So, I'm knitting Tubey
from Knitty and it's time to make the sleeves. Although I have no deep moral or philosophical objections to bell-shaped sleeves (especially small bells like these) it occurs to me that normal tapered sleeves might be a better choice for the sweater. I think they're more practical (easier to wear under a jacket, for example) and probably less likely to look dated 5 years from now when bell-shaped sleeves are out again.
I figure, I'll knit straight until I get below the elbow, measure my arm just below the elbow and just above the wrist, and decide how often to decrease based on that and my gauge.
In what may not come as a big surprise to anyone but me, this resulted in a sleeve that was baggy around the elbows. That might be fine if the sleeve was going to STAY straight (or bell out) but seemed wrong for a tapered sleeve.
So, I ripped back 4-5 inches and started decreasing. Turned out I had to decrease quite a bit, so I decreased every row for a while, then every other row after that. In what shouldn't have surprised me but did, it turns out that decreasing too fast gives you pooches in the sleeve.
In a fit of annoyance, I started the OTHER sleeve. My current theory is to measure my arm at the TOP of the arm and at the wrist, and decrease steadily (one stitch in every 4 rows, it turns out) until I either get to the wrist or until I can't make it any smaller and still have it fit. (If the math is right, this shouldn't happen. Also, I have small wrists.)
For those of you who have actually made something with sleeves (which I have not) does this sound like a reasonable idea, or am I doomed for some other kind of currently unforseen trouble?
Why is it that whenever I bring knitting to work on in spare moments at professional conferences, I end up having to rip everything I've done out again? It's very frustrating.