Sweater Workshop


This will be a short introduction to knitting a top down sweater with two videos so that you can see how to knit the simplest raglan-sweater possible. Unfortunately it is not a pattern, but there are som links for some here. This should hopefully give you a good insight into how these patterns are worked, and hopefully you will try it out for yourself!

Links:

The magic custom fit top down sweater from Ravelry

V-neck top down raglan, also from Ravelry, by Heidi Kirrmaier

Raglan Sleeve Sacque No. 2003 this is a very cute little dress/shirt for a baby. Its worked on 3½ mm needles (US size 10½)

Raglan Sweater and Cap This is a small sweater and a cute bonnet. Its worked on needles US size 6. You can see the results on Ravelry here.

Raglan sweater from drops This is a simple sweater with a not so simple raglan increase. It’s for adults, worked on needles US size 7

Raglan sweater from drops with lacy sleeves If you take away the lace and just knit the sleeves in stockinette, this is a super simple pattern. It is for adults and it is worked on needles US size 4

This is how a top down raglan is worked…

This is a short overview of the different steps in each of these types of patterns

Collar

1-krave

Knit in the round until the collar is the height you want it. If you knit it very high, you will get a turtle neck.

Raglan increases

Place stitch markers, this will usually be mentioned in the pattern. After this, repeat these two rounds until you reach a certain number of stitches. If you prefer another type of increase, replace yarn overs with a right leaning and then a left leaning increase of your choice.

R1: *knit to before next stitch marker, yarn over, slip stitch marker, knit 1, yarn over* repeat from * to * four times (all around)

R2: knit all stitches.

2-yoke

Remove stitches
Get some yarn and slip the stitches for the sleeves (the shorter sides). They are shown in red here.

3-yoke2
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Body

work in the round with the remaining stitches in order to create the body.

4-ærmer

Sleeves

Pick up stitches for the sleeves and work in the round until the sleeves are the length you want.

6-ærme1

8-færdig

Done : ) of course it is not that easy – but at least you now know what to expect. Most pattern will also have some shaping of the neckline and at the waist.

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