I don’t know about you, but my least favorite part of knitting a sweater is sewing seams, very closely followed by knitting the sleeves. Why these two actions irritate me so much is beyond me.
I have heard other knitters complain about sleeves too. My good ex’s mom told me that she knits both sleeves at the same time. She said that way they turn out evenly and you don’t have to count as many rows between decreases. I thought she was brilliant! (I still do. I just adore this woman!) Ever since she told me about that, I haven’t knit a single sleeve since.
As I was filling Christmas orders, I found out how to knit two socks at a time using a method called the Magic Loop. I fell in love with this technique. It prevented Second Sock Syndrome, a condition often inflicted upon knitters. The first sock is fun. But by the time you get to the second one, it’s old news. You just want to move on to something else. The Magic Loop is the cure for this ailment! And again, it’s less counting since you’re doing them at the same time.
In addition to all of this, I love my circular needles. They’re the Harmony Interchangeable set by Knit Picks. So of course I’m looking for any excuse to use them. Aside from being pretty, I find they are kinder to my hands, wrists and shoulders. I used them for the little hoodie I’m working on. So when I came up with this idea, of course these were the needles I used.
When I got to the sleeves, of course I cringed at the thought. I didn’t want to sew a seam! As hard as I try, I’m never happy with how they turn out. A light when off. What if I used the Magic Loop to make the sleeves? Oh yes, sheer genius.
For those unfamiliar with the Magic Loop, I HIGHLY recommend this tutorial by Very Pink. While this video is regarding socks, the technique works for sleeves too. I’ve used a few of her tutorials and they are just wonderful. She caters to all skill levels. Her site is definitely worth checking out.
Yes, I am one happy knitter right now!