Running into a speed bump! I finished The Back, The Left Front, and The Left Sleeve. I clipped all the seams together for a fitting. Yack. I didn't like the appearance of the sleeve. The coat fit beautifully, and the sleeve was the right length...but didn't like anything else about the fit of the sleeve.
Problems sometimes arise when you shorten a sleeve by 3-4". The increases must be met, however, you have fewer rows in which to cram them. If you don't work all the increases worked, it impacts the amount of stitches you have to work with from the armhole bindoffs up to the top of the sleeve cap. That's a worse issue because if you negatively change the sleeve cap, you have to change the armhole of the body, too.
Therefore, the increases for this original sleeve happened much more dramatically, making a puffy looking sleeve, which resulted in a baggy look in the bicep area. On top of which the sleeve cuff was too skinny, too snug, too tall...and that increased the disproportionate appearance. Ugh.
So I moved on to Plan B: re-tooling my figures....knitting a Plan B sleeve for several inches...but didn't like it either.
On to Plan C: which is where I'm at now. This one will be a keeper.
When it's finished I'll do the same fitting scenario...seam (clip) the Back, Left Front and the Plan C Left Sleeve seams and holding my breath, try it on! If it's good-to-go...I'll knit the Right Sleeve, pulling yarn from the top of the original, ill-fitting sleeve. (No sense in winding it up in a gigantic ball...I just knit it as I pull out the rows...one less step and handling/mauling of the yarn...)
Is this worth all the hassle? You bet!
Nothin' worse than bad sleeves. Well, bad buttonhole bands qualify right up there with bad sleeves! :teehee:
Here's the project in my Rav folder. More details if you wish to read...