Thanks sue, yes, I think that was the messy part I was remembering - if its a lot of rows to come out you have to keep pulling the yarn thru the stitches at the edges and it can be quite tangly and laborious. However, it's less hassle than undoing the whole sleeve so I'm going to go with it. I will still cut off the ribbing as you suggested -it's not necessary to the sweater and I have lots of yarn left to finish it off with ribbing if I decide I do want it after all. Do find that you are always altering patterns? I find it a real pain that I am not a "model" size and always have to add width to the armholes and shorten the sleeve lengths. I wish I was more able with my arithmetic, but knitting is forcing me to take up my numbers phobia, face the challenge and work it out. I'm sure it must be good for me! Thanks again for the help here to keep the pins whizzing!