I have been at the 90% point on my brother’s Skully (he picked pattern and yarn) since February/March. I didn’t want to finish because I suspected that it might be too small, since the pattern is for a girl and he has boy arms/chest. It was snug on DH and they are about the same size. Finally he went to visit my parents and my mom got his measurements and the chest is perfect, hooray.
However, the upper arms are of concern. His measurement is 13.5 and obviously I don’t want it to be a tight muscle sweater. I want it to be comfortable, on the baggy side if necessary. The top of the arm currently measures 13-14 depending on exactly where I measure. It is Kool-wool, which is an acrylic/merino blend. This means I can’t really just block it out the way I would with wool, right?
Here is a picture. The ones with the skullys are the arms. How big should I make the gusset? Does anyone know of a free pattern with an underarm gusset that I could use as a guide? And how will I assemble it? Do I attach the gusset first and knit the sleeve down? Or should I knit up and add the gusset? Will it be obvious when I start? I’ve done a lot of sweaters … they just usually fit and don’t need odd alterations, lol. (and are usually in 100% natural fibers which are a bit more malleable).