Let’s talk knitting seamless sleeves! When I knit my sleeve caps, I prefer to do them with a 16″ circular needle. I find it’s the easiest needle size to use for working the short rows in my size. Once I start the decreases on the sleeve, I continue to use the same needles and simply pull out a loop of the excess cable from in between the stitches. I use the modified magic loop method, also known as the travelling loop method. Instead of the loop of cable always staying in the same position in the stitches, the loop travels around until it starts to get close to the left needle, and then I pinch out a new loop from near the right needle, and the first loop disappears. This avoids some of the laddering I occasionally get with the regular magic loop method, and it allows me to use the shorter circular needle. If I can’t find my 16″ needles, I just use the same needles as I used for my sweater body and do the modified magic loop from the beginning. I almost never use DPNs for my sleeves. They’re a bit fussy to use for the short row portion, and I prefer to use the same set of needles for my whole sleeve.
How do you like to knit your seamless set-in sleeves?