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Sleeves Sleeves SLEEVES

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Dear Kay,
I haven’t felt this behind since that walking half marathon when I ended up so far in the back that the heart attack ambulance and the cone-picking-up truck chased me all the way up Demonbreun Street.
I have finished the Afghans for Afghans sweater that I signed up to do for the Ravelympics. Which ended in August. In a fit of self-loathing, I finished the last three inches of the second sleeve, which had languished on my desk like an unpaid bill. I grabbed my tomato pincushion and sewed that sucker in place faster than you could say “You such a disorganized and flaky knitter.”
Done done and DONE! There it is, up top. Doesn’t it look just GREAT? Isn’t it just the most complete thing you ever saw?
Look closer, my friends.
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I sewed the sleeve on, sure: INSIDE OUT. The whole sleeve, stitched for the ages, wrong.
I can totally believe that I would do something like this. But STILL. I can’t believe I did this!!!!
The Seamy Underside of Seaming Undersides
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Before I sewed the SLEEVE IN WRONG, I took a couple of photos to show the difference between knitting a sleeve flat and knitting it in the round. I worked Sleeve 1 back and forth, flat, because I couldn’t find two circular needles of the same size. Sleeve 1 was sort of tedious on the wrong-side rows, because the fun of these rambling cables is scheming out how they’re going to wander around. It was somehow tedious to be flipping back and forth, right side, wrong side, positive, negative. Ech!
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Sleeve 2 indeed cranked a lot more pleasantly than Sleeve 1. I worked the increases on the underside of the sleeve, where they appear in a flat-worked sleeve, and it turned out just dandy. I shifted the cabling away from the underside of the seam, to minimize bulk and also to minimize the eventuality of a bunch of creepy semi-felted cables under there once an Afghan child wears this thing.
The additional bonus of working Sleeve 2 in the round was that there’s no seam along the underside. I don’t mind sewing up knitting (when I DO IT CORRECTLY, I mean), but there is a pleasantness to this particular sleeve when it’s not interrupted by the seam.
Blocking
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Just wanted to show how extreme a difference blocking can make. Pre-blocking, Sleeve 2 was very, very skinny. I blocked it by soaking the sleeve a while, then running two blocking wires inside and pinning them as far apart as was sensible.
Conclusions
Whining aside, I actually loved making this sweater.
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I wondered how the set-in sleeve would look with a bunch of random cables, and I was relieved that it seemed to work OK. When the CORRECT SIDE SHOWS, I mean.
Happy new year to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Kay, Bread & Company has a big pile of challah, you’d be happy to see.
Love,
Ann
PS In case anybody is wondering if I actually redid the sleeve, I promise I did:
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No sense driving some kid crazy with this thing.

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42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. please, please tell us that you are going to rip out the stitching so you can sew the sleeve on right-side out! PLEASE!!!

  2. I would take it with the sleeve wrong, it just looks so great.

  3. Interesting design element, that inside out sleeve. Ahem.

  4. You could leave it and pass it off as some sort of social commentary.

  5. Its so good to know that even the experienced make mistakes like us novices do. It makes me feel slightly less useless than normal!

  6. My first thought was huh, how did she do that, thinking this was part of the random cable idea, not realizing it was wrong-side out. Glad you explained.

  7. Ann: Caffeinate.
    I say that with love, and I type it very fast.
    Kay

  8. I was wondering why the cables looked so strange on that first picture! Sorry ’bout that. But at least you know that all the knitting is done!

  9. Ann, It is comforting for the rest of us to know that the experts sometimes make the same silly mistakes we make as well!

  10. It reminds me of those 1960’s moon crater shots – I thought somehow my eyes were reversing things and seeing concave where I should have been seeing convex.
    So glad that sweater isn’t really an eye-test. Too funny.

  11. Ann,
    Don’t let the man get you down with his insides and outsides. You follow that star wherever it leads you, crazy sleeves and all.
    Knit on!

  12. Oh Ann, I’m sorry, but I think this situation actually rates a Bless. Your. Heart. If only these Afghans knew the angst, the shame, the — oh geez, I guess they do have their troubles, too.
    It really is a beautiful sweater, frankly– the cathedral window pattern near the top of the left sleeve is a thing o beauty. You are more to be admired for your honesty and humble reportage from the knitting front than anything.
    What am I saying? That we would rather see your mistakes and feel the humanity than see your talent on display? Not so much– we have ample evidence of your talents, I’m just glad to be along for the knitting ride, even when it swerves off course. Good on ya!

  13. Don’t take it out!! It’s only pride if you do!! I like it like that!!!

  14. Gorgeous pre-blocking, stunning afterwards!
    Another great bonus of knitting the sleeves in the round is that it is practically impossible to make a seam in reverse stockinette invisible, the way mattress stitch works with stockinette. Seamless is beautiful.

  15. Well I for one couldn’t tell the difference.
    Really.
    I couldn’t.

  16. Ann, the thing about making a mistake like that is that it makes for a great story!
    Some young child is going to be very happy & cozy in this lovely sweater. Beautiful!

  17. Those wandering cables look terrific. That is one handsome sweater. Your child is going to be warm and good looking.
    Gotta go. I’ve got a foot more on my Afghan afghan to go before that October deadline. Why does the first foot take two hours and the last foot take 4 weeks?

