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happy sleeves – tutorial – part 1


hello here i am again.
happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée
this tutorial is much and much larger than i previously had thought, so again you have to do with a pattern in several parts. hopefully it’s not a too big problem for you?

last winter i often worn two things especially against the cold, whether i was working at my computer or i was reading in bed. i call them my happy sleeves.

​these almost clownish sleeves i most often worn.

the other sleeves i made ​​of squares with a collar and a border all around it and with wide cuffs. because the type of yarn you can not clearly see that it is made of squares.

a summer version of the happy sleeves

i decided to create new sleeves to crochet and to write the pattern down for you. i hope you like it but please do not expect haute couture;)

  • first decide whether you want long or short sleeves. with long sleeves you measure from wrist to wrist (this is your total length of your back, shoulders and both arms), i wanted three-quarter sleeves, but you can also make yours shorter. 
  • i’ve written this pattern for three-quarter sleeves but you can customize it yourself.
  • decide the width you want, the width must leave you enough space for your armpits and upper arms (it must be wearing comfortable, you don’t want it to be stuck under your armpits and it’s nice when you just can move your arms).
  • you crochet the sleeves in the length and not the width. first you make both sleeves and then the back in two parts.
used materials

5 balls softfun – scheepjeswol – 140 m – 50 g 
my color is a pale olive green 
hook size 3,5 – 4 mm (i used 4)

used stitches (american terms)

ch, ss, sc, dc, tr
and a stitch which i do not know whether that has a name, i describe it later in the pattern and you can see pictures of it.

happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée

this is the scheme for the first row and it is your guideline to calculate how much chains you need for your size. you increase the number of chains per 2. 

my sizes
  • length sleeve without cuff: about 35 cm
  • length sleeve with cuff: about 41 cm
  • width sleeve, sewn: about 16 cm
  • back from shoulder to shoulder: about 41 cm
  • back height with edge: about 33 cm


first sleeve

84 chain + 3 ch for beginning tr (for the beginning tr you should start with 4 ch but i like to crochet 1 chain less, please feel free to do what you normally do).

row 1. 1 tr in 7th ch from hook, *1 ch, sk 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, 2 ch, turn

row 2. please use the photo’s as your guideline, they are more likely clearer than my text. 
insert your hook in the first tr of the previous row and draw up a loop, insert your hook in ch 1 space and draw up a loop, insert your hook in the next tr and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, ch 1, *insert your hook in next tr and draw up a loop, insert your hook in next ch 1 space and draw up a loop, insert your hook in next tr and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, ch 1*, repeat between * * until end of row, the last loop you draw up through the beginning ch (see photo), 3 ch, turn.

row 3. 4 ch (= first tr and 1 ch), 1 tr in next tr, *1 ch, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat between * * until end of row, ch 2, turn.

repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the size you need, end with row 2. 

fasten off.

photo’s row 2
photo’s and notes row 3

on the photo’s you can see how the wrong side looks like. you have several threads, the pins show you where to insert your hook to make the next treble.

second sleeve

just repeat the pattern to make your other sleeve.

part 2

in the next post we continue with the cuff, the back and how to put together the sleeves. see you then!

have a very good week!

part 2 of the tutorial is available via this link

10 thoughts on “happy sleeves – tutorial – part 1

  1. Found your blog through Boost my Blog.Great tut – unfortunately no crocheting here. Grretings from Germany and happy weekend!

  2. Very cute!!Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)xoxo,Vanessa

  3. As far as I know the original concept was to tell 7 things about you and then pass the award on to 7 other blogs. Some do it with 10 facts and 10 blogs. Recently I’ve seen 10 facts and 3 nominations, someone (not in the crochet community) even took an award without giving it to anybody else. Obviously everything is possible, but I think the last way (taking it without passing it on) is not okay. And some people just don’t take awards at all, that’s also okay. I picked what I think was the original idea: 7 facts and 7 blogs.I wish you a wonderful week and look forward to your nominations – it’s alway nice to discover some new blogs 🙂

  4. You’re welcome! :)I didn’t know you were also new to the blog-community, you’ve already got so many posts here! (And I didn’t look at the date of your first post). But I’m happy to be the first one to give you an award, and I’m also very surprised and happy about mine – I’ve also just begun.Oh, and thanks for telling me that you can’t post a comment without one of these strange profiles. This must be standard blogger setting, I’ve just changed it (maybe that’s why so many people visit my blog without leaving a comment…)A nice week-end to you too, I’ll stop by again!

  5. Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, What a huge surprise!!! First congratulations on winning the Kreativ Blogger Award yourself, hurray. That must be a very big compliment for you? That you nominate me I experience as a considerable boost, I only started my blog in February of this year. Therefore I send you via this way a huge hug:) Thank you! I wanted to leave a message on your own blog, but I do not meet one of the profiles. Wish you a lovely weekend!

  6. Hi, it’s me again :)I don’t know if you’re collecting awards, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. If you’d like to pick it up, please visit my blog on http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.com , otherwise just understand this nomination as a compliment on your workBarbara

  7. These are simply darling! I have a lot of sleeveless tops that aren’t quite “work appropriate” – these could fix them right up 🙂

  8. These are lovely cardigans Elisabeth! I’ve been experimenting with making similar things, only knitted. Very useful, for summer and winter. I like the texture of this crocheted mesh a lot 🙂 We used to live in Voorschoten, often go back to visit. Such a lovely part of the world 🙂

  9. Hello, I got here through Our Creative Spaces, I really like the apple green yarn and how it looks over black, The sleeves really bright up a plain top, I’d also wear it as a scarf. I’ve just subscribed, I really like the things you have posted, everything is clean and organized, just how I like!. I’m looking forward to see what you create next 🙂

  10. Hi!This is my first visit to your site, and I love every single page!! Wonderful work, great tutorials and amazing colors – I especially love your summer blanket, can’t wait to see the finished project!Love from Germany,Barbara