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Knit Sleeve


It is silly that it has taken me so very long to get back to making this. Not as silly as the way I kept turning every attempt at a knit sleeve into a skull cap, a tam or a toque. Something happens and I get bored of the idea of a knit sleeve which is surprising as I really want one yet not so surprising considering my attention problems. A year of false starts have netted me a half a dozen hats at the least but, after all this time, I finally just got to it. Ain't nothing to it but to do it. So here, here is the knit dread sleeve.

Up My (Knit) Sleeve

Again, usual preamble, my very large head, you'll have to adjust, forgive my crappy note taking, message me for mistakes or clarification(s), yada yada. This time around I am using Esprit which is Elann's version of Cascade's Fixation, this yarn has s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Cheer!

Using 4mm dp needles, cast on 96 stitches and join for working in the round. Mark beginning of round.

Work 2x2 rib for 15 rounds (4mm).

Switch to 3.25mm needles and work mesh pattern.

Mesh
Round 1 - *k2tog, yo* to end
Round 2 - knit

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until mesh portion measures 15 - 18 cm (or length to suit).

Switch to 4mm needles.

Work 15 rounds of 2x2 ribbing.
Bind off.

Easy peasy and adaptable. Change the mesh portion to your fave stitch pattern, lace would be cool. Change the ribbing to stst or mistake rib. Adjust the length by doing fewer or more of the centre mesh portion. Change to smaller needle size for the centre portion for a tighter fit around your dreads; add stripes; make it solid...a wealth of possibilities. I chose the yarn I had on hand that was not earmarked for another project but I would make the rib in a solid colour and the mesh pattern would be feather and fan or chevrons or maybe pretty plummage lace if I made this again anytime soon.

This pattern uses just over 1 ball of Esprit (90m/100yards per ball) if knitting a 15-18 cm sleeve. I ran out of yarn just after I started the second round of ribbing and I knit mine with an 18cm mesh portion. IF you wanted to keep it to one ball of Esprit, knit a shorter rib section and a shorter mesh section. Or, mix it up with a different yarn for the rib so you can use up some of those bits and pieces.

If substituting yarn, please use a yarn with a goodly amount of give and memory or you'll have to make adjustments for fit.

Enjoy!





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