  18. I just knit the Ariann sweater which was kicking me even though the pattern is written perfectly. Glad to know I’m not the only experienced knitter that has troubles once in a while. And it’s a great sweater for Afghans for Afghans!

  19. I think it looks great. One day, might even try to make myself one!

  20. I love how the cable are more dense around the neck and chest, it’s almost like a yoke!

  21. I am SO glad to know that I am not the only dumb-ass. I am forever having to re-do. And I am sooo careful!! Beautiful purple sweater! See in on the 11th.

  22. I once stayed up late one Christmas eve finishing little flannel nightgowns for my 2 oldest daughters (they were preschoolers then- nowadays they’d rather have a Victoria’s Secret giftcard thanks anyway, Mom). Bleary-eyed, I finished the final pressing, wrapped them, tucked them under the tree as little reindeer hooves were tip-toeing across the roof, and staggered off to bed. (After replacing Santa’s cookies which, of course, I had nibbled on while I sewed.) The next morning the girls were quite happy to find their matching nightgowns (“how did Santa know we wanted this fabric?!?”) and decided to put them on right away. Unfortunately the right sleeve ON BOTH GOWNS was sewn on inside out. I blamed it on a drunken elf.

  23. That’s a stunner Ann ! Really fab !
    I knew you’d re-seam. ;0)

  24. Oops!

  25. This is why we have knit blogs. So that when we make a mistake like this, our first thought isn’t “shoot me now” but “I can blog this!”
    Gorgeous sweater.

  26. I suspect that the boy who gets this sweater will not know just how lucky he is…at least his mother will! She will probably save it and pass it down to grandkids, I’m sure. You’ve made a family heirloom!

  27. I thought it was kind of Postmodern with the sleeve on backwards. You know, expressive of the difficulty of perceiving truth, the projection of the consciousness of the need to fix the economy. Or something like that….

  28. That’s funny…. and a little sad…. but mostly just funny! :)

  29. What a cool sweater….I think that aliens invade our brains once in awhile….just to mess around….there could be no other explanation for the sleeve issue.
    By the way, my copy of your new book was waiting for me when I got home from vacation. Love it! Thanks for writing it!

  30. It’s a stunner! Loved it at first sight and the finished product is even better. Wearing it will be like wearing a gorgeous hug. As for “No sense driving some kid crazy with this thing.” True, the child probably already has a mother assigned to making them crazy, no? ;^)

  31. Love the sweater! Knit happens along the way, doesn’t it?? I could write a book of mishaps during finishing…hmmm.

  32. My sympathies as someone who has knitted two right fronts more than once. Final product is aces.

  33. Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous!

  34. Ann, forgive me if I am like the umpteenth person to ask this: but is there a mistake on page 43 of the new book…on the sizes, it has two X-Larges and one XX-Large. Is one of those X-Larges supposed to be large? Thanks.

  35. I just figured out I”m not smart enough for the “cardi cozy” I was dying to knit (from the new book). Is there any reader who actually did a row by row and figured out correctly how many increases exactly per row before and after the seams, how many stitches to knit before the cables, etc? If so, please pretty please can you share that with me?

  36. And here I thought that you had made a very intriguing design on the right sleeve. Since the cables were all random, I thought you had done one of those combos that you sometimes see with socks where the two are related, but not identical. I was trying to figure out how you had done that! Then you spilled the beans and, oh well, there’s no accounting for taste. The sweater is great! And finished! I too finished my entry in the Ravelympics. A sweater for my daughter, completed as we drove her up to college. Some of us need two deadlines to get the thing done!

  37. not to worry
    i can not honestly tell right
    from left most of the time
    and i have gone out the door
    with my plaid skirt inside out
    as long as you do not arrive
    at an event with your green
    facial mask on you will be just fine

  38. Hate to admit it, Ann, but I didn’t knotice the misteak eether (un-till u poyntid it ought).
    I did, however notice how much I loved your work, how beautiful the sweater looked.
    I also noticed how comfortable I felt knowing that we all have projects, from time to time, that seem to bug the Beejeebers out of us from beginning to end.
    Thanks for totally sharing everything, including the pointers about blocking and sleeve construction.
    LoveDiane

  39. Great sweater, great story. Reminds me of the time I was making Valley Yarns’s gloves where you knit the ten fingers first as I-cords and then fasten them on. Yup, on my first try I fastened all ten fingers to the same glove. (Figured it out after a few rows, fortunately.) Cable on!

  40. The sweater looks great! Nice job.
    I am curious, what bind off did you use on the neck ribbing?
    Thanks!

  41. Lovely sweater. I didn’t even notice inside out arm until you pointed it out. You could leave it as sort of an avante guarde design element whatever that means.

  42. I’m so glad you fixed the sleeve! I’ve been catching up on the blog (I suffered an extreme backlog of blog reading due to last summer’s teaching… I’ve almost caught up on all of my favourite blogs now), and whenever I clicked on a September post from Bloglines, I kept seeing that top photo for a second before going to the correct post. I was so worried that perhaps, in your haste to finish and mail it off, you didn’t notice.
    Now I have to wonder, though… do you think there is a child in Afghanistan trying to puzzle out why one sleeve has a seam, and the other doesn’t? Perhaps that will encourage him/her to take up knitting, just to find out?