Two at a Time: Sleeve Caps

Well, now, happy Wednesday everyone! Here is a shot of my Georgetown

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My post’s title is a bit of a misnomer . . . I don’t knit my sleeve caps at the same time, as some folks do with socks. But, I do knit them *both* before I knit the rest of the sleeves.

Here are my reasons:

  1. It’s easier to keep track and get into the rhythm of the short rows.
  2. It’s easier to remember all of the techniques needed for the German short rows I’m using here. Yes, yes, I know Hannah Fettig does not use the German short rows–hers are more w&t–but I love them! And use them whenever I can. I learned about and used them on the Aileas cardigans and I think they are neat (both meanings). Plus, the knitter doesn’t have to locate those pesky wraps.
  3. The knitting feels like it’s going faster: once I finish one sleeve and want to move on to the next, all of the technical bits are finished, so I can just go onward to the decreases and roll down the sleeve.
  4. It gives me a chance to truly try on the sweater before going any further–I have wide shoulders and it’s a good moment to check that these caps and the width of the back of the sweater will cut it.

How about you? Are you a two-at-a-timer? Do you like short-row sleeve caps? What kinds of short rows do you prefer to knit?

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7 Responses to Two at a Time: Sleeve Caps

  1. madgeface says:

    German short rows *are* neat! I usually knit things 2 at a time and pause that for short rows, like when turning the heal of a sock. The sweater looks great so far! Also, what a coincidence – I have broad shoulders also, broad enough that I often have to go up a size when I make sweaters or buy tops.

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  2. valejandra25 says:

    Yes I will always try to get the sleeves out of the way fast and easy. In this case I do think is critical for the fit and it is a great idea to do them first.
    (I wrote a blog post recently about my sleeve code if you want to check it out 😉 https://thesweaterknitter.com/2017/08/15/the-sleeve-code/ )

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  3. Alina says:

    If I knit a sweater in pieces, I usually work both sleeves at the same time, but when working in the round, I do tend to focus on sleeves one at a time, but I like this idea, should definitely try it!

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