I’m so close to finishing Drops 103-1, I can practically taste it. I finished and set in the first sleeve last night. (I wanted to set it in before knitting the second sleeve, just to be sure I hadn’t made a mistake. This policy has saved me before.)
Now here’s the thing. I was pretty anxious about how the sleeve cap was going to fit into the armscye.* At the last minute, I had to increase to add a bunch of stitches to the top of the arm. I was supposed to start the decreases with 64 stitches on the needle, but I ended up starting the decreases with 88 stitches on the needle.
My first instinct was to do more increase rows. I think that’s fairly intuitive. But after pondering for a while, I decided that the answer in this scenario was to work fewer decrease rows. I think a sketch is the best explanation:
In other words, every decrease row adds length, which increases the surface area, and thus the length of the seam on the sleeve. I’m sure there’s a mathematical formula to be found there, and it probably doesn’t increase length that fast.
I bet some clever mathy person could figure out the sweet spot here. However, I am not that mathy person. I’m just glad I guessed correctly.
Oh dear I have been remiss in my puppy picture duty. Here’s one from last month, which I meant to post, but completely forgot (see previous entry re: state of to-do list).
Outtake. Mama is dubious about what the crazy monkey person is doing to her baby:
I do these things for you, people. All for you.
* Why is it that Firefox’s native spell-checker recognizes “armhole” but not “armscye”? One of those is a word, and one isn’t, and it’s not what Firefox thinks. Swing and a miss.