Tutorial: Top Down Set in Sleeves Part 1

I hope this post will be for some lone knitting googlers the answer to their knitting prayers – an explanation and tutorial on those magic set in/ fitted sleeves that are being knitted from the top to the cuff! Disclaimer : I am entirely self taught by reading Barbara Walker’s “Knitting from the Top” and by working my way through a number of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s top down jumpers (but they did’ have the fitted sleeve).

So here I am starting: casting on 24 sts with invisible cast on for the first shoulder, then knitting 6 rows with short rows for the shoulder slant. See how I am increasing at the neck 2 sts to shape the back neck? image

At the end of the final row, I cast on 40 sts, the remaining neck sts.image

And then I cast on 24 sts for the other shoulder… image

After I have finished the slanted bit for the shoulder, I join the piece to the first one by knitting over the entire new neck stitches and the other shoulder. I knit another 16 rows of stocking stitch, without decreases or increases.image

Then I pick up the 24 sts from the first shoulder for the first shoulder front. Here, too I knit the shoulder slant with short rows. I also add some increases for the rounded deep neckline. I knit a total of 22 rows, just like on the back.image

And then I do the same on the other shoulder.image

Any questions so far?

In the next tutorial I will cover the magic bit – picking up the stitches for the sleeve head! BTW – I am using 3.75 mm needles and am knitting with Bendigo Woollen Mills ‘Classic’ wool. It’s going to be a jumper for my nephew Dominic, size 40″ chest… I would not be surprised if I had to re- work the thing more than once… That seems how it goes… But I never regret the frogging/ ripping… If that means the piece is going to worn and treasured, that’s ok…

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Tutorial: Top Down Set in Sleeves Part 1

  1. I just found your nice tutorial. I like the provisional cast on with shoulder short rows and neckline increases. However, I don’t know how to start after I do the provisional cast on row. Do you knit one row onto the cast on row and then begin the short rows (Purl row) or actually start the first short row as you knit into the cast on for your first short row. Or some other way. I just can’t figure it out. Thank you for sharing your techniques; very interesting!

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by! This is a looong time ago that I wrote the tutorial. I don’t have the instructions at hand right now, but using my common sense I would recommend starting the short rows after working one entire row into the provisional cast on. You can do that by purling that first row and then start knitting the first short row. But – it is possible to work short rows in purl rows! Good luck!

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