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Title: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan
Post by: knittyknitter on February 13, 2007 10:57:50 AM
WELCOME TO THE ORIGINAL THREAD KAL OF "$5 in Paris" Pattern (a beginner's top-down raglan), designed by Anna Maliszewski.
This KAL started with my generic top-down raglan and transformed into the striped pattern with a boat-neck.

You can access the FREE updated PDF of this pattern here: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html (http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html)
This pattern is written in English, and has also been translated into Spanish and French by popular demand!





Are you a newbie to top-down raglans?? This is a great first-time sweater project! It's just a sweater that is worked top-down in stockinette stitch on circular needles, which allows for a lot of modifications for size or adding intarsia, cabling or the like if you feel up to the challenge one day! The best news? It's seamless!!

About the pattern: I first created this pattern in 2007 as a Craftster challenge to create something under $10. Because of the boat-neck and striping, this top-down raglan reminded me of Paris. I have added notes for side-shaping, although it was not in the original design. It's almost hard to believe, but as of December 2013, almost 1,800 $5 in Paris projects have been casted-on and completed since it's conception. And that's only counting Ravelry members. Now it's being featured on several free knitting sites, as well as Craftster and Ravelry.



MATERIALS:
Yarn: approx 700 (800)(900)(1000) yards total of worsted weight yarn
-1 skein "Caron Simply Soft" in pale mint
- 1.5-2 skeins of "Caron Simply Soft" in grey

Needles:
-One 24'' circular needles, Size US8  
-Two  32'' circular needles: Size US9--one is extra for trying on the work-in-progress    
-A set of 4 dpn's: Size US8  
-Optional: also size 7 US dpns    
*I recommend you investing in Knitpick's Options Needle Set, so that you can also use the wires as stitch holders. If you have this already, you can use the 24'' as stitch holders.  
-Darning needle


SIZES: small, medium, large (for larger sizes, consider casting on a multiple of 12 stitches more per size increase)

Gauge: 5sts=1''

A lot goes into pattern-making, so if you've used and tweaked this pattern to make your own raglan, please make a reference to the designer of this pattern. Thanks!  :)

Original photo of design:


Title: Re: Raglan Sweater Along!
Post by: kyou on February 13, 2007 11:09:19 AM
There's already one of these going on: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132354.0


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 13, 2007 01:25:21 PM
Sounds great...
printing one out as I type. I have been wanting a raglan..... I have the other pattern too, and I would like to have the option of working to set measurements or creating a custom fit! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 13, 2007 04:03:15 PM
Cool! Do you have any yarn in mind yet? I'm still trying to decide on what I should use.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 13, 2007 04:28:15 PM
I'm not too sure yet! I was hoping to use it on some stash busting, and right now getting at the stash is hazardous to my limbs! LOL I was thinking that I should have a oatmeal/tweedy worsted that was given to me....... it may fit the bill. The balls are HUGE like the red heart mega balls, so it should be about 16 oz., but I don't know the length.....
So I am hoping that I can check it over tomorrow. Otherwise I am sure that I have this fantastic fuschia! That is thinner, but it may work on a different size needle. I will show you if I can get to it! :D LOL
Stash Busting!!!!
 ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 13, 2007 07:34:07 PM
Damn, Silver... if you ever have way to much on your hands again, you know who to donate it to... lol. :-)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 14, 2007 11:42:48 AM
Ok, so this is what i'm thinking about using. Yeah, it's some more acyrilic, but I gotta use it up somehow. I have wayyyy to much acryilic yarn!



I love the color! I'll just buy one of those fiber shavers, so it won't look so bad when it starts fuzzing with wear.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 14, 2007 12:52:17 PM
Hmmmm. I'm seriously thinking about joining this one, I just have to finish my first fair isle sweater.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 14, 2007 01:55:20 PM
Yay! Do join!  :D 

I was thinking about casting on this weekend. Anyone else ready?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 14, 2007 02:25:07 PM
I have a ton of Patons merino wool I'll have to see if I have enough.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Event Horizon on February 15, 2007 10:49:28 AM
I'd love to join this..

*Must finish my razor cami first* (and order the right circs..)
then again I might just cast on as soon as possible, can always use another WIP, guess I'm off to order my stuff!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 15, 2007 12:14:23 PM
So  I think that the fuchia may do the trick...........details to follow.
Anyone started? details?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on February 16, 2007 12:03:06 AM
Mind if a complete novice joins in?  I have the basic skills but no experience making a sweater.  I'll probably use my stash of Debbie Bliss Merino Aran.  Already have a swatch, but need to wash and block it. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 16, 2007 08:21:53 PM
awesome! I've never made a raglan before, so we are in the same boat. :-)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 18, 2007 12:05:49 PM
I think im going to make it for my mom first. Her b-day is March 10th, so... I better get cracking soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Event Horizon on February 23, 2007 01:07:54 PM
I've got the right needles, I finished my cami (yay!) and I'm getting my wool tomorrow so I'll be casting on this sunday!!!  ;D

anyone started yet?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 23, 2007 08:14:27 PM
knitty knitter,  I have to say that I think you can do it....
you have cable experience, but it may make the pattern take a lot longer............. maybe not good for such a tight deadline! Buuuuuuutttttttttt you do knit pretty fast!
I say give it a go anyway! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 23, 2007 08:41:37 PM
Hey all! This is what i've done today! I'm really exited. However, I did something I shouldn't have done. I put it over my head and freaked out...  I know it's just the cabled restricting the fabric from covering my upper shoulders, but for a few moments, I thought that It wouldn't fit anyone. However, I still have a ways to go.



What do you think? Even though I think that short sleeves would look cute, I don't think my mom would dig it as much as me. I'm thinking about sleeves to the elbows.... because I don't want to knit long sleeves for a march b-day.

p.s- i'm not really a fast knitter. I just knit far a loooong time! Thank God for Smallville, right?

Anyone else starting??


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 23, 2007 08:42:03 PM
It doesn't matter if the stitches for the cables are `upside down' or not. The effect will still be the same, same as making the sweather `upside down'.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on February 24, 2007 10:17:50 AM
I started! I feel pretty good about myself, considering first sweater and all. I posted progress pics in discussions and questions. I guess if I have any more questions I should post here  :) Is there a pic of the finished product? Its my first time jumping into a pattern without a pic. If anyone knows let me know
Thanks! and good luck to everyone else who's starting!
-Marie




Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 11:48:36 AM
I really like your yarn. What are you using?


Even though I messed up one cable row.. towards the top, I think it's going to look really cool. It might just be the only thing that will get me through the long long nothingness after the arm increases are done.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on February 24, 2007 11:55:13 AM
Hahah, Knitty Knitter,
Im actually kinda ashamed to admit what Im using.  ::)
In Newfoundland we have a lack of good yarn stores, half the stuff I hear people talking about using, Ive never seen - Debbie Bliss, Cathay, Rowan.. we don't have that stuff... onto the point- Im using Bernat Super Saver-kinda like the big ball of Red Heart- but this stuff is the "new improved softness" and for $3 something per 382 yard ball Im not complaining. And it is actually much softer.
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 12:16:42 PM
That's probably why I like it... ha ha.
My last sweater was made out of red heart soft, in a plum color. Don't be ashamed. We are perfecting our skills before we go all out, right?  :D

p.s- i'm just using wool-ease. That's $2.29 a skein. lol.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 01:01:12 PM
More info and pics updated on my blog  :)
http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com (http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 24, 2007 01:30:40 PM
Just checked your post! nice!!! I can't wait to see it done! It inspires me to swatch with the fuschia I pulled out of my stash! I have an abundance of acrylics myself!  :D
Just_A_Girl, it looks great! why worry about the fiber! It will keep you warm, and that is what matters! You can throw it in the wash, dry it with the other clothes you wear every day and you don't have to worry about shrinking it!  ;D
Have you considered buying yarn online? I am fortunate enough to have a few stores around me here in BC. They don't offer much of the stuff that all the ladies talk about here though. (to be honest my favorite yarn is on Vancouver Island! and I can't always get there) I reccomend checking their online store yarnbythebag.com
I also recently ordered yarn from knitpicks.com
Can't wait to see your sweater done!
knitty knitter where do you usualy shop for your yarns??


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 02:31:49 PM
*Caugh Caugh*.... Walmart, Hobbylobby, Micheals, and once in a great while, Knitpicks.com
Hee hee.... I'm "La Cheapa" when it comes to yarn. Oh well. I don't have any yarn stores at home, unless I drive 50 minutes to get to Chicago. At school, there is a local yarn shop several miles away, and I bought 2 skeins of Noro from there (almost $20 total... yikes!). So, I go to the "Acyrillics-R-Us" stores.. lol.

Yay- swatch it... you know you want to  ;)  ;) hee hee


Today's dangerous weather... "Ice Land"



..and my window!! Eek!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Jodi1978 on February 24, 2007 04:51:02 PM
Looks the same here. Im in Minnesota.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 06:17:03 PM
Few more rows, then i'm done with the increases! I'll post a pic soon. :-)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 08:04:17 PM
Ok, nighty-night everyone. I done for tonight...If I continue, I'd probably get carpel-tunnel (sp?).



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 24, 2007 08:20:26 PM
See....a cable's a cable.  ;)  Looks very good!

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 24, 2007 10:15:29 PM
Before you told me about how it mattered, I chose one that could be flipped upsides down and look the same. So, I just worked at the beginning of the cable row. I still have yet to try it from the last row working to the beginning.  :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 25, 2007 06:15:15 AM
But you don't have to work it backwards if you go top down - start with the first row.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 25, 2007 06:41:24 AM
oh everyone's progress is so inspiring, I'm almost done with my other sweater so I hope to be casting on soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 25, 2007 12:31:50 PM
But you don't have to work it backwards if you go top down - start with the first row.

sue

The hearts would be upside down if I worked the first rows to last on a top-down sweater.  :-\

Progress pic (though not much further...)-- the end of the FIRST SKEIN!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 25, 2007 05:10:06 PM
you finnished the first skien, you are rocking throught this!  :D you must be watching alot of Smallville! LOL funny that you should like that show so much, I live where most of it is filmed! I can't offer any pics, cuz honestly they film so much stuff around her you can never really tell what is what! My friend lives about a block away from the Kent farm! LOL  ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 25, 2007 05:13:59 PM
Awesome!!! That's soo cool!  Hey, were you going to start soon? You mentioned about swatching...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 25, 2007 05:21:05 PM
Yup, I went throught the pattern and circled all the stuff that will apply to my size and I have pulled out the stuff, I was going to swatch tonight, but I have about 25 friends on their way over for dinner! (we have it once a month so we can all get together over our busy lives) I actually may see if I can try to do it, all my girls knit so they understand! LOL :D if I do it tonight, I will let you know! I promise!

So it's been about 2 hours since you gave up the pic, how far now?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 25, 2007 05:55:43 PM
I actually stopped knitting for tonight. (maybe.) The wool-ease was actually making my hands a little raw, as well as the needles. You can catch up, right? hee hee. You never know, you might be a faster knitter than me...I don't even do continental. plus, my mom is bigger than me, so i had to add more stitches. I'm excited to see what you're gonna whip up! I plan on knitting "forecast" sometime after I finish this project! I started a new KAL for that. It's a top-down raglan pattern that looks awesome. It doesn't look really "beginner-ish" though. What made me so excited was thinking about getting a sash and tying it around the waist, with a few buttons undone. Oh, and I would not make it long sleeves, like the pattern, since Spring is approaching. Man, look at me ramble...

Just-a-girl-- any progress on the sweater? You looked a little further than me when you took the pic.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 25, 2007 06:18:34 PM
But you don't have to work it backwards if you go top down - start with the first row.

sue

The hearts would be upside down if I worked the first rows to last on a top-down sweater.  :-\

Guess they would at that.... Most cables I've seen don't make a design like that.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on February 25, 2007 06:37:22 PM
Knittyknitter, Im making some progress. Im done the increases and Im thinking to spice it up a bit I may add some intarsia to the front, perhaps a star or something. I'll probably post pics tomorrow as I might need some advice on the sleeves and such. (Easily confused and all) But for now, I should stop procrastinating and get back to the Poli Sci assignment that is keeping me from my sweater  ::)   Trust me its taking will power.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on February 25, 2007 07:56:39 PM
Ok, here we go. Progress... or something.



K, my only issue now is... is that how its meant "the 2 stitch markers should meet under the armpit"?   Anyhow...sleep now.
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 25, 2007 08:17:03 PM
Quote
K, my only issue now is... is that how its meant "the 2 stitch markers should meet under the armpit"?

Yes. But make sure you don't stretch too much or it'll be much too tight. You may want to do another increase round.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 26, 2007 07:23:01 AM
So this pattern got the best of me and I cast on before my last sweater was finished, another UFO in my pile I guess. I cast on at the beginning of the oscars and stopped at 12AM (I was sleepy)
Here's my progress

I'm using Pattons Classic Merino Wool in "Winter White" and "New Denim"


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on February 26, 2007 09:22:34 AM
Wow Star! Your progress is amazing. I wanted to do stripes too, but being a newbie at this I didnt feel like adding to the already immense confusion  :D   Cant wait to see more!

-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 26, 2007 11:24:46 AM
I'm just adding stripes as I go without really using a pattern for them, I think the most difficult thing will be matching the sleves to the sweater.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on February 26, 2007 11:31:06 AM
this is a fantastic knitalong!  I'm glad to see a variety of results so far... I love the cable -- I'm a sucker for cables.

I've knit a couple wee sweaters, but this looks like the route to take to design one to suit my body and my tastes!  hmm...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 26, 2007 11:38:01 AM
Looks great, star217! Yay! I'm excited to see more people join and post their pics! I plan on making a stripped one later on (after a bunch of projects are completed).. because the sweater i'm making isn't for me.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 26, 2007 10:39:31 PM
Picture hosting isn't working yet.
Update on sweater on my blog.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 26, 2007 11:08:44 PM
I'm very excited to be swatching, but also a bit concerned........ my yarn seems to be DK weight, I am still swatching to see if I can make this. I know I can, I think I may just have to make a small adjustment or maybe just go to the red heart I have in my stash! LOL :D
whatever works! ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 27, 2007 06:37:19 AM
You can do it with the DK yarn; you'll just need to CO enough stitches to fit over your head, and knit until it fits you.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on February 27, 2007 09:13:35 AM
People are making so much progress so fast! As for me, the top-down thing is a bit too advanced (still shaky on on various slanting decreases) so I had to switch to a bottom-up version as my first sweater.   :( I'll be peeking back in to see how all the projects turn out; good luck!



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 27, 2007 09:24:17 AM
Hey Rina-- I've done two down-up sweaters, and felt like this top-down is a lot easier... plus you don't have to worry about sewing the sleeves on right.  :) You just have to learn how to do an increase (knitting in the front and back of one stitch) and a common decrease method.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on February 27, 2007 11:29:29 AM
People are making so much progress so fast! As for me, the top-down thing is a bit too advanced (still shaky on on various slanting decreases) so I had to switch to a bottom-up version as my first sweater.   :( I'll be peeking back in to see how all the projects turn out; good luck!

With a bottom up you have to to decreases; for a top down you do increases. For the yoke part - on the sleeves it's opposite.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on February 28, 2007 08:14:28 AM
oh this is so awesome!!
I'm currently trying to knit from my stash this year so what's the best way of getting rid of yarn..... SWEATERS!

I'm going to use purple ecofill yarn. I'm currenlty making a swatch from it! YEAH :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on February 28, 2007 10:46:41 AM
We are using the pattern posted in the start of the thread.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on February 28, 2007 12:37:20 PM
kk awesome:) i was going to use the other pattern but this is going to my first sweater and I really want to be in a knitalong!
 :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 28, 2007 02:02:50 PM
Hey Starshine_shroom... welcome!
I posted a simple generic pattern in the beginning of the thread, but you can use whatever raglan top-down pattern you can find.  :D I'm using the generic pattern and spicing mine up by adding a cabled pattern in the middle. Others might decide to just knit stripes, or even throw a lace panel in it. Your choices are endless.

If you are a top-down raglan newbie... then this is the place to be! lol.  ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on February 28, 2007 03:24:47 PM
thanks so much knittyknitter!:)

I think i'm going to use the pattern posted at the beginning and then another time I'll use the other.

I saw pictures of yours and it looks awesome! I'm not sure what kind of pattern i'm going to use yet.. I might just stick with basic, make it simple.. but then simple always means boring after a while.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 28, 2007 06:30:40 PM
Do you know how to cable? If you don't, even knitting a simple 3X3..or even 4X4 cable would look great in the middle, surrounded by (let's say) 3 purled stitches on the sides, and bam! you have something not so simple! It all depends on the color of your yarn. If you have something green, you can add maybe a lacey leaf pannel somewhere in the front of the sweater. You can find simple lace patterns online or in a stitch reference book... that wouldn't be intimidating.

Just from experience, knitting something (cable or lace or whatever) in the front makes the sweater easier to knit (hold on, the logic is coming....) because you look forward to doing something different the next row. It helps lessen the "boring" knit in the round for 12 inches solid.  :D

Then again, if you don't want to do anything fancy like cabels, you can knit with 2 inch tall stripes or whatever to make the sweater less plain. I was actually thinking about making my next top-down with three colors (like seagreen, light blue and aqua... or....violet, and two different shades of pink)

Those are some ideas. Sorry. It's kind of making what I said redundant now. I get a little enthusiastic at times...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on February 28, 2007 09:54:32 PM
no it's awesome i love it!!

i'm like that too.. and most of the girls i knit with sometimes worry about my craziness... lol

well i'm knitting with purple eco-fill yarn.. i'm 5' tall asian.. so if i do too many crazy things i think it will make me look shorter.. I'm not sure yet.. but i really like your ideas.. I'm going to have to sleep on it


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 01, 2007 12:14:17 AM
sweeet  starshine shroom!!! woot! knit that swatch!
on a side note, my swatch ened up 5sts to the inch instead of 4.5 sts to the inch..... on 5mm needles, what do you think? go up a size in needles, up a sweater size or leave it and see what happens.........
LOL man!
:D I think I may add a cable or two myself....... :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 01, 2007 07:19:05 AM
If you're gonna cable go up one size in needles, if not you can probably block it to the proper proportions.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 01, 2007 09:02:00 AM
I guess it depend on how loose you want it. What yarn are you using? Will it shrink? You could probably use the bigger needles, and not have so many stitches. How about 4 or 8 less stitches (loose a stitch or two per side)? Yay! I can't wait for you guys to start!

Edit: progress pics coming soon, to a computer near you!  ;) That was soo corny! sorry.  :o


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 01, 2007 12:50:39 PM
The yarn I'm using................is fairly stretchy,  I can pul it quite a bit actually, I think that I may be fine just using it as it is.........and I don't think blocking will be an issue, but it is only 15% wool
from Hayfeild called "Grampian" hmmmm and it's machine washable
It is something I got from a garage sale still in the 10 pack that they come in when you order from catalouges, or buy enough for a sweater! LOL ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 01, 2007 07:58:31 PM
Man, you can make two sweaters out of that! (unless it's 50g) ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 01, 2007 11:05:48 PM
TEASER!!




