Monday, February 17, 2014

Magic Top Down Custom Fit Raglan Sweater-Knitting, Increases and Sleeve

This is part three of a series on how to knit a raglan sweater.
Part 1, part 2  found at the links.

Alright, so you have done your swatch and gotten perfect measurements then caste on and placed your markers. Having chosen the neckline of your dreams you are either following my instructions of the instructions on the actual pattern. Obviously you are itching to get cracking by this point right?

The raglan sleeve increases pretty steeply from the collarbone to the underarm while increasing the actual sleeve, bust and back stitches for a good fit. T0 achieve this, increases on either side of every marker are necessary. Your knitting sequence would go like this:

Row 1: knit in pattern to marker, increase one, slip marker, increase one (One on each side of the marker) knit to next marker, increase one, slip marker, increase one 
knit to next marker, increase one, slip marker, increase one, Knit to next marker, increase one, slip marker Increase one, knit to end of row.
Row 2: knit in pattern to end.

Note: you could reverse the rows above as well.
Here is what I had going:
The area between the markers is the shoulder and top of sleeve area.  That means that for each side you have 4 increases, totaling 8 per every other row. 
But when do you stop knitting the increases? 

Remember in the first post how you measured the length between the collar and underarm? That is the  number you will stop at. Nothing to figure out outside of inches at this point. 

Once you get to this part, you will caste off all of the sleeve stitches onto a stitch holder or spare yarn, cast on 1" worth of stitches and then continue to knit the body in a tube. Remember your swatch has the number of stitches that you will need to make up 1". 
It should look something like this:
My swatch dictated that 5 stitches equaled 1". You can see them right above that hole . The sleeve stitches are tucked away on a yarn (you may use anything you feel comfortable with, stitch holders, other circular needles but yarn is more flexible and tying it off is a good thing). These stitches are very important to a comfortable fit. They sort of create a bridge at the underarm area  and later on when it comes to knitting the sleeve we pick up stitches from there and add to the sleeve. 

That about covers it for today. 
I want to remind anybody reading that I am working on a boat neck pullover and most of it is in stockinette stitch. I do have a cable panel in there that I will show off soon. 
Once again, the original instructions are to be found here on ravelry. 


  1. Such neat knitting and looking like its coming together too. Those initial measurements, sure sound important to the rest of the garment. I can see the puzzle fitting together.

  2. it really does come together over time. If you read the official directions they seem cuckoo at first but it all really flows together. The beauty of this design is that once you get it down, you can get very creative with it!