The pattern for the Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan calls for the sleeves to be knit flat than sewed to the armhole and seamed shut. I never like the way this looks. I prefer to pick up the stitches for the sleeve along the armhole (which works with these sleeves since they are flat across the top and not shaped).
Here are the 52 sts (26 on the front and 26 on the back - knit in the round using 40" Turbo Addis in US Size 3 and the Magic Loop methodology. I just inverted the pattern - so instead of starting at the cuff and increasing 2 sts every 4th round, I picked up the sts on the underarm and decreased 2 sts (at the beginning and end of the underarm) every 4th round.
I'm quite pleased with the crisp even look this methodology produces.
I've been toying with the idea of using short rows to do the same methodology for capped sleeves. Estella mentioned that she made a sweater doing that very same thing. I'm going to check out the pattern for that sweater and try to incorporate it in the Kaffe Fasset Floral Jacket. I don't know if it will work or not for that particular sweater, but I'd sure like to give it a try.
Do you ever make sleeves from the top down? Why or why not?