More pics tomorrow here and on my blog! :-)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 02, 2007 07:00:51 AM
Knittyknitter, yours looks awesome! Cant wait to see the finished product. As for me, Im kinda done, and kinda disappointed. First, I was running out of yarn, and Im impatient and the lys is far away.. blah blah.. so I decided to make it like a cropped sweater and perhaps add a hood later. I dont like the cropped part or as a beginner I started on the star too late and w/ boobs like mine I just dont think it works, but I may finish it anyways, I think i have a friend who may like it better than me. If nothing else I want to thank everyone for all the help, cause even though I don't love this, I learned how to make a sweater and that was a challenge in itself   :)
OK, acceptance speech over. On to pics.










Once I get yarn which I hope is soon, Im going to give it another go.   
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 02, 2007 07:13:29 AM
Did you do the star with instarsia or is it double stitched on afterwards?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 02, 2007 10:53:38 AM
YarnHag, it was intarsia, kinda sketchy intarsia at that. (It was only my second time)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 02, 2007 11:11:03 AM
Just_a_girl- I loooove it!! The star is soo cute! Are you going to make the sleeves short, since the sweater is kind of short? You can actually rip the ribbing out of the bottom of the sweater and continue knitting once you get more yarn... (I know it's a lot of work, but maybe you will want it more than).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 02, 2007 06:34:16 PM
YarnHag, it was intarsia, kinda sketchy intarsia at that. (It was only my second time)

that's too bad... I was going to recommend, if you had double-stitched it, that it might be worth the frustration and effort of picking it out and moving it up to above your breasts, where it would lie more nicely against your chest -- I think the placement of the star is the most dissatisfying thing about your sweater... otherwise, I think you did a good job!  I like the cropped length, and would love to see the same contrasting ribbing on the end of the sleeves -- short sleeves, just as they are!  It would be a cute t-shirt.   But that poor star just has too much to compete with... don't give up!  give this to a friend with no boobs and knit yourself another one!  practice makes perfect...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 03, 2007 10:34:35 AM
i was going to add a start to my sweater too! great minds think a like:)
i wanted to do little stars on the bottom left though! i really like the colour of your yarn


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 03, 2007 03:10:55 PM
Sounds like a great idea!  :D It will look great.... what colour?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 03, 2007 11:16:50 PM
omg-- progress has been sooooo slow!! No wonder why.. I had about 10 gazillion stitches, and I was really using size 9's. I'm finally on the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater! Yay! I'm planning on making really short sleeves, So I should be done in no time.

Now, on to rest my poor fingers...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 04, 2007 06:28:46 AM
omg-- progress has been sooooo slow!! No wonder why.. I had about 10 gazillion stitches, and I was really using size 9's. I'm finally on the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater! Yay! I'm planning on making really short sleeves, So I should be done in no time.

Now, on to rest my poor fingers...

This is one reason I like using larger needles, like US10.5 or 7 or 7.5mm for sweaters. Only half a gazillion stitches and you can finish up in less than two weeks.... Yes on worsted weight. The stitches aren't open or lacey, either.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 04, 2007 10:50:16 AM
Yeah. With all of my hard-core knitting, and fried hand muscles, i'd say this sweater will end up taking me just a week. It could have been under that, but I wanted the stitches to be tighter, because my other sweater's stitches felt too loose (it was size 11's, I think). My mom probably wouldn't wear it if it was like that.

Ok, back to finishing up the sweater. Hopefuly FO pics will be posted today!  ;D

I'm still trying to decide what kind of stripes I want my own raglan to have. I love the caron soft colors I have in my stash: grey, electric blue and very pale green, but I keep thinking, "blue and grey..." or "pale green and grey??" It's a hard decision! They all would look great! I think i'm pushing for the latter ones though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 04, 2007 12:25:53 PM
You are a crazy kitting fiend! Way to go!!! can't wait to see your images! you ROCK girl!!!
Show us your colours for the next one and let us help?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 04, 2007 01:24:42 PM
After watching the History Channel and knitting.... I have ONE more sleeve left! yay! Pray that I have enough yarn... it's very very scary looking. I may not have enough.

here are the skeins of yarn I was talking about:


 :) What do you think? I love them all!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on March 04, 2007 07:19:34 PM
I vote for blue and gray.  Actually, I just bought a skein of the gray today to play around with.   :) It's got a terrific soft sheen in person. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 04, 2007 08:49:12 PM
Yummy, I vote blue and gray :D a little more traditional


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 04, 2007 08:50:04 PM
I kind of like the blue and green, personally


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: juliesnider on March 05, 2007 09:58:27 AM
I kinda like green and grey, but I love green anything!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 05, 2007 09:14:29 PM
Hey everyone,
I drew up my idea for my own raglan. I'm kind of pusing for the green and grey. However, i'll probably use the blue and grey too, later on. :)



Someone brought to my attention that the "sidenote" in the instructions about increased stitches, is confusing. I agree. I want to let you all know that you should disregard it. I took it out, and hopefully made Row #3's instructions simpler. Check out the revised instructions. I even added in abbreviations before the instructions.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 06, 2007 07:50:49 AM
hey -- I've seen that sweater somewhere recently... interweave?  knit scene?  seriously... does anyone know where?  I swear, it was just like that, with the buttons on one shoulder...

this is gonna drive me crazy


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 09:11:48 AM
Yeah, that left shoulder button thing was somewhere, but I can't remember where. I don't own any knitting magazines, so it couldn't have been from there...unless a lot of people have done this before.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: juliesnider on March 06, 2007 09:20:41 AM
It was here  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146555.60 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146555.60)  I LOVE it and was also going to try to make one similar.  Not quite sure how...  but I'm going to try.  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 09:23:12 AM
Yeah, I've never seen that sweater.  :-[

Oh! I know where,... here: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/images/norodone_thumb.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/%3Fpage_id%3D397&h=225&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&sig2=1pHg5EyJcIba9rN5Yfiz1A&start=257&tbnid=uxkO1m6eY127DM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=116&ei=v6PtRYGdFYGeiQGhmNDDCw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Draglan%2Bsweater%26start%3D240%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
    * look on the sidebar for it.
There is even a free pattern!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Ms. Diva on March 06, 2007 09:30:32 AM
I like the blue - I love simply soft - all of my one skein wonders are made with it!! (just a sidenote!) Anyway my new years resolution was to make a sweater and so this is perfect!! I am casting on TODAY!! Yea, who needs to finish before they start something new?!?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 10:12:28 AM
Exactly  ;D  All the UFO's will get finished someday... that's the important thing, right? lol.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 06, 2007 10:44:15 AM
Yeah, I've never seen that sweater.  :-[

Oh! I know where,... here: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/images/norodone_thumb.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/%3Fpage_id%3D397&h=225&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&sig2=1pHg5EyJcIba9rN5Yfiz1A&start=257&tbnid=uxkO1m6eY127DM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=116&ei=v6PtRYGdFYGeiQGhmNDDCw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Draglan%2Bsweater%26start%3D240%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
    * look on the sidebar for it.
There is even a free pattern!


<sigh of relief> yeaaaaaah, *that's* the one I was thinking of!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 12:47:13 PM
OK, so even though I'm really busy today (or should be really busy... studying for 2 exams and writing a paper that's due Thursday), I'm gonna force myself to finish that last sleeve!
Update with a picture later on.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 06, 2007 02:20:44 PM
oh i'm so sad...

last night I was knitting my raglan and then i realized something wasn't right.. my ribbing around the neck was REALLY loose.. so i came on here and look at other people pictures and yup.. mine was not the right gauge... so i took it out and re-did another swatch and this time instead of getting 18 sts.. i only had 14...

so i'm back at square one again...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 04:00:00 PM
Dah Dah Dah Dah!!! I present: My Mom's Sculptor's Song Raglan (b-day gift)!!!


I dont know why the picture makes it look like the cables have little balls on them, or whatever. They are normal and smooth in real life...




I should test it out, right? To my next class?  ;)

Edit: Oh yeah!! I forgot! This was all that was left!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: punkcatknitter on March 06, 2007 04:10:53 PM
That is SO CUTE!!! I was just looking the unfinished pictures yesterday thinking hmmm... and resisting the urge to cast on before I finish my other two top down ones first! Hee. It looks amazing though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 06, 2007 05:06:15 PM
**gasp** knittyknitter!  That is absolutely fantastic!!!! I love it.  Great job!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 06, 2007 06:53:17 PM
Yay!!! :D it looks great!!!
Way to go knittyknitter..... I am inspired!
maybe I should add that cable..... and get those 6mm needles! lol

Sorry to hear that your plans went awry starshine_shroom....... see you later!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 07:31:22 PM
Thanks everyone!  ;D

Just a side note (that you probably have agreed to before hand): DO NOT... i repeat...do not use wool-ease or anything that is kind of scratchy.

I recomment caron/red heart soft, soft kind of yarn. Or, of course, soft cotton.

It's mainly the neck part that is scratchy. Maybe I just have really sensitive skin.  :-\

p.s- i made a thread on "The KAL's Knitting Challenges"... if anyone is interested. This month is  a simple and quick challenge..lace wash cloths (pattern TBA--after everyone has voted on it)  8)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: juliesnider on March 06, 2007 07:46:31 PM
Quote
Yeah, I've never seen that sweater.   

Oh! I know where,... here: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/images/norodone_thumb.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/%3Fpage_id%3D397&h=225&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&sig2=1pHg5EyJcIba9rN5Yfiz1A&start=257&tbnid=uxkO1m6eY127DM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=116&ei=v6PtRYGdFYGeiQGhmNDDCw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Draglan%2Bsweater%26start%3D240%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
    * look on the sidebar for it.
There is even a free pattern!

I actually just bought THAT pattern to help me figure out how to make the OTHER one!  ha ha  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 06, 2007 08:14:34 PM
Okay, so here's what I want to do -- I want to make a u-neck or v-neck raglan with a cable running up the front like knittyknitter's, but that splits around the neckline to be a collar...

how do I do this, top-down... it's the neckline that has me confused.  I think I can do the cabling part...

has anybody done a v-neck or u-neck raglan?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 06, 2007 10:00:45 PM
Yarnhag, I haven't done a V-neck, but i'm guessing this is how it goes:

You are going to have to do the collar ribbing last, if you want a v-neck. To do the v-neck, you have to pretend for a while that you are making something like a cardigan, where you don't connect the front side stitches until you are done with the v part. You will need to increase every other row at the ends, to create the v- shape, I think.

So, you keep the same amount of sleeve and back side stitches from the original patter, and the front will be split and start off with less stitches.

Example for size small: (around) 8 sts,pm,12sts,pm,30sts,pm,(around)8sts. Then on every increased row in the original pattern, you also increase the edges of the V-neck part...until the ends kind of meet, and the stitches of the front match the stitch amount of the back. Then you continue as normal. You'll have to do about 15 increased rows to match the back side amount of stitches.

Of course, my stitch numbers are a guestimate, and you should swatch.

For the cabeling, if I get you correctly, you will have to modify the top of the cable completely. I'm not experienced in that zone, so you'll have to ask someone else. I would suggest you do a plain v-neck raglan first.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 07, 2007 04:57:30 AM
Yeah, that's sort of what I figured I'd have to do.  The cable really doesn't intimidate me at all, just the shaping and fitting of the sweater.  I dont' think I'll get around to this for a while, anyhow... I just did a knitting organization session yesterday and found a few WIP's that need attention before I start anything new....  :-[


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 07, 2007 08:38:56 PM
Here's a progress pic, I think I'm going to add a few more inches before the ribbing. I'm still trying to figure out if this should have long or short sleves, any suggestions?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 07, 2007 08:49:15 PM
Definately short sleeves!  :) Yay! soo pretty!



Btw-- FRICK!! this is exactly why they tell you that you should check that you didn't twist any stitches upon knitting the first few rounds---- grr.... I had to rip the whole thing!! I was so careful in the beginning.. not twisting any stitches while joining. Then, i must have twisted it on the first real row.
Oh well, i tried it on, and it would have been a tiny loose anyways.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 08, 2007 11:20:56 AM
ok guys, i'm planning on trying this out as my first sweater pattern. (of course, now that i've decided to dive in, the weather has turned to 80 degrees...great!) but i have a few questions.

i'm planning on using red heart soft, which i've seen some of you recommend. think i should use size 8's?

also, since i've never done a sweater, i'm really confused about the magic loop technique...do i need to buy 6 circulars - two for each sleeve and two for the body? also, what length circulars do you recommend?

sorry i'm such a n00b at this, but i'm really itching to get started and i want to do it right!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 08, 2007 11:33:52 AM
When making a sweater you should always swatch (its dull and tedious but its better then frogging an almost completed project) Knit up about 16 stitches for 8-16 rows and measure with a ruler how many stitches per inch both ways. If your numbers match the suggestion for the pattern go ahead and use 8's, if not then try a larger or smaller needle. This sweater is knit in the round, no magic look used here. You will need exactly two needles, 1 of whatever size circular needle necessary with a tubing of 24 inches and one of the same size with a tubing of 16, if you can find smaller tubing its even better. When you start knitting you do your first row, then instead of turning your work you knit into the first stitch of the previous row joining the length of knitting into a circle. Then you keep knitting circular following the pattern. You will never need to turn your work or purl stitches when working on the body of the sweater. You may want to pick up a book or check out www.knittinghelp.com (http://www.knittinghelp.com)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 08, 2007 11:39:30 AM
Magic Loop only uses one circular and you could get 1 about 32" long. You can use this on the body (though that part won't need to be MLed) and it will also be okay for the sleeves. If you mean the 2 circular method, then you only need 2 of them to do the sleeves, you only need 1 for the body. You can use stitch holders or scrap yarn to hold the parts you're not working on.

You can use size 8 needles with the RH soft; personally, I don't like using such small needles and would use 10s or bigger. But that's me.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 08, 2007 11:45:19 AM
gosh, i must be really confused! thanks so much for all your help :) i thought that maybe you all used scrap yarn to hold the stitches, but i just wanted to be sure that i bought all that i needed to today.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 08, 2007 03:06:30 PM
Hey yellowblanket! welcome!  :) yeah, if you have 16'' and 24'' circulars, you wont have to use the magic loop at all.

(as a general note to the whole using "scrap yarn" for saving stitches)I'm using "knitpick's options" which is interchangable circular needles. The great thing about it is that you can save stitches on it by taking off the needles, screwing on ends that they give you, and can screw on the needle tips again when you get to it. I got the whole set for x-mas, but i think you can buy this stuff individually.. if you are interested.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Event Horizon on March 08, 2007 06:41:34 PM
knittyknitter, I'm actually doing a version of the pattern u posted but modded to the picture u drew a few pages back :)

are u going to add the part for the buttonhole part on later or all in one go?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 08, 2007 08:07:45 PM
Hey yellowblanket! welcome!  :) yeah, if you have 16'' and 24'' circulars, you wont have to use the magic loop at all.

(as a general note to the whole using "scrap yarn" for saving stitches)I'm using "knitpick's options" which is interchangable circular needles. The great thing about it is that you can save stitches on it by taking off the needles, screwing on ends that they give you, and can screw on the needle tips again when you get to it. I got the whole set for x-mas, but i think you can buy this stuff individually.. if you are interested.

Oh yeah, I don't use scrap yarn at all, it's really hard to slip the stitches on and off it. I use another circ or a stitch holder if there's not too many stitches.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 08, 2007 08:18:39 PM
yeah, i was actually wondering how i would transfer my stitches from the circulars onto another piece of yarn - do most people just thread it through with a needle? i have enough circs so that i think i'll just use those instead...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 08, 2007 09:41:51 PM
Much easier to just slip them on to another needle. Then you can use it for the left needle when you go back to work on them again.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Jodi1978 on March 08, 2007 10:57:07 PM
I only slip stitches on to scrap yarn if I want to try it on.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 08, 2007 11:14:49 PM
knittyknitter, I'm actually doing a version of the pattern u posted but modded to the picture u drew a few pages back :)

are u going to add the part for the buttonhole part on later or all in one go?

Hmm, I don't know yet. If you are talking about the striped sweater's 3 button idea, i think i'm doing that extra stuff after it is made, then sewing it all on.

I'm partway into the increases, and I am planning on using that picture plan as my "scrooge" knitting challenge entry. I'm also adding a few extra things. Wish me luck!  ;D You guys are going to love it.... so I don't wanna post any pics until I post the thread in the knitting challenge section before the end of March!
I can't wait!
The colors are amazing together!! Which ones are they?, you are probably asking... well you'll just find out soon enough.  ;)


As the saving stitches on the thread, which I haven't done yet, It does seem to make sense to use a darning needle with that (LONG) peice of waste thread through all of the stitches, and then secure it by maybe tying the ends together. I use stitch holders, but the sleeve stitches have too many to use those (since they are the smaller ones).


Give me one week, and my sweater should be done, modeled by my friend and ready to be posted to the knitting challenge forum. I have high hopes for this entry!

Count-down now!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 09, 2007 06:50:31 AM
I only slip stitches on to scrap yarn if I want to try it on.

I still just use other needles. Much less time consuming.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 09, 2007 07:14:40 AM
I put held stitches on scrap yarn with a big needle and tie a knot.  I've tried a spare circular, but I don't like having all those dangly clangy metal needles getting it the way.  It really doesn't take much extra time to put the stitches on and off yarn -- and it's so much more comfortable to work with the garment.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 09, 2007 03:59:01 PM
thanks so much for all of your help so far, guys! i'm about half-way through my yoke and am really excited. i can't believe i'm actually knitting a SWEATER! i'm already planning out color combos that i can use for stripes in my second one! :p


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 09, 2007 04:22:56 PM
Give me one week, and my sweater should be done

Oh knittyknitter.. i wish i could knit as fast as you!!!
I was saying last night, how I wish I had 4 arms, then I could be knitting 2 things at once.. or maybe I should teach myself how to knit with my feet.... hmmm....


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 09, 2007 06:27:14 PM
There could be concentration issues with that! ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 11, 2007 09:57:09 PM
making some slow progress, but i'm really proud of what i have so far! i'm currently done with the yoke and about 3 inches into the body part...i decided not to shape the waist because i couldn't understand those optional directions. hopefully doing straight knitting won't be too un-flattering on my body!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 12, 2007 06:12:06 AM
I did a straight body too and just pulled my stitches tighter near the waist. I hope it comes out okay I'm almost to the ribbing for the body part, now I just have to dig up my dpn's.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 12, 2007 05:33:42 PM
I really don't knit thaaaaat fast  ::) Just the average speed.

Update on raglan--
I'm about 5 inches into the main body of the sweater... yay! I tried it on earlier, and it looks great. I was hoping that the ribbing edge would run across my shoulders and collarbone, but obviously, it wants to sit higher than that. Oh well, it looks great though anyways.  :) once again, the colors look amaaaazing together. i would use these colors again for something else. I'll probably have some extra yarn when i'm done. I would say that I have a good few days left with the sweater.
Who says caron simply soft isn't good for sweaters? It feels great, unlike wool-ease (yeah, I know, "duh.")

Anyone else besides Star217 working on the sweater? I can't wait to see more picture action going on here!!  ::)  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 13, 2007 05:55:21 PM
Almost 8 inches through the main body..... :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 13, 2007 09:38:16 PM
just finished my body section! sleeves now...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 13, 2007 10:44:35 PM
okie...body's done, but before i start on the sleeves, i want to make sure i get the instructions:

"Pick up and knit 1 (2, 2, 3) stitches under the arm, place marker, pick up and knit 1 (1, 2, 2) stitches, and join for knitting in the round."

