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Kram Cardi CAL Week 4: Sleeves | KT and the Squid

A big thanks to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn and to Flying Squid Studio for providing the final photos for this Crochet-Along.

Welcome to the Kram Cardi Crochet-Along! If you are just joining us be sure to check out THIS POST first for sizing information supply list.

PDF Purchasing Information

If you’d like to purchase the Kram Cardi PDF for $2 you can do so by clicking HERE. Each week I will update the instructions to correspond to that week’s blog post. This is NOT required as all the information, additional instructions and extra photos will be located on the blog. In other words, the PDF is the pattern ONLY. The PDF may come in handy if you’d like to print off the pattern without all the ads and photos. By the end of the CAL those who have purchased will have the entire pattern. I will leave it up for purchase through September 25, 2015. Please be sure to save it to your Ravelry library before I remove it!

Week 4: Sleeves

Welcome back! I hope last week went pretty quick. This week should be the same amount of work.

This week we will be making the sleeves. They are worked in the round from the bottom up and then the trim will be added last.

The tricky part of the sleeves is finding your first and last stitch in the rounds. Because we are turning at the beginning of each round that first stitch can be deceptive and because we’re working in the front loops that makes it even more difficult. However, once you get past the first few rounds and figure it out , it goes pretty fast.

I have a video HERE that goes over working in the round and turning that might come in handy if you don’t have much experience with it.

If you need go back to week 1 to read all the pattern notes.

What You’ll Need this Week

  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool; 220 yd/200 m/ 3.5oz/100g; worsted/4 weight).
  • The hook you used to get the correct gauge (remember I’m using an H/5mm hook).

Note: When instructed to join you will join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.

Sleeve (make 2)

Round 1 (ws): Fsc 30(32, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50), being careful not to twist, join to the first fsc.

Round 2 (rs): Ch 2, turn, working in the FLO, 2 dc in the 1st, dc in each remaining st, join. 31(33, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51)
Round 3: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO, sc in each st around, join. 31(33, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51)
Round 4: Ch 2, turn, working in the FLO dc in each st until 1 st remains, 2 dc in the last, join. 32(34, 36, 40, 44, 47, 52)
Round 5: Repeat round 3. 32(34, 36, 40, 44, 47, 52)

Repeat rounds 2-5 until you have 40 rounds total.  50(52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70)

You will stop working in rounds for these last 2 rows. May seem odd now but this will make more sense next week when we sew the sleeves in. Basically, it will make for a better fitting underarm.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO, sc in each st. 50(52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, working in the FLO, 2 dc in the 1st, dc in each remaining st across. 51(53, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71)
Fasten off.

Sleeve Trim

With right side facing, join to the unworked side of the 1st fsc.

Note: this first round is worked in both loops.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in 1st, dc in the next, *sc in the next, dc in the next; repeat from * around, join. 30(32, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50)
Round 2: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO sc in the 1st, dc in the next, *sc in the next, dc in the next; repeat from * around, join. 30(32, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50)
Repeat round 2, 3 more times. You’ll have 5 total rounds for the trim.
Fasten off.

Length Adjustment

Adjusting the length of the sleeve is a bit more tricky than adjusting the length of the bottom but it can definitely be done!

First, you’ll want to figure out how long you want it using the same equation I posted to adjust the length of the bottom.

Lets say I want it 19 inches. That means I’ll need 42.75 rounds. Lets call it 43. This means I will take 5 rounds out of the instructions above.

This is where it gets tricky.  Because there are increases I can’t just stop 4 rounds short. The sleeve opening will be too small and wont fit into the armscye (pronounced “arms eye”. Meaning, arm opening).  Basically we need to add some increases in the single crochet rows and we need to figure out how many.

Lets take the trim out of the equation. Keep that the same. We have 40 total rounds plus 2 rows at the end. Lets make it even easier and take the 2 rows out of our figuring. So we’re left with 40 total rounds. We need to take this down to 36 (works out nice because its the even number we need to make the last 2 rows still work). This means we’re taking out 2 sc rows and 2 dc rows. Taking out 2 dc rows means we’re taking out 2 increasing rows. Therefore,  all we need to do is add an increase (2 sc in 1 st) to 2 sc rows. Where you add them doesn’t really matter too much. Personally I’d add them towards the top just because it makes more sense to me to have a little more room towards the upper arm.

Now, if you want to make it longer it’s a bit more simple. Say I want 22″. That’s a total of 49.5 rounds. I’ll call it 49 (to keep the odd number. I just need to add an extra round of sc and an extra round of dc to the sleeve. Again you can add them anywhere I’d do the bottom or even add it to the trim.

Hope that makes sense. Just make sure whatever you do on the first sleeve you do exactly the same on the second sleeve.

Oh my goodness! Next week we’ll stitch this baby up! Are you excited?!

2 thoughts on “Kram Cardi CAL Week 4: Sleeves | KT and the Squid

  1. Hi, I would like to have the sleeves wider at the top. How can I do this? Or can I?

    1. You can but you will need to make sure to make the arm opening of the body larger to match.

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