15 January 2012

Raglan and Straight Sleeves - The Differences Explained

Although knitting is now a hobby for many women this is not how it really started. It started as something done for the men necessity rather than pleasure and many different techniques have been documented over time so they can be passed from generation to generation. One thing is certain is that it is not only a hobby designed to perform heating in winter and is in fact much more than that. This article will examine one of the elements to make a garment, the sleeve shaping and explain in more detail.
Raglan sleeves
This style of sleeve shape was designed in honor of the first Baron Raglan who lost an arm in battle. It was designed so that it could be knitted in one piece from the neck. The seam of the sleeve begins at the neckline and continues in a diagonal line in the axils. It can be knitted from the bottom up and in pieces that are sewn together, but it is much easier to control if it is knit on circular needle from top to bottom points increase as you go.
When you knit a garment Raglan you throw enough points on the neck opening and then divide the stitches. You will have two equal parts that are for the shoulders and then the rest will be for the back and front (s) of the garment. How they are divided depends on whether you make a sweater or cardigan. You will then increase the points you'll get up under his arm, where you can divide the body and sleeves. This type of garment can be made without seams to the shoulders and can not be perfect for making clothing for babies.
Straight sleeves
Straight sleeves are usually knitted from the bottom and the seam going straight up from the armpit to the shoulder. This does not finish as flat as a raglan sleeve, but the most common type of sleeve you will see. There are different types of straight sleeves and we have some details of some of them below:

Dolman sleeve: It is often knitted in one piece so that the front and back are worked together. It will then be crimped from the wrist to the bottom of which it is divided for front and back. This is a great way to knit if you form a larger body, as it reduces and large parts under his arm.

Dropped Sleeves: This is a simple way to make a handle and has no processing. The seam will be sitting on the edge of the shoulder and upper arm which is where the name comes from. This is great if you're looking to make a casual clothing for everyday wear but there may be some swelling under the arm.

Recessed handles: This form of sleeve has a longer arm shape give more space under the arm and giving a lot less space than the previous type of arm shaping.

This should give you the basics of different types of sleeves and it will give you the opportunity to try different styles and find one you like best.