New year, new sleeves


Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is provide a modified set of instructions for the sleeves on Ivy. Out there on the interwebs one common concern I’ve heard about the pattern is that many knitters would prefer a slimmer sleeve than the one in the original pattern. So, at long last, I would like to provide an alternate, less roomy sleeve. I hope this is useful!

Sizing: XS[S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X] (all measurements below provided in inches)
Original sleeve width at upper arm: 13.5[13.5, 14.5, 16, 17, 18, 19]
Revised sleeve width at upper arm: 12[12, 13, 14, 14, 16, 17]

Sleeve (Make 2):
Work according to original pattern, through the instruction “Work 4 rows in stockinette st.”

Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Work 6 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 7 rows 6[6, 9, 8, 11, 6, 9] times more. 73[73, 79, 85, 91, 97, 103] sts.
Cont in stockinette st until work measures 17.5[18, 18.5, 19, 19.5, 19.5, 19.5] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap: BO 3[4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 13] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 67[65, 67, 73, 71, 73, 77] sts
Next Row [RS]: Size XL, 2X, and 3X only: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work next 3 rows stockinette. Repeat these 4 rows 2 more times for XL, 4 more times for 2X and for 3X.

Next Row [RS]: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 18[21, 17, 21, 20, 19, 20] times more. 29[23, 33, 23, 25, 25, 27]sts.
Next Row [RS]: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Next Row [WS]: P2, p2tog, p to last 4 sts, p2tog tbl, p2.
Repeat these 2 rows 2[0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0] times more. 23[23, 23, 23, 25, 25, 27] sts.

BO 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows.
BO rem 15[15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19] sts.


  1. I like the original sleeve, but I am going to knit another Ivy so maybe I will try this slimmer version just for a change. It’s nice to have options.
    *Sending thoughts over the internet*
    I hate going back to reality after the Christmas and New Year break.
    I’m sure it will all be fine, but I think there will be a lot of us feeling glad it’s Friday this week.

  2. You are such a Sweetheart!
    As my arms are NOT long and slender… I’ll stick with the originals :^)

  3. Thanks so much, this will save me a load of time when I re-work my Ivy sleeves.
    My ‘bingo wings’ can’t tolerate any extra bulk!
    I’m now that bit closer to achieving a new year’s resolution.

  4. Damn, and I’m nearly finished on my first sleeve too!!

    Mind you, I do have big bingo wings, so I’m sure it’ll work out all right in the end 🙂

  5. Hallelujah! I’m planning on making this my first sweater, and I LOVE slimmer sleeves, which works on my slim arms. Thanks Glenna!

  6. Question about the new sleeves – you have us increasing one row (right side), then working another 6 rows in stockinette st – for a repeat of 7 rows. But this needs to be an even number, right? For us to have our increases on the right side? Should we do this in repeats of 6 instead – or would 8 look better?

  7. I’ve got the same question as Tonya did above me…did she ever get an answer as to wether we should do repeats of 6 or 8? Thanks 🙂

  8. Amanda – doing repeats of 7 rows means that you will end up doing the increases on the RS row at some point, and on the WS row at other points. If you prefer to work the increases on RS rows only, either 6 or 8 row repeats will be fine, it is mostly a question of which will give you the best length. I.e. the same number of increases worked over 8 row repeats will result in a longer length of the sleeve for the same accomplishment.

    I hope this helps, G

%d bloggers like this: