12/16/06

Crochet Sleeves


Joining crochet sleeves can be a chore... but once its done... it clearly denotes the end. There are two ways of joining crochet sleeves: (1) using a yarn needle to sew the edges with a whip stitch; or (2) using a crochet hook and slip stitching through the back loops. I prefer the crochet hook method, and instead of slip stitching I do single crochet stitches using a smaller needle. The crochet hook has its drawback, your work ends up with a ridge on the wrong side, causing bulkiness. What works for me though is using a B/1 hook, which still creates a ridge but less bulkiness. The sleeves of my Safari Sweater were done separately... although I am a fan of working straight from the armhole, I worked up the sleeves alternating two colors and creating panels and tapering them as the sleeves lengthened. Once the sleeve panels were completed I joined the sleeve starting at the underarm of the armhole and continued joining around the armhole and then sewed the panel seams together, bringing to an end another project. Now on to my next project...

6 comments:

Madelyn said...

Now that sounds complicated. You did a great job with this project Sheila. I love how the striped arms look in contrast with the solid body.

Deneen said...

That looks terrific. I am a fan of using a crochet hook and do go down hook several sizes (although not using a B, which I will try next time I have to attach sleeves. Whipstitching can be a pain sometimes.

Vera said...

Great job~

Debi said...

What a gorgeous sweater!!!! You just keep outdoing yourself, girl!

Nik said...

me likey ;D

Sheila said...

Thank you ladies... the safari sweater hung around for a while until I finally decided it was time to do the second sleeve and so glad that project is done.