Super-long Sleeves FO (and recipe)

Super-long sleeves / Armwarmers - free recipe on Crafts from the Cwtch Blog
Regia Alaska colour 08940 - supplied by Black Sheep Wools
The Recipe:
I originally planned to make another pair of my Supremely Simple Versatile Cuffs, with a few mods for knitting in the round, but once I saw how this yarn was knitting up, I decided to knit on and make them very long and straight so that they would go right up over my elbows (to wear with short sleeved tops), as follows...
  • C/O 52 stitches using a long tail cast on and 4mm circular needles
  • Join to knit in the round using the magic loop method, being careful not to twist the stitches
  • K2, P2 rib until the work is 38 cm (being the desired length to the thumb opening)
  • Continue the rib pattern by knitting back and forth along the rows (ie no longer in the round), for 4 cm to create the thumb opening
  • Join to continue knitting in the round for another 4 cm (being the desired length from thumb to finger) 
  • Bind off in pattern

The Yarn:
For these long 'sleeves' I used 150g of Regia Alaska Colour DK (8 ply)/ Colour 08940. Having used Regia sock yarns (fingering / 4ply) on a number of occasions I was keen to give the DK a try. It is 75% superwash new wool and 25% polyamid and comes in a huge 200g ball with an RRP of £14.99. As one might expect it is a sturdy yarn and while it isn't terribly soft to the touch, it's perfectly comfortable on my arms and would be great for legwarmers, slipper socks, boot liners etc.

This is an 8 ply yarn and with the wooden needles I used for the first armwarmer, I found it a little splitty. I was knitting while at the farm park and concentration was minimal so there are a few places where I have split the yarn. For the second, I switched to metal needles and didn't have the same problem.

Regia Alaska review.

I'd definitely use this again - I have 50g left for a smaller pair of 'sleeves' for Little Miss - and I'd like to make some thick winter socks in another colourway. The great thing about this being DK is that it knits up really quickly and a pair of socks could easily be finished in just a few evenings.

There is another 200g ball of this colourway here for one lucky reader, courtesy of Black Sheep Wools. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below, telling me what you'd make from it, and remember to leave an email address/your blog or ravelry name so I can get hold of you if you win! I'll make the draw next Friday 31st August - good luck!  The giveaway is now closed. 

34 comments

  1. Ooo socks and mitts! And prolly some Shelleysquares. Love your work! I am Yarnogram on IG and Rav email: yarnogram@gmail.com

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  2. I would make a cute hat and socks for my daughter, foreign exchange student, from Thailand. And probably teach her to knit with it too. @honeybeefiberarts on IG. Knitwit08 on rav. Stephi319@Yahoo.com.

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  3. I'd make overly girly loooong socks for myself. I'm elwing on Rav and BundgaardF on IG.

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  4. I would make legwarmers for ... hm... myself. :-)

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  5. Love that colourway and your arm warmers! I'd make a snugly pair of socks for in my hiking boots!
    s

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  6. Lovely yarn, socks out of DK sounds much more my style! I sense a grand-daughter make on the horizon- a new hat or socks for her wellies would be good!

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  7. Hmmm I'd probably knit a Hitchiker - lovely colourway.

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  8. Think I'd do another TGV as a Christmas gift for someone.

    Mille grazie for the armwarmer tip! Think I'll try that (as a beginning knitter, this would be my first attempt at creating the thumb hole...).

    Mahalo.

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  9. I would make a hat or socks. Love the color.

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  10. Definitely something girly, with so many family members having girls I have no dearth of victims!

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  11. I love the vision how it goes up over your elbows! You can wear these w/tees then. Sometimes it's not cold enough but not warm enough to just wear a t-shirt.

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  12. Pretty colours. It's too warm and humid here to think of wearing cuffs (or long sleeves) but in a few months it might be just the ticket.

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  13. Socks would be fun..and I like the mitts....but I'm also a sucker for cowls...

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  14. Love the colour - these look so cosy!
    I think I'd make something red for round my neck. I'm feeling the love for cowls right now :)

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  15. Fabulous coloured yarn Sarah. I'd make some thick long socks to wear with my wellies.

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  16. I have just been discussing hand/arm warmers with my sister, or rather the lengthening of some hand warmers I have made into arm warmers. Sleeves take it to a whole new level! I have three small girls who would love to be adorned with red-pinky-purply yarn for autumn walks to school (legwarmers, hats, something with pom poms on certainly). x

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  17. I'd make socks (I'm not sure what pattern, though).

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  18. My little miss would love arm and matching leg warmers. I am going to follow your pattern and make some arm warmers for myself Anna

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  19. I would make my two daughters matching socks, or fingerless mitts

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  20. I think socks would do it for me! Just love those colours and can see them peeking out over my boots! leslierose55@googlemail.com

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  21. I think I would like to make your super long sleeves, my DIL is always cold and I think she might make good use of those sleeves.

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  22. I would crochet some socks to keep we warm watching my son play rugby. it looks lovely yarn

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  23. I think socks or a cowl would be perfect for this yarn. It looks wonderful.
    curlypow3 at gmail dot com

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  24. I think I would make your sleeves! I'm much warmer in the winter if my arms are well covered!
    blondie19012k(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. A lovely twisty scarf. They look good and are so easy to do. Blessings
    technoturt@yahoo.com

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  26. ooh, your sleeves are adorable! i'd love to make something like that, or if it's too scratchy for my taste i would be super happy to knit matching cabled covers for my ereader and my mobile :)

    cardamomkisses at gmail dot com
    divani on ravelry

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  27. If it is a bit scratchy it would have to be a hat or mitts.

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  28. Mmm, socks for my daughter is my immediate thought, although a cowl would be nice...

    Mabelsmummy on Ravelry
    deborah194 at talktalk dot net

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  29. I like you're sleeves, they're bright and cheerful, matching little sleeves too, they'll be just too cute for words.
    If I had this, I'd either do boot socks for my big girl, or matching mits for my little girls.

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  30. Looks great! Thanks for the "recipe"; too bad I can't knit yet. I'll have to tuck it away for when I can.
    I love the color! I would probably crochet a pair of socks with it. You can find me at sssinthesun.blogspot.com.
    Blessings :-)

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  31. I saw the yarn on your ravelry post and wanted to say: what a cool colour. Then I saw: give away and I thought, well, then I can leave the comment here ;-) Enough said: your arm warmers look very cool and bright and I'd love to make some too!

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  32. Ooh, yes please I would love to be entered if I'm not already too late, I think I've lost time and dates, as we got home last night after travelling by car from Austria, so hope I'm just in time....leg warmers are the magic word at the moment, after spying some in an old magazine and vowing to go leg warmer mad this year....I can see them now....I can see me now....Fame all over again....do you think I'll embarrass the boys?

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  33. Thanks for all your entries - the giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified!

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