Holes or no holes, that is the Raglan Pullover question. Why does it matter what increase I use anyway? Why is knitting a Top Down Pullover different than knitting a Top Down Cardigan?
Well, of course a pullover is different than a cardigan in lots of ways. But there are specific reasons for choosing your raglan increase very carefully when knitting a Top Down Pullover.
A pullover is worked in the usual manner, with an Increase Round where one increase is worked before and another increase worked after each of the 4 Raglan Markers. For a Pullover this is followed by a Knit Round. Work these two rounds over and over.
That’s fairly straight forward until … the phone rings, there is a ping indicating you have a new message, someone asks you a question or …
You pick up your knitting again and … oops, which round am I working? Is this an Increase Round or a Knit Round? Your increase itself has that answer.
As you knit toward each Raglan Marker you look to see whether you need to work a set of increases (Increase Round) or knit on through (Knit Round).
If you are using a YO (Yarn Over) increase this is easy to do. If you see this … a YO sitting on the needle before the Marker and another YO after the Marker you are going to knit on through (Knit Round).
If you see this … no YO before or after the Marker. You need to make a YO before the Marker and another YO after the Marker according to your Increase Round instructions.
Holes can make knitting your Pullover a much more relaxing knit. Now do you want holes or no holes?
Thanks for reading,
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happens all the time. Thanks for showing me I was doing it right.
Thanks for your comment. Good to have a way around all the distractions while we’re knitting.
Whenever possible, I try to use YO’s. When I don’t, I use a marker made from yarn, that I have tied into two loops. The top loop signifies an increase and the second loop, a straight round. This is especially helpful when I am using M1 increases.
That’s a really good suggestion. Thanks.