Are these the two stiches (i'm making the smallest size) that i cast on when i started on the body piece? So i pick them up and knit em and put the marker in between? Why would i need to join them to knit in the round? won't they already be in a round?

"Decrease round: k1, ssk, knit around to 3 stitches before marker, k2tog, k1."

Do i immediately start this at the very first round on the sleeve?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 14, 2007 10:05:00 AM
Hmmm, I actually picked up more along the sleeve line. I wanted to close the gap in more. You can modify that part of the pattern if you want, as long as you do the same for the other sleeve. And yeah, those stitches are taken from the cast-on edge where you saved those sleeve stitches.

For my first raglan, I didn't decrease any stitches, because I didn't want the sleeves tight, but i'm guessing that you probably start decreasing right away.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 16, 2007 09:41:59 AM
OK, Im back. Im going to jump back on this raglan horse and hope it works better than last time  ::)  I have my yarn and cast on last night. Question, I wanted to make more of a boat neck, not falling off my shoulders but not as neck choking tight as my last attempt, so obviously I cast on more stitches, so, since i only need a small, but cast on the neck stitches for a large, do I just decrease before move onto the yoke part? And would I decrease, like, every 20 stitches -knit 20, k2tog, knit 20.. and so on? Sorry for the billion questions but I really want this attempt to work out  ;D
thanks!
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 16, 2007 11:04:36 AM
Questions are great  ;D
I actually did a boat neck (that was kind of supposed to be off the shoulders a little bit, but I don't know if that will happen once its done), and what I did was cast on about 165 stitches (for like a small-medium shirt.. on size 8 us circ's & simply soft) and divided it as thus: 50-32-50-32. For increasing, I didn't increase every other round. I increased after two knit rounds, so that there wouldn't be as much increasing, and it would adjust back to a smallish size again.

I hope that helps.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 20, 2007 03:49:38 PM
i frogged mine last night... I got to the first part when you try it on and  it fit me but I didn't like the way the collar looked.. so bye bye


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 20, 2007 03:57:52 PM
Wow! well, that's the way it works sometimes right!
Waht are you going to do with the yarn? Are you going to try the top-down with a different yarn?  :o


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 20, 2007 04:02:39 PM
I'm trying with the custome raglan but I think I might just put it to the side for a bit and work on other stuff.. it's just giving me so much trouble that maybe a break will be good for the yarn and me:)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Lautitia on March 22, 2007 01:04:49 AM
Hello all! I hope I can still join this great knitalong? :)

I started this sweater yesterday and am almost done with the increases now... I'm making the sweater for my boyfriend out of Rowanspun Aran, which I don't think needs any embellishment since the yarn is interesting enough on its own. I tried it on him yesterday to see when I need to stop doing the increases and he (nor I) wasn't happy with the collar though. To quote him, he said it made him look like Robin Hood. :P So I'll probably have to knit the collar part again, after I'm done with the increases.

Otherwise the pattern is nice, it's very versatile and I was thinking of doing one for myself after this one! I've done bottom-up sweaters before and find this way a bit better, because I can secure the fit right away.

(my first post, yay!)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 22, 2007 09:09:34 AM
Hey everyone,
if you guys are dissatisfied with the look of the collar, why not do this, as a wider collar (almost like a boatneck):
-Start of with more stitches, for example: 50-32-50-32=164 (medium)
-Knit about an inch or less of a ribbed (or whatever) collar
-Then, Increase as thus: *increase round, knit next round, knit next round* for about 4 1/2 inches or so, until you have enough stitches to fit right. However, you can easily adjust the starting stitches to make it fit right.

I think the wide collar is throwing people off. Just remember that this is a generic pattern (in the first posting with the pattern) and you can adjust it to fit any sort of need you have.  ;D

Happy knitting!

p.s- i'll have an update on my finished sweater soon!! It's gonna be great!  :D

EDIT: I added the boatneck tips with the original pattern, for anyone who wants the full version. It's basically the same thing, though, as what I just said.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 24, 2007 01:33:16 PM
Hey guys,
I am sooooo close to being done my attempt at a new sweater. Im having some serious issues with the binding off tho, so any help would be oh so appreciated. Im doing a 3x2 rib and Im not sure how to bind off in pattern. any help?advice? and there will be pics soon!  :D
Thanks so much,
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 24, 2007 02:34:01 PM
The BO itself isn't any different in ribbing than regular knit - you still lift the first st over the 2nd st on the right needle. So for k3,p2... k2, pass the first stitch over the 2nd, k1, pass stitch over, p1, pass stitch over, p1, pass stitch over, k1, pass stitch over, etch... you just do it one stitch at a time.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 25, 2007 06:39:12 PM
I'm finished!!!! I didn't have the pattern so I winged it with the sleves. I'll post pics as soon as its done blocking.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 25, 2007 09:47:20 PM
yay! i'm done too! I was going to add a few buttons, but now i dont know....


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 26, 2007 05:50:18 PM
I'll take pictures of it on me tomorrow.

More pics on my blog... 
http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com (http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com)



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 26, 2007 07:02:05 PM
Knittyknitter, yours looks great! I'd post a pic of mine, but I'd rather post a pic of it in its completion.... only one more sleeve left! And I just wanted to thank soozeq for the bind off help. Thanks!
-Marie

Edit:
Ok... changed my mind, I guess Im getting impatient.. I need to study and sleep and I cant knit anymore this night, so here is attempt #2, almost done:





Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 26, 2007 07:50:51 PM
Wow-- it looks great!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on March 26, 2007 09:08:55 PM
Just_A_Girl that looks awesome! Who says that red heart isn't great for sweaters!!! :D
can't wait to see it done!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 26, 2007 10:57:57 PM
omg-- how many inches per stripe? 2? Our stripes look the same!! ha ha ha.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 27, 2007 06:45:35 AM
Haha, thanks! Its actually Bernat super saver tho, MUCH softer than Red  Heart  ;) and cheaper, as a student my favorite  ;D  KnittyKnitter, I did 10 rounds per stripe. I was going to make them longer, but after my first stripe, 10 just looked right. Thanks for the compliments.
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 27, 2007 07:54:51 PM
Hey all! I just posted my raglan in the knitting challenge, as planned. Now you can see it!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160510.msg1617956#msg1617956 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160510.msg1617956#msg1617956)



I love it!

More where that came from here:
www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com (http://www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com)

Oh, and I posted 3 patterns of mine on my blog last night.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on March 28, 2007 08:23:48 AM
looks great knittyknitter!!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: DivaHeather on March 28, 2007 09:27:29 PM
Hmmm, I just might have to jump in and try this....I've done one sweater before and it came out awful mainly because sewing in the sleeves was a major pain in the ass  >:( so no sewing sleeves....Me likey! ;D

Question to Just a girl.....(first of all... well done! sweater looks great!) Did you do the regular neckline or the boat neck? and did you do the waist shaping? (I saw the pics of you wearing in the completed forum and it fits nicely) and also are the colors blue and brown or is it blue and gray?

thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Star217 on March 29, 2007 07:25:56 AM
I'm wearing mine right now in the office, it's a bit casual but I'm so proud of it that I had to take it for a spin.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 29, 2007 12:30:31 PM
DivaHeather,
I didnt do the boat neck as posted by knittyknitter, because I had asked about it, and then as soon as I asked about how to do it I got impatient and just started it right away  ::) So, I cast on 92 (or 96) stitches, knit like that for however many rounds and just before I was done the collar, I decreased back to 84 stitches for the size small. Important to note tho - at first I was upset about my sweater because as I was trying it on to see the fit, the neck looked stupid and not quite boat-y. It wasn't until I started knitting the sleeves and tried it on that the neck actually kinda stretches out properly, with the tension of the sleeves pulling on it, rather than before it was just kinda bunchy and sticking up. But it does work out. I hope all that rambling made sense. I also did the waist shaping with definitely made the sweater much more attractive, rather than just a boxy kinda lump thing  :)   
Thanks for the compliments tho, and I hope this helps.
Oh and BTW, it is brown and blue.


-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 29, 2007 01:07:45 PM
I also did the waist shaping with definitely made the sweater much more attractive, rather than just a boxy kinda lump thing  :)   

ugh, i didn't do the waist shaping on mine because i couldn't understand the directions. of course, it's turned out just like you said: boxy and lumpy. WELL POOP! i think i'm just going to finish it off though. for a first sweater attempt, not SO bad, right?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: quikroxy85 on March 29, 2007 01:20:51 PM
Just a girl,

I have a quick question. When you decreased for the waist shaping, how many did you decrease to?

Thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 29, 2007 09:58:27 PM
Star217, do you have a pic? I really wanna see it!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on March 30, 2007 08:38:06 AM
Yellowblanket, Im sure its fine, and to be honest if you look back trhough the history of this KAL my first attempt, not so great  ;) But the second time around was MUCH better, Im sure yours is fine. Like knittyknitter said, post a pic! We'd love to see it.
Quickroxy, Im not sure how many sttiches were left after I decreased, but I was doing size small, and I decreased like the pattern said about 5 or 6 times every 5 rows. I just kept trying it on until I was happy. I think thats the best way to do it because you're doing it to fit your body. Hope that helps,
-Marie


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on March 30, 2007 10:42:12 AM
i will definitely post pictures as soon as i'm done :) i haven't worked on it for around 2 weeks though! i just need to do the sleeves, so i really should just suck it up and finish it...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 30, 2007 11:05:58 AM
So, ok, I have to admit that I was totally bummed that I didn't do the extra things i was originally planning on doing, to my sweater. This was because of the ribbing on the bottom, and the sleeves, which hindered the type of movement I needed to add these "extras." I realize I am being very vague.... because i'm wondering if I should just flat out tell you about these extras, or should just surprise you. However, I will say that I plan on making another summery sweater with those things, and it will be a roll-edge type of thing.
However, I hate keeping secrets, nor do I like being kept from secrets... so if you rather me just tell you... i can.

Lol. as I keep talking, i feel like the above is ramble-ish and stupid. heh. I think i should find some good cotton yarn for this next sweater. Does anyone know of some good cheap cotton yarn, preferably medium-weight??? I'm pretty poor, too, as a college student, so I would appreciate if you could help me out. I'm really sick of working with just acyrillics.

EDIT: oh, I already know of knitpicks.com. I'm kind of wondering if you know of any other sites with really cheap cottony yarn...
Thanks.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: DivaHeather on March 30, 2007 07:21:00 PM
knittyknitter......for cheap cotton yarn....I've got alot of great, cheap stuff off of elann.com......their sonata collection is a mercenized cotton and I've used it before and was very happy with it.
Just a though!
 :)
Heather


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 31, 2007 12:35:18 PM
Thanks for the tip, DivaHeather! I'll go check it out! :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: thread hates me on March 31, 2007 01:24:59 PM
Hi all! This is gonna be my very first sweater! I've avoided making one for almost 2 years mostly because i curl up into a little ball on the floor like an armadillo at the thought of seaming, so this is a perfect pattern.
I'm using Caron's Simply Soft (i think someone else is too...?) and im hoping ::crosses fingers:: i can get my camera working soon so i can post links to pics once ive made progress.
Hannah<3


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 31, 2007 03:31:11 PM
Yay! Welcome onboard!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: dawnfeatures on March 31, 2007 05:15:11 PM
Hmm, I really want to do this, but don't have the right needles, and am too skint to buy them at the moment. Damn it! I'm pretty rubbish - is there no way I can do this on straight needles, or will I have to wait until I finally have money?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on March 31, 2007 05:38:41 PM
For a one piece, no seams raglan, you need circulars. :(  There's some patterns around for raglan sweaters made in separate pieces done on straight needles, but I don't happen to have any links, sorry.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 31, 2007 06:39:58 PM
Hmm, i agree with Soozeq. However, if you want to make a raglan cardigan instead, there are a couple of patterns i know of. There isn't any sewing for that. But... you will need the straights that have the wire at the ends, I think... because no real pair of straights can hold about 130ish stitches with worsted weight easily. You can try it though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on March 31, 2007 07:05:17 PM
Hmm, I really want to do this, but don't have the right needles, and am too skint to buy them at the moment. Damn it! I'm pretty rubbish - is there no way I can do this on straight needles, or will I have to wait until I finally have money?
You'll only really need one needle to do the body -- you can do the sleeves on your straights if need be (you'll probably have to knit them separately from the cuff up and graft them on aftwards) if you don't have dpn's.  You don't need an expensive needle -- I bought my 24 inch circulars for about four Canadian dollars each, taxes included.  Circulars are definitely worth the investment, IMHO.... you could always try thrift stores, or try to borrow from someone, too.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 31, 2007 07:26:38 PM
ha ha ha. i should stop coming on so much.

yesss--- you should invest in some sort of circular needle in the size you need. I use mine soo much. Plus, no sewing (for this pattern)!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittastic09 on April 01, 2007 10:13:13 AM
can i join?! i am planning on going to micheal's today to look at yarn. i am taking all of your suggestions and going to use Bernat or Red Heart! i've made a few other sweaters, but never a raglan! i am very excited!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 01, 2007 10:20:40 PM
awesomeness! welcome Knittastic09!   :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on April 02, 2007 01:20:16 AM
All right, I'm back in.  I'm doing ItsAGirl's version, but solid.  ;D I tried with Bernat Super Value, but the stiffness of the fabric got to my hands for a while. So I started over with some overdyed Woolease (http://redcrochet.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/while-i-took-a-break-from-my-dissertation/). It's going much easier now.  Yay, Kool-Aid! 



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: MindyMoo on April 02, 2007 01:30:21 AM
Hi

I think I might join in too....all the way over here in the UK...okay worsted means DK for me I think so I shall check out the wool today.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittastic09 on April 02, 2007 06:46:59 AM
last night i cast on and have gotten about half way through the increase rows! i didn't want to stop! i am using Red Heart Soft in a minty green and a chocolate brown. i had never seen red heart soft before but i like it! i got four skeins for $2.99 each, so this sweater has only cost me about $12! woot! its lovely and i will try to post some progress pics.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: quikroxy85 on April 02, 2007 07:19:44 AM
i have been following this KAL, but have not yet joined (I will when I finish a few other things), but let me just say red heart soft is DIVINE!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 02, 2007 10:28:29 AM
lol. I love red heart soft! My first sweater's yarn was that. You get so much bang for your buck!

I totally agree that top-downs are addicting... especially when you are doing the increases. You can see it grow so quickly.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on April 02, 2007 03:34:05 PM
Here's my first knitting picture post ever!  Not much yet, but I'm proud. 



After several aborted attempts with different yarns, this is going very well, and surprisingly quickly.  Love stockinette in the round--not having to purl whole rows. ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on April 02, 2007 03:43:20 PM
Rina I love that colour! I cant wait to see the whole thing when you're done! First knitted garments are always so exciting  :D Sounds dorky but true.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: funkyflower on April 03, 2007 02:25:07 AM
Hi

I think I might join in too....all the way over here in the UK...okay worsted means DK for me I think so I shall check out the wool today.

do use dk, if you've found it the best for you, but technically, aran weight is medium worsted weight ;)


Oh hellllooo everyone! I've just asked a question in discussion about hoods as I shall be purchasing some yarn ready for my first knitted sweater :D :D :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 03, 2007 11:42:45 AM
I've started this sweater too and it's my first one ever! The colours are maybe a bit too bold together but I like it.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on April 03, 2007 12:08:26 PM
I love the colors! 

I'm getting closer to the armpit, getting scared.  With crocheted raglan sweaters, this is where I always get tripped up.  Hopefully this sweater will be more forgiving. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 03, 2007 12:32:43 PM
ooo..."me like colors!" lol. What kind of yarn are you using, Squeaky_kleen?

Aw, don't get scared. All you have to do when you get to the sleeves is pick up a few stitches, decrease a few rounds (or you don't really have to decrease...) and knit in the round! Then presto-chango! you've got yourself an awesome sweater!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 03, 2007 12:44:37 PM
I'm using Bernat Super Value. $10 Canadian for a whole sweater is such a good deal!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on April 03, 2007 01:50:08 PM
wow i really do love those colors!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 03, 2007 02:18:57 PM
Is the supersaver coarse, like red heart?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on April 03, 2007 02:54:31 PM
be nice to my friend Red Heart!   ;)

yeah, it's rough... but only till you wash it!  Washed red heart and "new" red heart are completely different yarns.  I've made sweaters before that I absolutely dispised the fit of when I first tried them on, but I've since learned to throw them in the washer and dryer and they soften up and relax and then they're great.  Still not a classy yarn, but not so bad as you might think at first.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 03, 2007 03:29:04 PM
Super Value is pretty rough but it's a bit softer than Red Heart. It's my first time using it so I don't know how it turns out when it's washed.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 03, 2007 04:47:46 PM
hmmm. Yarnhag, do you specifically have to use fabric softener?? Because I made a pair of socks out of redheart, and it still is pretty rough. (My laundry detergent has a little softener in it... but I didn't add any extra.)   


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittastic09 on April 03, 2007 05:27:42 PM
here's my progress so far! how exciting!



i really like the colors, it reminds me of mint chocolate chip icecream! yum! its kinda fuzzy, but it looks kinda cool. i love it so far!

P.S. squeaky_kleen i LOVE LOVE LOVE your avitar! conan is my favorite person in the world!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on April 03, 2007 05:50:20 PM
hmmm. Yarnhag, do you specifically have to you fabric softener?? Because I made a pair of socks out of redheart, and it still is pretty rough. (My laundry detergent has a little softener in it... but I didn't add any extra.)   ???

yeah.  I use fabric softener.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on April 03, 2007 06:30:58 PM
Are you guys using the super saver with the "new improved softness"? I found it sooooooo much softer than Red Heart. That stuff is good for some knitted things, but I tried knitting a top with it once and it scratched more than my rats. Washing with a fabric softener definitely helps more though, but I find my sweater (made with super saver) pretty wearable and not scratchy  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: lyler523 on April 03, 2007 07:20:22 PM
has anyone tried the red heart soft yarn?  i'm thinking i may wanna try it for this but wanted some feedback on yarn choice, having never used if before.  the yarn feels really really soft.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 03, 2007 07:26:43 PM
yup. Here's a pic of what my sweater with red heart softlooked like:



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: lyler523 on April 03, 2007 07:38:34 PM
is it as soft as it feels in the skein?  what size needles did you use? 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 03, 2007 08:17:52 PM
Yeah, I'm using Super Saver with improved softness so hopefully my sweater will be wearable. I know that it's softer than Red Heart but I'm not sure how much because I've never used that. And knittastic09, I love the colours of your sweater! And Conan rocks!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 03, 2007 09:31:02 PM
yeah, it's really soft. I used size 11's.

excuse me... red heart "soft" I meant.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on April 04, 2007 12:34:48 AM
knittastic09, I love the colors! 

Knittyknitter, How does the Red Heart Soft wear?  I crocheted a sweater with it, and it looked great at first but then I noticed that the yarn is plastic, not elastic--that is, when I stretched it out of shape it stayed that way. 

I'm about to divide the sleeves and body.  Don't know how to do the knit cast on, *gulp* but I guess I'll learn! 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 04, 2007 06:47:20 AM
With most acrylics, if they get stretched out, a trip through the washer and dryer puts 'em back into shape. At least with knits, I don't know if crochet behaves the same way.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: MissKnits on April 04, 2007 07:06:59 AM
All your sweaters look awesome!

