Once I reached the shoulder width of my certainly, soon-to-be-famous Suz-Ann method of beginning a top-down, set-in sleeve sweater, it was time to start the sleeves.
For this, I relied totally on Susie M's method of sleeve construction. With markers, I set aside 2 stitches - one on each side of my shoulder seam. From there I started to-ing and fro-ing back and forth across the sweater. Each row, that is both knit rows and purl rows, I increased one stitch on the sleeve side of each marker. Two increases on each sleeve on each row.
That continued until I had about 1/6 of the sleeve depth complete. Thankfully, it had occurred to me, before starting the sleeve-cap shaping, that 2 increases every row all the way down to the underarm would give me a very weirdly-shaped sleeve cap. Reading further about Susie M's method, it seemed the consensus was to stop the every-row increasing at about 1/6 the sleeve depth. Well, now, I am glad I peeled those apples before it was time to fill the pie.
Measuring a few of my set-in sleeve sweaters and studying Ann Budd's Handy Book Of Top Down Sweaters, it seemed that a 7 - 7 1/2 inch armhole depth would be good for me. 1/6 of that would be just over an inch. And that is exactly where I stopped my every-row increases. From that point downwards, I increased inside the markers only on the knit rows.
And by gosh - I think it is a pretty nice sleeve cap.
Try it. Measure across your upper back - shoulder bone to shoulder bone. Multiply that number by your gauge per inch and cast on that many stitches. Put enough stitches for the centre-back neck on a piece or scrap yarn. (In my case that was 7 inches worth. You can copy that if you like.)
Divide the number of shoulder stitches by 3 and begining at the neck edge, short row each shoulder three times.
Pick up the stitches for the front sholders in the cast-on stitches of the back shoulders.
Repeat the short row shaping then proceed with the sleeve cap as I've just described.
It's maybe not Friday night knitting - I have heard that some people know how to have a good time on a Friday night - but it isn't as difficult as one might think.
Thanks for reading everyone and have a great weekend.