me and this damn sweater

I've probably posted about a thousand times about the "Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater". I debated about doing it for a long time, and a few weeks ago I bit the bullet and started it. Well, long story short, I got 3/4 of the way done and ripped the whole thing out. I made a lot of mistakes, I know what I did wrong, and I started again.
Now I am at the point of one of my mistakes that I'm just not sure of. The sleeve.

It says "Decrease one stitch at the beginning and end of the round every inch or so".
The last one I made the sleeve was huge (diameter wise). Is 2 stitches an inch really enough? My gauge is slightly different this time, was 4 stitches an inch, now 3.5. So this decease will be a little more than half and inch decrease in width for every inch in length. I really don't want to make the same mistake twice and have it too wide, but also don't want to decrease too often or more stitches and wind up too narrow.

Any advice???


ronhuber's picture

Measure how long you want your sleeve. Decide how tight you want your cuff and figure out from there. If you start your sleeve with l00 stitches and you want your cuff to be 50 stitches, and your sleeve is 20 inches, you have to reduce your stitches by 50 over 20 inches. Reductions are usually done in pairs, so you have to make 25 reductions in 20 inches.