Then along comes a new - or new to me - idea that ignites my curiosity fire and off I go learning again. That is exactly what happened when I came across Susie M's group on ravelry. Called Contiguous, it is a group that details a "way of knitting the shoulder seams and sleeve caps of a garment from the top down." That would be set-in sleeves, people.
I have knit top down sweaters of course, but always with raglan sleeves. Nothing wrong with raglan, but a 'change is a good as a rest'. I have knit top-down, set-in-sleeves, but always separately from the sweater body. In those cases, stitches are picked up around the arm hole and short rows used to create the sleeve cap.
Knitting a top-down sweater with set-in-sleeves that are knit as one with the body was something I thought impossible, until I spotted SusieM's group.
Now all my summer projects are on hold until I learn this new method. Susie M is hosting a KAL sample sweater to showcase her invention and for today's homework, I completed row 12. Here you see the entire top-down sample.
Seen here is a series of increases in the back neck section -
Shoulder seams radiate out from the cast on stitches, with increases done on both sides of the shoulder 'seam' stitches on each row.
Although the KAL isn't yet as far along as the sleeve cap, I've been reading ahead. It seems that a few stitches are set aside as top-of-the-sleeve stitches and increases made on the body side of those stitches to form the sleeve cap.
I'm very excited to learn this new method. Since I never read the New York Times, I have empty brain cells available for knitting info. Now what could be more relevant, I ask you.