Clue #3 - Here come the sleeves!

Now that we have a front and a back, it's time to give the sweater some sleeves!

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Notes for the pattern

INCREASE TIP (sleeve):
Start 1 stitch after the marker thread, make 1 yarn over, work until there is 1 stitch left on the round, make 1 yarn over and knit 1 (= 2 stitches increased). On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

The sleeves are worked bottom up and in the round with double pointed needles/short circular needle as far as the armholes, then finished back and forth.

Let’s start knitting!

Cast on 30-32-32-34-34-36 stitches with double pointed needles size 4.5 mm and medium grey Air or grey Nepal (colour a). Knit 1 round then work rib (= knit 1/ purl 1) for 4 cm. Change to double pointed needles size 5.5 mm. Insert 1 marker thread at the beginning of the round (= mid-under sleeve). Knit 1 round where you decrease 4 stitches evenly spaced in all sizes = 26-28-28-30-30-32 stitches. Then continue with stocking stitch in the round. When the piece measures 6 cm, increase 2 stitches mid-under sleeve – read INCREASE TIP (sleeve). Increase like this every 2½-3½-3½-4-5-5½ cm a total of 6-6-7-7-7-7 times = 38-40-42-44-44-46 stitches. When the piece measures 22-26-30-34-38-42 cm, cast off 2-2-2-4-4-4 stitches mid-under sleeve (cast off 1-1-1-2-2-2 stitches on each side of the marker thread) = 36-38-40-40-40-42 stitches.

Then work stocking stitch back and forth with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch on each side of the piece – AT THE SAME TIME on the first row from the right side decrease to raglan. Decrease to raglan every 2nd row (i.e. each row from the right side) a total of 13-14-15-16-17-18 times.

When all decreases to raglan are finished there are 10-10-10-8-6-6 stitches on the row, cast off. Work the other sleeve in the same way.


The sleeves are now finished. Are you ready to put the sweater together and give Santa a face? Then click below on Next > to get to the next step of the jumper.

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