Well I’ll Be Damned – It’s A Sleeve!

28 Mar

so proud of my sleeve
Well, what ya look at that?

Argh, sleeve!
My sweater has a sleeve!

yeah, sleeve!
Sleeves are awesome!

I think it’s safe to say I’ve got a pretty good handle on knitting in the round. I still have some areas I would like to improve – namely, pulling the yarn between the needles (I’m still getting little gaps occasionally), but I feel pretty good about my progress. And hey, a sleeve came out of it! Short rows, knitting in the round, lacework… and all!


It is a little tight, but not uncomfortably tight (I can still easily fit my hand between my arm & the sleeve). I’m not one to wear long sleeves (other than sweaters and hoodies), so I’m not too concerned about layers. And I haven’t blocked it yet, obviously, so I may be able to squeeze a little more room out of it.



decreasing at the elbow

I love the lacework & the decreasing at the elbow.

There are some boo-boos, though 😦



But you know what? I think it’s pretty good for a first try! I’m trying not to think about the fact that now I have to knit the OTHER sleeve lol. At least I can get more practice out of it, I guess 😉


As a side note, here is my next sewing project:
Next project - shirtwaist dress!
It doesn’t look like much, but there are actually 10 darts in that thing… and I haven’t even started the skirt yet. Eep.


31 Responses to “Well I’ll Be Damned – It’s A Sleeve!”

  1. Marie March 28, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Boo-boos or no boo-boos, this is looking beautiful! It’s unthinkable that this is your first time knitting in the round (or that you’ve only been knitting for what seems like 5 minutes)! You’re pretty amazing! And I’m intrigued about your new sewing project, I’m loving the fabric!

  2. scruffy badger March 28, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Can’t believe how much you’ve learnt! I am so way behind!!( but of course It’s not a race!) I reckon you’ve done a great motivational trick there, constructing as you go… Looks awesome, you shouldn’t point out the wee learning points, noone but you knows they are there 😉

  3. Staci March 28, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    The sleeve is awesome! The whole sweater is. Its hard to believe this is your first knitted sweater, it certainly doesn’t look like a first one. You Rock!

  4. Mika March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I just finished a sleeve too! Your sweater is looking good!

    • LLADYBIRD March 28, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Ooh, I can’t wait to see your sleeve!
      And can I say, beginner me is just tickled that I’m keeping up with pro-sweater-knitter you 🙂 Haha!

  5. Anthea March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Well done 🙂

  6. oonaballoona March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    boo boos? it looks mind blowingly awesome to me. and probably only a fellow knitter would notice it. and you’d have to stick your armpit in their face,

  7. Kerry March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    I think this is amazing progress, I love that you just dived in and got on with it. And not just knitting in the round but short rows and lacework too! Seriously, it looks fantastic.

    I find that my gauge is different when knitting in the round too, usually tighter as I get paranoid about leaving any gaps. Hopefully blocking should give it more room.

    • LLADYBIRD March 28, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      I’ve heard people say their gauge is tighter in the round… for my next sweater (already debating yarn colors!) I’ll probably go up a needle size. Oh well, it’s all a learning process 🙂

  8. Sassy T March 28, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Fabulous. Just starting to knit myself.

  9. sweetlittlechickadee March 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Wow, that’s really impressive! The most complicated thing that I think I’ve knit/crocheted so far is a pair of mittens. And those took awhile! Your sweater is coming along really nicely. The lace-y parts look great too!

    As far as your next sewing project – 10 (?!) darts in the bodice alone?? Jeepers! I’m working on the Sencha blouse right now and that has 6… I’m really curious to see what you’re making! 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD March 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      It’s this shirtwaist pattern – the darts at the bust & back are double (so 4 in the front, and 4 in the back) and then there are darts at the shoulder as well. Sooo many darts, argh!

  10. Alycia March 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I can’t even comprehend… you made a freaking sleeve out of YARN.

    I love darts. Darts are my favorite thing about sewing. JK. I love everything about sewing except cutting the pattern.

  11. symondezyn March 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    dude…. that’s too cool!! can you believe you actually made a sweater??? i mean a one-sleeved sweater but we get the impact even without the second sleeve LOL. Good on ya!!

    I recognize that fabric… that’s the southwestern fabric from your stash! It’s gonna be a perfect dress for a square dance when you’re done… come on, you do the do-si-do, right? 😉

  12. leahfranqui March 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Awesome job! I’m still on the body of my Miette but I’m working on the bust darts, which is cool, darts in yarn, who knew? Way to get it done.

  13. katlane12 March 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Its extremely good for your first go! What a fantastic pattern to tackle for your first jumper. It is looking great so far. No doubt it will look even better when its done. Nice work!

  14. Sarah W. March 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Your sweater looks amazing!

  15. Trisha March 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Sleeve looks terrific! And I love love LOVE the fabric for your next sewing project. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  16. Rochelle New March 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    You’re seriously amazing! It looks so good!

    p.s. you could probably get away with just one sleeve. I mean, dresses with one sleeve are all the rage this season.

  17. Casey March 29, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Bravo!!! I think you’ve done really, really well–certainly much better than my first knit sleeve. 😉

    Can’t wait to see that sewing project you’re working on–it’s got me intrigued!

  18. sorbetsurprise March 29, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Lovely sleeve! heehee!

  19. sallie March 29, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Its a beautiful sleeve! I’m amazed by your patience and skill! Congrats!

  20. Gina Vintage Girl March 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    nice job, sleeves can make us so happy. Really great job! 10 dart, wow! that’s goning to fit really well!

  21. quirkyvintage March 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh wow, your jumper looks fab!! I love it and I really love fitted sleeves because they keep you so warm. The colour looks amazing too. You should be so proud of yourself. The only jumper I’ve knitted recently was for a Pug puppy, http://quirky–vintage.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/puggle-jumper-is-finished.html
    Hope to join you soon when I start my Miette. x

  22. grenouille78 March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Wait, I thought this was supposed to be about a sleeve. 😉

    But really, great job!

  23. gingermakes March 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Yay! This looks great! You’re a pro knitter now! And I’m intrigued about your next project… ten darts, you say?!?!

    • LLADYBIRD March 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Haha 10 darts is nothin’… once I made a dress that had a total of 40 darts (8 in the front, 6 in the back, same number for lining, and then 12 in the interfacing at the hip). AND they were all double-ended darts. I hate sewing darts lol.

      • gingermakes March 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

        Holy shit!!! Did you get the feeling there was a designer somewhere laughing and laughing that suckers were out there stitching up 40 freakin’ darts? Cause I definitely can’t think of another reason for that many darts! 14 in the bodice alone?!?! Sheez!

        • LLADYBIRD March 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

          It was this pattern – it wasn’t intended to have a lining (but still, 26 darts is a fuckload!!). I thought I was going to die of old age before I finished sewing all that shit hahahahaha

          • gingermakes March 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

            Oof! Well, I hope it was the BEST DRESS IN THE HISTORY OF TIME after all of that work! I would have collapsed into a weepy puddle of sadness and shame looooooooong before finishing!

  24. Pam March 31, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    What an adorable sweater. Terrific work for a first try (actually – pretty terrific period). If you’re lucky, the second sleeve will have the same “problems” as the first — then they’ll look like design features.

    Alternatively, there’s no law against going in with a yarn needle & yarn and tightening up some of those loops with duplicate stitch – but don’t even think about doing that till both sleeves are done. And, I often find that how much a “boo-boo” bothers me will diminish as I get farther in time from the knitting.
    Happy knitting!

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