Sleeve two is now done, and all that is left to knit are the two cuffs.
I positioned the two thicker seams (in the center of the photo) so that they’ll be at the sweater back. I was also able to get the colors so they’re roughly symmetrical—and I’m pleased about that also. At 11 PM, the two seams seemed fine but it looks as if the one on the left could do with some straightening. I’ll do that when I block the seam around the armhole.
When I was done with the sleeves, I basted one into the armhole. Then I tried it on to see how long the sleeve was. I can never measure dropped sleeves accurately, and I have to do a fitting to be sure the length is good—and it is. I’ll need only about 4 to 5 rounds of seed stitch at each cuff, and I’ll be ready to attach the sleeves, which I hope to do tonight. I will first try a crocheted seam, because it is easier to ease a sleeve into an armhole that way, but I suspect this will leave ridge. If so, it is back to mattress stitch.
I find it easier to work with mattress stitch on pieces like these, in which you could catch a part of the sweater that should not be in the seam, if I place a piece of cardboard under the two sections I’m attaching. It forms a flat surface, and it prevents me from putting the needle where it has no business being.
There are a lot of ends to weave in and nine buttons, so I think the remaining steps will take two evenings.
Then it is back to DH’s sweater, which I’m determined to complete as quickly as possible. One reason for the departure from this WIP (not a UFO, as DH has begun to insist) is that I wanted to work with short rows on a collar, and the entrelac does that. I now understand that this shaping will give me the rolled look that I want. I need another cable on the fronts, around the buttonbands, and I’ve started a swatch for this cable:
I think this will be ok, but I want to see how it meshes with the Celtic braid and 3x3 cable on the front. This S-cable will frame the button band. In essence, the two S-cables and the buttonband will equal the space of the middle Celtic braid on the back.
Then I have to decide where the pockets will go, how deep to make the shawl collar, and plan the collar. So there is a lot still to do before casting on for the fronts.