Maybe It Worked

I don’t want to say anything about my little sulk for spring working or not, just in case I hex it, but I can tell you this.  On Friday afternoon I made a cup of tea, gathered my yarn and needles and started a little sweater in spring colours.

I knit and knit – faking a sweater – just letting one happen.  I cast on about 86 stitches for the neck, divided them up as seemed reasonable for a little raglan (1/3 for the back, 1/3 for the front, and 1/6th for each sleeve, plus one on each end for the selvedges)   and worked back and forth, making my increases, two at each raglan point, every other row. When I got about 8cm in, I overlapped the first and last two stitches, and joined to work in the round.  When the armholes were the very scientific "Deep enough" I put the sleeve stitches on holders and kept on trucking for the body, knitting until they measured what Luis does from armhole to hip. (I actually made it a little longer. Dude is growing so fast you can practically watch it happen in front of you.)

I went down a needle size, worked a few centimetres of ribbing, and cast off loosely, then returned my attention to the sleeves.  I put all the stitches back on the needles, picked up two stitches in the armhole, and started working in the round – cruising down the sleeves, decreasing two stitches every 10 rounds three times, continuing again, until it measured what Luis does from armpit to wrist – plus a little. A few centimetres of ribbing, and cast off.

I went back to my little neck part and picked up and knit some stitches for a little placket on the bottom – just a few rows of ribbing… then picked up and knit the same number for the top overlap, and worked that for about 3cm, with two buttonholes smacked right in. 

Voila! A little sweater, made from two balls of Liberty Wool Light (colour 6606) done in less than a weekend.  I wove in all my ends* gave it a little bath, sewed on two vintage buttons from the bin, and today Joe dropped it off for little Lou on his way to work.  Easy peasy, quick and springlike – and today it’s 10 degrees out. Perfect (almost) spring weather for wearing it. So much fun, I almost made another one.

*There were a lot of ends.  A whole lot, because while the plan for the sleeves sounds simple and sensible, I’m still me – and I can’t stand it when sleeves don’t match each other, or the body.  Since this yarn is self-striping, the width of the stripes is determined by the circumference of the knitting – and that means that the stripes would be skinny on the body, and then wider on the sleeves, and the thought of that gave me a wicked case of the heebie jeebies.  Instead, I knit on one sleeve until the stripe matched the stripe on the body, then broke the yarn and did the matching thing on the other sleeve – then discarded the rest of the yarn to get to the next colour, and repeated. I think it worked pretty well, but yeah.  The sleeves had a LOT of ends to weave in. I know there’s lots of you who wouldn’t bother – and I salute you. Rock on.

142 thoughts on “Maybe It Worked

  1. Pretty little sweater for a handsome young man. It looks promising to us down South if the North has decided to move into spring mode too!

  2. I love it.
    I love that you took the time to make the stripes match (I often just pick a solid contrast for the arms and get around it that way), I love that you made it in a weekend, I love that you made it “just because”.
    I need to do some “just because” gift knitting, I think.

  3. That’s so freakin’ adorable that I’m sitting here “squee-ing” at my monitor. FSM, help me.

  4. Oh, I can’t stand stipes that don’t match! Even on mittens, I struggle…Good for you for not letting ‘the yarn do it’s thing’! That Liberty yarn had a tendency for that! The sweater is very cute. Can’t wait to see you in May in Bethlehem!

  5. And here I looked at those matching stripes and thought, “Wow, she DOES have good knitting karma, look at those sleeves!” I’m feeling better having read your footnote. Still, it’s cute as a bug’s ear.

  6. Yeahhhh, I do that with striping yarn, too…sigh…I’ve been called a control freak before…what are they talking about, hmmm??? I just like things neat and tidy, what can I say =-)

  7. I, for one, am envious! In California, where it is most certainly spring, I barely got a chance to knit this weekend for all of the yardwork and chores that needed to be done. I’ll have to wait until we have 100+ degree days later in the summer to be inside and devote that kind of time to the stash. What an adorable sweater! (And you’re totally right about the sleeves) I’ll have to put that one on the “to do” list for my new nephew. Cheers!

  8. beautiful…. and I also did that with a top down cardigan….. only I was using Caron Simply Soft Shadows (trying to destash…. to the point I taught my sons how to knit and crochet but naturally they won’t help me weed it down!)

