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We're getting there.

Now all I need to do is join the sleeves to the body and finish knitting. That is, I need to work out the the armscye shaping, and the sleeve cap shaping, and, uh, figure out the whole set-in-sleeves-in-the-round thing.

I'm hoping it's a lot like knitting a seamless yoked sweater - hold underarm stitches for grafting, incorporate the sleeve stitches across, and then, to create the set-in sleeve, just make the appropriate decreases on either side of an imaginary seam line between body and sleeve cap. Right? Maybe. I hope so.

But anyway, I'm sort of delighted with the way this is coming together. This is a new experience for me - usually, I'm full of niggling doubts about this or that detail, or unhappy with the execution of something, or disgusted with the whole project before it's done - but this time around, everything just worked exactly the way I wanted it to, with a minimum of false starts and hair-rending and bitter, bitter tears. The rest of this post is going to sound horribly smug and self-satisfied, but I can't help it - this is the nicest kind of suprise.

I love my neat, prim little ribs along the sleeve increases:

And I love the sleeves themselves. Indeed, what dark heart beats in he who could not love sweet, elbow-skimming sleeves with a tiny little vent detail at the back of the arm?

The edgings here and at the neck slit were the one thing that gave me a little pause. I wanted something that would give a little structure to the edges, particularly along the neck - the neck is quite high, but deeply split, and I didn't want the corners to flop so much they allowed any more than a gentle curve framing a peek of skin. The usual non-curling work-as-you-go edges - moss and garter borders - were out because they didn't fit with the very clean look of the top portion. A hem, a la the sleeve vents on the Norwegian Jacket, would have been a good, sturdy solution - but I wanted to keep the knitting as fuss-free and simple as possible.

Grumperina and Anna to the rescue! I read Kathy's post on a clever little self-edging, and headed over to Anna's discussion of it for more information. What, ho! It's just a column of double-knit! Brilliantly simple, wonderfully appropriate for this project.

So, I've got a nice, tidy little tube of double-knit (or double-purled, I should say, for a reverse-stockinette tube) on either side of all my vents and slits, with a beginning and ending slipped knit stitch for a neat, clean selvedge.

It fits perfectly, almost invisibly with the body fabric, gives a nice bit of double-thickness structure to a seamless knit, and best of all - my numbers work perfectly within the stitch pattern. See how those facing knit stitches meet to form a new rib above the slit? See how the edges of the slit themselves continue into the reverse-stockinette background? Swoon.


Thanks for all the good wishes! I'm very excited about both projects, and all the other things coming up - thanks again, and I'll be sure to keep everyone tuned.


Once again, it's absolutely lovely. You have every right to be thrilled and proud.

Barbara Walker talks about simultaneous set-in sleeves top-down so it makes sense it would just be kind of the reverse of that. I myself love the set-in, top-down sleeves knit after the body.
Patterns with lots going on around the stomach usually scare me, but I'll trust you.

Beautiful. I really like the color. It showed up a lot better in this photo. I think maybe your photos don't look as nice when done on the yellow wall. Something about the lighting there. (On the other hand, I have no idea which one most resembles the piece.)

As for the books, I forgot to mention an idea for a third book you could do. Petite knits. There's already a Big Girl Knits book. I could really use a nice book that explains how to scale down patterns, explains how to redo yardage calculates and otherwise correct patterns to fit those of us 5'4" and under. It might even be a good way to teach some of us intro to knititng design. The Yarn Harlot recently pointed out that the average Canadian woman is only 5'4".

This is working up just beautifully, and it's going to look so elegant when it's all done. I hope you're writing down what you're doing, because I have a feeling there will be a lot of people clamouring for a pattern when you've finished (I know I will be).

Are you working the body in the round as well? When working up the prototype for my first pattern, a cardigan, I initially did the body all in one piece and the sleeves flat, then joined them to knit the yoke all at once. I found that, because a body knit at once added to sleeves created essentially one large tube with two smaller tubes protruding from it (rather than the usual one large tube that a seamed, yoke-in-the-round sweater would normally give you), the stitches at the underarms were unbearably tight and I had to use an irritating combination of many, many needles to work past it for the first two inches or so of the yoke. I ended up writing the pattern so that it would be worked with all of the body pieces knit separately instead, and joined together with the sleeves at the yoke. Anyway, if there is a solution to this problem I'm sure you'll be the one to find it, and I'll be waiting eagerly for it (because, of course, I hate seaming, which is why I made my mistake in the first place).

