The CPH pattern calls for you to knit the hood before setting in the sleeves but I wanted to get that part over with so that when I get to the point where I’m finally finishing the button band I don’t have any more work to do, because I think that would just about kill me.
I had been reading a lot about the sleeves and the armholes on the CPH being out of proportion to each other for a lot of people and I was no exception:
What do to? Rip back and lengthen the tops of the sleeves? (Less work than shortening the armholes on the back and both sides.) Or maybe take the time to baste them together and see if we can ease armhole around the sleeve? I did that, because it meant the possibility of not having to rip anything back, and it worked! I didn’t get any puckering (something else I’d read about):
I would like to think some of my previous work (the kind that makes you swear) sewing set-in sleeves in a see-through chiffon dress helped me have enough zen to get all the way through this. I took a two step approach, first I used lots of these itty hair clips to position the sleee all the way around so I know there isn’t going to be a huge gap somewhere:
I read about using hair clips like these somewhere recently, it was a blog or maybe Ravelry… but anyhow, thank you mystery knitter for the suggestion, it worked perfectly! I’m going to use these for all my seaming in the future.
Then I roughly basted the sleeve into place using contrasty scrap yarn, taking out the clips only as I got to them. Then I seamed, pulling out the basting as I went along. A lot of prep, but it saved me potential disaster.
My sleeves came out a little bit long (I knew they would since I knit too far and decided not to rip back). I seamed them from the top down towards the cuff, and stopped seaming just before I got to the ribbing. Then, when I had the sleeves set into the body, I finished seaming, leaving holes positioned for my thumb to poke out:
I got this idea from Lawral’s CPH (link to picture on Flickr) over at Ravelry. I figure it will help with typing on cold winter days, which is the sort of weather I suspect it will be by the time I finish this sweater.
One last note, after seaming the armhole and shoulder I totally get why people go through the trouble of doing short rows instead of binding off at the start of rows when doing shaping — the edge you need to seem is much tidier that way and would make it easier to poition and work. So, next time I’ll be learning how to turn and wrap.
Next I’m getting ready to knit the hood. Question for those who have knit this already — the pattern calls for leaving a row of live stitches along the top of the back of the sweater (the back of the neck hole). When you add the hood you just keep working these but I’m wondering if I these live stitches will stretch the back of the sweater out of shape while it’s being worn. Should I go ahead and bind off these stitches to create reenforcement now? Or is the stretchiness back there part of the comfort of the sweater? (I know I can go back and crochet a reinforcing chain stitch later on if I feel like I need it, but I’m less likely to do the extra work later on.)