On your next raglan which you don’t want to be a raglan, you could try this:
Yes, you could.
I’ve written a new pattern based on this idea called Kid’s Diamond Pullover where I moved the markers from the standard raglan set up to new positions. I still worked the same number of increases every other round. Moving the markers changes the shape of the neckline and this set up will give you a slight V in the front and back of the neckline with no trouble at all.
Here is the standard raglan set up with 4 markers for the raglan lines and increases worked on either side of these markers. The 4 markers are set between the sections of this sweater: Front, marker, sleeve, marker, Back, marker, sleeve, marker, second Front.
So what would happen if we just placed the 4 markers equidistant from each other in a pullover? There are still the same 4 markers where you will work a pair of increases every other round. The stitch numbers will work out the same. It’s actually not too much of a leap is it?
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If you have a basic pattern that you’ve knit and really liked you can begin to make changes that will make it a totally unique sweater. A basic pattern you can trust is a great place to begin your designing journey. We’ve finished our KAL with the Take It From The Top on ravelry. We started with a good basic Top Down raglan pullover, the Take It From The Top, then we made several changes. I have a history of doing that with this particular pattern. This is my fourth rendition.
Continue reading “Modifications, let me count the ways”
Sometimes an idea comes into your head fully formed and all that is needed is execution. It could be a variation on a recipe, a knitting pattern, a paint colour scheme, a new way to wear an outfit, an idea for your garden or something totally other. And sometimes upon execution, as hiccups develop, comes the realization that the idea was not as fully formed as you thought. Do you give up? Do you persevere?
This is happening with my Skew design and I am persevering because I am still excited about the original idea.
I started with the idea of moving one of the raglan increases over and working a stitch pattern into the space.
My first little sweater had some problems. The ribbed stitch pattern was causing the front to pull against the buttonband. It would have to be buttoned up all the time to keep the front edges lined up.
So I changed the ribbing to a broken rib (garter stitches between the twisted cables). Then I realized that the cable pattern had to be more prominent to stand up against the garter stitches. So that got changed too. A couple of hitches fixed up to my satisfaction.
I’m happy with the original idea of the skew which is showing nicely at the bottom of the front.
Almost there. This sweater needs a lighter colour to show the pattern well for photography so the next sweater will be light blue, pink, cream, oatmeal?? That’s my project this week.
I hope all your hiccups are minor and easily solved. Happy knitting this week,
We had terrible freezing rain alerts at the end of last weekend. Maybe you were hit with this too. Oh, no, I am marooned at a knitting retreat. We all had to stay an extra night. The power went out. We didn’t have any water pumping in. And you know what? Spending time in the dark watching the fire in a wood stove with a bunch of knitters is all right!
We continued working on our “What If …” projects where I challenged them to come up with as many different ways to move from the neckband down to the bottom of the yoke.
You might look at the Yoke of a Top Down as a black box where some magic happens.
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Have you knit several Top Down Raglans? Are you looking at knitting another one and wonder if there is a small change you could make that would make it new again? I was thinking the same thought.
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Are you laughing? Did your waist disappear a long time ago? Is your waist being taken over by an expanding muffin top like mine is? The good news is you can make a waist in your sweater even if you don’t have one. It’s easier than dieting!!
Continue reading “Where is your Waist?”
What is your favourite sweater shape? I believe that sweaters need a curve to make us look our best. If you knit from the Top Down you get to choose the curve you want to put in your sweater.
You can work this typical Waist Shaping. Decreases are worked to nip the waist in and then increases are worked back to your original number of body stitches.
You can add Hip Shaping. Work decreases to take the waist in, work increases back to the original number of body stitches and then work some more increases to add extra width to the hip for more wiggle room. This is my go-to for any fitted sweater.
This is one of my favourites for a casual sweater, Hip Only Shaping. Work straight down to the waist and then work increases for extra hip width. If you are hippy this is wonderful because, for once, your hips work for you and give this shaping a terrific curve with very little effort.
Have you worked an A-line? These are very flattering and create a great curve. They do have to be the correct length and width to be effective. A small amount of A-line shaping can be worked into a shorter hip length garment. A lot and I mean lots, of extra width can be worked into a tunic length sweater. They can really swing. Did I mention that they are wonderfully comfortable to wear?
Do you have a favourite? Is there one of these shapes you’d love to try?
Thanks for reading,