to go ahead with it.

Comment from chemgrrl
Time November 28, 2008 at 9:47 am

As i am slightly hungover (too many mimosas, ergh), I can’t even really understand this post at all. So I will contribute by saying your sweater is pretty, and maybe come back to read this again later.

Comment from Alice
Time November 29, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Wow, I agree with chemgrrl… this sounds super complicated! The color and cable work are amazing though. I’m sure the turmoil with these sleeves will be worth it in the end :)

Comment from Sonia
Time December 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I might be weighing in a little late on this… the cap sleeves made no sense to me either and I never did get the short rows to line up exactly right in the underarm area, but if you follow the pattern instructions it all does work out–the cap shaping ends up where it should be.

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