OK now I'm really encouraged! I want the sleeves to be sort of set-in looking, not drop shoulder, raglan, etc. (by the way -- on the body, when I got to the top of the back of the sweater, I'm not binding off -- I'm going to keep on going! I'm trying to knit the front top>down, remaining attached to the back. I'm scared! Since the stitch pattern is so difficult, it took forever to graph how to do the front with a v-neck and inc from the armholes, joining the two sides of the V-neck to be the body again ) The pattern I'm using for guidance is http://www.adriafil.com/html/img/riviste/mag35/modelli/file_istruzioni/uk/Shelly_DO8.pdf, http://www.adriafil.com/zoom.html?lingua=2&foto_grande=Shelly_DO8.jpg&foto_dettaglio1.
I veered off course when the pattern instructions made armholes that are only 6+" deep (18cm). They looked way too small.
I hope this isn't too much in-the-weeds, but here's the details about the armholes for those of you who like working on puzzles:
The armholes "happen" over 47 rows. Starting from the bottom, I decrease 3 st on each side for 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch on each side for two rows, then knit 44 rows to the top of the shoulder (total=47 rows).
So for the sleeves to fit, do I pick up 42 stitches from each side of the garment (knitting 84 stitches in the round) or all 47 from each side of the body (i.e., adding the decrease rows). Do I put in a few short rows at the top for good measure? Ok, so let's say I have 94 stitches on my needles.....I knit, knit, knit, in the round, decreasing every so often until my sleeves are the lenght I want, with no sleeve seams? Is that how to do it?
Thanks all you knitting gurus!