A Sleeve

Instead of being a responsible student and working on my Melville essay, I watched a lot of Buffy and knit a sleeve and a neck band this weekend. I ran into my friend and he asked me, “What did you do this weekend? Work on stuff?”
I said, “Nah. I watched a crap ton of Buffy and did some power knitting and pattern writing.”
To which he replied, “So you worked all weekend?”
It’s nice that my friends realize that my design stuff is real work because I already have a hard time conceptualizing knitting as work when it doesn’t feel like a drudgery. Pattern grading? That’s work. Knitting a sweater? That doesn’t feel like work to me even though it’s part of my pattern writing process.


I usually work the sleeves and neckband in the same order when I knit sweaters. I always knit the neckband last for some reason, but I put this one on after I knit my second sleeve so I could try my sweater on with clothing. While I own a lot of things that go with orange, I had a specific dress in mind when I came up with this design, but I was worried that the neckline would be too low on my sweater. Pleasantly, this neckline almost perfectly matches the one on my dress and my dress doesn’t peek out awkwardly. I always find myself trying my half knit sweaters on with different outfits when things start to come together. Do you ever do that? It seems to help me get through the last chunk of knitting because I get excited about the project all over again when I start to think about how I’ll get to use my FO.






19 responses to “A Sleeve”

  1. I really like how this sweater is coming out. I think all that ripping you did has paid off.

  2. Sounds like a good productive weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰ very nice!

  3. I definitely try on my half-knit sweaters! It’s like I doubt that the size will fit well, and that it will look silly on my body, but after trying it on I feel comfortable enough to continue working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It’s looking good good good! Can’t wait to see it as an outfit!

  5. Lovely looking sweater! ๐Ÿ™‚ I couldn’t visualise what it would look like with sleeves from your last post. I’d make a shocking knitwear designer :p

  6. I love how you try on & photograph your sweaters at each stage. They would make an awesome gif animation! Your sweater looks great so far!

  7. Andi, this looks great. Tell me, is this something you’re making up right now – or is this available for me to purchase and knit. I want one!

    1. It’s my own design. I’m working on the pattern.

      1. When it’s done, will you post it for sale on ravelry? Or is it just for yourself?

        1. I probably won’t publish the pattern until the fall, but it will be available on Ravelry when I do. =)

  8. It looks great! The neckline is peeerrrfect!

  9. Your sweater is fantastic! You look great in it Andi and I want to make one too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Tania

    Love it! Your hard work is going to be worth the effort.

  11. Another gorgeous pattern. Glad that Buffy was about to help you get through it!

  12. I cannot get over how cute this sweater is! And knitting is always being productive, and those of us with friends who realize it are truly blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. it looks great! i love everything about it!

  14. Misiula

    I love this neckline. I love the silhouette of the sweater and those cute set-in-sleeves. Another great idea made material, Andi!

  15. that sleeve looks great! (now get moving on that Melville essay, Bartleby!)

    1. Thanks, and I would prefer not to!

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