“Sleeve Island” is the phrase many knitters and crocheters use to make that part of their sweater creation more appealing.
It’s also another indication of the aversion many knitters and crocheters have to making pairs of things. The other famous aversion being Second Sock Syndrome.
Strangely, I haven’t heard catchy phrases related to knitting a second glove or mitten. Maybe they are something boring like “second glove syndrome”.
Personally, I don’t get Second Sock Syndrome, but Sleeve island is usually a long, cold exile.
That is why as soon as I finished the first sleeve on my Tucked Pullover I plunged right into the second one. The sooner I get it started the sooner it’s done!
As you can see, the sleeves are worked by picking up stitches around the arm hole and knitting down. This is pretty awesome because I won’t have to sew them onto the sweater later.
However, as I was working the second sleeve, I kept getting tangled up in the first sleeve. At the end of each round I had to lift the sweater up very high, almost the length of the sleeve, to be able to turn it.
Then inspiration hit.
My knitting life improved greatly. The first sleeve was no longer flopping around and getting tangled in my working yarn because it was contained by the body.
Another sleeve management technique, and a way to make Sleeve Island more bearable, is to knit your sleeves two at a time. Knitting your sleeves two at a time takes just as much actual time as knitting them consecutively, but it feels faster since they are finished at the same time.
Knitting them at the same time also eliminates the need to repeatedly measure or count the second sleeve to ensure they match.
If you do knit your sleeves at the same time on one long circular needle, or in the round on two circulars, I urge you to place a stitch marker between them so you don’t accidentally knit them together.
Crocheting sleeves as the same time can be accomplished by working several rows on one sleeve, then working the same number of rows on the other sleeve. By jumping back and forth you’ll keep them in synch.
Between picking up the stitches and working short rows for the sleeve cap shaping, it just seemed easier to work the sleeves the traditional, single sleeve method.
Happily, it’s been smooth sailing. The second sleeve is drawing to a close. Soon I’ll be working on the neckline, and then I’ll have a new sweater!
Do you dread your stay on Sleeve Island? How do you make the task more enjoyable?