It's looking beautiful! I love the double-purl edging. It's a wonderful, clean solution to that design problem.

I can't wait to see this one on. :)

"See how those facing knit stitches meet to form a new rib above the slit?"
Yes I do see that and it is so very nice.

I can't say enough how beautiful this is. I think it is going to be so flattering, too. Shame on me; I'm already trying to decide what color Brown Sheep Cotton Fine I want to buy for this pattern! What color are you using?

looks fantastic! The lines of this sweater are very appealing.

Oh, Eunny! It's stunning!

Man. That is looking fabulous.

I was just catching up on your entries. If you are still looking for seamless set-in sleeve descriptions, I think both Knitting from the Top and Knitting Workshop have instructions. But I think that what you think it is, it is, so you probably don't need them! I enjoyed your article on being a fusty young person; I'm all of 26 now, but my nickname in college was Grandma. I love your blend of respect for traditional knitting and innovative garment features which could only be done with hand knitting. Looking forward to future entries and those books!

p. 86 of EZ's knitting workshop. It looks like the sleeves are joined as you mentioned. She initially decreases only on the body side until it is as "set in" as you want, and then decreases only on the sleeve side, and then there's some business with short rows at the very top. A bit different than the standard seamless raglan where the body and sleeve are consumed at the same rate. Looks very doable (then again, I haven't done one yet!) I love your detailing on the sleeve vents. It looks like a very useful edging.

I know someone has already used this word but that sweater is terribly elegant. So feminine and graceful. I love it.

Delurking to comment that that is one of the loveliest sweaters I've ever seen. I aspire to sweaters like that. It's always wonderful to come to your blog and see something so pretty that it makes me want to take up the needles immediately, even knowing that what I produce will never look so good. Beautiful!

One woman's crawl is another woman's flight. It looks lovely. You've got one of my favorite sleeve details brewing.

I love watching you process...almost like gestation! Soon there will a lovely baby:)

Holy cow, you even put in a vent, and the sleeve increases are exquisite.

Just adorable--and I mean that in the most grown-up, non-icky way possible for the word. Especially love the shaping at the front of the bodice. You're making me nervous with how perfectly it's all coming together, though; some superstitious fear of anything that's going too smoothly, I suppose. Don't jinx yourself, go carefully on those sleeve shaping details....

This is just gorgeous and it only gets more so! You are not smug at all. Knitting is a lot like golfing. Golf is really hard to perfect, but for all the bad shots there is the ideal shot that sends you back to the course. Adventurous knitting can end in disaster and tears and frustration. But when you have it all come together beautifully, it makes you continue on and try more.

This looks like a must knit to me!!

All your designs are elegant and beautiful, but this is so neat. Please, please put the pattern on sale. I want one for me!

Lovely!Your eye for detail is admirable.

I hear ya! I'm at the exact same stage on a simple summer top I'm designing/knitting and trying to figure out the best method to adopt for setting in the sleeves. I'll perhaps buckle to the knit-separately-and-seam method but have confidence that you'll tackle this design problem just as elegantly as those in the rest of the garment you've knit up. Eager to see how yours shapes up.

absolutely gorgeous, but are we all going to be able to knit this too? Please Eunny put us out of our misery and let us know when you're going to put all the patterns for these exquisite creations on sale. It is so frustrating to see them take shape on your blog, and want to make them too, but not be able to because we can't get hold of the pattern. Deep sigh...........

Looking beautiful. I love the edging and the feminine sleeves!

I love that you will be working with Interweave Knits and we can finally make some of your stuff.

You and Interweave Knits, what a perfect match.

I can not wait to see the finished product. It is a beautiful stitch patter you're using and I love the rose colored yarn.

Just delicious!

Your sweater is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see the finished piece!

