Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Starting the sleeves

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We're ready to start the sleeves for our Carbeth Cardigan! These sleeves work up fast because they're in the round and don't require a seam. 

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One of the questions I've been asked most about this project is, "Should I work the sleeves on double-pointed needles or with magic loop?" Well, my answer is ... It's up to you! Both methods are great ways to knit small circumference projects.

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Double-pointed needles or DPNs are the tried and true technique for knitting small items in the round. We use them for closing the top of hats, small stuff animal projects, or sleeves like this! Here's a great tutorial on getting started with DPNs if you're unsure.

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Magic loop is also a great technique if you happen to have another long cord for your interchangeable needles. You need at least a 32" needle to handle the number of stitches for this project. Here's a very clear tutorial on how to get started with Magic Loop.

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Don't forget to start the sleeves on your smaller than gauge-size needles -- I'm using US 10 (6 mm) for my ribbing. We work 20 rounds of ribbing before changing needle size to gauge-size -- US 10.5 (6.5 mm) for me. ALSO! If you're working with DPNs, don't forget like I did to change each needle for a larger one as you go around. Silly mistake! ha.

More info: We'll also be increasing as we work up the sleeves. See Increasing for Sleeves >

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Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Increasing for the sleeves

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Just like our arms get wider from the wrist to the bicep so must our Carbeth Cardigan sleeves. We work the ribbing and then build each row increasing a set amount up the arm creating a beautiful triangle. 

The Carbeth Cardigan specifies working an m1 increase at the beginning and end of the round but there are two types of m1 -- one that leans left and one that leans right. I think we should work an m1L at the beginning of the round and an m1R at the end. Here's how that looks: 

 M1L and M1R increases on a knitted sleeve

M1L and M1R increases on a knitted sleeve

By working these two increases in succession for the length of the sleeve you can see that it creates a tidy, uniform effect. The increase row will read as follows for this:

Step A: K1, m1L, k to 1 st before marker, m1R, k1.

How to work an m1L in knitting 

Instructions: With the left needle, pick up the strand between 2 stitches from front to back, and knit through the back of the stitch.

How to work an m1R in knitting

Instructions: With left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches from back to front and knit through the front of the stitch.

One thing to keep in mind about these increases is that they should feel hard to work -- almost like you're doing it wrong. If the stitch feels easy then it might make a hole instead of a tight stitch. Take a minute and try again.

Update from Sohini, a fellow KALer:

A friend once told me a way to remember m1L versus m1R: m1leFt means your needle goes Front-to-rear and m1Right means your needle goes Rear-to-front.

Thanks, Sohini! I think this is a great memory tip and it will definitely help me to remember which is which for the rest of my knitting life. 

Continuing the sleeves

Work the sleeves until the increases are finished and your sleeves measures the suggested length. I added a few inches after I completed my increase because, much like my body, my arms are long. Try your sleeve on as you approach the last increase and decide if it's long enough or if you'd like to add a little more distance. 

And don't forget to make a second one!

More info: Have you decided if you're working the sleeves on double-points or with magic loop? Check out my other sleeve post >

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

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Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Finishing the body

 We are knitting the  Carbeth Cardigan  by Kate Davies using  Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn . See our  knit-along posts .

We are knitting the Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn. See our knit-along posts.

Here we are at the place where we’re done with our sweater body. We need to move some stitches around before we move on to the sleeves. 

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The Carbeth Cardigan is knit from the bottom up to the neckline and at this point we are done with the body and we’re going to hold these stitches until it’s time to attach the sleeves to the body. At this point we will rearrange the stitches to set aside a few for the underarms. 

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We slip the stitches around the needle without knitting them — see my working yarn at the beginning of the row?

The size I’m working says that I remove 4 stitches on either side of the marker so I slipped over to that point. Be sure to slip your stitches purlwise for this because knitwise will twist them and it will be visible later.  

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I like to use scrap yarn to hold stitches because it’s usually softer when knitting near it later. I always choose a thinner smooth yarn in a contrasting color. (There are always scraps of Ewe So Sporty hanging around my studio so that works perfectly!) 

Thread a darning needle with some scrap yarn and move the required number of stitches — 8 for me — over to the yarn.

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I tie it in a little bow to secure.  

Now we continue moving around the sweater bridging the gap just created by the underarm. Slip to your next marker and move those stitches.  

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Now we have all of our body stitches sorted out! I’m going to leave the main stitches on my interchangeable needle cord. I attached the stoppers and I’ll set this whole piece aside until we need it again after the sleeves are knit. Sleeves start Wednesday!

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth and #EweEweKAL. Follow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)