Now here is a question... i knit a top down cardigan using the same technique you did (i knit it on circular needles but when i got to the front center i just turned around and purled back). i ran into some issues with the armpits though. i have a couple gaping holes in the armpits were i connected the front and back of the sweater. did anyone else run into this issue? if not how did you avoid it?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 04, 2007 07:43:05 AM
That will sometimes happen. I'll pick up a couple extra stitches when I start working on the sleeves, and/or use the tail (of the yarn I make the sleeves with) to close up the gap when finished.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on April 04, 2007 07:45:06 AM
Missknits, did you pick up one or two stitches at the armpit? That is the best way to avoid the gaping hole. I found I had to pick up 3 stitches and not 1, like the pattern said, you may find the same. knittinghelp.com has great vids to sow you how to pick up stitches if you're not sure how too. Hope that helps  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: lyler523 on April 04, 2007 08:13:15 AM
yeah, it's really soft. I used size 11's.

excuse me... red heart "soft" I meant.

awesome!  that stuff is inexpensive (cheap) but i don't want it to "feel" inexpensive (cheap) LOL


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: MissKnits on April 04, 2007 08:22:21 AM
Missknits, did you pick up one or two stitches at the armpit? That is the best way to avoid the gaping hole. I found I had to pick up 3 stitches and not 1, like the pattern said, you may find the same. knittinghelp.com has great vids to sow you how to pick up stitches if you're not sure how too. Hope that helps  :)

you know what, i didn't even pick up stitches. once i got to the armpit i just skipped over the arm stitches and kept knitting. so you picked up stitches on either side of where the stitch markers are?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Just_A_Girl on April 04, 2007 09:27:00 AM

[/quote]you know what, i didn't even pick up stitches. once i got to the armpit i just skipped over the arm stitches and kept knitting. so you picked up stitches on either side of where the stitch markers are?
[/quote]

You can, and I suppose most would recommend that, but I just saw a big gap once I put the stitches on the needle and just picked up a couple so the gap would disappear. Does that make sense? Hopefully Im not confusing you.  :-\ 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 04, 2007 09:56:46 AM
Missknits, did you pick up one or two stitches at the armpit? That is the best way to avoid the gaping hole. I found I had to pick up 3 stitches and not 1, like the pattern said, you may find the same. knittinghelp.com has great vids to sow you how to pick up stitches if you're not sure how too. Hope that helps  :)

you know what, i didn't even pick up stitches. once i got to the armpit i just skipped over the arm stitches and kept knitting. so you picked up stitches on either side of where the stitch markers are?

When you work the sleeves you pick up stitches from the body you've already knit.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 05, 2007 09:53:48 AM
My sweater has now taken a turn for the worse. Well, it fits well but it looks weird when it's off, although I supposed that doesn't really matter, right? Anyway, so it was really big at the top so I decreased like crazy and it fits ok now but it just looks really crooked. I should have just ripped it and started a small but I couldn't be bothered. Hopefully it will turn out ok.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: starshine_shroom on April 05, 2007 02:32:43 PM
squeaky_kleen.. sorry to hear things are going bad... how much have you knitted of the sweater??


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 05, 2007 03:12:38 PM
I've reached my waist so I'm just about to start the increasing for the hips. My sweater is going to look crazy weird by the time I'm done with it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: thread hates me on April 07, 2007 02:55:58 PM
alright, so I did the boatneck, got somewhat through the increasing and decided to try it on, just to get some idea of where I was.

0.0 It was practically falling off my shoulders. At first I thought, all right, so it'll be an off the shoulder instead of a boatneck. That's okay, that's sexy Then, I took another look at the pattern, (after, of course, knitting another 3 1/2inches) and realized to my horror that the numbers given in the boatneck pattern for the cast on were for the size medium. I'm a pretty small person (even the small was going to have a little extra room) and im not sure what, if anything, i can do to fix this so it's not hanging off me. It doesn't help that im knitting looser then i should beand expect to end up at the higher end of the finished measurements.
 thx for putting up with me if someone's already made this mistake and asked about it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: lyler523 on April 07, 2007 03:13:06 PM
I'm a pretty small person (even the small was going to have a little extra room) and im not sure what, if anything, i can do to fix this so it's not hanging off me. It doesn't help that im knitting looser then i should beand expect to end up at the higher end of the finished measurements.
 thx for putting up with me if someone's already made this mistake and asked about it.

this person had the same problem and she explains how she fixed it on her blog http://anothershopgirl.blogspot.com/2007/03/fo-twiggy-tunic.html (http://anothershopgirl.blogspot.com/2007/03/fo-twiggy-tunic.html) maybe you could do the same thing?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on April 07, 2007 04:02:30 PM
here's some progress pics of mine:



and on:



i'm a bit unsatisfied with it because i didn't do the waist shaping and now it's kind of like a big glob :/

also - will throwing the sweater in the wash after it's done (it's acrylic) get rid of that rolling that seems to be happening at the neck?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 07, 2007 07:28:51 PM
Hmm, I think in general, you did too many increases for the arms, so in turn, it made your sweater unneccesarily large. I guess since you are done, the only thing you can do is trying to shrink the heck out of it in the dryer. My purple sweater was made out of acryrillic, and I swear--it feels smaller after I washed it.  Then, maybe it will fit a lot better.  :-\  You can see in the top pic that the increase slant is really long, which was the culbrit. However, it doesn't look bad on you. It actually looks really nice. The slouch of the fabric looks really comfy.  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 07, 2007 07:32:38 PM
alright, so I did the boatneck, got somewhat through the increasing and decided to try it on, just to get some idea of where I was.

0.0 It was practically falling off my shoulders. At first I thought, all right, so it'll be an off the shoulder instead of a boatneck. That's okay, that's sexy Then, I took another look at the pattern, (after, of course, knitting another 3 1/2inches) and realized to my horror that the numbers given in the boatneck pattern for the cast on were for the size medium. I'm a pretty small person (even the small was going to have a little extra room) and im not sure what, if anything, i can do to fix this so it's not hanging off me. It doesn't help that im knitting looser then i should beand expect to end up at the higher end of the finished measurements.
 thx for putting up with me if someone's already made this mistake and asked about it.

Yeah, I wrote "medium" for it, since that's what I did. Sorry for the confusion... i'm not a small size, so I didn't want to write down instructions for a size small when I wasn't sure if it would fit you guys.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 07, 2007 07:38:18 PM
Everyone...please please please please keep in mind that this is a "generic" pattern. There is no true "small" or "medium" in real life. Sometimes, you have to make some modifications, so that it fits you like a glove... or slouchier, if you like.

I went back and highlited the "medium" so that there will hopefully be no more tragedies...

Apparently, there has been a few problems about too much increasing for their size, so I suggest that you get a second circular needle, put half of the stitches on it to try it on when you get 3/4 of the increasing done... that way, you know if you're going to need to stop increasing earlier!  ;)

"That is all she wrote."


~Happy Easter!~


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 07, 2007 08:55:35 PM
That's right, top downs generally start with the same number of stitches cast on. The sizing occurs when it's right for you, not some set number of increase rows. That's why they're so versatile, you use the gauge for your yarn and needles and customize them to fit whomever you're making them for - from baby to large male.   :P

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: rina on April 08, 2007 12:27:56 AM
After a bit of frogging and re-knitting I'm about 4 inches below the armpit.   :) Had to slow down because apparently my hands don't like a lot of knitting.  I'm kind of winging it with the decreases.  I thought I was doing every 5th row, but I was counting my rows wrong and wound up with every 4th.  Oops.  But the fit looks okay, thank god no frogging.  Also hope the neckline lays a little flatter once I add the sleeves. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: mlcrays on April 08, 2007 02:26:13 AM
I'm in!  I started tonight.  This is my third attempt at a sweater.  The other two are UFOs.  I will post a progress shot tomorrow.  I am using simply soft in gray and purple, because that is what I had in my stash.  I am already thinking about my next raglan.
I have two skeins of an orange yarn and I want to know what other color would you guys recommend?  I was thinking black because its what I have in my stash already, but that would look to halloweenish.
I don't know, please can you guys give me color recommendations.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 08, 2007 06:50:37 AM
Orange is hard to match, but some turquoises look good with it. Certain greens too.

sue

ETA - sometimes pink works with orange...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 08, 2007 08:59:02 AM
oooo.... during the fall we should all do orange and black raglans.... nice idea!

I think black and purple would look nice.  :)



~Happy Easter~


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on April 08, 2007 11:02:55 AM
YAY halloween raglans! that sounds fun! Orange looks good with a gold as well..... almost tone on tone depending on the colour you find, and the brand of yarn! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on April 08, 2007 12:53:29 PM
oh my gosh...a raglan knit-a-long with pre-determined colors would be SO MUCH FUN! what if we did a different color every month?!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: soozeq on April 08, 2007 01:25:05 PM
Another forum did a green KAL for March - spring, St Pat's day....
They're doing April Showers this month - things you'd use in the bath or shower.

sue


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 08, 2007 02:18:25 PM
cool. we could do it!  :)

What do ya'll think? Pastels for spring?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yellowblanket on April 08, 2007 02:47:01 PM
pastels sound cute!

i just finished the first sleeve on my first raglan...one down, one to go!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 08, 2007 02:48:55 PM
yay! that is soo exciting! I don't know if i'm the only one, but I get second sleeve syndrome, just like socks. lol.

Do we need to settle on a single color, or just "pastels" in general? What do you all think?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 08, 2007 07:49:02 PM
After a lot of frogging (and I really do mean a LOT) I have finished the body of my sweater and it actually fits ok considering that I increased way too much before joining for the armpits. I have a bad feeling that I'm going to run out of the dark blue yarn so I'm going to have to make a trip to Zellers and stock up. Anyway, here's a picture.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittastic09 on April 08, 2007 08:45:01 PM
your sweater looks great squeaky_kleen! i love the colors! oh zellers, my grandparents are canadian, so zellers reminds me of them. haha!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: yarnhag on April 08, 2007 08:50:14 PM
I couldn't stand it any longer -- all these great sweaters have been making me absolutely itchy to knit a top-down raglan... and since I'm currently rather rotund, I knit for my sweet pea.  It's a summer top, since anything long sleeved would have to be a guessing game as to sizes for next winter. 

I made a couple alterations, including leaving the back open for buttons (ease of putting on/taking off).  I used seed stitch instead of ribbing, didn't decrease the sleeves at all (since they're short), and added a contrasting band around the chest. The bottom frilly bits are crocheted.  I love it.  I want one for me, too!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 08, 2007 09:15:14 PM
Thanks knittastic09. I love Zellers for cheap yarn! And yarnhag, I love your little sweater - it's just so cute and mini.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: DivaHeather on April 08, 2007 09:30:28 PM
well I've got about 4 different projects I'm working on right now (I swear I have knitting ADD! ;), but I hope to start my in the next 2 weeks....I was thinking of doing pink and black (I also love the colors Just_a_girl picked and might have to copy those also! )

;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Laural on April 08, 2007 09:51:38 PM
Ok I want to start this but I have a question. There is yardage listed but not sizes so are the sizes small, medium, large, x-large?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 08, 2007 11:18:48 PM
yup.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 08, 2007 11:20:05 PM
Yarnhag-- your raglan looks amazing!!!! great job! I love the additions!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 09, 2007 12:25:06 AM
Ok, I know i've said this before, but the original pattern has gone through another transformation. Go back to the first page, and see if it is now easier to read.  ;D I even included two pictures of a normal neck, and a boatneck, for future reference!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: DM7DragonFyre on April 09, 2007 06:09:39 AM
I've started working on thsi too! Except I am using some modifications to make a deep V-neck, much like in the Simple Knit Bodice.

I'm doing stripes in Simply Soft, black and purple... Im totally loving it so far :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 09, 2007 11:29:44 AM
Ooooooh, black and purple stripes sounds great! I think a pastel KAL would be cool but I have to go back to school soon so I don't know if I could do it (and craftster is blocked there which sucks beyond belief). I'm halfway down the first sleeve so hopefully I'll be finished by the end of the week and I can post pics before I go back.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 09, 2007 12:06:59 PM
omg--- that totally sucks. How could they block this site? Maybe a library would let you go onto craftster.

Wow-- everyone seems to like black and purple. What about black and blue?? Black and green? Black and pink??


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on April 09, 2007 12:12:36 PM
I think this is a resounding "YAY BLACK" LOL :D
So I guess that could be the unifier.................everyone uses black and the colour of their choice..... that way you still have a theme but, you can have a total diverse finish....
:D yay!
Guess I better get on this too..... my pink didn't pan out, so I may have to use up some stash for this.... I would be Black and Blue! :D lol
So are you going to make another knittyknitter? I totally think that I will have to do an orange and black one in the fall! LOL  


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 09, 2007 12:46:55 PM
One word: awesomeness  ;D

I can't make one this month... sorry. I have 3 tanktops ideas that I really want to make.

Let's make this themed knit-along go from April-May (since it's spring during both months).

Here, I'll make the official announcement:

April-May Striped Top-Down Raglan:
1. Use Black as one of the colors
2. Use any sort of "pastelish to popping bright" color that one might find as maybe "springish"
(really any sort of color, but not in a dark shade)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: squeaky_kleen on April 09, 2007 02:22:59 PM
They just block all forums, blogs and anything else they deem inappropriate for us! It's really annoying but I see why they do it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: DM7DragonFyre on April 09, 2007 02:45:47 PM
yeah... actually I just looooove black paired with any bright color. Red, pink, green, you name it.

Its coming along great :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along (free easy pattern included)
Post by: punkcatknitter on April 09, 2007 04:22:15 PM
Oooh, I'm probably in, if I can find what I need in my stash. I'm in love with top downs b/c they whip up so fast! (not to mention I despise seaming)

Hmm... I have some black Classic Elite 20% wool, 80% cotton that I need to use up... I'll have to see what's left over of my cotton ease when I finish the tank I'm making. That would make me black and bright turquoise.... :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Raglan Sweater-Along
Post by: editorgrrl on April 09, 2007 04:55:21 PM
Webs (the yarn store in Northampton, Massachusetts) has a radio show/podcast called Ready, Set, Knit! http://yarn.com/s/podcast.html (http://yarn.com/s/podcast.html). They're doing a knitalong for this top-down raglan pullover, the Deep Breath Sweater: http://img.yarn.com/pdf/155DeepBreathSweater.pdf (http://img.yarn.com/pdf/155DeepBreathSweater.pdf) (PDF).

You stop & do the sleeves before the rest of the body, which I'd never seen before. And I find I'm really enjoying being "talked through" the process.


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: bijou_raoul on April 09, 2007 07:32:53 PM
I'm finally going to make this! I have some boring, beige yarn that I've tried to make into two sweaters so far with no success. I think I'm going to dye it a nice earthy green color (or the closest I can get to that), so it will be a solid, but it will still be spring-themed! I want to add some cables too. Also I'm thinking of making it into a turtleneck by making the ribbing longer before doing the raglan increases...would that work?


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 09, 2007 07:39:15 PM
It took a while, but I finally got it all typed up on my blog!

For everyone requesting the "$5 in Paris" pattern, here it is!!
http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html

Enjoy!   

p.s- I wanna give all my thanks to everyone who happend to vote for me! It touches me that everyone liked it so much!
p.p.s- this might help all you peeps who are gonna do stripes this month!

Don't be afraid to leave comments on my blog, on anything. 

-Anna


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: rina on April 10, 2007 01:46:07 AM
The monthly stripe colors is a great idea.  But I knit so slowly, it will be the end of May before my current sweater is done!  Here's my progress so far:



The color is completely off in this photo; the actual color is a bit deeper and darker.   Anyway, I'm thrilled at how it's turning out.  Love this pattern!   

Question--My ssk decreases are kind of bumpy, whereas my k2tog's are pretty seamless.  Tried skp (slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over) but it looks the the same as ssk.  Is it me, or is that just how it is? 


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: bijou_raoul on April 10, 2007 04:23:28 AM
How are you slipping your stitches in your ssk? I read about a different way to do it in one of my sock books, where you slip the first stitch as if to purl, the 2nd as if to knit, then knit the 2 together through the back. It tends to look a little smoother for me, if you want to try it out.  :)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: yellowblanket on April 10, 2007 09:11:55 AM
i finished my first sweater last night! pics to come this weekend when i have my boyfriend's camera!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: rina on April 10, 2007 10:27:37 AM
How are you slipping your stitches in your ssk? I read about a different way to do it in one of my sock books, where you slip the first stitch as if to purl, the 2nd as if to knit, then knit the 2 together through the back. It tends to look a little smoother for me, if you want to try it out.  :)

I've been slipping both stitches knitwise.  I'll try doing the first one purlwise.   Thanks for the suggestion! :)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: yellowblanket on April 11, 2007 10:31:23 PM
i wore my sweater out in public today!!!! i'm so proud!

i'm casting on for my second tonight. this time: stripes!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 12, 2007 08:33:44 AM
yes!  ;D
What colors?

I should try to make a button for all of those stripies participating in this kal.  ::)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: funkyflower on April 12, 2007 11:54:02 AM
:( My yarn arrived and I don't like it so it will be posted back (yarn and internet shopping and me don't go well together) :( So i won't be joining in for a while (no LYS)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: Laural on April 12, 2007 12:34:36 PM
I hope to start this weekend and I do plan for it to have at least one stripe!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: lillybeth on April 12, 2007 01:04:28 PM
It took a while, but I finally got it all typed up on my blog!

For everyone requesting the "$5 in Paris" pattern, here it is!!
http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html

Enjoy!   

p.s- I wanna give all my thanks to everyone who happend to vote for me! It touches me that everyone liked it so much!
p.p.s- this might help all you peeps who are gonna do stripes this month!

Don't be afraid to leave comments on my blog, on anything. 

-Anna

I checked out your blog and thought your sweater was awesome but couldn't understand why you were selling the pattern for $5 all the while having the entire pattern available.  I was very tempted to email or leave a comment thinking maybe you forgot to take the pattern down.  It took me a good minute before realizing that was the name of the sweater!  I'm so glad I didn't say anything.   :D  Fabulous sweater btw.


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 12, 2007 05:36:12 PM
lol.  ;D  $5 in Paris is the name of the sweater-shirt, because it was five dollars or less for the material.  ;) I entered it in the knitting challenge: scrooged, $10 or less.

Glad you like it, thanks for making me smile.  :)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: yellowblanket on April 14, 2007 05:49:17 PM
here's the progress on my 2nd sweater. i decided to try out the boatneck...sorry about the weird way it is sitting...



i think it'll turn out to be much better than the first one i made!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 14, 2007 10:17:10 PM
Ou-la-la... my favorite color is in there. Don't you just looooove that pale green???  :D

It looks like you are done with the increases. If you go any further, it might be too big, since it's a boatneck.  8)


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: leppardess on April 15, 2007 07:27:29 AM
It took a while, but I finally got it all typed up on my blog!

For everyone requesting the "$5 in Paris" pattern, here it is!!
http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html

Enjoy!   

p.s- I wanna give all my thanks to everyone who happend to vote for me! It touches me that everyone liked it so much!
p.p.s- this might help all you peeps who are gonna do stripes this month!

Don't be afraid to leave comments on my blog, on anything. 

