10.18.2010

Taking Rae's Advice

Rae is an accomplished knitter and spinner, among her beautiful pieces recently completed is a gorgeous version of Jared Flood's Juneberry - a knit to which I barely dare aspire. So when Rae commented that rather than frog and restart with the correct foundation stitch count I should just try to make the otherwise acceptable saddle sleeve work, I decided to follow her advice. A Juneberry knitter ought to know don't you think?

Well here is how Rae's advice played out over the weekend...
I sorted out where the stitches should have been picked up (using the other arm scythe as reference). Then, I spread the decreases out over three right side rows to minimize bunching up or gathering. I was careful to confine the decreases to the underarm area of the arm scythe leaving the 8 stitch section that makes up the sleeve  under the arm to lie flat. (The stitches just to the right of the lowest orange marker in the shot below.)
You can see the visible lines of decreases running parallel to the arm scythe in the above photo but that isn't entirely out of step with the rest of the top. In fact I think its quite in keeping with the visible darts at the waist and bust front and back. 
It looks a bit like a puffed sleeve when lying flat but after decreasing the overall size of the arm scythe the sleeve's fit is sufficiently snug the puffiness is not visible when its on my shoulder.
Now I need to quickly do the other sleeve before I forget exactly what I did on the first one!

Thanks for dropping by and thanks to Rae for the great suggestion!

7 comments:

Sandra said...

the key is doing sleeve two right away! This is really lovely.

Rue said...

I'm so glad it worked! Fudging beats frogging any day in my book. Good luck with sleeve #2!

pendie said...

I love your sweater! I can't wait to see you model it.

Brenda said...

Rue is right. Fudging beats frogging and day - and apprpoved by EZ herself. So how can it be wrong? Our new mantra, I say. "Fudging not frogging. Fudging not frogging."

LynS said...

Very successful unvention - to quote EZ. You've chosen such a lovely colour for this summer tee. I find summer here too hot for summer knits, so I envy you the opportunity to knit such light and pretty things.

elizabeth said...

No joke! It's so hard to maintain project monogamy for me that I'm often trying to figure out what I did and where! It's looking great!

Lupie said...

I love read the posts about your projects because of the details you give I learn so much. Thanks