Could you define crazy for me? 'Cause I think I have it.
The idea for the EPS seamless sweater was to start knitting the body with the first full ball of yarn and when it ran out to start a sleeve. E.Z. quite sanely suggests starting a sleeve (20% of the body's magic number) while you're still working on the body as it will be "quite a small piece of knitting, and can accompany you on trips, or live in its basket in the kitchen, waiting for any spare attention you can give it".
So I started the sleeve on dpns, worked a little garter for the cuff edge and came to a screeching halt. I'm to mark three stitches for the vertical underarm and will work increases [M1] on either side - every 4 rounds, I think.
About here is where the craziness ensues. I find this almost terrifying. See! Crazy!
Working an Estonian shawl full of nupps, with a separate sewn-on edging and only an illustration to go by? No sweat. Knit a sock with several different charts? So what. But increase? Up a sleeve? By directions that take about two sentences? I'm a puddle of nerves.
I've tried to examine this. Is it because there are no step-by-step instructions or because I can't see or feel my way ahead? I'm not sure. I think it's more that I don't have faith in the process. I don't believe I can do it. And, as I type this, I'm convinced it has much to do with not having a concrete chart. Without a chart I can get lost; go off course, forget to increase; lose track. And here's the clincher: not know what I did when the time comes to replicate for sleeve #2.
Well, that's what The Patented Hatch-Mark System is for. I will make a chart. It's still crazy, but in a planned, controlled way. (Don't tell E.Z., 'kay?)