-Anna
I love that sweater! Especially how the neck is done (doesn't look like it's too small...). I have soooo many WIPs at the moment that I really don't want to commit to a sweater when I'm doing a clapotis and doing some serious stash busting.

I've been wanting to do a top down raglan for some time (ever since I started knitting last year) so if I do get my stash down to a manageable size, this pattern will be the one that I'll do  :D


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: mlcrays on April 15, 2007 12:59:25 PM
I love the top-down raglan. I am going to start on the sleeves soon.  I love the pale green and white one. 


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittastic09 on April 16, 2007 07:48:11 PM
whew, i don't know how i went from having only about 4 inches of the body done to having 14! it goes by really fast, and i guess i just knit knit knit while i watch TV! i'm very excited! i'm about to start my ribbing, i decided to do a 2x2, with size 6 needles. i have also decided that i am going to do 3/4 sleeves. here's my progress!



i think the theme idea is great! maybe i will make one later on this year if this is still going! hurray!


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 16, 2007 08:56:52 PM
Looks great!  ;D I actually have something from the store that looks just like it, with the same colors.


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Post by: rina on April 17, 2007 11:55:15 PM
Ooh, I love both the stripey ones.  I'm jealous!  Mine is just a solid.  :P  It's going slowly, and I still have a bit to go to the hem.  I figure sleeves next week.    Here's my blog entry (http://redcrochet.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/almost-a-sweater/) with a pic showing me modeling it. 


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 17, 2007 11:56:45 PM
hey ya'll how's everyone doing? i'm really pleased with the way my white and pale green one is coming along. i'll post pics this weekend!

i've already started to brainstorm for my next one (this pattern is SO addicting) and i was wondering: has anyone tried to add a hood to their raglan? is this even possible since it's knit top-down? i would appreciate any help i can get for this as i'm totally lost and have never attempted a hood at all before.


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 20, 2007 11:09:01 AM
YAY! finished!



and my first one that i never posted a FO pic for:



what do you think?


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Post by: yarnhag on April 20, 2007 12:13:47 PM
I think I'd like to see them modeled -- sweaters have so much more personality worn then laid flat.

they look good flat, though... :-)


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 20, 2007 12:15:43 PM
aww... i love them both!  ;D  great job!


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Post by: knitwit on April 21, 2007 11:19:58 AM
They look great! I think the only way to do the hood is to pick up stitches along the top after you're done. I'm interested in the concept of a top-down hood - never seen one though.


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Post by: aunt carrot on April 21, 2007 11:59:17 AM
They look great! I think the only way to do the hood is to pick up stitches along the top after you're done. I'm interested in the concept of a top-down hood - never seen one though.

ysolda's apocalypse tree hoodie (http://www.ysolda.me.uk/wordpress/index.php/apocalypse-tree-hoodie/) is a top-down raglan that starts with the hood. If you go to the pattern page it says the sweater uses a modified figure-eight cast-on. It's not a free pattern, but it's only 3 pounds, which should be about 6 dollars, I think.


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 21, 2007 12:20:52 PM
hmm...what about adding those front pockets that are sometimes on hoodies? i'm guessing i would just knit that separately and sew it onto the front, but how do i get that slant for where the hands go in? would that just be increases?


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 21, 2007 01:57:34 PM
I was actually thinking about making pockets on a hoodied cardi one day.
i'm guessing you have to sew it on. Youll cast on a certain amount and decrease on one side. Then you pick up stitches on the decreased side and fold it, so it has a clean edge.


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Post by: mlcrays on April 21, 2007 10:47:37 PM
Here are progress pictures of my sweater.
So far I am very proud of my first sweater, eventhough there are a few mistakes.  The good thing is that my mistakes are only known to me, and not to the casual observer.  It looks very fitted, eventhought I did not do any body shaping.


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 21, 2007 11:23:04 PM
it does look really fitted! my first one was/is really big and i'd wished i did some sort of shaping. yours looks great on you!


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 22, 2007 01:26:32 AM
well, this pattern is apparently more addicting than crack cocaine. i started my third one yesterday and here is my progress:



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Post by: Jodi1978 on April 22, 2007 07:28:46 AM
Love all your sweaters. I just have to make one of these.


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 22, 2007 11:33:23 AM
wow! so many sweater-tees! I love them all!
Yellowblanket- the tweedy yarn looks really nice. And yeah, top-downs really are addictive. I'm already do another one!

mlcrays- i love the purple and grey together! It's a nice fit!  ;D


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Post by: Silver Ilix on April 22, 2007 03:36:23 PM
Wow Yellowblanket you are rockin throught those! awesome! :D
Looks like this is a hit! wow gang, your work is inspiring..... guess I should get back to knitting! :D I have been missing it for a while!
yay! knitting! :D


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Post by: mint on April 23, 2007 03:40:42 PM
has anyone thought of making this sweater into a hoodie? do you think it would even work?


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Post by: Gummy on April 23, 2007 05:03:47 PM
I really want to make one of these, but is there a gauge measurement or finished measurements?  I just want to make sure I pick the right size...


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Post by: punkcatknitter on April 23, 2007 07:31:55 PM
That's the beauty of the top down raglan, you don't need to pick the right size. Unless you picked an extra small cast on and you're an extra large, you'll be able to make the sweater fit as you try it on by adding increases or decreases. the only thing you need to worry about is the neckline, if you want a high one, or a boat neck, you might need to know the exacts, but if you're not picky, you can pretty much just pick one and wing it, which is pretty much what I do.

Each subsequent top down will fit better, b/c you get to know your measurements so well. At least that's what I've found.


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Post by: Gummy on April 24, 2007 03:37:31 PM
see, that's why I'm confused...I'm not entirely sure which size I should pick because sometimes I'm a small and sometimes I'm an extra large...because I am a well-endowed short person.  And I'm afraid if I pick the wrong beginning size to start out with I'll end up with the increases being weird.


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Post by: punkcatknitter on April 24, 2007 04:08:22 PM
I can understand that (sort of). I'm a plus size person with small shouders and a large bust, so things tend to be weird on me also. I've heard good things about short row shaping, but I've personally never tried it.

i guess my personal reccomendation would be to cast on for either a small or medium and try on often, especially before you join the body. I usually do the raglan increases until it fits my arms and just above my chest, then increase twice in each armpit a couple times until it looks like the knit will surpass the mountain range i have as a chest. Sometimes its a little stretched across the chest, but I like my sweaters to be close fitting.

If this doesn't help I hope someone else can!


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Post by: peanuthedestroyer on April 24, 2007 06:12:14 PM
Hello........I have a question, I am a beginner knitter. I can knit and purl but I have never used circs or dpns. Do you think I could do this?


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 24, 2007 07:07:57 PM
oh yeah! knitting on circular needles is awesome! Just knitting every round forms the "stockinette stitch."  :D You cast on the same, and when using the circular needles, it doesn't form any "running ladders" like dpns could have...if you don't pull tight enough while switching needles.
So, all you have to know besides "joining" the round is how to "increase" stitches. That's for the sleeve area. Learn how to do that-and also "picking up" a few stitches-and you're basically set to go!

Test it out!  ;D

p.s- just make sure you put enough stitches to "coat" the length of the wire, so that when you knit the first few rows, you don't have a super hard time knitting.

I hope that helps.

oh, P.P.S-- on my blog, i put up a video link on how to Kf&b (an increase method).


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 24, 2007 07:12:44 PM
i'll put up pics on my blog on how to use dpns.
It should be up in a couple of minutes.  ;D


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Post by: yarnhag on April 24, 2007 07:28:17 PM
I started another raglan tonight... for my daughter.  It's a light purple baby yarn held together with a ball of mystery yarn which is white with a shiny bit running through it.  Very little girl.  I'm doing yo's for my increases, which looks really pretty.

I'm about 2 inches down so far, and am kind of wishing I did some sort of lace or texture.  I had originally thought to do stripes, but the purple is just so pretty in there.  Maybe I'll applique a crocheted flower or something when it's finished? 

progress pics as some point...


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 24, 2007 08:19:17 PM
OK. I just posted "DPN 101" on my blog. Anyone newbies who wanna take a look, here's the link:

http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/dpn-101.html

Happy knitting.  ;D


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Post by: Kazkitty on April 25, 2007 11:33:53 AM
hmmm.. this looks deceptively simple enough for me to attempt .. and maybe I won't get distracted like I tend to do when working on projects..

I have some caron simply soft in my stash I could use for this.. I think I'll try it! :D



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Post by: rina on April 25, 2007 04:21:46 PM
Finally finished body of my sweater. Yay!  :D  First tried to do a folded hem, but that was too bulky.  Instead of ripping back all the way to the beginning of where the ribbing should start, I ripped back part way, and then used a crochet hook to do the purls for the ribbing.  Not that efficient, it turns out.  Then a single crochet bind-off, which I'm happy with because it's stretchy.  (blurry) pic in my blog post here (http://redcrochet.wordpress.com/2007/04/25/d-day-oops/) if anyone's interested. 

Now on to the sleeves.  I'm scared!  DPNs drive me nuts so I'll have to learn how to do magic loop. 


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Post by: Yarnlova on April 25, 2007 06:17:55 PM
Ok, I'm in!  I started mine on Sunday and I'm about 1 inch away from putting the sleeves on waste yarn.  This will be my 3rd attempt at a top down.  First time I made Green Gable and it was just a bit too small so I frogged it.  Second time I made up my own, but only got a few inches in and got bored with it.  Third time should be a charm?  :D


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 25, 2007 06:26:29 PM
rina-- looks great!  ;D I'm sure you're quite pleased that you have such a fitted raglan-tee for spring, eh?

yarnlova-- aww... I hope this one works out for ya. What kind of yarn are you using? Got any pics for us?  ::)


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Post by: Kazkitty on April 25, 2007 07:46:33 PM
I took a break from swap crafting to start this sweater...

this is how far I am so far.. not very.. lol I'm a slow knitter!


I'm doiing the boatneck style... and I'm having some trouble with the striping.. I tried to do that jogless striping thing ( I found a tut somewhere) but it seems to leave a hole.. and otherwise, they don't line up that well.. does it look horrible? I really don't want to have to rip back and start over...


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Post by: punkcatknitter on April 25, 2007 09:09:15 PM
If it bothers you, rip it out. If it doesn't, who cares? :)

I'm doing a hot pink and black stripe, and here's what I've found did the best to make it as jogless as possible:

When you get the beginning of a new color row, knit the first stitch with the tail of your ending color, and the new color. Then knit the next two stitches with the tail and long end of the new color. For awhile I was picking up the stitch underneath like I did on some mittens, but then I realized the new yarn join I was trying actually did it for me!

Personally I wouldn't worry about a little funkiness. Theres a few jogs in my stripes too, its pretty impossible to never get a single one.


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Post by: rina on April 26, 2007 12:06:48 AM
knittyknitter - thanks!  I'm quite happy with the body fit, since store bought sweaters never fit me right. 

I ran into a problem with the sleeves--they're too loose!  I picked up six stitches at the armpit; any fewer would have left gaping holes. Any suggestions?  ??? 


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Post by: punkcatknitter on April 26, 2007 06:57:01 AM
My sleeves are usually a little loose, because I do too many increases at the yoke.

If you think its those six stitches you pick up in the armpit, just decrease right there 3 stitches for two rows. Its in the armpit, its not like anyone's going to see if it looks a little wonky. :)


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Post by: Kazkitty on April 26, 2007 03:15:51 PM
I'm thinking it's bugging me too much so I'm going to rip back.. *sigh*

I'll have to try your trick punkcatknitter.. thanks! :D


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Post by: rina on April 26, 2007 03:49:06 PM
thanks for the tip about the sleeves, punkcatknitter.  I'll start it up again. 


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Post by: Yarnlova on April 26, 2007 04:54:21 PM
I'm cheap and using Bernat Softee Chunky in Denim Heather (light blue).  It's realllly soft!  I'll post pics when I get a little farther.  :D


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Post by: Silver Ilix on April 26, 2007 06:14:03 PM
hey, Kazkitty what type of yarn are you using? It looks really nice................
great colour!
Wow everyone is moving along so fast! I goota get my butt going! :D


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Post by: Kazkitty on April 26, 2007 06:51:05 PM
I'm just using Caron Siply Soft in black and soft pink.

I changed my mind and decided not to frog it.. XD I figure this'll be my practice one and if I want, I can always knit another. :D


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Post by: Silver Ilix on April 26, 2007 07:41:24 PM
Hmmmm, I have one ball of that in a teal, I have been menaing to use is for some time, but Caron Simply Softs is a yarn that I have a hard time finding here......
(I live in Langley, BC, Canada) Any suggestions of where I might find it here gang? I was wondering also if Bernat's Satin may be an okay substitiution............... thoughts anyone?


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 26, 2007 08:52:22 PM
Hmmmm, I have one ball of that in a teal, I have been menaing to use is for some time, but Caron Simply Softs is a yarn that I have a hard time finding here......
(I live in Langley, BC, Canada)

Wow-- simply soft comes in bulk here in the US. lol. It's hard to go to any general craftstore without a whole yard wide selection with cheapo yarn like simply soft. hee hee.

As for the overal question about sleeves being too loose... you've got some options:
1. rip out the BO and redo some of it while considering #2
2. do more sleeve decreases as the original instructions instructs (sorry for the rep. word)
3. Do less arm increases (only if it doesn't sacrifice needed width in the body). Ask yourselve while knitting if you really need to do more increases. Is it wide enough already-- did I actually need that extra increase or two?
5. You can maybe get away with the last couple of increase rows to stop increases at the sleeve stitches, and only increases around the other body (increase) areas. Does that make sense?
6. If it is short sleeve, maybe make the ribbing on smaller needles.. so it's tighter.

I hope that helps. Just ask me if that stuff doesn't make sense.

Kazkitty-- if you hate ripping, i'd say just leave it how it is, if you can maybe try some of the methods listed below to not "jog." If it's only an inch, I don't think anyone will notice (well, but you). If you aren't going to wear it because the jog will annoy you later on... i would just take the extra time to rip some of it. Cute colors though!!  :D How many stitches did you cast on... the neck area looks a little wide. I don't know if it's just my eyes. Just trying to make sure it doesn't fall off of you.  :)


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Post by: Kazkitty on April 26, 2007 09:02:31 PM
I cast on.. 164 sts.. like it says to d for the medium boatneck.. I think it'll be ok..  if not, I have no problem with pulling it down an exposing my shoulders. ^^

I figure if I stick that part in the back and I can't see it, then it can't bother me! lol

I'm going to check the increasing bit after I get a few more rows done to see if it's enough to separate the sleeves yet..

And wow.. I can't imagine it being difficult to find Simply Soft anywhere.. lol Everywhere I go it seems like its jumping out of the aisles at me! I don't see why you couldn't use the Bernat Satin Silver Inix.. that's a nice soft cheapy yarn too.. :D


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 26, 2007 10:26:16 PM
I cast on.. 164 sts.. like it says to d for the medium boatneck.. I think it'll be ok..  if not, I have no problem with pulling it down an exposing my shoulders. ^^

ok. I was just checking. I guess the picture was playing tricks on my eyes.  :)
I have to agree... even though we all know we don't need anymore simply soft in our stash, all of their color possibilities just call to us.... lol. they just have so many darn skein choices.

Hey Silver--
Maybe we can do yarn swaps or something, if you need some simply soft. However, you probably don't want it thaaaat much. If you do want some skeins though, maybe there's something canadian that you guys have that we don't. Oh, i thought i read somewhere (Yarn Harlot, maybe?) that Canada doesn't really sell colored metal dpns... is that true?  ::)


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Post by: DM7DragonFyre on April 27, 2007 05:52:40 AM
IM STILL ALIVE I PROMISE.

The main part of the sweater is done minus the ribbing at the bottom. I also did a wierd neckline so I've got to do the neck ribbing too.

Its jsut on a tiny hiatus because... well, life happened and end-of-semester is happening.


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Post by: Laural on April 27, 2007 08:24:24 AM
I started mine! I seriously love this pattern with my whole heart! I want to make one for my son next. I didn't have a 24" circ so I crammed on my 16" until it could hold no more and then switched to my 32" The husband was just amazed that it suddenly looked like sweater!


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Post by: Yarnlova on April 27, 2007 09:40:55 AM
Silver Ilix is right, you can't buy Caron Simply Soft in Canada.  I am in NS, Canada and the closest I have seen is simply soft shadows? (the stuff that sort of fades like noro) at Michaels and thats it.  But you can't get the plain old cheapo simply soft.   :(  I like Bernat Satin, its nice and soft I use it all the time, but would love to use simply soft sometime. 

Oh and knittyknitter, you can buy colored metal needles here, Michaels carries them.   :)


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Post by: Laural on April 27, 2007 05:55:15 PM
Quote
End with right side facing for next row.

What does this mean?

Edit:

Ok never mind I think I figured it out.



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Post by: Laural on April 28, 2007 12:04:11 PM
What size needles are everyone using? Or does anyone have some gauge specs for this?

In particular I need for size Large because I am using size 8's and doing the size large and it really isn't looking very large.


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Post by: Yarnlova on April 28, 2007 03:14:50 PM
I don't think guage and needle size really matters too much with this pattern.  Since its a top down, you can pretty much use any size needles and yarn you want and try it on as you go.  Myself, I'm using Bernat Softee Chunky, which is sort of a bulky weight and size 4 (3.5mm) needles.  I'm making the small and its turning out great so far.  I never check guage anyway  ::)  I just checked though and I have about 4 stitches\inch.


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 28, 2007 03:38:42 PM
I don't think gauge and needle size really matters too much with this pattern.  Since its a top down, you can pretty much use any size needles and yarn you want and try it on as you go.  Myself, I'm using Bernat Softee Chunky, which is sort of a bulky weight and size 4 (3.5mm) needles.  I'm making the small and its turning out great so far.  I never check guage anyway  ::)  I just checked though and I have about 4 stitches\inch.

Yes, like Yarnlova already said, the sizing is mostly determined by how many arm increases you do. The larger needles suggestion was only to make it *slightly* larger, especially since one size larger on some needles is hardly bigger--like on size 8's, compared to 7's, etc.

However, I would highly recommend to everyone (again) that it is important to try the sweater/tee on after about 3/4 of the increses have been done... and after you are done with the increases-- to see if you actually need some more.

Laural- if you want, you can go to the first page, and click on my "$5 in Paris" link. I included the gauge in that pattern. (I used caron simply soft for it.)

Everyone good? 8)

It's soo nice out! I knit outside today while smelling the blooming bushes!  ::) Ahhhhh!


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Post by: yarnhag on April 28, 2007 05:28:16 PM
I frogged mine.  I had started the collar ribbing with one yarn, then decided to switch when I started the increases.  Knit the whole toddler sweater, decided to do the original yarn for the bottom, and some lace instead of ribbing... fortunately, I tried it on the kid before I wove in the ends.  It sucked.  So it's a ball of yarn again.

It was a very boring knit.  I really want to add some texture -- maybe even do lace the whole way (toddlers can get away with lace all over, because their nipples don't show as much!).  I don't recall anyone on the thread playing with texture.  I'm a little intimidated about the increases together with a lace repeat... any advice?


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 29, 2007 06:02:19 PM
I don't recall anyone on the thread playing with texture.  I'm a little intimidated about the increases together with a lace repeat... any advice?