  9. I am so lovin your mug collection! Never mind the knitting and matchy-matchy on the sleeves which I would totally do too! Right there along with you on that!—–Unless it was Noro!

  10. Confession: my first squeal was over your Keep Austin Weird mug (from BookPeople?). The sweater earned my second squeal.

  11. Impressive! I love it when insane sounding statements like “I can knit a sweater in a weekend” are handed their butts on a platter!!
    Chalk one up for Insane Knitters everywhere 🙂

  12. Wow! And I thought I was “detail-oriented”!! Congrats on chasing off your winter blues, hope you get more springlike than 10 degrees soon, though! That still sounds cold to me for some odd reason.

  13. Thank you for describing the top-down baby sweater in such a logical and casual way! This reminds me of your plain vanilla sock talk-through “recipe” in Knitting Rules–it sounds so simple and visual (except for those sleeves–I’d go with the coordinating solid color every time, but then I’m easily spooked.) Gorgeous sweater, lucky baby.

  14. Part of me has a really hard time believing those two skeins were not only the same dyelot but also the same colorway! Either way, it works and it’s adorable and I wish I could knit as fast as you. ::sigh::

  15. I’m glad I’m not alone in wanting things to match! Beautiful sweater, beautiful weather, let’s enjoy it while it lasts and try to forget about last week’s rain/hail/ice storms!

  16. I’d love for sleeves of self-striping yarn to match the body, but I’ve never had the fortitude to go through with what you did. Kudos! And it’s a lovely sweater! I hope we maybe get to see it on him at some point.
    On Friday I commented about how I blamed myself for the weather, having not finished the last of my winter knits and bemoaning that I’d not get to wear it during winter weather and how I was going to finish it Friday night. I did, and therefore absolve myself from any further coldness. It is, however, warm here too. Spring ho!

  17. Oh, so freakin’ cute and what stress free fun to put together. I’m not yet any good with shaping, so I stick with big needles and baby blankets. I also design as I go, and if anyone wants a basic “recipe” please see my pamelajd project page for Ode to Mr. Rogers Baby Blanket on ravelry. (I’m new at this, I hope it’s OK to shamelessly plug but the pattern recipe is free and I make them for hospital babies, so does this make it less self-promoting?)

  18. I love liberty wool for baby things and I’m glad to see that you are “keeping Austin wierd” as far north as Toronto!

  19. I love it. The yarn should come with ballbands that read “Instant Sweater. Just Add Knitter.” Very very cute sweater.

  20. I second Amy S. @2:03 pm. Thank you for the step-by-step description for those of us who have never made a top-down raglan before. Makes me think that maybe someday I could! Your sock recipe helped me understand socks (and I’ve made many pairs because of it). The sweater is darling like all of the other baby sweaters that you have made recently–love, love, love them. Hope the weather keeps trending toward warm for you. Our backyard here in Texas is all abloom and alive with baby birds and their busy parents.

  21. I love it! I look forward to the day when I can just pick up needles and yarn and create something in a weekend.
    The stripes are amazing. I probably would have gotten around the non-matching, as others have said, by just knitting it in a solid color, or at least doing the sleeves in a solid. Because I’d never get the stripes right, and then I’d spend several days twitching.

  22. excellant directions –I learned from them.
    Spring will come — it already has when you give something of yourself to one you love.

  23. I like the matched striping!
    When using self-striping yarns, center-pull, I always switch to the outside of the ball for the heel, resulting in ends to weave in.
    I prefer a contrasting heel to a line across the instep where the color pattern breaks for the heel.

  24. Adorable little sweater for a really adorable little guy!
    P.S: You’re not the only stripe perfectionist out there, I would have done the very same thing. Non matching stripes would have driven me crazy!!! 🙂

  25. Love the parade of coffee cup pictures – it’s almost like one of those time delay city pictures.

  26. I read this post and the first thing that came to mind was, “I really need to quit throwing my yarn.”
    Happy new sweater to little Lou! And happy new project to you! 🙂

  27. See, you finished the SWEET! sweater and spring is here … yay! (today almost more summer than spring, and we had snow two weeks ago.) hopefully, you have spring outside your door, too!

  28. Wait. You matched EVERY color change, not just the green/yellow around the chest? If that’s what you did, then — no. Just no.

