Thanks to the kind help of a fellow knitter on Ravelry I think that I may have figured out how to do those sleeves. Now the fun part – I need to actually make them!
My problem had been that in order to get the armhole large enough on the body I needed a 18 inch opening. I had assumed (always a bad idea) that I had to pick up the correct number of stitches for this opening so that I would be at the correct stitch gauge. This would mean that I needed to pick up 90 stitches.
However – and this is where I started having issues – with the lovely short row shoulder shaping you end up at the bottom of your sleeve cap with the same number of stitches as you started (90) but at that point the width of the arm needed to be 14.5 inches (68 stitches).
What I have been told – and I think that it should work, is that you only pick up the number of stitches that you need for the sleeve width at the end of the cap. So… it is 68 stitches not 90 stitches that need to be picked up. A real Eureka moment! Now my last concern is how picking up that many stitches will look, will the spaces between them be too obvious? Will keep you posted on progress!
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