Hmmm.... only cables.
If you are really intimidated, why don't you just try a lace panel, either in the middle, or on the side (like Rusted root).
We can't really help you that much, unless you tell us what lace pattern you are planning on using. For a first lace-raglan user, I would pick, something nice and simple, so you can easily create lace out of the new stitches you made after increasing rows.  ::)


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Post by: yarnhag on April 29, 2007 07:05:58 PM
hmm.  good idea.  Maybe I'll think about seed stitch or something like that for the top half, then break into the lace at an empire waist-line.... hmmm....


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Post by: punkcatknitter on April 29, 2007 07:53:54 PM
Ooh. I'm so excited about mine. I finished my black and pink striped top down yesterday (only some more ends to weave in, darn those stripes!) after my pilgrimage to WEBS. (*hides* I left with two large bags and my bank account weeping) I can't wait to post pictures, but that requires makeup and a bra, and frankly, I'm not in the mood, lol.

And I'm glad I was able to help (to the people who said thanks). I had to go back a page and check what I said, haha.


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Post by: knittyknitter on April 29, 2007 08:41:14 PM
I can't wait to post pictures, but that requires makeup and a bra, and frankly, I'm not in the mood, lol.

Oh man, I know how that one goes....  ::)
Been there, got the tee-shirt and hoping to grow out of it!  ;D


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Post by: yellowblanket on April 29, 2007 11:15:44 PM
my tweedy one is really coming along. i've finished the body and am about a quarter of the way done with the first sleeve. but i already have a complaint! the neckline is REALLY unflattering. and i have no idea what to do about it! i'll post pics in a few days with the hope that one of you geniouses has some advice for me!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: Laural on April 30, 2007 04:08:00 PM
Um... yeah, sometimes I'm dumb. Even if you are using a 32" circular needle you STILL need to take the stitches off of the needle and onto waste yarn. Luckily I didn't rip or re-start or anything. I just took a break and started another project that I need to get done and I realized what I had, or really had not, done. I'm special  :D

Progress pic:


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 30, 2007 06:47:20 PM
Long live gryffindor!!  ;D


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on April 30, 2007 10:59:58 PM
Off-topic,
but i just created a HP KAL blog, and if anyone wants to join, to be able to post on it, just PM me with your e-mail address and I'll add you.  ;D

http://knit-harry-potter.blogspot.com/ (http://knit-harry-potter.blogspot.com/)

Happy knitting.   ;)



Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: yellowblanket on May 03, 2007 11:47:42 AM
hey friends, here's my latest. sorry about the blue-ness of the pictures. i have no idea how to white-balance my bf's camera :/





what do you think? i wanted to add a front pocket to this one, but now i'm not sure. it might make it look to bulky.


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: yarnhag on May 03, 2007 02:29:20 PM
I really like it just as is -- I wouldn't put a pocket on.  However, there's nothing that says you can't take it off later -- just make sure you sew it on in such a way as you can see where to snip to take it off when pockets are no longer in fashion.  The sweater as is is a very timeless classic.  I love the 3/4 sleeves.

I'd like to see the collar better, with some folks having less-than favourable opinions of the raglan pattern's collar.  How do like the collar?


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: mlcrays on May 03, 2007 11:27:29 PM
Yellowblanket, love your sweater. I really like the sleeves. I only need one more sleeve to complete my sweater.


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on May 04, 2007 12:28:24 AM
Looks great!!  ;D


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. includ
Post by: Laural on May 05, 2007 05:42:28 PM
Done!



Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on May 08, 2007 06:47:24 PM
Wow guys great sweaters! :D
I just cast on a "wicked" so I think that may count a bit(?) LOL
Well, I am trying to get back to knitting for myself......
yellowblanket- I think it looks fantastic, and fits you SO well! Congrats!
Laural- what a great colour! looks fab!


Title: Re: [Optional Mo. Theme Now!] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan-Along (patt. included)
Post by: Kazkitty on May 16, 2007 10:53:45 AM
bah. I decided stripes are just to hard for a beginner knitter like me.. I've become too frustrated with the stripes not lining up so I'm gonna frog mine and start over in one color. Either the pink or maybe a pretty green I know I have lying around someplace. :D Hopefully that'll make it easier since I'm hoping this could become my first finished sweater.. lol Now! To frog and get re-started.  ;)



Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on May 17, 2007 08:58:36 PM
Hey everyone, I've got a fresh new theme for ya'll....

"Optional" Monthly Theme:
May-June Theme: Short-Sleeved Lace Raglan!
Your Course of Action:
1. Pick a lace panel pattern that you would like to work with.
2. After you get past the neckline, you can place the panel anywere on the front side (one side, two sides, middle... etc)
P.S-Mark the outside of the lace stitch panel with place markers

P.P.S-- this isn't the right KAL for using the "Rusted Root" pattern, but you can use that example as a way to place the lace panel.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: yarnhag on May 18, 2007 11:02:21 AM
Oh, perfect!  I just cast on last night for a little lace raglan for my daughter.  However, instead of doing the lace panel thing, I'm going to do solid stockinette down to below the armpits, then all-over lace down to the hem.  On a toddler sweater, it's less intimidating than all-over lace for an adult (can you say "time consuming?")

I've also clued in on how to lower the front of the neckline a little:
first, figure out your cast-on set-up.  Mine is 19-9-19-9 (front, sleeve, back, sleeve). 

second, split the "front" in half, removing or adding a stitch to make an even number.  I now have 9-9-19-9-9 (front a, sleeve, back, sleeve, front b).

third, take off most of the stitches from the front sides.  I had 2-9-19-9-2.

you'll start knitting back and forth and join shortly.  Do your raglan increases on the knit rows (which will be every other row, as usual for raglan increases).  At the same time, increase 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every knit row for a deepish curve, or 2 for a more subtle lowering.  My pattern looks like this (note that I'm using YO increases instead of kfb's to add a lacier look):

WS: purl
RS: kfb, *k to 1 before marker, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Knit to last stitch, kfb.

do this for, oh, an inch or two, maybe (I don't know, as I'm doing this for a toddler).  The important thing is to stop while you still have fewer stitches in total across the two front parts than there are in the back!   Add up the stitches you have on the front and subtract it from the number of stitches on the back (remember that the sum of the front stitches must be less than the number of back stitches!).   I had  12+12=24 on the fronts and 29 on the back.  So 29-24=5.  This is the number of stitches I need to cast on to close off the neckline.  You'll have waaay more... probably about a quarter to a third of the number back stitches, if I were to guess.  Lots will be a wide neckline, none to cast on will result in a v-neck.  However you do it, you should end up with the same number of stitches on the back and front sections.

EDIT:  I've re-worked:  for an adult sweater, on each side of the neck, increase 1 every 4 rows a couple times, then 1 every 2 rows a couple times, then 2 every 2 rows, then cast-on the stitches in the middle.  That will make a rounder neck.
Cast on that number of stitches at the end of the row, then join to continue knitting in the round.  Keep going as you normally would, alternating plain knit rows and increase rows.

Of course, lowering the front neckline will make it tricky to add that lace panel, unless you add it down the centre, using a panel the same width or narrower than your cast on at the bottom of the neck.

Finally, you'll have to go back when you're all done and pick up stitches around the neck to add your ribbing or whatever for the collar.  I'm planning a couple rounds of crochet.

These are just some basic guidelines -- but you can always try it on a few rounds after your join and frog it if you hate it, right?  I know a number of you dislike the neckline of the pattern given at the beginning of the thread, and I think a lot of that has to do with there not being a front and back, and so no dip to follow the natural shape of the neck and shoulders.  I've had great success doing this for my daughter's sweaters, and hope you do, too!

Good luck -- and happy raglaning!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: peps on May 21, 2007 08:42:15 AM
Hi all!  I just cast on last night for my very first sweater knitted from the top down!  Yay!  I'm trying the $5 in Paris pattern with pink and grey stripes.  (I think I'll hold off on the lace for now... lol.  One thing at a time!)

I haven't gotten a chance to read all the posts on this rather extensive thread yet, but I'm looking forward to everyone's insight!  I'll post WIP pics when I get a little further along! 


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Rottie Mom on May 21, 2007 11:17:20 AM
I did one last month!

I used the basic top down technique and added a cloverleaf panel down the front.

Easy peasy and it came out great.

Barbara Walkers Treasury of knitting patterns one and two are chock full of possibilities.

Word to the wise:  When knitting in the round remember you have to adjust "wrong side rows" in lace stitch patterns because you are always on the right side.  If you find a stitch pattern that says: "purl all wrong side rows" you are home free, just knit the "wrong side" row.

There is really pretty cable/lace insert in the first book and I have some new King Tut arriving today... 


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: peps on May 21, 2007 12:03:57 PM
No one tell my boss, but I totally just spent like the last hour catching up on this thread... lol.  I swear craftster is going to get me fired some day.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on May 21, 2007 08:17:43 PM
knittyknitter, always pushing us farther! :D Can't wait to see that raglan Rottie Mom!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: peps on May 22, 2007 09:19:19 AM
I was a total knitting maniac last night and I'm done (or almost done?) with my increases at the top. 

So here's my question: I'm doing the boatneck version and I did the seven repeats of the increasing sequence as recommended in the $5 in Paris pattern and when I try it on the 2 stitch markers just barely meet under my arm, but another repeat of the increase sequence will definitely make it too big.  So, I guess my question is should the arm holes fit spot on exactly or should there be a little give?  I'm specifically worried if I leave it as it is the arms will be too tight at the "seam" and they will pull on the boatneck whenever I move making for awkward sweater shifting.  What do you think?

Alternatively, If I decide to add more rows should I just knit one or two straight rows or should I increase again?  Will it mess up the raglan line if I don't increase again?

Any advice from those of you who have done this would be greatly appreciated!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: rina on May 22, 2007 09:45:39 AM
Maybe others will have more specific advice, but I think it depends on the kind of fit you want. Just keep in mind that you'll pick up a few stitches when you do the sleeves. 


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: pmack17 on May 22, 2007 09:52:58 AM
I don't think it will mess up the raglan line if you knit around without increasing. By now this part of the raglan line will be under your arms and shouldn't show. It's much more important for you to make sure the sweater is comfortable and wearable.

 Also, there's no rule that says the sleeves and body have to be increased at the same rate. So if one part needs to be increased and the other doesn't, you can allow for that.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: yarnhag on May 22, 2007 06:37:29 PM
Here's my little lace raglan, with lowered neckline.  Doing the lace all over was tricky -- I ended up charting the entire increase sections.  I only did a narrow strip of lace down the sleeves to simplify things.





Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: starshine_shroom on May 23, 2007 12:04:53 AM
wow that looks great!!!!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: peps on May 23, 2007 09:25:11 AM
I'm making mad progress on my sweater.  Last night I started the body - I decided to err on the side of a little too big than too small for the armhole opening.  My increases for the sleeves aren't as neat looking as I would have liked them - some are sort of holey.  That's the downside to using acrylic yarns because you can't really block out stuff like that, but I think it will still look nice.  I'll post pics soon!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on May 23, 2007 10:28:58 PM
I was a total knitting maniac last night and I'm done (or almost done?) with my increases at the top. 

So here's my question: I'm doing the boatneck version and I did the seven repeats of the increasing sequence as recommended in the $5 in Paris pattern and when I try it on the 2 stitch markers just barely meet under my arm, but another repeat of the increase sequence will definitely make it too big.  So, I guess my question is should the arm holes fit spot on exactly or should there be a little give?  I'm specifically worried if I leave it as it is the arms will be too tight at the "seam" and they will pull on the boatneck whenever I move making for awkward sweater shifting.  What do you think?

Alternatively, If I decide to add more rows should I just knit one or two straight rows or should I increase again?  Will it mess up the raglan line if I don't increase again?

Any advice from those of you who have done this would be greatly appreciated!

You can modify the increases/non increase sequence however you want. If you need it a little longer, add one more non-increase rounds or two, and do an increase (if you still need more length) and knit a few more rounds. Just try to keep it as even as you can.



Yarnhag- cute! It looks like she has some grow-in room allowance too!  :D


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: yarnhag on May 24, 2007 02:11:41 PM
Yarnhag- cute! It looks like she has some grow-in room allowance too!  :D

Thanks!  Yes, it's a bit big... there's no point in making something that *fits* for a child...  ::)


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: dirtyprettythings on May 26, 2007 03:18:22 PM
finally done! My first ever normal knitted clothing item  ;D. I definetly made it too small since i decreased without checking the size [I'm just that kind of gal] but I actually really like the stretched effect so it's all good!! Oh and it's in cheapish acrylic.



Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on May 26, 2007 04:15:48 PM
nice! Looks like you got it down! will you make another?
How sis you like the pattern?


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: dirtyprettythings on May 26, 2007 06:29:39 PM
nice! Looks like you got it down! will you make another?
How sis you like the pattern?

thanks! yeah definetly going to make another one in a little while, I really liked how the pattern played out and it was easy which is always a plus :)


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on May 27, 2007 01:21:55 AM
That looks amazing!  ;D
Would you mind giving us the mod's... like the needle size, yarn and what lacey pattern you used? It looks great!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: chicknlittle on June 09, 2007 09:17:15 PM
Mine is nothing fancy but it is my first top down sweater! I want to thank you for the oh so easy to follow pattern.
I used Caron SS in Autumn Red with size 8 needles.
I made the large size with short sleeves and like 5 or 6 inches of ribbing at the bottom.(cant really remember!)
I plan on making MANY more sweaters using this pattern!
So quick, so easy, Love it!~
ETA: it really isn't uneven I took the picture from an angle with my phone..



Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: WIPs on June 09, 2007 10:16:22 PM
Nice!

Any chance of action pictures? ;)


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: chicknlittle on June 10, 2007 11:48:29 AM
Well, this sweater as much as I love it, is meant for another. So I doubt there will be any action pics of it!

I was just happy there weren't any major mistakes...I thought it was pretty good for my 3rd sweater and first top down!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on June 10, 2007 02:18:44 PM
I love it!  :D Great job on the raglan!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: peps on June 12, 2007 03:53:57 PM
Here's a pic of my progress so far (if you don't mind a little skin).  I'm using Caron Simply soft and size 7 needles.



I've actually finished the pink stripe and done half of another grey stripe.  It's going to end up being really long because to keep the pattern I'm going to have to do another pink and then the grey ribbing.  Oh well.

Also, I finally freed up my interchangeable needles (Boye needlemaster) from another project and it makes trying on the raglan a dream!  You just screw off one of the needles and attach another cord to it to make your circ super long - no stitch transferring whatsoever!! Yay!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: WIPs on June 12, 2007 03:57:08 PM
Great progress! I love the color combo. Very chic!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: chicknlittle on June 12, 2007 06:15:47 PM
Yours look very nice!
Love the colors!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on June 12, 2007 08:06:59 PM
Very nice!! Love the colours together!
can't wait to see the inspired lace knitting! :D


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Ruby-luv on June 13, 2007 11:00:09 AM
YEAH my first sweater!  I casted on last night got to row 3 then went to bed.  I
I'm going to use the $5 in paris pattern and the one on page 1, for reference, we'll see how it goes.  I'm so excited i feel as if i need to get my butt off here and start working on it again! 
I'm going to be doing it in Caron Soft...their bright turquios blue color and the fluorescentish green color!  We'll see, i'm afraid of stripes making me too wide,  but well, i couldn't come up with anything on my own, and since i'm feeling a little overwhelmed just taking on the project, i thought i would keep it as simple as possible without making it one color all together! 
Be expecting my questions!  I'm sure i'll have them!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: knittyknitter on June 17, 2007 04:42:50 PM
OMG-- you guys made my day! I just read that two of you are using my $5 in Paris pattern! Whee! lol. Sorry, little things like that make me smile.  ;D If you have any questions, just pm me if it's important. It seems like i'm coming on craftster less and less lately. That's probably a good thing... lol.

I'm planning on knitting a chic black & white raglan for the fall using Alpaca, if I ever find really cheap alpaca. I can't wait.

What should the theme be for June-August? Short sleeves with Cables? That would be interesting. We could recycle this one for the fall, or save it. What do you think? Or should I stop the themes? I really don't care. I'm just trying to keep the spirit alive!  :)


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: yellowblanket on June 18, 2007 12:13:41 AM
cables cables cables cables YUMMMY


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: peps on June 19, 2007 02:32:02 PM
Progress Pics:


I'm starting the ribbing on the bottom now - I can't decide if I will do another two inches or a one-inch rib.  Thoughts?

Also, I started the grey rib immediately after the pink stripe and it looked pretty nasty and jagged with the color  pattern change.  Has anyone else run into this?  I unknitted it all and I think I will do another row of plain knits then start the rib.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: WIPs on June 19, 2007 02:36:34 PM
Wow, great progress! Almost finished!

It looks really pretty! GREAT yarn choices.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: yarnhag on June 19, 2007 05:51:31 PM
yes. peps -- when switching to ribbing with a colour change, always do a plain knit round in the new colour before starting the ribbing.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: peps on June 19, 2007 06:52:49 PM
yes. peps -- when switching to ribbing with a colour change, always do a plain knit round in the new colour before starting the ribbing.

Thanks!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: fishie on June 20, 2007 04:18:34 AM
yes. peps -- when switching to ribbing with a colour change, always do a plain knit round in the new colour before starting the ribbing.

I LOVE this trick!  :D


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Ruby-luv on June 20, 2007 02:56:59 PM
peps did you use the shaping at the waist?  I can't tell if it is or if it's your figure...i havn't quite decided if i'm going to use the shaping.  Currently i'm using the $5 in paris pattern, with the thought of using the shaping from the original pattern on page 1 for the waist area. 
You're looks beautiful...very fun and summery!


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: peps on June 21, 2007 10:51:11 AM
Yes, I did the waist shaping as recommended on page one, and I'm really glad I did - I love the way ot turned out.  Though, with the waist shaping and the shorter rib on the bottom it is looking less and less like $5 in Paris.  Maybe it will be $5 in Prague.  I've always wanted to go there.

So, I know I want to do sleeve shaping but I'd like to do it by decreasing needle size rather than decresing the stitches themselves.  Has anyone done this?  I think I'm going to make the sleeves longer - ending just above the elbow.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. include
Post by: Derkhan on June 24, 2007 03:08:34 AM
I just cast on for the boatneck version of this sweather yesterday. As cheap acrylic yarn like Caron simply soft etc is in short supply here in Norway, I'm making mine from some fine wool/nylon blend yarn (Sandnesgarn sisu). I'm knitting on European size 3 needles, so I cast on 220 stitches for a size medium, and so far things seem to be working out fine. I'm doing stripes this time around, but I might consider lace if I make another one.

I haven't made too much progress, so this is where I am right now.

As I haven't posted enough to be allowed pictures yet, follow the link to see: http://folk.ntnu.no/marisk/Genser.jpg (http://folk.ntnu.no/marisk/Genser.jpg)

I'm making it with a row of buttons from the neckline to the armpit, so I haven't joined it in the round yet.


Title: Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included)
Post by: Silver Ilix on June 24, 2007 01:40:35 PM
peps> I have tried this before...... it is quite effective, I would reccomend going down in 1/2 sizes if you can...
You should only need to change once or twice.
Can't wait to see! :D
Derkhan> keep posting! Can't wait to see how it turns out! looks great!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on June 25, 2007 03:23:22 PM
Hey everyone!
The theme is now officially "cables" for July-Aug.!
This should be very interesting! Cables are so unique and intricate....


