I am knitting this sweater: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/made-so-quickly
If it looks familiar it's because I've posted a question about this pattern before: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=114286
As it turns out, this pattern has some major issues: The right front panel is shorter than the left and back, the sleeves and armholes are not graded for size, and the shaping of the sleeve is different from the armhole shaping.
Had I known about these issues I would NEVER have picked this pattern to be my first sleeve-seaming experience! (Note to self: From now on, read about the projects on Ravelry, don't just look at the pretty pictures!!)
Anyway, I got lucky with the front panels - when I decided to change the number of buttons (see previous thread), by sheer chance I used the row count from the left front to calculate the new buttonhole placement.
Now, the sleeves are finished, and the body is up to the armhole shaping. I have put so much work into it so far, and I think it has the potential to be a nice sweater, but I really don't want to ruin it with wonky and ill fitting sleeves (that are also a pain to seam).
So, what can I do to make the sleeves a bit roomier (add one size), especially in the top, and possible fit the armhole shaping a bit better? I'd still want to go for a gathered look on the shoulder. They're knit top down, so I would have to frog them to make the changes, which I'm ok with.
Are there any changes I should make to the armhole shaping?
From the armhole shaping section and onward, the front comes out six rows longer than the back, is this another mistake in the pattern (wouldn't the back usually be longer)?
Anything else I can do to make it look and fit better (and possibly easier to work with)?
Here are the pattern directions:
Armhole shaping, back:
Continue in the pattern, casting off 3 sts at the beginning of each of the next 6 rows, then work 2 sts tog at the beginning of each of the following 6 rows (68 sts). Work 28 rows without further shaping. Cast off.
Front (left and right), armhole and neck shaping: (50 sts to start)
Cast off 3 sts at the beginning of the next row and every following alt row at armhole edge, 3 times, then work 2 sts together at the armhole edge of every alt row 3 times, when the armhole shaping will be finished. AT THE SAME TIME, slope the neck by working 2 sts tog at the neck edge of every third row until 26 sts remain. Work 10 rows without shaping. Cast off.
Sleeves (worked from top):
Using 4.5 mm needles cast on 26 sts.
Row 1: *K2, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 2: Inc in the 1st st, P until 1 st remains, inc.
Row 3: Inc, K3, *P2, K2, repeat from * to end, but inc in the last st.
Row 4: As row 2.
Row 5: Inc in the 1st st, *P2, K2, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, P2, inc in the last st.
Repeat from the 2nd row until 80 sts. (at which point I joined in the round)
Continue in pattern for 32 rows more.
I hope everything is reasonably clear. Thanks so much for your help!