Going Off Road
I pulled out what I had done and decided to knit the sleeves separately, from the bottom up. Since I was going to have to write my own sleeve pattern to fit the armscye anyway, I figured I’d just knit the sleeves flat so I could do them at the same time. I sat down with the pattern and a calculator and Max and got to work. Several sheets of scratch paper and one badly drawn diagram later, I had a sleeve pattern. I finished knitting them last night and once I have all 70 million ends woven in to this sweater, I’ll sew them in and make sure they fit. (I’ll probably also block things first.) It wasn’t a perfect solution, but I think it will be a much better sleeve than if I had used the pattern directions, knowing that I was off on row gauge.
I’m not going to add my sleeve adventures to my Ravelry notes because I think it will just confuse things for other knitters. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern at all, I just didn’t knit it correctly and then had to compensate. The next time you see this sweater, it will be finished!