Here it is with a little bit of the bodice... looking good (if I do say so myself!) and fitting quite well...
I then continued to work on the sleeves. There was one tricky bit - where the sleeves meet at the end of each round. I really didn't get it but I just sort-a fudged it and the stitches there look a little different (it's like there are 2 "valleys" (decrease stitches) side by side) but no matter as it's on the underside of the sleeve... no one should see it... and, anyway, this cardi is for me, and if I don't care, why would anyone else?
It started out okay...
But... something strange started to happen, and I suspect it's related to my "fudging". The sleeve was slowly getting wider all the way along my arm. I wondered if maybe this happens in the pattern to everyone. I decided I would press on regardless ... maybe a flared sleeve would look nice anyway.
|Right sleeve (flared)|
BUT... when I worked on the second sleeve... hmmmm... this is MOST odd. I think (I believe) that I am joining this sleeve exactly as I did the other one, in my strange, slightly-made-up method, but this time the sleeve is NOT growing. Not getting wider. In fact, it looks quite nice, all fitted and snug.
|Left sleeve (fitted)|
So, what now?
I guess I will have to rip out the first sleeve, and try again? I will have a very, very close look. Try and see where the sleeves look different to each other.
I hope I can work out where I went wrong - because if I can't... I'll have 2 very different sleeves!! :-P
Will let you know how I get on.
Thanks so much, by the way, for all the wonderful comments I have been receiving of late. So glad you like my crochet cardigans. Some readers mentioned that they were thinking of looking up the pattern I am using for this cardigan. I thoroughly recommend it! (Pattern can be found - for free! - here, and info on Ravelry here.) It is very easy to follow and very well explained and there are lots of pictures to help you along the way.
Also check out this link on Ravelry (if you are registered on Ravelry, if not, you should join - it's great!) - there was a CAL (crochet-a-long) for this cardigan back in 2009. Although it was a while back, there is still heaps of info on that forum and you can search through the posts to find discussions on the areas in which you are confused/interested. And a more recent CAL discussion can be found on Ravelry here. Actually, now that I mention it, I might pop over there again now and see if anyone else had this problem with the sleeves! :-)
Until next time,
Have a happy, hooky day,