Have you looked at the sleeves on Chicane? The only thing I took into consideration before starting to knit was the yarn (with a swatch) and the ease of the project. I liked the simplicity of the design, and the a bit of playfulness on the sleeve, never giving a thought to its construction. Once I'd finished knitting the back I decided to try a sleeve instead of moving onto a front. A grrl just wants to have fun!
Usually I read through a pattern, marking the size I'm knitting and checking for any designer notes. I did the same with Chicane, but when it came to knitting the sleeve I was surprised by the instruction, "Cast on 16 st."
What? It didn't make sense. How would the sleeve fit around my arm? I had just assumed (bad word) the sleeve was knit from the bottom up and hadn't given much thought to the changing direction of the elbow.
It was then I decided to read through the sleeve and take note its construction. Holy cow! The elbow band is knit flat and seamed (neatly). Stitches picked up on one side to knit the sleeve cap and the other side to knit down to the cuff. Imaginitive! Creative! Simple, yet amazing. I've knit several of CookieA's socks and I should have known she'd have something fun up her sleeve.