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How to knit a sweater sleeve - If you do not know, roll up your sleeves

date: 08/02/2021


It often happens that we knit without a description, scheme or detailed guide. But, after all, knitting is creativity - we manage and even real masterpieces often come out of our hands.
Now it's about the sleeves - if you haven't thought about whether it's easy or difficult and you've only knitted vests, now it's time to think and knit. You will need to know, for example, how to knit narrow sleeves at the wrist, how to calculate the number of added stitches that are needed to expand the sleeve and a bunch of other details. And the sleeves, like the vests, can be knitted in several ways - from the bottom up, from the beginning of the sleeve to the top of the ridge, from top to bottom, from the top of the sleeve to the bottom, transversely - from one side seam to another. There are also different sleeves - short, three quarters, long, straight, kimono, bat, raglan.


To work with a raglan sleeve means that you have started knitting a raglan sweater. Once you have made the necessary calculations and knitted the upper part of the neckline of this type of sweater, the hard part for you is over. The easier one is to knit the raglan lines. The longer they are, the wider the sweater itself will be - depending on who you knit it for. First measure the circumference of the chest. The back raglan line is always longer, so measure the front. This is done according to a special formula: ½ from the circumference of the chest divided by 4 plus 7. So, if the circumference of the chest is 130 cm, half is 65 cm, respectively the length of the raglan line becomes 24 cm. add 4 cm so as not to tighten the sleeve. For example, if there are 2 stitches in your knitting at 1 cm, this means that these 4 cm will be equal to 8 stitches. Add as many stitches when you start knitting from the armpits down. This formula is valid for adults and children taller than 80 cm. For children 3 years and older the length of the raglan line is about 17 cm, for women size 42-46 - 20-21 cm, over 46 - 25 -28 cm, for men - 33 cm.

The sleeves are knitted between the two raglan lines (front and back), and the more stitches you bet, the wider the sleeves will be. For example, they can be 10. Knit with a hoop in a circle to the armpits. Once you get there, thread the stitches on an extra thread. From it you transfer them to a hoop, cut the extra thread and remove it. The stitches from the undercuts that are in the knitting should also be strung on the hoop, as this is done with a rotating motion. After you have strung all the stitches and connected the sleeve to the body of the sweater, cut the thread and pull it.

Start knitting facial stitches on the entire first row with the working thread. At the undercuts they are knitted in the normal way. However, in the case of the sleeve, since the stitches have previously been knitted in a circle, in the case of the facial stitches the needle is pierced at the front (and not at the back as in the standard back). In the case of supplements, the needle is inserted from behind. In this way you continue in the second row. In the third row you start to shrink - you have reached somewhere in the middle of the undercuts. The undercut stitches are 10, divide them into two by 5. Knit the first 4 stitches on one side and stop before the 5th.

The goal is to bend the heel on one side and the first on the other to get one from them. This leaves you with 4 stitches on each side. Turn three stitches by stringing them on the right needle and then putting them back on the left. Again, transfer the first and second stitches to the right needle and use the left needle to insert the back into the second stitch. Lower the two stitches from the right needle and pierce the second one on the right needle. Make a cross so that the second stitch passes in front. Then thread it on the left needle. Knit the two stitches as one front. Return the facial stitch to the left needle. Again, knit two stitches as one front and so you manage to twist two stitches straight. Continue knitting in a circle until the end of the row.

It is important to decide how many rows you will make the folds, depending on how wide you want your sleeve to be. The wider, the more rows you will need the folds. If your sleeve is very wide in the armpits, it is better to do the curls more often to narrow it gradually. If you have decided to make folds in 5 rows - knit in the circle 4 more rows of facial stitches without any folds. On the fifth row make folds. 4 rows follow again, in the fifth again folds, etc. until you reach the end of the sleeve - elastic. As you gradually shrink, you will become more and more comfortable knitting on a hoop. Therefore, you can use the magic loop technique or use sock needles. Knit the elastic one front, one reverse stitch or two in two. Finally, you finish knitting by finishing the stitches.

How did you feel? Yes, it's easier without sleeves, but with sleeves it's warmer. And now we are still in the season when we need to get warmth with clothes. So roll up your sleeves - I'm sure you have them, and get started. There is no way without them. If you succeed with raglan sleeves, the vast world of sleeves will open before you. Do not overdo it, knit them only if there is something to attach them to.


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