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Old 11-10-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
Yes, I've run into this kind of problem too. We usually don't worry very much about row gauge but here's a pattern where you do have to think about it (as you have). I don't know what size you're making but 8.5 for the sleeve seems a little tight, I agree, even for a woman's small size. You could certainly go up on the sleeve opening. Since there's no sleeve shaping this is evern easier to do. Check that this isn't making the entire sweater too long (9rows is only ~1.5inches). The other possibility is to start the reindeer motif earlier, if you haven't already begun the front.
We'd love to see a picture of this finished sweater which sounds wonderful.
Thanks so much for the reply - It's given me the confidence to go on with the plan to go for a bigger opening on the sleevehole and adding more rows so that I can fit the whole motif in. It's just a comic head of a reindeer (must be rudolph because of the red nose). I have knitted drop sleeve for a childrens pattern years ago, and I remember then that the sleeve opening was too tight - especially for being worn on top of a shirt or whatever, so it might turn out well to make it bigger. I will upload a picture as soon as its all done!
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