QueerJoe Knitting Skills Tutorial – Sewing In a Sleeve

Years ago, I created this short picture-tutorial on sewing in a sleeve on a hand-knit sweater. Often the top of a sleeve needs to be eased into the arm-hole…especially with set-in sleeves. This tutorial shows it on a simple/straight drop-shoulder sleeve, but works will with sewing in all types of sleeves. The flexible wire basting is easy to adjust. It can also be replaces with securing in the sleeve with pins or even stitch holders. The crochet slip-stitch can easily be pulled out and re-adjusted, and it looks great on the outside of a knitted garment.

  1. After blocking all pieces, lay out the pieces with the wrong side facing up.

2. Using a blocking wire, “baste” the sleeve to the body (with right sides together) by weaving the blocking wire through both pieces of fabric about 3 stitches from the ends


3. Seam the two pieces together by slip stitching them together with a crochet hook.

4. Insert the crochet hook through the top two loops of both pieces

  1. Pull a loop through the two pieces,
  2. Insert the crochet hook back through the two pieces and pull a loop through both pieces and the initial loop
  3. Continue pulling a loop through both pieces and the yarn loop on the crochet hook

8. Here’s what the final stitch will look like (on the wrong side)


9. Here’s what the seam will look like from the right-side.