  29. Another obsessive here. I cannot see the bottom placket. But, the top placket does not match either the top of the sleeve or the body of the sweater. Just sayin’.

  30. I spent the weekend knitting baby sweaters too. It’s adorable — and I don’t blame you a bit for the stripes. I would do the same thing!

  31. I read your directions and am flabergasted that you pulled it out of your brain and made a sweater. I’ve been knitting 30 years and still need row by row directions. I’ll try this method; but may need some hand holding…

  32. were i not in my actual office right now instead of my home office, i would’ve actually stood up to give you a hearty round of applause. i’m stopping myself from doing just that by leaving a comment. if that sweater doesn’t wring spring out of the icy depths, i don’t know what will.
    sending you spring juju from vancouver, bc.

  33. I love it! And I love that the stripes match. Not sure if I would have thought to do that but I love it!

  34. I thought we had lots of mugs, but your collection looks as if it could rival ours any day.
    Lucky you to have spring weather. Here in Colorado, we are having what could turn out to be the largest snowstorm of the winter—at least six inches and still falling. The forecast says snow through Wednesday.

  35. So really, that’s all there is to it? To making a sweater from the top down? Divide the neck into thirds? I so wish I had known that years ago!! I’ve made a lot of top-down raglans, but I’ve always been tethered to written instructions. Geez. My whole world just opened up.

  36. I’m SO GLAD you explained how you got those stripes to match because I was going along thinking you were some kind of knitting WIZARD (which you are) and that all the stripes just HAPPENED. I was thinking that would never EVER in a million years happen for me and how could I ever possibly replicate your adorable stripe pattern in anything I knit.
    I’m really happy that you are just super smart and not a magical being who can make the yarn work out perfectly.

  37. I salute you for bothering with all that stripey sleeve business. I might have played the keep Austin weird card and gone with mismatched stripes. 🙂

  38. absolutely adorable! I love those little top down sweaters… kudos for doing it without a pattern!!

  39. What an adorable sweater! And I really admire your dedication to making all the stripes match. I recently tried to do that on some socks for my husband, and the darned yarn pattern changed halfway through the sock — made it truly impossible to make the socks matching. Grr! You did a beautiful job, though, and I hope we do see a picture of gorgeous young Luis modeling it soon. 🙂

  40. I am one of those also. Cannot stand not having stripes match on sleeves. I have a child’s sweater on the needles where I did the sleeves first so I could match them to each other at least. And I have done it your way with all the ends. I used to do the same thing when I sewed. There has to be balance in my project life or I become increasingly unhappy with what I am working on.
    Heck I cannot buy anything that is factory made if the stripes don’t match or the plaid doesn’t match.

  41. The sweater couldn’t be cuter. That said, I will leave the stripe matching to you. I kinda like the unmatched ones!

  42. Cute! Make it so we can embiggen the photos, k? I want to see all your magical matching work, since you went to all the trouble to do it, after all. 🙂

  43. I would totally not,match the stripes. I like random. But i admire your fortitude. You are perfectionist and I like to fly by the seat of my pants.

  44. Its posts like these that make me completely delusional about my own knitting. I wish I could knit anything that fast! Beautiful sweater, by the way. Adorable!

  45. Very adorable. I love the idea of the top down raglan, but find that as a larger busted woman that I don’t love it for me (I feel like the raglan part takes forever).

  46. I don’t know what is more powerful, my need for things to match or my hate of weaving in ends. The sweater is super cute, I kinda want one in my size.

  47. Marvelous! I may try this “recipe” only with plain yarn, not self-striping. I don’t like weaving in ends either.

  48. Sounds like something I could pull off – but without the striping. Thanks for the recipe!

  49. Just noticed how you posed the completed sweater – as if an invisible little one were lounging back on the folded sweater supported on one elbow. I can almost see Luis striking a dapper little pose.

  50. I don’t know if I’d have the patience to get that fussy with the stripes on the arms. Yet, wildly different stripes would bug me. So, were I to knit one of these, I’d probably choose a solid or heathered yarn. But that’s just me. I’m sure Luis is going to love the cheery colors in his new sweater.

  51. Just beautiful! Love how you matched the sleeves — that’s why you are Yarn Harlot and I am me.

  52. Beautiful! I love that you matched the sleeves. I’m not sure I would have the patience, but I love that you do as the result is just gorgeous.

