So now that I have the front and the back of the tunic finished and connected at the shoulders, I am ready to pick up stitches and knit the sleeves. I have some of the yarn with less character (bumpiness) leftover from working the front, so I will start with that. Since the sweater is still flat, it will be easy to pick up a straight section for the sleeve and knit flat for the sleeve length. There are just a few rows with shaping, and the sleeves are not full length so it should go pretty quick. This is a pretty straight forward pattern. It would be great for someone’s first sweater attempt, an easy next step from making scarves. Don’t be scared…go for it!
I steamed along the edges where I am going to pick up stitches, not full on blocking but enough to smooth things out and make the stitches easier to see. I followed the pattern guidelines for the number of stitches to place, and how far to go from the shoulder seam. This measurement has been marked with removable stitch markers during construction so it was easy. I just divided each section evenly into roughly two and a half inch bits and picked up 8 stitches in each bit. Now it is just stockinette stitch with minimal shaping, ending with a garter stitch edge and bind off.
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I was right, the sleeve was easy and worked up pretty quick. I finished one in a day. I ran out of the yarn from the front piece pretty quick, and had to go to the yarn that was still knit up from my first attempt when I knit the front and back together in the round. This yarn has a lot of ‘character’ and the fabric from it looks a bit rough, almost as if there are holes in it. But it is what it is. I am finishing the sweater and will see how it looks at the end.