Raglan Sleeve Freedom

Have you ever checked the measurement of your arms? Does the sleeve of every sweater you knit come out correctly for you? Is that stopping you from knitting for yourself?

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We use the bust measurement to choose a sweater size to knit but does that mean that the corresponding sleeve is going to fit also? As I age I find I need larger sleeves than many patterns will give me, especially if the pattern is written by someone younger and smaller. If you are busty you may find that you need a narrower sleeve than the pattern is going to give you. If you are plus sized you definitely need to check your arm size against the schematic to check the fit.

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Any Gauge pattern in progress

I’m working on an Any Gauge Raglan Top Down Pullover. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful. I’ve been thinking about this for some time. What if you had a couple of patterns that you could cast on with any yarn? You could gleefully dig into your stash or go for a nice stroll through your favourite yarn store and pick any yarn you want, any colour, any weight. What freedom!

I’ve worked out sweaters with stitch numbers for many gauges in my Cabin Fever multi-gauge books. Any book with the title Need A … has all the stitch numbers you need for many, many gauges of yarn.

This time I wanted to write a recipe style where you do some of the math. I know, I know, you hate math. But it’s pretty simple with a calculator and a little bit of direction. More on that later. Phew, let’s put off the discussion of number crunching until much, much  later.

I thought this would be easy to do. A raglan sweater with any gauge for any size, how hard could it be? The first hang up was how to get all the sizes started correctly with as little math as possible. (Oops I said that nasty word again.) I think I have that worked out. This pullover will have a rectangular neck opening. The neckband will be picked up later and finished with a smaller needle. Not my usual way of working a Top Down Raglan (since I usually start with the neckband itself) but compromises must be made to avoid too much math bother at the beginning.

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One beat up camp chair as a manniquin.

I have now thought up 4 more neckband options to make it look different. So far I’ve knit this pullover with a ribbed neckband and 2 sets of short rows to raise the back of neck and keep the front of the neck low. I like the squarish neck. What do you think?

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You might have noticed that I worked the neckband before finishing the sleeves. I wanted to see how it would look. Now that I know I like it i can finish.

Thanks for reading. Follow Me and I’ll send you a gauge free hat pattern. Get started on your Christmas and charity knitting now.

Deb

Cabin Fever books and pattern on Ravelry

 

 

 

Are you a Sweater Knitter?

Are you a sweater knitter? I am. Even in the middle of summer I have the compulsion to cast on. My enthusiasm for the scarf I am knitting is wearing off. I’m not sure why. I am not deterred because a fingering weight scarf is a lot of knitting. A sweater obviously is a lot, more than a lot, of knitting. So that’s not it. It may be that small needle knitting requires more small motor skill than I can maintain for long. I have a yearning for larger needles.

I am trying out a Crochet Cast On. Have you done this?

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One Triangle morphed into scarf

Can I make something other than a full shawl with a triangle? I started a new One Triangle Shawl with a gifted ball of Malabrigo Sock. Yummy. This time I thought I would  make a scarf instead of a full shawl. I only have one ball, 100g, which should do a scarf nicely.

What would happen if I started with the One Triangle shawl, increasing every other row and only worked until I had a depth I would like for a scarf, around 9″ deep?

 

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A little DIY lace knitting

While I was working on the Waiting For Rain shawl I was thinking about knitting a lace sweater. (That might explain why some YO got missed.) I decided I could do a little DIY lace knitting right now and put one of the stitch patterns I’m considering into this shawl. Why not? If I’m going to work a lace sweater I better like the stitch pattern a whole lot!

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Stash Busting with One Triangle

Are you into stash busting? Do you have a lot of odd balls of yarn, bits of left over yarn? Have you been gifted with someone else’s stash? Do you need to reduce so you can buy something new? A summer shawl where the gauge doesn’t matter may be the answer.

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I usually have one (OK, maybe more than one) garter stitch project on hand that’s great for TV knitting, car knitting, tea time knitting or reading a book and knitting (that’s a trick which takes some practice, my mom is an expert at it).

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