~Peace & Happy Knitting~


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: punkcatknitter on June 25, 2007 05:36:52 PM
Amusingly enough I'm just popping in here to FINALLY post a picture of my pink and black striped raglan. Hee.



Since the next challenge is cables, I'll also post the pictures of my first designed sweater. At some point in the next couple days I'm going to blog about it, and if there's interest, I'll post a pattern (or at least a formula for it, I believe in frequent try ons and adjusting the pattern to fit your own body).

Here's the pics:





Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Zia on June 25, 2007 08:47:02 PM
Oh wow, your design is gorgeous!  Please do post a pattern or formula.. I would try it.  Woohoo!

 ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: fishie on June 25, 2007 10:26:57 PM
Both of your raglans are beautiful, punkcatknitter!  I'm a big fan of pink and black stripes to begin with, and they look great in that sweater


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Rottie Mom on June 26, 2007 04:28:52 AM
I LOVE that blue cabled sweater!  They are both beautiful but that blue one really speaks to me!



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Impshlady on June 26, 2007 05:07:22 AM
wow they are gorgeous! my husband just walked past and said they are great too! :D

i haven't tried a sweater yet...maybe this is the one to start me off! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on June 26, 2007 08:22:02 AM
punkcatknitter - I love your cabled design!  Silly me - the only cable feature I could think of was putting one right down the center (and I probably didn't even think of that myself... it's on the first page...)  This is great!!

I finished one of my sleeves last night.  I didn't decrease needle sizes but I did some sort of random and panicked decreases through the arm because I didn't like how wide the sleeve was.  Anyway, it turned out ok.  Next time I will just make the armhole itself smaller.  I'll post pics when I get a chance!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on June 26, 2007 09:07:05 AM
This will be my first wearable, so I'm really excited.
I'm not sure if I'll be ready for putting a cable in it though, so mine may be plain, but we'll see.

Punkcatknitter- What size did you make yours, if you don't mind me asking? It looks like we have the same body type, and I wasn't sure if the XL would work, or if I'd have to make it a little bigger.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on June 26, 2007 11:19:20 AM
thecoffindontwantme, cables are intimidating, but you should at least try the stripes - they aren't hard at all and they definitely break up the monotony of knitting the full stockinette body.  Kudos on starting your first wearable!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on June 26, 2007 12:37:08 PM
ow ow ow!! They look great!  ;D Sweet idea with the side cables!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: punkcatknitter on June 26, 2007 06:37:24 PM
Thanks for all the compliments! I'll definitely sit down and try and remember what I did, probably not until next week, but I'll let you guys know.

thecoffindontwantme- I didn't really use a pattern for the striped one, I believe I picked a cast on # from another pattern (wicked I think). I like my neckline close to off the shoulder, so I usually cast on for a a 42/44 but do increases for a 38/40. Then I do increases immediately at the armpit to surpass the giant boobs, then decreases for the waist and increases for the hips depending on how things are going (and how lazy I'm feeling that day).

Hope that helps!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on June 26, 2007 06:38:21 PM
thecoffindontwantme, cables are intimidating, but you should at least try the stripes - they aren't hard at all and they definitely break up the monotony of knitting the full stockinette body.  Kudos on starting your first wearable!!

I'm thinking about doing the stripes. A lot of people say that horizontal stripes make you look wider than you really are though, so I worried about that, but punkcatknitter's looked great, so I'm probably going to try the stripes.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on June 26, 2007 06:55:47 PM
punkcatknitter> they are awesome!! i love the colour choices!
It would be awesome to know your mods for the cables! Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 27, 2007 01:52:01 PM
Alrighty, I've decided I've just got to join in on this!  I'm not really a beginner and this isn't my first sweater but I figure it will be great for some mindless knitting in front of the TV.  And I loooove that I get to use cheap yarn!  I'm going to run down and get some of that new "soft" acrylic yarn I've seen and get started tonight.  I'd like to do mine in either black and brown stripes or black and green stripes, I'll let you know when I come to a decision on that.  And while I'm going to make the boatneck version, I'm actually going to make a cardigan instead of a pullover.  So I'll make a few mods to the pattern and give you all an update when I've made a little progress.  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on June 27, 2007 05:56:23 PM
I'm making a solid purple one. I'm using Lion's Wool-Ease in [obviously] Purple. I looove it so far, it's so nice; I've almost finished the increases at the top for the sleeves. AND, I've actually been trying it on now and again so that I don't end up with a 4XXXL size sweater like the last time I tried a top-down sweater. LMFAO.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on June 28, 2007 01:23:48 AM
I may finally cave in and join along.  First, a rummage thru my stash is in order, then I'll swatch and ponder.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 28, 2007 12:02:35 PM
I went out and bought some Red Heart Soft Yarn in the Black colorway last night (two skeins for $6, yipee for cheap projects!) and I found just enough Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue in my stash.  Initially I thought the two would be too dark together but I swatched striping with both colors and they look awesome annnnd I got gauge the first time around too!  I'm casting on right now  :D  Oh, and the blue isn't quite that teal looking, it's just the lighting.




Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on June 28, 2007 12:09:01 PM
Alrighty, I've decided I've just got to join in on this!  I'm not really a beginner and this isn't my first sweater but I figure it will be great for some mindless knitting in front of the TV.  And I loooove that I get to use cheap yarn!  I'm going to run down and get some of that new "soft" acrylic yarn I've seen and get started tonight.  I'd like to do mine in either black and brown stripes or black and green stripes, I'll let you know when I come to a decision on that.  And while I'm going to make the boatneck version, I'm actually going to make a cardigan instead of a pullover.  So I'll make a few mods to the pattern and give you all an update when I've made a little progress.  ;D

Same here. Making a cardigan - between this and cosmicpluto's plan for top down. It's my first go at doing a top down and so far, I've yet to separate the sleeves from the body.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 28, 2007 12:22:24 PM
Alrighty, I've decided I've just got to join in on this!  I'm not really a beginner and this isn't my first sweater but I figure it will be great for some mindless knitting in front of the TV.  And I loooove that I get to use cheap yarn!  I'm going to run down and get some of that new "soft" acrylic yarn I've seen and get started tonight.  I'd like to do mine in either black and brown stripes or black and green stripes, I'll let you know when I come to a decision on that.  And while I'm going to make the boatneck version, I'm actually going to make a cardigan instead of a pullover.  So I'll make a few mods to the pattern and give you all an update when I've made a little progress.  ;D

Same here. Making a cardigan - between this and cosmicpluto's plan for top down. It's my first go at doing a top down and so far, I've yet to separate the sleeves from the body.

That's a really really good idea about borrowing from cosmicpluto's pattern.  I might check that out as well and see if there are any helpful bits I could use, especially for the edging/buttonholes on the front.  I can't wait to see how our cardigans turn out.  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on June 28, 2007 12:29:09 PM
Alrighty, I've decided I've just got to join in on this!  I'm not really a beginner and this isn't my first sweater but I figure it will be great for some mindless knitting in front of the TV.  And I loooove that I get to use cheap yarn!  I'm going to run down and get some of that new "soft" acrylic yarn I've seen and get started tonight.  I'd like to do mine in either black and brown stripes or black and green stripes, I'll let you know when I come to a decision on that.  And while I'm going to make the boatneck version, I'm actually going to make a cardigan instead of a pullover.  So I'll make a few mods to the pattern and give you all an update when I've made a little progress.  ;D

Same here. Making a cardigan - between this and cosmicpluto's plan for top down. It's my first go at doing a top down and so far, I've yet to separate the sleeves from the body.

That's a really really good idea about borrowing from cosmicpluto's pattern.  I might check that out as well and see if there are any helpful bits I could use, especially for the edging/buttonholes on the front.  I can't wait to see how our cardigans turn out.  ;D

Yes, cosmicpluto's pattern is good re: edging (she uses garter or moss) button holes, and the instructions are very straightforward.

I'm doing bracelet sleeve length, I think. I have 9 balls of Bergere Sport Magic, about 795m of yarn on 5mm needles. I'm purposely doing a needle size down so that the cardigan will have a bit of firmness to it, re: the shaping and its hold. I'll post a picture when I've finally separated the sleeves. It's a bit Zzzz going though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 28, 2007 12:40:56 PM

Yes, cosmicpluto's pattern is good re: edging (she uses garter or moss) button holes, and the instructions are very straightforward.

I'm doing bracelet sleeve length, I think. I have 9 balls of Bergere Sport Magic, about 795m of yarn on 5mm needles. I'm purposely doing a needle size down so that the cardigan will have a bit of firmness to it, re: the shaping and its hold. I'll post a picture when I've finally separated the sleeves. It's a bit Zzzz going though.

I also went down a needle size so mine would have a bit more structure also.  I'm anticipating a lot of boring knitting but I'm hoping that the striping will at least add a little variation to it so I don't fall asleep entirely.  Like I said originally, perfect for mindless TV knitting.  What color are you doing your's in?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on June 28, 2007 01:01:42 PM

Yes, cosmicpluto's pattern is good re: edging (she uses garter or moss) button holes, and the instructions are very straightforward.

I'm doing bracelet sleeve length, I think. I have 9 balls of Bergere Sport Magic, about 795m of yarn on 5mm needles. I'm purposely doing a needle size down so that the cardigan will have a bit of firmness to it, re: the shaping and its hold. I'll post a picture when I've finally separated the sleeves. It's a bit Zzzz going though.

I also went down a needle size so mine would have a bit more structure also.  I'm anticipating a lot of boring knitting but I'm hoping that the striping will at least add a little variation to it so I don't fall asleep entirely.  Like I said originally, perfect for mindless TV knitting.  What color are you doing your's in?

An eggplant or aubergine. You can have a butchers here. The yarn is from my stash. It's the one on the window sill. Also, I'm using the cardigan from blue skies alpaca as my inspiration, guide. http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 28, 2007 01:59:28 PM

Yes, cosmicpluto's pattern is good re: edging (she uses garter or moss) button holes, and the instructions are very straightforward.

I'm doing bracelet sleeve length, I think. I have 9 balls of Bergere Sport Magic, about 795m of yarn on 5mm needles. I'm purposely doing a needle size down so that the cardigan will have a bit of firmness to it, re: the shaping and its hold. I'll post a picture when I've finally separated the sleeves. It's a bit Zzzz going though.

I also went down a needle size so mine would have a bit more structure also.  I'm anticipating a lot of boring knitting but I'm hoping that the striping will at least add a little variation to it so I don't fall asleep entirely.  Like I said originally, perfect for mindless TV knitting.  What color are you doing your's in?

An eggplant or aubergine. You can have a butchers here. The yarn is from my stash. It's the one on the window sill. Also, I'm using the cardigan from blue skies alpaca as my inspiration, guide. http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/

That color is beautiful, your cardi will turn out great!  And on a side note, I love your knitting blog.  And I love that you love Harry Potter as much as I do.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on June 28, 2007 03:39:46 PM
That color is beautiful, your cardi will turn out great!  And on a side note, I love your knitting blog.  And I love that you love Harry Potter as much as I do.  Cheesy

Your lips to God's ears.  ;) To be honest, my increases are messy, but I tell myself that short of a fellow knitter casting an eye on my stitches, no one won't notice.

Yeah, big fan of Harry Potter. Even wrote some meta and fanfiction once *cough*  :o

If I can get my flicker to work, I'll post a picture before I go off to the Med. I can't carry my knitting to Italy, it will be too hot and the days too short.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: daizyduke on June 28, 2007 06:09:16 PM
I really love the cables by punkcatknitter. I would love to knit one like that.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on June 28, 2007 06:18:54 PM
Completely OT, but I just read your blog too, Cranberry, and I love it. Your writing style is so entertaining.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on June 29, 2007 02:06:05 AM
Completely OT, but I just read your blog too, Cranberry, and I love it. Your writing style is so entertaining.  :)

Ach, bless. Thanks for that, mate. I wish I had a blushing emoticon. But I'll send kisses instead  :-*.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on June 29, 2007 08:39:56 AM

Your lips to God's ears.  ;) To be honest, my increases are messy, but I tell myself that short of a fellow knitter casting an eye on my stitches, no one won't notice.

My increases and decreases are pretty messy too, but I figure the same thing.  I swear to god that one of these days I'm just going to swatch endless waves of deceases and incerases until I can get them perfect.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thishoknits on June 29, 2007 03:33:29 PM
okay I started!!!!!!!


I am doing it from my stash, and I am going to make it out of *coughSugarNCreamcough* because I have tons of it and just want to try a top down raglan.

Now I have a question.  I am doing the kfb of the stitch and I have those bumps when I knit in the back of the stitch.  What can I do to make those go away?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on June 29, 2007 09:16:18 PM
okay I started!!!!!!!


I am doing it from my stash, and I am going to make it out of *coughSugarNCreamcough* because I have tons of it and just want to try a top down raglan.

Now I have a question.  I am doing the kfb of the stitch and I have those bumps when I knit in the back of the stitch.  What can I do to make those go away?

From my own experience.... don't use bulky or rough-on-your-fingers yarn for your raglan. I've done both... and I don't wear it! lol. It will just be too stiff.  I realize that you woud love to get rid of those darn skeins, like I do, but I would use them for washcloths and non-wearable knits. Maybe there's something else you have in bulk that will drap better?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thishoknits on June 29, 2007 09:41:33 PM
no, i don't have anything else, other than malabrigo but that is for my store.

i am knitting it on a rather loose gauge and its not hard on my hands at all.  I am knitting it on US8's and I knit rather loose.

My only thing now is that since my gauge is off, I was wondering how many inches from the top is it that you divide the arms and continue on from the body?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on June 29, 2007 11:04:32 PM

My only thing now is that since my gauge is off, I was wondering how many inches from the top is it that you divide the arms and continue on from the body?
gauge really isn't that important; you ahve to try it on periodicallyu and measure and suxh.

[I aoologize for the shitty typing, I went to a weddding with my famiyl and had a few glasses of champeange]


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thishoknits on June 30, 2007 12:06:02 AM

My only thing now is that since my gauge is off, I was wondering how many inches from the top is it that you divide the arms and continue on from the body?
gauge really isn't that important; you ahve to try it on periodicallyu and measure and suxh.

[I aoologize for the shitty typing, I went to a weddding with my famiyl and had a few glasses of champeange]


Hehehehehe.  Was it good Champagne? 

I threaded it on some waste yarn and tried it on.  I was PLEASED with how it looked, actually kind of shocked I might say.  It's not looking half bad.  I want to do a somewhat empire waist with it.  Maybe knit a band under my bust and then increase some afterwards to blouse it out a bit.  Ohh the things you can do with a top down raglan


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on June 30, 2007 01:31:14 PM
I worked so hard for the last couple of days and divided the sleeves last night and decided to try my sweater on.  It fit pretty well but I'm such a dork and forgot to cast on extra stitches on the front because I'm making a cardigan rather than the pullover.  Since I didn't have enough stitches, I did extra increases which, of course, created a V at the neck.  Anyhow, it didn't look bad but I decided it has to be perfect so I frogged it and had to started over.  I think a little bit of my soul dies when I have to frog.  :(  The second time around is going much more smoothly, though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on June 30, 2007 10:45:26 PM

My only thing now is that since my gauge is off, I was wondering how many inches from the top is it that you divide the arms and continue on from the body?
gauge really isn't that important; you ahve to try it on periodicallyu and measure and suxh.

[I aoologize for the shitty typing, I went to a weddding with my famiyl and had a few glasses of champeange]


Hehehehehe.  Was it good Champagne? 

I threaded it on some waste yarn and tried it on.  I was PLEASED with how it looked, actually kind of shocked I might say.  It's not looking half bad.  I want to do a somewhat empire waist with it.  Maybe knit a band under my bust and then increase some afterwards to blouse it out a bit.  Ohh the things you can do with a top down raglan

Well, good for getting tipsy. haha.

That sounds really nice!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 01, 2007 01:00:41 PM
I've been through the whole thread and I love all the raglans!

I am really tempted. Is there anyway I can get away with less than 3 circular needles?

(Like, say, 1 :))

How do you join rounds? Is it sort of like in crochet? ???

I'll start tomorrow if I can get both ciruclar needles and some cheaper yarn over in the clearance...(despite being banned from buying more yarn)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 01, 2007 08:47:07 PM
I've been through the whole thread and I love all the raglans!

I am really tempted. Is there anyway I can get away with less than 3 circular needles?

(Like, say, 1 :))

How do you join rounds? Is it sort of like in crochet? ???

I'll start tomorrow if I can get both ciruclar needles and some cheaper yarn over in the clearance...(despite being banned from buying more yarn)

Of course it's fine to use only one. Just string the sleeves onto waste yarn, that's how I'm doing mine. Also, it makes it easier if it's way different colored and thicker than the main yarn. I'm using a thin purple and my waste yarn is chunky and bright turquoise; works well.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 02, 2007 08:58:21 AM
I've been through the whole thread and I love all the raglans!

I am really tempted. Is there anyway I can get away with less than 3 circular needles?

(Like, say, 1 :))

How do you join rounds? Is it sort of like in crochet? ???

I'll start tomorrow if I can get both circular needles and some cheaper yarn over in the clearance...(despite being banned from buying more yarn)

Of course it's fine to use only one. Just string the sleeves onto waste yarn, that's how I'm doing mine. Also, it makes it easier if it's way different colored and thicker than the main yarn. I'm using a thin purple and my waste yarn is chunky and bright turquoise; works well.

And just a tip - make your waste yarn holding the sleeve stitches pretty long and tie it loose... or you won't be able to get your arms in when you try it on!

Also, to join rounds when knitting on circular needles just knit normally and when you get to the end/the beginning just keep on knitting (instead of turning the needles around) so you form a giant circle.  Be sure that before you join all of your stitches are straight and not twisted!!

p.s.  I finished mine last night!  I will post pics soon!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 02, 2007 04:13:54 PM
well, i just went to the craft store and picked up the needles for this project. i am super excited.  this is only my second project, but it seems easy enough (i say that now).  i'll cast off tonight and see how far i get. yay!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 02, 2007 04:19:20 PM
Right, well I'm getting started. I have the wrong size needle and the wrong type of yarn (although yarn and needle match) but I'm going to go ahead.  :D

Some quick newbie questions:

do I do any increasing while ribbing at the top?

when it comes to the sleeves, i take off the stitches (onto scrap yarn) and leave like an open flap which rejoins underneath with the additional cast on stitches, right?

And I am working in a spiral right?

Thanks for helping :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: punkcatknitter on July 02, 2007 04:41:35 PM
Right, well I'm getting started. I have the wrong size needle and the wrong type of yarn (although yarn and needle match) but I'm going to go ahead.  :D

Some quick newbie questions:

do I do any increasing while ribbing at the top?

when it comes to the sleeves, i take off the stitches (onto scrap yarn) and leave like an open flap which rejoins underneath with the additional cast on stitches, right?

And I am working in a spiral right?

Thanks for helping :)

No increasing on the ribbing, yes and yes.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 02, 2007 04:57:10 PM
Great! Thank you! ;D

*runs off to cast on - this time with counting!*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on July 02, 2007 05:24:51 PM
After following this thread for awhile I'm finally jumping in. This will be my first sweater, and I'm grateful to use up some Simply Soft since i have a ton of it lying around... but then, I have a ton of yarn in general that I don't have a plan for.

