Mood Cardigan: The Sleevening

By Kay Gardiner
September 17, 2020
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  • Well, Robert WAS my uncle so I suspect I can do that….

  • Tubular bind off, a great finale!
    It makes such a clean edge, and kind of magical the way the stitches go around the edge.
    Excellent instructions!

  • I learnt tubular bind off recently and have done it twice….I thought by the second time I would be able to remember the sequence of moves for the grafting but found that I had to refer to the instructions continuously. And as I watch TV whilst knitting I kept forgetting where I was up to and then found it very difficult to work it out. The simple tip in the video for always knowing where you’re up to is inspired! It’s so simple and kind of obvious once you know, but it will be a game changer. Thank you.

    • Thank you SO much for sharing this!!! Amazing! I might actually be able to remember it.

  • Tubular cast on has been a question mark for me and nowTubular cast off….

  • Funny, funny title (we know what show you want to win the Emmys!)

  • This video was a game changer for my tubular bind off. No set up rows! No putting on two needles! Simple to memorize! I now often do a provisional cast on for bottom up things so I can add the ribbing and use this bind off (since tubular cast on still eludes me…).

    • Yeah, I made my own set of notes on grafting/sewn cast off with the knits and the purls written out so I wouldn’t bother with the setup and separation either.

  • I had read of this tubular cast-off long ago, gave doubt, and did not even think of trying it. But, dang, I wished I had because when I tried it with my Mood sweater sleeve ribbing, it was like magic.
    This song was on the radio, “Slip sliding away, slip sliding away You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip sliding away” by Paul Simon – the stitches did not slide away, they just slid into place like magic and it was done before I knew it.
    Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Totally tubular! Fer shure!

  • That color combination is delightful. I’m making this cardigan and was going to be Stash busting but It’s hard not to buy all the yarn.

  • I’ve already tried the tubular cast on for a couple of hats and will definitely do this at the next opportunity.

  • Love your reassuring writing voice, Kay. Feels like your talking directly to me. I look forward to your newsletters in my inbox.

  • OMG, this was amazing! Just yesterday, I had to do a Kitchener, and of course, had to look it up. I was clobbering myself about never having been able to memorize it, and then THIS falls in my lap this morning. Great tips so that I never have to look it up again! Thanks!

  • What is the color of the Rustic Fingering used for this sweater?

    • Cooper Circle. We’ve got more of this shade on order.

  • Thank you for reminding me about logging in to save a post – I’ve been missing that little flag thingy to save your awesome ideas and tips!

  • Thanks for this! I’m hoping to finish the sleeve this weekend and was wondering about undoing the provisional cast-on.

  • Not ready to do the cardigan but I love the video for grafting. I may never need to look it up again.

  • Er ma gad! That video does perfectly explain exactly how to do Kitchener, and I think I will never forget it again either. Wow. Thank you, Kay!!!

  • If you are knitting the sleeve from the top down, why not start by picking up stitches from the body and so avoid the seam completely?

    • There are no sleeve seams in this garment, because the two rectangles are joined to construct the cardigan itself. The sleeves are no more than cuffs, which are indeed knit in the round. If you look at the garment laid out flat (you can find an image here:, you’ll see how it’s constructed.

  • Waaaaaay beyond brilliant