  53. Long time reader, delurking to share a tip to match the stripes and avoid the ends. If you first knit the sleeves with one ball of yarn each and then attach and use TWO balls of yarn for the body, the effect will be the same because for children’s sweaters the sleeves are about 1/2 of the body width. So, for example, if you imagine that one colour change takes two rounds for a sleeve, than for the body you need to knit one round from one ball, twist the yarns and knit another round from another ball.
    It might have not worked for your beautiful little sweater because the stripes would be too wide, but it did work for me. Here is the picture to illustrate the point (I am not selling anything).
    p.s. I got the idea from one of your books, by the way, from a story about matching sweaters for a couple. Only a knitter used two balls with slightly different colourway to conceal the difference.

  54. I’m one of the ones who probably would not do all that, but the matching sleeves sure are cute!

  55. Adorable little sweater! So neat how you are able to pound one out without, too, much thought. Really loved seeing the variety of mugs you have including from Austin and New Orleans (is that a French ‘Quarter’ fleur de lis? or a ‘Quebec’ one? If its NOLA then super yay cause that’s where I met you!)

  56. What a delightful sweater! So simple and cute! Sorry about the ends, though.
    One question, and I’m sure it’s been asked before: Can you make a standard baby-sweater pattern? Like your standard sock pattern, I mean. Of course, what you posted could be a pattern, but you know about some knitters.

  57. I have a raglan that is going to get some lace on the bottom and in the sleeves.
    Am rocking on. Luis is one lucky little boy. His Auntie Stef will knit for him till he leaves home..and even then, socks will follow him once she finds out where he is!!

  58. Have never seen this yarn. Is it itchy? I love knitting for babies and toddlers, but only you could knit a sweater in a weekend! Any secrets??

  59. Your sweater is very similar to my favourite baby raglan except I like cardigan style. I just love making buttonholes, don’t ask me why but I can’t wait to knit enough rows to get to the next one! I hate darning in ends so I’m not sure what I would do about the stripy arms. I do like your matching sleeve stripes, though. It takes me about two weeks to complete a sweater. How do you do it in a weekend?

  60. Yes, what Fran said at 10:07, just stunning Steph! I was stuck on the last amazing photo, thinking, ‘damn, those knitting faeries sure do love her ’cause those arms came out fantastic!’ And then I read the italics. Well done. I am going to cut and paste this to a Word doc so I have the directions on file. EZ would be extremely proud of you. 😉

  61. By the way, meant to say, I love that you have a different mug in each picture. Truly shows the passage of time. Made me chuckle.

  62. I would not do all that manipulation, but it made a better sweater. Thanks for bringing (encouraging) spring.

  63. Wow. I love how you matched the sleeves. So logical (I can live with all the ends). Ms. Maychek, my sewing teacher eons ago, turned me into a matching fanatic!! It drives me crazy when things that should match (like sleeves), don’t.

  64. While I read your description and looked at the pictures I suspected there was a bit more effort put into those matching stripes. It was worth it, that’s a great little sweater. Whatever it takes, I’m ready for spring!

  65. Hey, Emily at 1:33 pm, I like your idea of doing sleeves in a solid complimentary color, but I think I would only do *1* sleeve in the solid and leave the other one striped.

  66. Thanks for keeping Austin weird.
    I keep looking for babies who need/appreciate good stuff. It’s so fun to make for them!

  67. Here in Florida, we are resenting the return of Summer. It’s come a bit late this year – usually it’s here by mid-March at the latest – but we’re now in the upper 80’s (Fahrenheit) and climbing. Would that I could exchange a bit of weather with you.
    I’m always amused by your winter woes, because it’s so very different from my life. Here in Florida, we have a never-ending Summer punctuated by a few, beautiful days of what we call “Winter” but would probably feel like late Spring to you (that is to say, it never reaches freezing during the day and usually freezes at night once or twice in a year). We constantly complain about the heat and wish desperately that maybe, just maybe, if Hell froze over and some of the cold leaked onto Earth, “Winter” would last until April. So it’s bizarre to me, in a land of cotton knitting and wide-brimmed sunhats and tanned women wearing spaghetti-strapped tops in December, that only a few hours away by airplane lives a woman (in fact, an entire country) wishing for Spring.
    As I type this I’m sitting on my porch in shorts and a bikini top because it’s too damn hot to sit inside but I haven’t quite reconciled myself to the end of “Winter” and a renewed need for air conditioning yet. Out here with the mosquitoes, it seems almost impossible that anyone in the world is cold. And yet, there you are. It boggles my mind.
    What else boggles my mind? The fact that your “Spring-colored” sweater looks like Winter colors to me. Blues and purples and just a hint of brighter yellows and greens. Spring colors to Floridians are hot pink and neon orange, peach and tan and crimson. There’s no blue in Spring here – only warm colors. Blue is cold. Blue is the color ice and of the never-frozen but always-cool ocean, and of winter sweaters. Purple is the dawn sky in mid-January. Yellow and green are perennial colors that don’t associate with a season at all.
    It’s amazing what a difference location makes.

