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  1. KRovetta
    April 19, 2021 @ 8:26 pm

    I love this idea but my gauge is tighter with sleeves than bodies in the round because I use DPNs, maybe time for me to definitively to magic loop . . .

  2. olga teresa gagliardi
    November 21, 2019 @ 7:51 am

    Hola necesito saber en el suéter Flax las mangas comienzo a disminuir a partir de los puntos aumentados en siza o en el siguiente marcador Gragias Tere de Argentina

    • alexaludeman
      November 21, 2019 @ 3:17 pm

      Hi – The sleeve decreases come at the underarm, on either side of the marker.

  3. Jkline Leblues
    February 28, 2019 @ 11:05 pm

    Great ideaand efficient time and kinitting ..😊

  4. jaz712
    June 16, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    Sorry if this is a silly question, but if your gauge is off and you need to size up/down your needles, wouldn’t you need to change the needles that you used for the ribbing as well? Thanks!

    • alexaludeman
      June 19, 2017 @ 9:23 am

      I would usually change the ribbing needles too, I would want them at least 2 sizes smaller than my main needles.

  5. Michelle Forbes
    March 11, 2017 @ 12:13 pm


    Love the idea of using a sleeve as a swatch for gauge. Do I assume we are talking about sleeves knitted in the round. Pressumably I could adopt this method of swatching for back and forth/straight needles providing the whole garment was to be made that way?

    Sorry if this sounds stupid…..

  6. Mac
    March 9, 2017 @ 9:15 am

    Almost done with my first sweater–Harvest–and had to frog nearly a whole sleeve because I apparently grabbed the wrong needles. Derp! But it is the last sleeve, andI am merrily zipping along. Love the clearly written pattern,and your most excellent tutorials! Thank you!

  7. Northof60
    March 9, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    A great idea! Now, after soaking and blocking, if one finds it necessary to frog it, should one begin over with fresh Yarn?

    • alexaludeman
      March 9, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

      I usually do, although you can certainly give the kinky yarn a soak and hang to dry, then it’s ready for use!

  8. salpal1
    March 3, 2017 @ 7:30 am

    I swatch as you do – when necessary. I recently started planning a sweater with some yarn I haven’t used before, and I was drastically modifying the pattern, so I really needed to know gauge. I did the swatch, and the whole time was like “ugh, this is stiff, not sure I like this yarn” then I washed it and voila – wonderful softness! So glad I did it – I might never have done this sweater if I hadn’t swatched it first.

  9. Christie
    March 3, 2017 @ 4:44 am

    Always such excellent information and advice on TCK!

  10. tonymarkp
    March 3, 2017 @ 12:11 am

    I’ve always viewed the bottom-up sweater as the perfect opportunity to get the sleeves done and over with because I hate knitting them and yes, from this attitude I have it’s a good way to test gauge, too. There’s something anticlimactic about working on sleeves in the middle of a project (or at the end, although I love to knit top-down).

  11. Buttercup and Bee
    March 2, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

    Luckily I was told about the sleeve swatch before I knitted my first sweater, so far I’ve not had to frog one either.

  12. Sewniptuck
    March 2, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

    Oh thank you thank you, so relieved I’m amongst friends!! After swatching some cotton/linen/ramie recently I bit the bullet and blocked it. Wow, what a difference, I felt so excited to get into the knitting after seeing the blocked swatch. Thanks for your excellent website, I refer to it often.

  13. sydmore
    March 2, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

    Just came to the same conclusion while casting on percentage sweater this week, and I’m happy to see that one of my favourite designers backs up this technique!