K. asked if it was possible to add a pattern in the raglan lines just as I did with the underarm stitches in What to Do with All That Stockinette. She had knit a sweater with patterned raglan lines but didn’t feel she could do it on her own.
Of course you could. Start with something simple and not too wide. I dug around my UFO projects and found one I had started.
Here’s how. Cast On at the top according to the pattern. Stop at the Marker Round (in the round where you are going to place the raglan markers). Do Not knit this round yet. Count across the stitches on your needle and with removable markers, place the markers as the pattern specifies. In the original pattern the marker for the raglan line would have been set up to be worked like this:
The set up would be to have one knit stitch before the marker and one knit stitch after the marker. The increases would be worked on either side of these 2 knit stitches. The Increase Row would read: Knit to 1 stitch before Raglan Marker, YO, K1, slip Raglan Marker, K1, YO.
Now get 4 more markers and move the markers so there will be more stitches at the raglan lines. I like to keep these knit stitches, YO, K1, marker, … extra sts…, marker, K1, YO in place since it makes reading the pattern easier to follow.
Decide how wide you want the new raglan lines to be. My Raglan Markers are 5 sts apart.
Now the Increase Row at each raglan line will read as: Knit to 1 stitch before first Raglan Marker, YO, K1, slip marker, Knit 5 stitches, slip Second Raglan Marker, K1, YO. The increase set up is still the same. The only change is now there are several stitches between the 2 increase stitches at each raglan line.
You can put any number of stitches here depending on how many stitches you have in the Front, sleeve, Back sleeve and Front.
This is a really simple example and I’m sure you can improve on it.
Here is an excellent example of another simple idea where just making the raglan lines wider and staying with stockinette stitch still makes the Sunshine Coast pullover by Heidi Kirrmaier look fantastic.
Are you going to give this a try?
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6 thoughts on “Adding a Pattern to Raglan Lines”
Excellent! Thanks for this. As always, your explanations are crystal clear.
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You are most welcome. A terrific question and now you have encouraged me to finish the little sweater. Thanks.
Oh for goodness sake! I’ve thought about doing something about those raglans, maybe cables or lace but never started because it would take a lot of thought process and I just wasn’t ready.
That garter stitch just put the whole idea into perspective. Boy, was I overthinking it!
Thank you yet again for opening up those possiblities!!!
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Glad this has spurred you on. Go for it.