  68. The first thing I noticed was that the stripes matched through the body and sleeves, and I thought, “how did she do that?”. It was worth the effort, and thanks for explaining how.

  69. The first thing I noticed in the pictures was the matching stripes and how great they look. Thanks for describing how you did it. It’s definitely worth weaving in the extra ends – looks so much more polished and absolutely adorable!

  70. Agree with Kelly Y. The matching striped sleeves are awesome. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Its only one of many reasons why I love your blog.

  71. I can now peacefully continue my life, suitably reassured that the mismatchy sleeve stripes heebiejeebies occur in the very best of knitters! My trick to achieving ‘even’ striping is to work the body part from two alternating balls (colours synchronised first, of course) and the sleeves from singe balls.
    There is a confession I need to make on that subject: I just love me a pair of fraternal twin socks. But this doesn’t prevent the sleeveheebiejeebbies one little bit. It’s not logical. I know.
    Oh and before I forget: that is one adorable little sweater, he’s a lucky little dude 🙂

  72. I love that we can see the march of time via teacups!
    Such a cute sweater, for such a cute little man. (I’m with you on the stripes thing, even though it makes a lot of weaving at the end.)

  73. Good heavens, girl, this just flew out of your head? Holy moley.
    Me, I’d probably have decided the sleeves needed to skip the yellow/green stripe section entirely.
    But I like yours better.

  74. Winnie Davis,
    It’s amazing indeed what difference location makes!
    Oh, to consider yellow and green season-less, perennial colours! Here in the UK we are suffering the same long, long, winter and late spring as it seems they are in Canada. Everything has been brown and grey for six months.
    I long for green (the buds haven’t opened on the trees yet, and the spring grass hasn’t come through). The skies are grey and I long for blue. Thankfully, this week the daffodils have finally made it and I’ve seen some yellow.
    I’d associate those jumper colours as spring, too – pale spring skies, daffodils and bulb foliage green.

  75. That’s a lot of different cups of tea. And a very nice jumper :0) Also, your pattern writing is almost Zimmermann-esque. I may copy it down on a napkin ;0)

  76. I love reading your blog and get such great inspiration from it. I’m a beginner knitter and it just amazes me that you don’t need a pattern. What a beautiful sweater for a special boy.

  77. What can I say? You can tell that there’s love in every single stitch. Gorgeous and exquisitely inspiring!

  78. What a little beauty! What with how active the little guy is I might have switched to darker tones, though.
    I’ve never done a top-down sweater yet but have done “similar” stripey matches with a raglan. I do the body bottom up in the round to get a feel for how the color changes behave and stop at the underarms. I start 2 more balls at a matching color and cast on for both sleeves in the round on 2 parallel circulars and stop at the underarm. Both sleeves “match” but contrast with the body. Then if you join everything in the round with one ball you get the most amazing (much smaller or course) striping across the chest and up to the neck. The only one I worked like that was in very intense jewel tones so the color contrast between sleeves and body was very apparent. Might not accomplish the same thing with pastels.

  79. Add yarn with the “Russian join” – you will never have to weave an end in again. Just saying.
    All masochists, ignore the above.

  80. I saw 10 degrees and thought “Wow! That’s still cold!” Then remembered you are Celsius…did the calculation and it’s 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Which is spring-like for y’all! (If you need to be warmer we’ve had 80’s for a week and a half here in North Carolina. Come for a visit!)

