Archive for August 28th, 2008

We’ve got some very good things to do without screwing around with sleeves.

Lt. Gen Walter F. Ulmer, US Army

(Telling officers to disregard regulation that fatigue uniform sleeves should be rolled up outside in so that solid-colored lining wouldn’t spoil camouflage effect.)

I’ve been researching sleeves since last night, thanks to my new best friend Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton and my being mathematically challenged.

There are something like 25 sleeve designs.  I am interested in only two.  Of these two, there are 6 variations. It was after 3 a.m. when I realized the most important thing, the most solid I-get-it-now thing, that I learned from my research: even the simplest of sleeves can be royally botched up. Bottom line: If you’re prone to migraines there’s almost no way to avoid them when knitting and sewing in sleeves. At 4 a.m. I seriously considered changing the sweater to a vest—-sleeveless vest. At 5 a.m. I became tearful because the ruffle edging wouldn’t work as a sleeveless vest element and I really do like the edging.

The problem started when I decided to go with the dropped shoulder shape indented sleeve. The sentence in Designing Knitwear that stopped me dead in my tracks read: “… decreasing stitches… until the desired cross-front measurement is reached.”  Cross-front measurement? What?  Obviously something across the front of the body but where? How do I get a cross-front measurement if I don’t have a baby handy to measure? And off I spun, down the rabbit hole of research to identify and conquer the cross-front measurement.

Of course the answer was in my new best friend; a few pages before the dropped shoulder shape indented sleeve. But I was already whirling like a dervish in all directions to think of glancing back through the book. Afterall, I read every page prior to the dropped shoulder shape indented sleeve and I didn’t recall any grouping of words that sounded like cross-front measurement.

But it was there, on page 45 under it’s own subheading “Cross Shoulder Width”…. (Sigh).

I think I’ll take a nap.

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