still working on 3xchic from knitty. i'm starting the sleeves, which are started on #8 circs and then switched onto #10s. here's the sleeve pattern:
CO 28, (30, 32) sts using #8/5mm needles.
Work pattern as follows:
[WS]: p4 (5, 6), *k2, p7* twice, k2, p4 (5, 6).
[RS]: k4 (5, 6), *p2, k7* twice, p2, k4 (5, 6).
Work last two rows twice more [6 pattern rows completed].
Change to #10/6mm needles and continue sleeve, working increases as follows:
Small: INC 1 st each side every 6 rows 7 times then every 7 rows 3 times. [48 sts]
Work even in st st until piece measures 16.5 (17, 17.5) inches.
DEC 1 st each side every RS row 6 times. 36 (42, 48 ) stitches remain.
BO all stitches.
so, my questions:
1. can i knit the sleeves in the round? if so, how do i need to change the pattern to allow for things like seam allowance, increases, etc? i have denise needles, so i can change from 8s to 10s with no problem, and i'd rather knit in the round than do the seaming. i can handle switching the knits and purls since i'll be doing all RS work, but i'm not sure about the other parts.
2. i'm very confused about increasing in this pattern. i don't know how/when to increase so that i maintain the rib pattern that gets established.
3. i also don't know when it says "INC 1 st each side" ... does that mean RS and WS, so every row, or does it mean at the start and end of each row so twice each increase row? it seems like the latter, because it says every 6 rows and otherwise that would be a very extreme increase. if it does mean at the start and end of each row, does it matter where in the row i put the increase? i guess that goes back to question two about maintaining the rib pattern.
4. starting the sleeve with the #8s ... is that to give it a cuff and some more elasticity? i tend to prefer slightly looser sleeves that drape over my hands a bit. would i be better just going with the 10s the entire time?
i was so excited about starting the sleeves and now i'm just completely overwhelmed and jumbled up when i think about it.
appreciate some help.