Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waltham sleeve tips

The Waltham KAL has officially begun! While knitters everywhere scrupulously study their new copies of Knitting Plus, I cast on for my first sleeve and knit the first few inches. Let me share with you what I've learned thus far.

To begin the Waltham sleeve, you start by knitting the setup row using Chart E. Contrary to your usual experience in knitting, you're NOT starting from the right and knitting to the left, nor are you knitting the blank chart squares and purling the dotted squares.

Instead, reverse all your thinking. Abandon your experience and follow directions closely!

The setup row actually begins the wrong side of the sleeve. You are therefore knitting the chart from left to right, and you are purling in the blank boxes and knitting in the dotted ones. Begin and end where the chart indicates for your size and then complete this stitch pattern repeat to the end of the row. When you finish this row, you then turn your work and you're ready to knit row 1 of the chart (which if you're not paying attention would seem like row 2 of the chart). Note that with row 1, you're back to knitting "normally," knitting right to left as usual.

It's a little confusing at first because it's like knitting backwards! But it works well. Just remember you're working on the backside, and therefore are knitting and purling from left to right.

If you have questions, just ask. Either post a question on this blog, the Ravelry KAL forum board, or email me.

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