  81. You’re right, I wouldn’t have done that with the sleeve colors on my own, but I love the way it looks, so I’ll be keeping it in mind now. I would also love to see this sweater and pattern/recipe in your next book, maybe with a tiny bit more explanation about the placket, so I can have it in hardcopy form without printing this webpage. 🙂 Happy almost spring. 🙂

  82. What a lovely sweater! Also, I love the different mugs posed with each stage of the sweater…

  83. I love how the coffee cups keep changing. At least you’ve got standards, despite the weather, and are washing cups!

  84. Listening you to talk so blithely about whipping up this little sweater off the top of your head gives me the giggles…. It’s like those home renovation TV shows…..”Simple weekend project: prepare your room for new flooring, find the center of the room, snap a chalk line, apply enough mastic evenly and begin to lay tiles…. Est project time: 2 hours.” No mention of crooked rooms, uneven flooring, what “enough” mastic is…it all just blithely takes care of itself.
    I could no more “whip up” a little sweater like that with no pattern than I could perform Chopin on the piano. But I have great admiration for someone who can!

  85. Super cute, and I’m not alone when I say I’d love to have that pattern! I just don’t have what it takes to design a sweater pattern, not even for a baby…

  86. It is amazing to me how you can do that. Just conjure up a sweater that is so very wonderful. It is quite a treat to see it. Thank you!

  87. What a sweet little sweater! I’m sure Luis and his mommy will appreciate it properly by wearing it to death.

  88. I totally would have done the same with the sleeves. I know I’ve done the same with self-striping socks!
    Such a happy spring sweater. 🙂

  89. I am in awe that you can just bang out a sweater in a weekend without a pattern (even in a toddler size). That’s amazing!

  90. Steph!! 🙂 You never cease to amaze – it’s adorable and super Spring like 🙂 Luis is SO lucky to have you as an Auntie!!!!
    Enjoy the heck outta him xo _ oh and keep those photos comin!!

  91. I think your dedication to matching stripes makes all the difference when a knitter wants to distinguish between homemade and handmade or hand-knit.

  92. Love this little sweater. Think you could write us a quick little pattern for those of us who need a pattern and can’t just whip this up. Please, please, please.

  93. Love that little sweater! I probably would’ve done the sleeves in alternating bands of a coordinating solid color and the self-striping yarn and not cared whether or not they matched because it’s for a baby and they look cute in sweaters no matter what. For myself, though … I would’ve done as you did and matched the stripes, as I can’t even buy clothing where the stripes don’t match.

  94. I like the different cups and “stuff” that show up in the background of these photos.
    Oh, and the sweater. I like the sweater too. But, you know…I always like your knitting.

  95. What a cute little sweater. If that is any consolation it did bring spring to our corner of the world (out winter has been a month or so longer than usual)

  96. The sweater is adorable…and yes, I would be with you on matching the sleeve. I like to think of it as one of my “few” quirks 😉 And like others, I was highly entertained by the passing of tea/coffee cups….too funny. (And a sign of the perfect weekend!)

  97. Yep, I do the very same thing with variegated yarns. “Don’t want this color here – this color should be on the neckline – these colors for the cuffs” – the yarn must obey my vision.
    Little Lou’s sweater looks terrific. Obviously you made the yarn obey YOUR vision!

  98. PS: are you sure those two balls are the same colorway? Maybe one of them just got the wrong label!

  99. PPS: shout-out to Winnie Davis, speaking for those of us who have to endure long brutal summers. I love winter, fall, and spring, but summer can be a death march.

  100. I wouldn’t bother, but I avoid projects like this with yarn like that for that very reason. If I was more motivated, I would totally use your method because that is a great idea.
    LOVE your Keep Austin Weird mug. I’m from the US South, I love Austin 😉

  101. If you ever post this as an “official” pattern with sizes, this less talented knitter would be all over it.

  102. Love your little, step-by-step raglan pattern. Throw that on Ravelry and see what happens! I love winter and snow and cold. But here we sit mid-April in Colorado—in a snowstorm. My daughter is moving to the mountains in a couple days, where they got 3 feet of new snow earlier this week—and another 1 1/2 feet predicted for today! We sure need the moisture—but gosh, that’s a lot of white stuff. Springtime in the Rockies!!

  103. The sweater looks beautiful! I unfortunately cannot sympathize with the weather as California thinks it’s summer. I salute you for taking the time make the sleeves match, as that is something that has always irked me. I think knitting gave me OCD. 🙂

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