Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails – The Sleeve Cap (or puffy sleeve)

Big Box of Knitting FailsFor those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails.” I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I decided to launch a blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode we will explore the bad

Sleeve Cap (or row gauge boo boo = puffy sleeve)

I have written quite a bit about row gauge (and gauge in general) in the past. There are many myths about row gauge, the worst of them, that it doesn’t matter.

In all my sweater classes (including the current KAL Rising Spades – get it before Dec. 11 while the class is free!) I include tutorials on what to do if your row gauge is off. There’s a very special fix for what to do about your sleeve cap!!

You see the first set in sleeve sweater I ever knit (13 years ago!) I didn’t know much about row gauge. I also didn’t know that the height of the sleep cap will make it work or NOT work when you try to seam it in.

Here’s a terrifying close up of what happens when your row gauge is not right (FYI – I posted him with his arms out so it’s less obvious, but it’s not good). Full disclosure . . . this is the photo AFTER I tried to fix it :(.

If you want to learn how to make a perfect sleeve cap, check out my class “Secrets of the Sleeve Cap.”

You can also learn all about how to adjust your row gauge in any of my sweater classes.

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