03-10-2008, 09:53 AM #1 kaallen Ribbing the Cuff   Join Date: Dec 2006 Posts: 72 Thanks: 7 Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post Question for Suzeeq Suzeeq, You recently replied to a post by Knity regarding raglan sleeves. Knity wanted to know how many stitches she should increase to from the 48 stitches she cast on for the sleeve in order to get the correct sleeve length. You told her to measure the widest part of a finished sleeve (usually at the underarm), then multiple the inches by sts/inch. I'm doing a raglan sweater for the 1st time in a knitting class. I'm working on the 1st sleeve. My sleeve began with 69 sts. I have to increase 1 st at every 1st and next-to-last st. I'm knitting the sweater for my husband. I've been using one of his sweaters as a "template" to get "desired lengths." I measured the widest part of the "template" sweater at the underarm. It was 10.5". My pattern says I should have 1" every 5 1/3 stitches (of course it couldn't be a whole number!). If I multiply 10.5 X 5 = 52.5 sts. That doesn't make sense. That number is SMALLER than the 69 sts I began with. What am I missing? How many stitches should I have on my needle when I reach the correct length?

 03-10-2008, 10:34 AM #2 gotta knit Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Feb 2008 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 428 Thanks: 173 Thanked 169 Times in 165 Posts Hope you don't mind me jumping in here. Your measured 10.5" is only half the sleeve (the width when the sleeve is folded and sewn in). So you actually need the sleeve to be 21" wide when you knit it flat. 21"x5.3 = 111.3, so 111 (or 112) sts.
 03-10-2008, 11:24 AM #3 kaallen Ribbing the Cuff   Join Date: Dec 2006 Posts: 72 Thanks: 7 Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post To: Gotta Knit Gotta Knit, Thank you so much! It's nice to hear from a Canadian. My husband is from Montreal. and I have family in PEI. Karen
 03-10-2008, 12:22 PM #4 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts Thanks, Gotta Knit. Yes, don't forget to double the measurement, because it goes around the whole arm. __________________ sue- knitting heretic

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