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.
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?
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.
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