I have personally knit more raglan sweaters than I can count. However, I have never posted a raglan pattern here on Killer Crafts Co. Why? You might ask. Because it's difficult. And I'm lazy.
Okay, okay, perhaps that's an over-simplification.
Raglans are wonderful little sweaters that basically put themselves together (there's no seaming required). Through a clever system of increases and a generous use of waste yarn as stitch holders, these sweaters can be tried on as you knit them, and customized to no end. Yet despite it's overall simplicity, putting raglan instructions into words and pictures is tricky. So, my previous lack of raglan patterns was not due purely to my laziness, but also due to the conundrum of trying to explain exactly how it's done.
Luckily for you all, today is the day. Today is the day I publish my first raglan pattern, and then anxiously wait for comments or messages alerting me to mistakes. Seriously, there were so many calculations that went into designing this sweater and providing the different sizes, I know there has to be a mistake somewhere.
Please, if you see it, let me know.
Now onto the sweater:
I am pleased to introduce the Ruffle Tuffle Raglan, a toddler sweater pattern with tons of personality. After growing tired of the same old ribbed border on every one of my projects, I finally decided to mix it up. Don't be intimidated by the ruffles though, they are deceptively simple.
I got my stitch calculations for the body using the Magic, Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater by Danielle White. Then, because the sleeves are pretty roomy in that pattern, I shifted a few stitches to the back and front of the body. After that I knit until I neared my desired length, and added ruffles to the hem and sleeves.
The yarn I used is Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn in the color "Chai Latte". It create fun little streaks and speckles of color, making the stockinette stitch seem anything but boring. And the best part about this yarn is: it's machine washable! I can't even count the number of times I've gifted a knitting project to a friend or family member, along with a custom card detailing washing instructions, and they toss it in with the rest of their clothes as soon as it gets dirty.
I also can't count the number of times I've been asked for replacement knits after the washer destroys the first one...
But not this time! This sweater will be tough enough to handle whatever you throw at it.
What you'll need:
- 2 skeins of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn in the color "Chai Latte"
- 4.5mm 16 inch circular knitting needles
- 4.5mm double pointed needles
- Stitch markers in two different colors
Questions? Comments? Corrections?
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