Now is the time to speak up

Sleeve length, it’s tricky business.


(click on photos for PG-13 versions, precipitated by the first comment to this entry)

Full-length, 3/4 length, elbow-length. What do you think?

Sidenote: I figured I’d be all cool and previously put up a blogpoll here, but I’ll be damned, it changed the background of my blog, overriding my .content settings. NOT cool, blogpoll, NOT cool.

65 thoughts on “Now is the time to speak up

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  1. Janine

    The elbow length looks really elegant, go for that or the 3/4. I always find that I am pushing up full length sleeves until they are 3/4 anyway!

  2. Karen B

    I vote for 3/4 as the most flattering. I did mine originally at the elbow, but found I wanted it a tad longer. That is why the edging was added a couple of days later.

  3. Heather

    To be perfectly honest, I think the “elbow length” has a tendency to make people look like they have fat arms. Or maybe that’s cause I have fat arms? Anyway, it is a shrug and I think that elbow length shrugs look weird. I vote for the 3/4 length.

  4. PumpkinMama

    its a toss up between full and 3/4 in terms of looks for me. Do you tend to run hot or cold – do whichever sleeve would give you the best wearabilty for your life!

  5. Carolyn

    I am all about 3/4 length, but to me, it doesn’t look right. Maybe it is the cuff…which I love…I don’t know. I really like it in the full length and also the elbow length. Because, like myself, you feel like you could spontaneously combust if too warm…I would consider the elbow length…but then again what difference does another 10″ make?

  6. jess

    I like the elbow length best… I generally like long sleeves, elbow length, then 3/4 sleeves, but in this case I think that the long-sleeves just don’t do the edging justice. When it’s at the elbow, it just pops out at you… I love it!

  7. Colleen

    I’m all about 3/4th length, but then you move into cropped-jacket range, and not a shrug.

    Funny, your sleeves look nothing like the shrug’s picture. Did you alter the pattern?

  8. Ann

    I vote for 3/4 length… then you can wear a bracelet to draw attention to the great edging on the sleeves. Cute!

  9. Laura

    I think one of the 2 shorter lengths is best, and I’m leaning toward 3/4 length. Personally, I think long-sleeved shrugs are just silly. If you have long sleeves why not have an entire sweater? (For example, I think that turtleneck shurg from Scarf Style is the most stupid thing I ever saw. If you’re cold enough to need a turtleneck and long sleeves, won’t the rest of you be cold, too?)

    Plus, you always say that you tend to feel hot, so you don’t need long sleeves.

  10. kristin

    I really like the full length. Am I the only one? If you don’t decide to go that route, that cuff would be awesome on a wrist/hand warmer.

  11. Anna

    Oh my, decisions… How’s one to decide?

    The 3/4 length seems to look the best–I vote 3/4. Or full length?

    Darn-it, decisions are so hard to make. I suppose it depends on what’s most comfortable for you. If the yarn’s going to stretch out and driving you bananas on the shorter lengths, I’d go with the full sleeve.

  12. Jaime

    I’d go with the 3/4 sleeve first, maybe .. maybe elbow length.

    I really like how the KFI Cashmerino is knitting up, I’ve got some in my stash just waiting.

  13. Barbara

    I love your blog, you give me great inspiration. I vote for the long sleeve. I like the look of the cuff with the beads next to your hand.

  14. Danielle

    I like the elbow length. I don’t EVER wear this length, but the photos of what you’ve got so far looks great on you as an elbow length. Does that work for the weight/warmth of the sweater? (i.e. is the body so warm that you’d only wear it on a cold day, and therefore want sleeves longer than elbow length?)

  15. Karma

    For future reference, the elbow length looks really pretty… for a sweater. But since you’re breaking all of your own rules and making a shrug, I think it should be one of the longer lengths. Otherwise, what’s the point of making a shoulder/arm warmer if it doesn’t warm your whole arm? :)

  16. Stephanie

    As I’m sure you’ve discovered from the varied comments, I think sleeve length is really a matter of personal preference. Personally, I like long sleeves, so that’s the one I would go with. However, it occurs to me that if you are worried about “framing” as discussed previously, an elbow length sleeve may add to that effect – ending basically right below the bust. So, considering you tend to always be hot, I would say 3/4 length sleeves for you for this project.

  17. Katherine

    I would have to agree with an earlier post with regard to the potential accentuation problem of elbow length sleeves. Either of the others is fine, though my preference would be for long (a simple bias against 3/4 length sleeves, really…).

  18. Becky

    I vote for 3/4. I like the way it looks and I love 3/4 for their versatility as I feel they can be worn in more seasons than any other length.

  19. sara

    I like 3/4 length, and long. I was surprised to read in some fashion mag that elbow length makes people look matronly, and I’ll be damned, but it’s true on me.

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