Left sleeve vs right sleeve

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st inc 1 st each
end of needle on 5th and following 4th rows to 58 (66-62) sts and
then on following 6th rows to 78 (84-84) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 20½ (21-21½) ins [52
(53.5-54.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape top: Cast off 11 (12-12) sts beg next 6 rows. Cast off rem
12 sts.

Here’s my pattern for the sleeves. So when working the right sleeve, should I begin with a knit stitch (after the ribbing) and on the left sleeve begin with a purl (again, after the ribbing)? Or should I start with a knit stitch for both. Because the stitching for the sleeve should point inward right?

ETA: I’m counting every 4 rows for my increase, and I’m making the smallest size, so I would end my increase at row 58. I started the increases at row 5 and went up in multiples of 4 (so 9, 13, 17, etc) so the last increase will be at 57 and not 58 right? Am I missing something or is the pattern wrong?


I’ve always made sleeves exactly the same. No left or right. A simple kfb at each end is good for the increases, since they’ll be seamed anyway.

When they talk about 58, they mean you’ll have 58 stitches on the needle, not 58 rows.

Ingrid, you have the most perfect timing!!! I was about to frog the whole sleeve until I realized that I had 58 stitches and 57 rows. YAY!!!

Just to be sure, would you mind double checking my work? :slight_smile: After the ribbing, I knit 5 rows and then increased 1 stitch. Thereafter, I increased 1 stitch every 4th row. So does the math work? 57 rows, and 58 stitches, if I’m increasng every 4th row after the 5th row?

Your math is right. And remember, too, that if you forget to increase on a row, do it the next. It isn’t that critical–they just are spaced so you have a gradual increase. If one is off occasionally, it doesn’t matter in the least.

Now you’re increasing on every 6th row until you get to 78 stitches.

you rock ^ 1000 :slight_smile: