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I can’t believe it was this close! Between CRAFT, my blog and Flickr, the sleeve preferences have been neck and neck (arm and arm?) all week! For a couple days, flutter edged ahead, but as of Tuesday morning, when I’d finished everything but the last sleeve, caps were ahead by one vote. I went with the consensus.
combo That Girl! KAL: And the caps take it!
I love cap sleeves in theory, but normally feel my arms are too plump for them, especially if they’re fitted. But these caps are looser than usual, and I think I can just pull them off. Plus, it’s motivation to keep up with my arm weights, right?
(If you’re interested in my dress, check back on Monday for an easy how-to! It’s made from two standard pillow cases.)
People seem to have very strong feelings about both sleeves, although I liked them equally well and am already contemplating making one more so I can have a flutter sleeve, too. I I’ve found this yarn surprisingly easy on the hands–my hands usually get a little crampy with the vegetable fibers, but I think the loose easy gauge really makes a difference.
I have three skeins of Louet MerLin (60% linen, 40% merino) in pewter (grayish brown) in my stash, and I’m thinking of trying the original collar and a flutter sleeve. It’s kind of a stiff yarn that blooms a little with washing, so I may wash the skeins first so they’ll be nicer to knit and truer to gauge right off the bat.
merlin That Girl! KAL: And the caps take it!
I’m kind of stunned how completely different this garment is from the original, when the instructions are essentially the same. I’ve always loved top-down raglans for their flexibility, but the math of the puff sleeve ads a whole extra dimension of possibilities!
This pattern was definitely one of my favorites and certainly not my last That Girl! sweater. Besides the MerLin flutter-sleeve, I’m also picturing the original design in a lightweight merino or alpaca/silk blend with a matching shell as part of a sweet early winter sweater set. Maybe with a little crocheted flower off center, for a bit of an Emma Pillsbury vibe?
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