Jewelry & Fashion | 30 January 2017Customize Your Knitting: Attaching Sleeves Share article facebook twitter google pinterest So you’ve followed your pattern carefully and you have all the necessary pieces for your knitted top. What now? Customize Your Knitting shows you the best way to attach sleeves to ensure they hang straight and do not pucker. Check out the easy steps below. Backstitch is a sturdy seam that helps the armhole hold its shape. Take care when sewing the sleeves to your garment. The sleeves should fit the armhole smoothly, without puckering, and hang straight, centered in the armhole. Sleeves being attached on a blocking board. To attach sleeves, first sew the shoulder seams. Then mark the center of the sleeve cap, and pin the sleeve in place, matching the center of the cap to the shoulder seam. Ease the sleeve to fit, pinning the edges together from the center to the underarms. Sew the sleeves in place, using the backstitch seam for set-in sleeves (where the seam is at the crown of the shoulder). Use a more invisible, flat seaming method for sewing drop shoulder sleeves in place. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Personalize any knitting pattern for a perfect fit and style all your own, with expert help from Margaret Hubert! Designers have to create knitting patterns in standard sizes, but very few people actually match up to those “average” measurements. Body shapes vary, weight fluctuates, and good fit means different things to different people; so what is a knitter to do? Customize Your Knitting teaches you how to adjust standard patterns to fit your unique measurements. Through techniques that Margaret Hubert has used for years to teach classes on custom fitting, you can learn to adjust patterns for a perfect fit for yourself or someone else. Yarn shop instructors can use the book to teach classes for their customers. However, fit is just one part of customizing a garment. Maybe you’d like that neckline a little higher, or you’d like a little flare to the sleeves. How about adding subtle shaping to the waist on a boxy but otherwise perfect sweater pattern? How about adding a polo-style button placket to that plain crew-neck sweater? Or add a sporty buttoned pocket to a sleeve for carrying your iPhone. It’s easy to add your personal style with Margaret’s tips. Diagrams and illustrations throughout the book will help you understand body shapes and easily compare measurements. Garment construction, specific increases, decreases, and other shaping methods, as well as finishing techniques and embellishments are all explained and photographed clearly. Make every project perfectly tailored to you! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.