help, please

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The colors are pretty washed out in the photo. This is the beginning of the striped short-sleeve sweater from Sarah Dallas’s Vintage Knits, also known as the Special Kay sweater, since Kay kindly gave me the yarn! In the book, the sweater is knit in four pieces: front, back, sleeve, sleeve. I knew all those ends would send me over the edge, so I decided to knit it in the round from the bottom up. Trouble is, I haven’t done any calculating yet. So, I am seeking some suggestions in order to avoid the math (my brain has a limited capacity, and I use a large percentage of it to decide what kind of candy to eat). Should I do a raglan sleeve? How about a saddle shoulder? Too complicated? Know any patterns I can refer to?
And I’ll end here with a gratuitous shot of Deedle trying to sniff a neighbor’s dog:
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16 Responses to help, please

  1. amineko says:

    i vote raglan sleeves in the round.

  2. carolyn says:

    i maintain my suggestion: seek silvia’s assistance. 🙂

  3. Silvia says:

    Ha! Carolyn is such a card! Silvia says…Knitting Without Tears by E. Zimmerman. She’s got saddle, yoke and hybrid in there. I’m not sure about raglan, but it’s got to be there. It’s all the way in the garage so I can’t check.
    Cute sweater and colors.

  4. Emma says:

    E.Z.’s ”Knitting Workshop” has all types of sleeve/shoulder shaping in the round. A great resource.

  5. Rachael says:

    Raglan, dude. Easy peasey. Retro-prep pattern, IK 2002 is fab and looks great.

  6. Gina says:

    Can’t help with the pattern, but I can say this: Deedle is so darned cute!

  7. Jenn says:

    I love a raglan sleeve and that works out really well in the round. Try Ann Budd’s sweater book as far as patterns go. It’s great!

  8. Peggy says:

    you can never go wrong with gratuitous shots of a basenji!

  9. Cindy says:

    Haven’t I read somewhere your husband is a math teacher??? Let his brain do the math. Silvia and Carolyn are a hoot…can’t Silvia just walk to the garage for you?? : ) hehe
    Deedle the “good dog” ambassador is so cute!

  10. Wanda says:

    I vote for Raglan sleeves too. Even if the colors are washed out, the colors do look great.

  11. J Strizzy says:

    I say raglan. Easy to do in the round, and stripes look cool raglanized.

  12. Laura says:

    Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. ALL the math already done for you–regardless of what type of shoulder. I can barely think about math anymore without this book.

  13. Stella says:

    I second Sylvia’s suggestion for Elizabeth Zimmerman’s saddle shoulders – very retro, but I haven’t seen them done in blogland. If anyone can do it, you can! And the other Gemini in me says raglan, they DO look cool with stripes.

  14. melissa says:

    i vote for raglan too. check out the tivoli pattern.

  15. susan says:

    raglan would look really great, but if you want to save yourself calculating trouble and create a little more weaving in trouble, you could just knit in the round to the armpits and then knit the front and back separately from there and make the sleeves and sleeve holes like the pattern says.
    I really like this pattern! It’s a great book, I made the camisole on the cover awhile back and it turned out great!

  16. Joyce says:

    I like that hot pink sweater jacket you made,I alwasy don’t know how to make it (sew the pice together nicely) you alos made the lace around,that’s SO QQQ love your blog.

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