That sweater is just beautiful, and I'd never seen that edging. I learn something new with almost every post, and if I don't, I just get to swoon over the pretty knits. :)

Elizabeth Zimmerman has 'set in' sleeves in the round in "The Knitters Workshop" I haven't sewn a knit since because I find it so effective! Basically she has you leave underarm stitches for grafting, dec body sts to shoulder width on every round then arm sts on every round until half of them are gone then every other round until 10 to 16 (depending on gauge) are left, then you sort of treat the top of the sleeve like the turning of a heel working front(s) and back seperatly and I usually use the three needle bind off.
I now convert most every pattern I want to this and its works equally well in cottons and wools.

That is one very pretty sweater!

I started using that one-piece-set-in-sleeve technique a few years ago. I do it approximately the same way you describe. I was so happy with the way the finished pieces have turned out that I now knit everything, EVERYTHING with a one-piece-set-in-sleeve.

I chart out the armscye pattern on graph paper with all the decreases and just cross off each row as I knit it. When I get to the top of the sleeve, I knit back and forth across the body, catching in one sleeve stitch by k2tog per row. Hopefully, when I finish both front and back of the body, I have one stitch left, which I use for binding off the shoulder seams. I always use 3 needle bind off.

Have fun...it's great to done when you're done...no seaming!!

I don't think you sound smug, just excited and proud which is completely warranted. I love the anticipation of seeing the finished project but so too enjoy see the progress and learning new and clever tricks.

Happy Summer Solstice.

I LOVE your work. Such detail, elegance and beauty. I cannot wait for your book. If it contains patterns I will make a plea for those of us who are not 36"ers. I hope that you will consider those of us who are larger (48") and still want elegance and shaping.

Thank you for all the beauty that makes me want to pick up my needles and knit something wonderful.

Beautiful! I want one too :-D

I'm so happy that you're still loving the sweater. It seems very worthy of your admiration. And the edging worked out perfectly.

I actually gasped when I saw that picture! I think it is the most beautiful knitted garment I have ever seen! Girl you are a knitting genius!

You are so good ! Abrilliant,instinctive knitter and designer. That's going to be a stunning garment.

Beautiful work, Eunny.

You can absolutely knit the set-in sleeve all in one piece with the body. I did this on a larger gauge fisherman knit and it worked well, tho' I didn't find my favorite B. Walker books to be much help for this specific technique.

You'll get an even better result in a finer gauge, since you have more stitches to play with. I didn't do any short rows in my sleeves at all, just decrease steeply at the sleeve cap and then work shoulder shaping after the sleeves are done.

Without a doubt, you're my favorite knitting blog. It's no surprise to any of us that you have a few books in the work. Thank you for you inspiring knits-- and helpful tutorials.

Lookin' good! I'm very interested to watch the development of this garment. It's going to look great!

I enjoyed your "comng clean" post the other day too... it was nice to hear about you as a person, rather than just a knitter!

The little sleeve vents are totally killer.

I think it is all in the details, and I can see that you do as well. Your aesthetic is so very pleasing to me.

I'm so excited to hear about your books! They will definitely be new additions to my collection. Have you considered doing one on Lace? You're tutorials have been wonderful!!!

I do love the sleeves - prim is an apt description!

Hey Eunny, I just love this pink sweater. Absolutely adorable. You have a real talent for creating -- me, I can't do it without a pattern (yet). Have you been spinning much? (Stop by and see what I've been up to...)

When's the next group meeting in Columbia?

Eunny, I love your designs. I especially love the jacket. I'm interested to know how you knit the shoulder of the sleeve, did you create a steek for the armscye?

I am so excited for your books to come out! I think we're expecting really great things from you!

I also watched Bonnie & Clyde this weekend, just by chance, and got to see your inspiration sweater in action. I think I like your pink better but it definitely evokes a very feminine spirit. Can't wait for the finished product!

This lovely design is a joy to watch take shape. It is truly elegant. And just so you know, your tutorials have made me a much better knitter; I now have the courage to attempt lace!

My GOSH. It's so beautiful. I love everything about it's construction.

I've always lurked but your latest project has lured me out of hiding. Absolutely gorgeous--Bravo! Bravissimo!

Everything you knit turns to Gold! A very sincere "Thank You" for all that you do and for sharing with us.

c'est magnifique!!!!, quel talent tu as!!!bravo.
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