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catownedanna 03-21-2006 02:56 AM

How to lengthen sleeves properly?
I have a question on lengthening sleeves. On my first cardigan, with sleeves knit in the round, I simply did all the increases as the pattern called for them and then knitted the upper part of the sleeve a bit longer than said.

Now, is there a more proper way to lenghten sleeves? Should I space the increases out after calculations? Or is that overkill?

Any thoughts? :thinking:

Ingrid 03-21-2006 08:33 AM

Any sleeves I've done have been done the same way. Increase as far as the pattern says, or as wide as I want them and then knit straight, which is usually only an inch or two.

When I've knitted sleeves onto a sweater, I've just decreased ever 4 or 5 rows all the way down until it's as wide as I want it at the wrist. My arm length usually just has me decrease all the way down. If the sleeve is too wide at the top, I've decreased more dramatically until it gets to where I want it to be.

catownedanna 03-21-2006 10:47 AM

Thanks for helping out, Ingrid! :thumbsup:

ecb 03-22-2006 01:50 PM

I have fat upper arms, both large arms with a lot of base Muscle, and I M overweight
I am about to start a Neck down sweater
and I will need longer arms, so I was thinking of adding a few rounds of st st in between a couple of the first decreases instead of at the end of
the arm where it will be thinner. For someone slender like my Eldest daughter, I would add rounds to the lower end of the sleeve

is my thinking sound?


Ingrid 03-22-2006 03:51 PM

Sounds right to me. This way when you divide for the sleeves you'll have wider shoulders and upper arms to work with.

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