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by Ysolda April 30, 2020 3 min read

When the body of Glenmore is complete it's time to begin the sleeves. The sleeves are worked from the top-down and begun from stitches picked up around the armhole.

Before beginning the sleeves you might want to try the sweater on and measure from the edge of the armhole (at the shoulder seam) down to your wrist. Compare this measurement to the sleeve length given in the pattern and, if necessary, use the sleeve adjustment spreadsheet to make changes to the sleeve to fit your body.

For Glenmore you'll be "picking up and knitting" which means that you'll use a needle to pull a loop through from the wrong side of the work to the right side. That loop becomes the stitch that you'll work into on the next row.

You'll begin the pick up at the centre of the underarm, work up to the shoulder seam, and back down to the centre of the underarm. Remember that if you made any adjustments to pattern for your bicep to pick up the number of stitches you calculated, not the number given in the pattern.

Pick up your stitches along the horizontal edge of the underarm cast on by inserting the needle, held in the right hand, into the stitch one row below the cast on edge. Wrap your yarn around, as if to knit, leaving a 6-8" tail, and draw it through to the right side. If getting the loop through to the right side is tricky try using your left hand to lift the edge of the knitted fabric over the end of the needle, or you can try using a crochet hook to pull the loop through and then place it on the needle.

On vertical edges pick up and knit by inserting the needle or hook between the stitch closest to the edge and the one next to it.

Wrap the yarn as if to knit and draw this loop through to the right side.  

For vertical edges, like most of the armhole, the number of rows will be more than the number of stitches you want to end up with, because of the difference between stitch and row gauge. You might find it helpful to divide the number of stitches to pick up and knit for each half further, and use safety pins or removable markers to mark halfway up each armhole. I usually find it helpful to think about the ratio, for Glenmore you'll be picking up roughly 2 stitches for every 3 rows on the armhole. In other words, pick up 2 stitches, skip a row, pick up 2 stitches. In this photo you can see the double bars of yarn between my picked up stitches, which indicate that a row was skipped. 

If you're working with dpns, switch to a new needle about halfway up the first side of the armhole and again at the halfway point of the shoulder 'seam'. If you're working with a circular needle for magic loop pick up the first half of the stitches, and then slide them onto the cable of the needle. Turn the whole sweater over and begin picking up the second half of the stitches. 

The sleeve is ready to work in the round. When decreasing for the sleeve your stitch count will change, and the decreases will eat into your established dot stitch pattern. Take care to read your knitting to maintain the checkerboard arrangement of your dots.

The sleeves will take a bit of knitting, especially since you have two to do, but persevere and know that once they're done your sweater is practically finished. In our next post we'll put your new pick up skills to work for the neckband.

Join the Glenmore KAL!

You don't have to do anything special to sign up, just buy the pattern and share your progress. Use the hashtag #glenmorekal on instagram, twitter and your Ravelry project, so everyone can see your photos and come and say hi in our Ravelry group. There will be prizes! 

Read all posts in the Glenmore KAL series. 

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Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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