We're getting very close to finishing the Laminarus cardigan now! The final step is the sleeves and front edging. I enjoy this part as each knitting section is a little smaller, so you can see your progress quickly!
This cardigan creates set-in sleeves that are worked from the top-down seamlessly. You begin by picking up stitches all the way around the armhole opening (starting at the underarm). I usually use Magic Loop to work in the round, but you can also use double-pointed needles.
The sleeve cap shape here is created using German Short Rows. You work back and forth across the top section of the sleeve, adding one more stitch each time you turn. Working these short rows creates a curved shoulder cap that is similar to the shaping on a heel.
If you want to change the size of your upper arm, it's very easy with this type of sleeve construction. You just need to pick up more (or less) stitches around your armhole.
If it's not a large change, it will work just fine. You can then work more (or less) short rows to match the number of stitches you have changed. So very little calculation is required!
Once the sleeve cap is complete, you will join your sleeve to work in the round and work down to the cuff, adding decreases on each side of the bottom to reduce the size at the cuff. The sleeve as written is 3/4 length. If you want a shorter or longer sleeve, you can adjust your sleeve shaping also.
Once your sleeves are complete, all you have left to do then is the edging. You will begin by picking up stitches around the neck edge. I used a smaller needle size to avoid the neck spreading out, and I worked the bind off tightly.
The neck is often the spot where you will get the most stretching out of shape in a garment, so it makes sense to ensure it's got a firm edge.
The front edges are worked in the same way and worked in Double Garter Stitch.
I've used my favourite buttonhole method, the single row buttonhole. If you haven't tried it before, I'd suggest giving it a shot!
I hope you've enjoyed the KAL. If you haven't had a chance to join, come on in! All clues are now available, and you can knit at your own pace!