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I've finally knitted enough mail (almost) to make small vest and have therefore started wondering how I'm going to attach arms to said vest. 

Any one got any decent patterns?  The only one I've found so far will force me to unpick half of what I've done in order to stick triangles into the shoulders which may well be the correct way to do it, but I'd rather not if I don't have to.

Date: 2007-03-25 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anatosuchus.livejournal.com
Mine's all one piece, it doesn't really have panels. If you run the shoulders outwards and make a tube this becomes a sleeve. This is best one leaving a hole under the armpits which you can fill in later (that's the fiddly bit, but I just winged it and it worked fine).

Drawback: This seems to be how most people do it (including meny reenactors I have seen), but the one drawback is that the sleeves fall in a different pattern to the torso, and this pattern can "catch" live blades a bit depending on the angle of strike. If you worry about this you will have to make sleeves with the weave at right angles to the rest of the shirt and in this case you're on your own!

Sorry it's incoherent, I'm running veeery low on sleep. Off to bed for me.

Date: 2007-03-26 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trevor-davies.livejournal.com
Which way does the weave run on your torso?

You can just run the pattern into a T shape without a change of weave direction (as per the earlier comment), assuming that the weave runs around your chest. If you've done it the other way, you may need to undo it, and link it up the other way, or you'll have issues with mobility and chest expansion.

Also, remember to make it larger than you actually think you need it, so you can get it on & off and change the padding under it if you need to.

Date: 2007-03-26 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kardrath.livejournal.com
This is what I've found so far.

Date: 2007-03-26 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anatosuchus.livejournal.com
I think that might be wildly over-complex. I just made a tube for the torso, and when I got up to the bottom of the arms started leaving a gap in each side. Then I started leaving another gap for the head and finally closed the top off by joining the loops over the shoulders. Now you have a vest.

For sleeves, extend the shoulder loops horizonatally, but only extend the part that loops above the torso tube - this should be about 3/4 of the sleeve's final diameter. Once you are a few rows out, add the rest of the sleeve's diameter by extending the loop downwards and closing the tube. You should now have a sleeved shirt with holes at the armpits.

Finally, and this might involve taking out a few links as well as adding them, close the holes under the armpits. You should try to use fewer links than you would if the arms were pointing out horizontally otherwise you end up with too much material and it will end up bunching. Maybe I'll try a diagram...

Date: 2007-03-26 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anatosuchus.livejournal.com
Right, in the interests of trying to make slightly more sense than that last ramble, piss-poor diagram alert!

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