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Posted - 03/10/2011 :  03:53:30 AM  Show Profile Send Katieelizabeth28 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there.
I am relatively new to the world of knitting machines but I absolutely love it! I cannot wait to make my own cardigan but unfortunately the sleeve lengths in every pattern that I have come across are too short for my unnaturally long arms. I was just wondering if there is an easy formula to alter sleeve lengths while keeping the tapered sleeve in proportion? Also do you recommend any programmes/softwares that might help me?
Regards, Katie

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Posted - 03/10/2011 :  8:43:48 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Katie,
The theory would be to add rows between increases up the sleeve. (Or down, if knitting from the top).

You would have to figure out how many extra rows, by finding out how much longer you need the sleeves to be, versus the pattern. Figure out from your row gauge how many rows extra you would need to add.

Then look at how many increases/deacreases there are on the pattern. Figure out how to add the extra rows between the in-/decreases/ and you should have more or less what you need. You could go short on these additions, and add more rows at the top, before the armhole, but spread them out along the sleeve length too.

"More or less" is fine for stuff like this. You need the centimeters, rows give you the centimeters, add rows, but not all at once, up the sleeve. DONE!

Hope that helps. Have you read any Elizabeth Zimmerman? She helps give this attitude of "devil-may-care", so we need not be "blind followers of patterns".

Best wishes,


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Posted - 03/13/2011 :  1:22:07 PM  Show Profile Send ValerieG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What eldergirl said is great.
There are lots of knitting software. I use DAK (Design-a-knit) but it is quite expensive. However I can connect the computer to one of my machines and it'll tell me when to increase/decrease all while doing a color/stitch pattern
There's Ileen's design a pattern -- (google Ileen -- hanibal MO)
there are several more.
You can use a spreadsheet also. (don't ask me how.. too much work for my brain)
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