A decade later, I’m giving the thumbhole lifestyle a try, and I have to say: it’s pretty fantastic. It is the perfect solution to that thing that happens sometimes: sleeves of extraordinary length.
This is the second Easel Sweater I’ve been motoring on, from MDK Field Guide No. 3. I knit the sleeves to the same length as my first Easel Sweater. But the yarn is different here—Anzula For Better or Worsted, with Plucky Knitter Cashmere Aran for the green part. After blocking, the sleeves gained a ton of length—two inches!
I had two simultaneous thoughts: a) WHUT and b) THUMBHOLE TIME!
It’s as easy as can be. This works only on sleeves knit flat. I mean, you can accomplish this on a sleeve knit in the round if you—ugh, never mind. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!
First, knit a sleeve too long by mistake.
Second, sulk for ten seconds.
Third, get your mattress stitch on. Here, I seamed an inch, from the cuff upwards. Then I cut the yarn and skipped the next ten rows, leaving them unseamed. Then I rejoined the yarn and commenced mattress stitch toward the top of the sleeve. This is a worsted weight yarn; your row count will vary if you’re using a different weight of yarn. Basically, aim for about an inch-and-a-half-wide hole.
Anna did a decorative edging to her buttonholes, but I decided not to decorate mine.
They sort of fold up and vanish when not in use.
You could think of this sweater as a comprehensive set of wrist warmers. Very comprehensive.
Happy with this lemonade result to my sour long-sleeve problem. Finishing up the neckband now, after which I shall parade around in front of somebody with a camera so as to prove to you that this is an entire sweater and not just sleeves.