Sweater Finishing Series: How to Set in Sleeves

Although binding off that last stitch on your sweater is extremely satisfying, there is usually a bit more work left to do in order for that sweater to be truly finished. Whipstitching a hem, grafting at the underarms, and picking up stitches for a buttonband or collar – these are the smaller details that require time and attention but may not be the most familiar of knitting techniques. So what’s a knitter with finishing woes to do? Why ask Kerin, of course!

In addition to designing patterns for our kits and collections, Kerin is also well versed in a huge range of interesting and unusual knitting techniques. So it only seemed fitting that as she was casting off a cardigan and planning out the finishing details to put everything together into a video tutorial series on sweater finishing.

The first part of this series focuses on how to set in the sleeves of your sweater or cardigan. Although it seems like a simple enough task, there are a few things that make it a bit tricky – in addition to using mattress stitch, you’ll have to use grafting, and in some areas you’ll have to work a combination of both. But don’t worry – Kerin shows you exactly what to do in part 1 of this finishing series.

Do you have any tips or tricks for sweater finishing and setting in sleeves?

Stay tuned for part 2 next week, Kerin will be picking up stitches and working the collar.


  1. Michelle / April 10, 2013

    I enjoyed the video and look forward to the next in the series.

  2. Scottie Hugghis / April 5, 2013

    I enjoyed the video. Please let us know the fair isle pattern you used and where to find it.

    • Jenny K / April 15, 2013

      Hi there! Glad to hear you enjoyed the videos, the sweater that Kerin is working on is a pattern she made up as a stash-busting pattern. I’ll pass on your comments and interest in the pattern though 🙂

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