Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Three

comments (3) December 11th, 2008     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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A custom-knit sleeve shaped to fit turns a hand-knit sweater into a couture one.
Replace the sleeve stitches onto a needle without twisting the stitches.
Use a marker to remind you to execute the increases.
A custom-knit sleeve shaped to fit turns a hand-knit sweater into a couture one.

A custom-knit sleeve shaped to fit turns a hand-knit sweater into a couture one.

Photo: Tina Hilton

It is amazing how a few simple increase stitches make all the difference in the world in creating a look that elevates the sweater to a truly custom design. (If you need to catch up, see the instructions for week one and week two of the knit-along.)

The following instructions pertain to all sizes.

Replace 22 (26, 28, 34) held sts of one sleeve on needle. 


Replace the sleeve stitches onto a needle without twisting the stitches.

Do not join but knit back and forth.

Row 1 (WS): p11 (13, 14, 17), place a stitch marker, p11 (13, 14, 17). 


Use a marker to remind you to execute the increases.

Row 2 (RS): Knit to 2 sts before marker, SSK, sl marker, k2tog, knit to end-20 (24, 26, 32) sts. 

Rows 3–21: Work even in St st.

At the end of row 21, I was admiring my work and spied a dreaded dropped stitch quite a ways down. Working with such a chunky yarn allowed me to easily see my boo-boo and fix it. Normally, I would carry the stitch up as the fix, but because of the bulk of the yarn and the distance I would have to carry the yarn, I decided to "unknit" to the dropped stitch and knit back up to row 21. 


The dreaded dropped stitch!

Place a stitch marker to prevent any further droppage and begin gently pulling out the rows, counting as you go. 


Place a split stitch marker to flag the dropped stitch.

 


The result of my reverse knitting efforts.

When you have ripped down to where the marker is, pick up the stitches carefully, making sure you don't miss, and keep on knitting. 

Row 22: Knit to 1 st before marker, RLI, k2, LLI, knit to end-22 (26, 28, 34) sts.


A right-leaning increase (RLI) creates a stitch that leans to the right.

 


A left-leaning increase (LLI) creates (you guessed it) a stitch that points to the left.

 


What are other possibilities for this beautiful combination of RLI and LLI stitches?

Rows 23 and 25: Purl.
Rows 24 and 26: Rep row 22 (30, 32, 38) sts.
Rows 27–29: Work even in St st. 


Finish off the sleeve with a few rows in the contrasting color.

Row 30: Change to size US 10-1/2 (6.5mm) needle and CC, knit.

Finish up the sleeve edge as follows: Knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row. Bind off loosely.

posted in: Knit along, mini cardi, Quick knit, fitted sweater

Comments (3)

Tina_Hilton writes: Hi Love it,

Thank you for your enthusiastic & informative contributions! I have another knit along in the works and will keep everyone posted!

Tina
Posted: 4:28 pm on January 6th
Love_it writes: Everyone go out to naturallycaron.com you won't believe the great sweaters, etc. They are fantastic and so are the washable yarns make with soy and bamboo (renewable resources)

A great way to get greener.
Posted: 2:21 pm on December 17th
Love_it writes: Thank you Craftstylish. I wish someone out there would also do the knit along for cable luxe tunic by Lion brand website that went on this month, Dec. 2008. I love the knit alongs because they show pictures and the instructions that can be printed for later viewing.

Everyone get into the knit alongs they are great.
Posted: 2:16 pm on December 17th
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