Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Anatomy of a sleeve...
...or, further adventures in shaping crochet using the Lily Chin method.
The first photo shows the photocopied swatch. Two copies actually -- taped together to give me the depth I needed. The shape of the sleeve cap was outlined using highlighter markers -- both right and left side. This will become the basic road map for placement of stitches.
Shown here is a (half) sleeve pattern piece and the unblocked crocheted sleeve. The actual pattern piece was generated using Sweater Wizard software.
And finally, the blocked sleeve shown on top of the half pattern piece. The sleeve is shorter than the pattern piece to allow for an edging to be added later.
Overall I am quite please with my results using Lily's method. My execution was not perfect, however I think that I will have the sleeve fit that I wanted when everything is assembled. This particular stitch pattern has strong diagonal lines, which helped (I think) in the shaping of the sleeve cap. It will be interesting to see how this method works with different patterns. I'll definitely be trying it again.