Update to the list of articles written for Knitty:

- Ravellings on the knitted sleeve – Part III (because I really want to hurt you all, yes, it’s a worked example of how to calculate set-in sleeve shaping by hand) plus, if you really can’t bear hypotenuses, there’s even a hypotenuse calculator for you
- An exposition on everybody’s favorite dirty word (an article about gauge — no, not a harangue about why you should knit a gauge swatch, but rather what you need to understand about gauge, and how to work with it rather than against it, like dealing with a row gauge that’s off)
- …but will it fit? (choosing the right starting size in a knitting pattern, and a discourse on ease) plus a follow-up article on this site about wearing ease
- Ravellings on the knitted sleeve – Part II (the whys and wherefores of set-in sleeve shaping, and a guide to the most popular methods of computing its shape–however, I didn’t add in specific examples, because you know the old adage about putting off half of your remaining audience with each equation introduced…)
- Ravellings on the knitted sleeve – Part I (a taxonomy of sleeve styles, and how to draft drop shoulder and modified drop shoulder knitting patterns)
- Knit smarter, not faster (an introduction to most of the articles that follow, and some optional prep work for each knitting pattern you follow–don’t think I won’t be obliquely referring to that stuff in later articles)
- A field guide to yarn substitutions (what to think about when swapping one yarn out for another)
- Copyright (a primer for knitters)

The stuff that’s planned for future issues of Knitty, order of publication not guaranteed:

- altering patterns #1: length (I can make anything sound more difficult than it really is: there’s also dealing with cable or colourwork repeats, and working short rows into colour and texture work)
- planning without a pattern (things to think about when making a stash enhancement acquisition for an as-yet-undetermined future project; or, how to minimize the likelihood of pulling the yarn out three years later and asking yourself what you were thinking)
- altering patterns #2: width
- altering patterns #3: womanizing (making a box-shaped sweater a little more va-va-voom)

Other likely topics: substituting cables, knitting for pregos.

Doh! I went through that, and I think one of two things happened:

(1) I added up the vertical distances (which equals 3 inches), not the actual edge measurement; or

(2) It was a result of my tinkering with numbers (I think I started writing all that with a gauge other than 4 spi and 5 rpi, using something slightly finer instead, which would have reduced the measurement to approximately 3 inches).

I think the latter possibility is more likely because I tinker like that.

So, with that minor glitch… the total will be greater than 3″, and just sub that in. I’m going to have to make corrections to that article; it’s going to change some of the consequential shaping later on, but the general principles still apply. Sorry about that! Thanks for catching it.

Hi Jenna- I just went through your extraordinarily detailed articles on shaping set-in sleeves- and I understand it all, except for one point. In your “Part III” article, in discussing the point of inflection, you say: “In our hypothetical sweater, the point of inflection occurs at the junction of zone 3 and zone 4. So, a half sleeve cap to fit this half armscye will curve around the underarm, but that curvature will have stopped by the time the perimeter equals 3 inches.” I don’t understand how you came up with the calculation of 3 inches. If the perimeter of zone 1 is 1″, the perimeter of zone 2 is .64″ and the perimeter of zone 3 is 1.89″, that equals a total perimeter of 3.53.” Am I not adding up the correct calculations? Thanks for your help, this is all REALLY useful in designing a sweater!

Jenna – I gotta say, each equation introduced makes me read more, taking notes as I go. but I am a freak and love the knitting maths. Just wanted to leave a note fawning and telling ya how much I like your fab articles and patterns and other geeky goodness. Hey, when you make your charts, what software are you using?

Anxiosly waiting on the va-va-voom

I love your articles; honestly, you’re one of my knitting “heroes” because of the detail of information in them. And I have to second Terby: thanks for not dumbing them down.

Thank you, your articles are excellent and incredibly helpful.

You know, your articles are so wonderfully written and chock full of such useful info that they almost BEG to be collected into a BOOK.

Jenna, as a newer knitter, I’m gaining an enormous amount from your articles. They are a great resource for learning how to think about your knitting. Thanks for not watering them down!

Thank you so much for your wonderful Knitty articles. They always seem to come along at the right time for me and are fab references to go back to again and again. Cheers!

Jenna, GREAT articles especially on fit and sleeves. Now I will finally start St Brigid with set in sleeves. Thanks.

Jenna, I just wanted to say that I loved the fit article. I’m going to forward it along to the members of the webs master knitter program–I think it should be required reading!