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October 3, 2011

i have finished my sleeves, finally, and am well on my way to having the sweaters finished as well! since i knit the bodies of both the grey and gingerbread sweaters in one piece, and worked their collar edgings as a break between sleeves, the only finishing left to do was to sew these babies in! i always have a ton of trouble with set-in sleeves, and have taken to doing what i call “lazy-basting” them to the bodies to avoid underarm puckering.

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in my time at webs, i’ve talked to a few people who love knit klips for this purpose, but i find them too bulky, and, as someone with two cats, anything that’s not tied down tends to disappear under furniture and appliances, so i find it easier to use waste yarn for this purpose. i just tie the sleeves in at the top of the shoulder, the edges of the top bind off rows, at either side of the underarm bind off, and add in an extra tie or two in the middle if i think it’s necessary.

and, as i was nearing the end of these sweaters, i fell in love with the combination of these two colors of madelinetosh prairie, filigree (green) and charcoal (grey). aren’t they gorgeous together? and they go very well with my favorite brooch, too, see:


knit up on size 8 needles, i expect this sweater to be finished in a week, tops! i’ve finished one side of it, and the other is about 1/4 of the way done already. sometimes, i have weird, crazy ideas that i just can’t wait to see knit up, and this is one of those times. the garment i’m working on is totally out of my normal knitting style, but fits well with my day-to-day wardrobe, so i think it will get a lot of wear, too!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy permalink
    October 3, 2011 10.30pm

    I’m working on my first set-in sleeve sweater, so this post is very timely. I will definitely try your method. And those colors are gorgeous–can’t wait to see it!

    • fuchsia permalink*
      October 4, 2011 10.30am

      thanks! this method works really well for me, i hope it does for you! i haven’t ended up with any weird bunching since i “unvented” it.

  2. October 4, 2011 3.01pm

    I’m slowly working through sleeve hell and dreading setting them in. I also really like your idea of ‘lazy basting,’ I shall have to try it and see!

    (And congrats on finishing your sleeves)

    • fuchsia permalink*
      October 5, 2011 9.18am

      thank you! let me know how your sleeve seaming turns out 🙂

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