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  • Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along: Sleeves

    Time to move on to to the SLEEVES section.  This week's installment is pretty easy, technique-wise, but there's a lot of knitting to do (both sleeves).

    The last time we talked about the sleeves, we had placed them on a length of scrap yarn to be worked later:

    Now transfer the sleeve stitches back onto your US8 needle.

    When all of the stitches are back on the circ, the sleeve will look like this:

    If you are happy with the width of the sleeve, you'll just attach your yarn here at the beginning of a RS row. Continue with the pattern, just following the directions as indicated.  You'll begin working in Textured Stripe wherever you left off in the stitch pattern.  On my sleeve, before I put the sts on the scrap yarn, I had completed 5 rows of reverse stockinette and so now I'll start right in on 8 rows of stockinette stitch.

    The instructions say to work 2 rows even, this just means to work two rows straight (no increases or decreases) whether you should knit or purl according to the stitch pattern.

    Sizes 40-42 (44-46, 48-50, 52-54) begin working decreases to narrow the sleeve as it goes down the arm.  If you don't want to narrow the sleeve, just work straight (no increases or decreases) in textured stripe until the sleeve is the length indicated in the pattern, or to desired length.

    Other sizes just work straight (no increases or decreases) in textured stripe until the sleeve is the length indicated in the pattern, or to desired length.

    The length indicated in the pattern is FROM THE UNDERARM...so measure from where you are starting TODAY, not from the very top of the sleeve.


    You simply cast on a few stitches at the underarm.

    I've cast on about 10 st (using the "knitting on" method) at the under arm, to show those who want to modify the sleeve width how this would look.

    To see how to cast on sts, check out the "Cast on" videos at.www.knittinghelp.com.

    Here's what the sleeve with extra stitches looks like as you knit it:

    You can cast your stitches on where I did, at the beginning of the first RS row, or you can cast half on at the beginning of the row and half at the end, or all at the end. It depends, really, on how many extra stitches you need. The more you cast on, the more the seam will move around the arm. If you're casting on more than about 10 sts, I'd cast on half at the beginning of this first row, and half at the end, so that the seam stays in the center of the sleeve.

    Here is what my shrug looks like with the sleeves finished.  (I've lightly steamed mine, just so that you can see how it looks; you do not need to steam your knitting at this point.)

    You can see that I've done two different sleeves.  The one on the left is done "normally" without increasing at the under arm.  For the sleeve on the right, I've added extra stitches at the under arm.  I've done this so that I can work the next step of the pattern as an example for everyone.  Your sleeves will (hopefully) be the same.  Your sleeves may also be longer or shorter than mine, depending on how you prefer them to look.

    Next week, we'll pick up stitches and start working on the ribbing.

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  • Knitting with FDR

    My friend Daia stumbled across this photo and thought that I would find it of great interest since I am in the yarn business. The photo features the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor as newlyweds. I always find it exhilarating to see famous people knitting, so you can imagine my excitement to see one of our former presidents engaged in one of our favorite pastimes. I hope you all will enjoy this photo as much as I do.

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  • 5 Tips on Crafting for Men from YarnCraft Episode #41

    On YarnCraft's latest episode (Crafting Confessional: Stories, Tips, and Projects from Men Who YarnCraft), we ask the guys what they make, what they'd like others to make for them, and to share their funny and interesting stories (from where they yarncraft to how they got started to their secret yarncrafting behaviors). It's a great episode that's sure to make you smile.

    With Father's Day coming up, here are 5 great tips for making gifts for men from the episode:

    1. Look to his wardrobe. If he doesn't wear red, chances are a red scarf is not the way to go. If in doubt about color, go with neutrals like blacks, grays, and browns.
    2. Think texture. Instead of opting for items with a lot of colors, look to interesting stitch patterns and cables to give your project interest. Go to the episode guide from this episode for a list of great patterns including some wonderfully textured scarves and sweaters.
    3. Get cozy. When it comes to non-clothing items, think comfort and relaxation. Blankets are a great item for men, especially big, comfortable ones like our 5 1/2 hour and 6 hour throws. Other great items include drink cozies and remote caddies -- all great items to get comfy on the couch or in the den.
    4. Check the size. Many of the sweaters (especially our classic aran sweaters) on LionBrand.com are unisex -- when in doubt, check the chest size. If the sweater's small size is a 38" (or larger) chest size, it's most likely man-friendly.
    5. Ask him! See what things your guy needs. He may give you some great ideas from shoe bags to golf-club holders to desk organizers to slippers. There are so many ways to incorporate your yarncrafting into your gift-making!

    For even more ideas, great stories from our male listeners, and so much more, click here to listen to this episode [MP3].

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