Here is what I have so far.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 02, 2007 05:32:29 PM
ok, so the pattern calls for a size US8 24" circular, but i have US8 32" circular...will this make any difference?  should i go get a 24" or stick with the 32"?  i think i got the 32" because i didn't see any 24" circulars...i just don't want to get very far and have to undo it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on July 02, 2007 08:36:50 PM
Do you have a 26'' circular? You need a circular needle from 24-26'' because you are working the body in the round, and 32'' is too large of circumfrence for the amount of stitches you probably will have.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 03, 2007 06:46:32 AM
yea, i went ahead and cast on, but it just isn't working. like you said, they're too long.  so, i'll be stopping by the store on the way home to pick up the proper one.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: yarnhag on July 03, 2007 11:02:28 AM
Do you have a 26'' circular? You need a circular needle from 24-26'' because you are working the body in the round, and 32'' is too large of circumfrence for the amount of stitches you probably will have.

Unless, of course, your sweater is going to be more than about 36 inches around, in which case you can probably get away with a 32" needle just fine.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 03, 2007 11:28:27 AM
I stretched all my stitches onto a 32" circular (because I bought that one, and the only other option was 16") It seems to be going ok, although they look a little loose. I think it'll be ok for the body bit, and the boatneck is ribbing which will hopefully pull it a bit tighter.

For a first go, I'm not too concerned.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 03, 2007 01:56:12 PM
OK, here is a pic of my completed raglan:


I'm happy with the way it turned out!  More pictures and extensive notes are on my blog:
http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html (http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html)

Thanks for a fun knitalong, y'all!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 03, 2007 03:09:35 PM
alright, to apparently the 24-26" circulars don't exist in houston...i've been to michael's, joanns, and walmart.  the smallest i could find was 29" and i'm going for it on that...it's my first sweater, hopefully all will go well.

p.s. that pink and grey one just makes me want to do this even more.  awesome job.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on July 03, 2007 04:18:49 PM
I'm doing pink and grey too! Just about ready to check the arms out.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Gummy on July 03, 2007 05:09:33 PM
peps, I LOVE yours!  I was thinking about doing pink and gray except I don't know where my gray went...

I really want to make one but I don't have simply soft in my stash that's actually colors I like :P

...and I really shouldn't go out and buy any more...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 03, 2007 05:22:09 PM
Paton's Zhivago would work well for this right?  I have about a dozen balls of it in black and white stashed away.  Trouble is, they are meant to be for a for a boyfriend vest.  :-\


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 03, 2007 07:10:38 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone! 

Jamieander - you should really think about investing in a set of interchangeable needles.  I have the Boye Needlemaster set that I bought at Joanns with a 40% off coupon for about $40; I've also heard the Knitpicks options set is good too.  You will never have to worry about not having the right size circular needle again - and if you think about how much money you spend buying circs... it's a total bargain.  Plus, what I loved about knitting this sweater is that you can attach an extra cord to your needles to try on without ever having to move stitches to another needle or yarn.  Think about it....


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Crow Jane on July 03, 2007 08:23:34 PM
Paton's Zhivago would work well for this right?  I have about a dozen balls of it in black and white stashed away.  Trouble is, they are meant to be for a for a boyfriend vest.  :-\

I did my Wicked (a top-down raglan) in Zhivago and it worked really well.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 03, 2007 08:38:58 PM
Cool thanks Crow Jane.  I think I'll have to put in an order with Bendigo for some replacement yarn for that vest.  It would have been too, um.. shiny for him anyhow.   ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on July 03, 2007 08:50:42 PM
It looks great Peps! I just wrote a comment on that on your blog. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on July 03, 2007 08:52:28 PM
Ugh, well I thought I was about ready to try it on and check the arms but somehow I turned it all around and knit a couple rows backwards without even noticing. I managed to get it all fixed but it took forever.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 04, 2007 12:22:34 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone! 

Jamieander - you should really think about investing in a set of interchangeable needles.  I have the Boye Needlemaster set that I bought at Joanns with a 40% off coupon for about $40; I've also heard the Knitpicks options set is good too.  You will never have to worry about not having the right size circular needle again - and if you think about how much money you spend buying circs... it's a total bargain.  Plus, what I loved about knitting this sweater is that you can attach an extra cord to your needles to try on without ever having to move stitches to another needle or yarn.  Think about it....

yea, i saw the set at michael's.  i just can't be spending $70 on knitting needles right now. BUT, i did add it to my amazon wish list, and with my birthday this coming monday maybe one of my loving relatives will get it for me. :)  otherwise, next time i have some extra cash, i'll run over and pick one up.  but for my first attempt at this, i think it's going very well now that i've cast off and started my increases.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 05, 2007 08:49:43 AM
It looks great Peps! I just wrote a comment on that on your blog. :)

Hooray!  It was practically my first comment on my knitting blog!  I feel so special.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 05, 2007 12:43:39 PM
Ugh, well I thought I was about ready to try it on and check the arms but somehow I turned it all around and knit a couple rows backwards without even noticing. I managed to get it all fixed but it took forever.

I did the same thing! I've been checking since to make sure I pick it up the right way around.

Miss_Vicki - with Zhivago will you be using smaller needles than it recommends? (as in thinner, not shorter) I'm using 4.5mm needles and wondering whether it is right that I need so many more increases (I've been using the $5 in paris pattern - which is very similar to the one on the first page).

It makes sense but I haven't knitted anything which isn't square before and I really don't want to frog it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 05, 2007 06:21:06 PM
Miss_Vicki - with Zhivago will you be using smaller needles than it recommends? (as in thinner, not shorter) I'm using 4.5mm needles and wondering whether it is right that I need so many more increases
  Do you mean smaller than the ball band recommends or smaller than the KAL reccomends?  I haven't swatched or started yet, and I don't have the yarn on me right now, but I am pretty confident I'll be using 5mm or 5.5mm needles.  I am certain that Zhivago will be fine with that size, or 4.5mm for that matter.  I imagine that the 4.5mm would need many more increases (how many more are you finding you are doing?), but then I haven't made one of these babies yet so I'd rather throw the question out to the others.  :)  Trouble is my fave 5.5mms are in use at the moment for a scarf that seems to be taking ages (the scarf yarn is a little finer than Zhivago, hence my confidence about their use for my future raglan), oh and it is 32"/80cm.  That means it is prolly too long to use normally for my raglan, and is prolly too short to magic loop.  ::)  Oh well, perhaps I should be using a 5mm anyhow, we'll soon see.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 06, 2007 01:04:43 AM
I meant smaller than the KAL recommends. I thought Zhivago looked more like DK weight, and as I can't get worstead weight yarn I thought it might be similar to what I was using.

I reckon I'll need to do around 16+ increases (the pattern says 7!)

I used 32" needles, and although it was a bit of a stretch at the beginning after a couple of rows they were fine - with the boatneck shape.

Thanks for your help :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on July 06, 2007 05:08:06 PM
Well I'm making some progress, after lots of mistakes. It is almost too boring of a knit that I stop paying attention and end up with weird mishaps. Nonetheless I am very excited that it is starting to look like something!



I'm already coming up with lots of ideas for many more of these.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 06, 2007 09:23:54 PM
Looks a little familiar...  ha ha.  Great job!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on July 07, 2007 06:11:47 AM
Yeah, I totally didn't even see yours until I cast on either, haha.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 08, 2007 01:10:26 PM
I've just spent forever reading through this entire thread and I definitely want to try this (I'm leaving to visit relatives tomorrow and I won't have anything to do this next week, so... voila!).

I am a little nervous about starting, just because I don't feel advanced enough. After reading this thread, I also see this was a really common concern from a lot of you. I do have experience with circulars and DPNS, but my decreasing is not so smooth and I've never attempted increasing.

So today I'm considering making a stop to my Wal-Mart for some cheap and soft acrylic and just go with it. I already have size 8 circulars and DPNs, so I'm hoping that they will come out to gauge. Since I don't really have a lot of spare time before I leave tomorrow, I do have one quick question:

Caron Simply soft/ Red Heart Soft/ Bernat Soft- are any of these worsted weight (or the same weight as plain old Red Heart Super Saver)? I figured while I'm waiting for the boyfriend to come home, I could whip up the swatch now. Thanks in advance.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on July 08, 2007 04:40:56 PM
I don't think you are online anymore..... but yes all three are worsted weight to my knowledge. I think that many of the sweaters you have seen are done in Caron. Don't sweat it, you can do it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 09, 2007 06:25:21 AM
Well then here goes my attempt! Hopefully I won't get bothered with "What are you knitting?" from everyone that just happens to pass by.

I'll keep you updated with pics.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 09, 2007 09:05:47 AM
Stitch and Stones-

You can do it!!  In my opinion, I wouldn't worry too much about gauge in this project (gasp!) - mine wasn't spot on.  I think as long as you're in the ballpark, you will be okay, since you adjust the size a lot as you go along.

If you're worried about your messy decreases you can always practice swatching them until you're comfortable - then once you figure out how it works for you, write down exactly what you did (i always forget).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 09, 2007 10:28:53 AM
I'm using different sized needles and differently weighted yarn than the pattern says and so far so good! (I didn't swatch)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 09, 2007 11:29:49 AM
lol - I always swatch, get a different gauge, then go ahead with it anyway.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 10, 2007 08:39:35 AM
I'm going to try this.  My results might not be pretty, but I might aswell try.  At the moment, I just grabbed some old acrylic out of my box of doom, as my mother calls it, and got to work.  I'm hoping it won't turn out to terrible!  I'm using the $5 in Paris instructions.  Wish me luck!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: leppardess on July 10, 2007 03:15:50 PM
I'm going to try this.  My results might not be pretty, but I might aswell try.  At the moment, I just grabbed some old acrylic out of my box of doom, as my mother calls it, and got to work.  I'm hoping it won't turn out to terrible!  I'm using the $5 in Paris instructions.  Wish me luck!
Just look at it this way... it's a learning experience  :D I've never made a 'wearable' before so I understand your trepidation *hugs*

For what it's worth, I've been wanting to make the '$5 In Paris' sweater and maybe I'll get to it when my needles are free (I have way too many WIP right now...). It's a good pattern and I love the neckline!

Good luck with your sweater!! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 10, 2007 08:59:38 PM
Thanks for the advice peps. If I wasn't so eager to get this done, I probably would practice... oh well. I'm confident enough.

I've had to restart the dang thing about four times- twice because I couldn't concentrate on the plane flying here then twice because I'm just dumb... I'm about to do the row to place markers (again...) and so far so good.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: leppardess on July 11, 2007 02:10:53 AM
Thanks for the advice peps. If I wasn't so eager to get this done, I probably would practice... oh well. I'm confident enough.

I've had to restart the dang thing about four times- twice because I couldn't concentrate on the plane flying here then twice because I'm just dumb... I'm about to do the row to place markers (again...) and so far so good.
Oh gawd... don't feel bad *hugs* I can't count how many times I've had to restart something because I made a stupid goof  ::) I try to look at those as... "learning experiences" LOL

Just take your time... when I hurry, that's when I end up making the stupidest goofs. Good luck on your sweater  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 11, 2007 06:53:27 AM
... I'm about to do the row to place markers (again...) and so far so good.

teehee, I just had to rip mine out because I accidentally dropped a stitch marker, and when I tried to replace it, I realized I had placed it wrong originally  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on July 11, 2007 10:10:22 AM
I dropped a place marker and put it back in the wrong place. but i decided to ignore it and instead count the stitches out when I reached the sleeves bit and do a bit of creative marker shuffling until it worked :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 12, 2007 08:54:55 AM
So far so good ladies. Made a few minor mistakes, but I just went with it cause I think it gives it character. I'm close to slipping the armpits, so that's kind of exciting. Sorry no pictures, but being on vacation does have its drawbacks.

Hope everyone elses sweaters are going well... don't give up hope!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on July 12, 2007 09:50:13 AM
I'm almost finished with the body, just 10 cm or so to go. I'm knitting mine in wool, which doesn't go very well with the current weather. Sunshine and 25o C.

I really love knitting this and I'm already planning another one and  probably another one after that.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on July 15, 2007 07:09:56 AM

After much stalling, I finally separated my sleeves (I'm doing a top down cardi, my first).

The yarn is Bergere de France's magic (50/50 wool/acrylic blend) in a nice aubergine colour. I'm doing it on 5,00 mm needles.

If you want to read my notes my blog is http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/ (http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/)

ETA: trimmed picture.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on July 15, 2007 02:19:38 PM
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a116/jazzypom/DSC03429.jpg
After much stalling, I finally separated my sleeves (I'm doing a top down cardi, my first).

The yarn is Bergere de France's magic (50/50 wool/acrylic blend) in a nice aubergine colour. I'm doing it on 5,00 mm needles.

If you want to read my notes my blog is http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/ (http://cranberry-twosticksandanafro.blogspot.com/)

ETA: trimmed picture.


That looks really good so far  :)  And it looks like it will be super comfy when it's done.  I'm about at the same point you are with my sweater, just need to get a picture up.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 15, 2007 06:14:06 PM
that is looking really good cranberry (and i love your tank top too  ;D)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 15, 2007 09:50:44 PM
I would love to start on one of these for when the weather cools down a bit. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions on how to make puffy sleeves using the top down method. Much thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 15, 2007 11:54:26 PM
I would love to start on one of these for when the weather cools down a bit. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions on how to make puffy sleeves using the top down method. Much thanks!
  How about a row of kfb increases in the centre of each shoulder section, say about 3 inches in from the neckline and covering about 1/3 of the width of the shoulder section?  It may work, guys?  I doubt it would give more than a slight puff though, maybe if it were repeated on the next two rows it would give a real puff.  I am a little concerned that this method would look a little messy though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 16, 2007 12:23:07 AM
Even though I'm not nearly done with my top-down raglan currently, I'm already planning to make one for my boyfriend. [playing with fire? we'll see]
As I'm superstitious, I'm going to knit a few strands of my hair into it. It supposedly wards off the curse.
I mean, realistically, I'm in high school but when it ends I don't want to think it's my fault, and especially not my knitting's fault.

I'm going to use these colors of simply soft heathers:
(MC)
(CC)

Mods: It's going to be longer and looser, since that's the way he wears everything, and I'm adding thumbholes. He cuts them into, literally, ALL of his long-sleeved shirts. I don't want him getting tempted to cut into my knitting, so I'll do him a favor and stitch them in to begin with. It's not striped all over, there's just going to be one horizontal stripe a little under the armpit. I'll post pictures of my design ASAP.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on July 16, 2007 01:49:25 AM
that is looking really good cranberry (and i love your tank top too  ;D)

Thanks mates!

I'm actually at the waist shaping now. I'm doing the last 12 inches in 1x1 rib to match with the sleeves. I need to put it down for a bit because I don't want to aggravate the wrists.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on July 16, 2007 03:26:07 AM
I would love to start on one of these for when the weather cools down a bit. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions on how to make puffy sleeves using the top down method. Much thanks!

You could have a look at Glampyre's minisweater, which is a top-down raglan with puffy sleeves. When I made this I did an extra repeat of the *k3 m1* to get extra puffy sleeves. I used normal M1F increases (make one front).
http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id62.html (http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id62.html)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 16, 2007 08:23:05 AM
I'm almost at the waist shaping!  I would've started already, but I was watching my younger sister, who's five, and my dog, who has the mentality of a five year old, this weekend, whilst my parents where camping.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Gummy on July 16, 2007 10:10:58 AM
Even though I'm not nearly done with my top-down raglan currently, I'm already planning to make one for my boyfriend. [playing with fire? we'll see]
As I'm superstitious, I'm going to knit a few strands of my hair into it. It supposedly wards off the curse.
I mean, realistically, I'm in high school but when it ends I don't want to think it's my fault, and especially not my knitting's fault.

I never heard you can ward off the curse!  But my hair falls out all the time and gets knitted into EVERYTHING, so I suppose I never had to worry.

Still debating over what colors to buy for this sweater...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 16, 2007 11:26:25 AM
I've never heard of that before either, but it would be ironic if he dumped you because he thought you were crazy. LOL!

Thanks for the help w/ the puffy sleeve issue as well.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 16, 2007 12:47:20 PM
I've never heard of that before either, but it would be ironic if he dumped you because he thought you were crazy. LOL!
LMFAO No kidding.
But nah, he already knows I'm crazy.

Which is shown by this conversation:

Him: Reese Witherspoon is pretty hot.
Me: *deathglare* Hm.
Him: Oh, me and some of my friends were talking about hot girls. You know, the ones we can't get.
Me: What are you trying to say?
Him: *pause* I love you. Please don't burn her house down.

Thanks, baby.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 16, 2007 12:55:32 PM

Him: *pause* I love you. Please don't burn her house down.


lmao. smart answer.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 16, 2007 12:59:02 PM
Such a panicked guy response. I could literally hear those exact words tumbling from my boyriend's mouth in the same situation.

And Gummy- even though I'm only about to get to the waist shaping part of this sweater, I plan on making one somtime in the future just because of the ease of the pattern and the great results. So don't fret too much over the color choice because you can always whip out another :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 17, 2007 12:44:29 AM
Finally a progress pic.



It's midnight, I didn't want to switch to scrap yarn.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on July 17, 2007 02:44:42 AM
I like the neckline!

I also like the colour of the yarn.

I feel you about the scrap yarn though, it's a fuss to get it on and off, but I hear tell it's worth it at teh end.

We'll see.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on July 17, 2007 04:05:26 AM
Luckily enough I have an extra set of circulars in a size close to the ones I'm knitting on that I can put it on when I want to try it on. Saves me a lot of time and fiddly work.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: CrafterInIL on July 17, 2007 06:32:39 AM
Thanks for this pattern and knit-along!  I read through this thread yesterday and realized I had the perfect yarn at home so I cast on yesterday evening.  I'm almost ready to start doing the waist decreases!  It's knitting up very quick.  I'll hopefully be able to work on it tonight and I plan to try it on once I get through the waist decreases, so I'll take a picture then.

I'm already looking forward to all the sweaters I can make with this pattern!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 17, 2007 01:01:29 PM
It is coming along great wakeupdonnie. I like the grabbing of the boob progress pic. Classy ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 17, 2007 07:23:49 PM
It is coming along great wakeupdonnie. I like the grabbing of the boob progress pic. Classy ;D
LOL, you try holding a sweater up to you and taking a picture at the same time!

I suppose that's what timers are for, though. lmfao.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 18, 2007 07:21:06 AM
here is my last progress shot...



i worked on it some more last night, but didn't take a picture.  i'm almost done with the increases (so close, yet so far).  and so far, it's been smooth sailing...that is, until last night when one of the needles came unscrewed from the circular and i dropped many stitches...but, i somehow managed to grab them all up before any real damage was done. so no worries. :) hopefully i can finish the increases tonight and move on to the easy part (the body). i have no plans to do any shaping, i just want it to be kinda roomy not all fitted or anything.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 18, 2007 07:46:37 AM
I feel like such a slacker. I've been posting on this board for awhile, and yet no raglan on the needles. I will someday I swear. A puffy sleeved number with an off centered lace *maybe dayflower* insert.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 18, 2007 05:00:29 PM
I feel like such a slacker. I've been posting on this board for awhile, and yet no raglan on the needles. I will someday I swear.
  You are not alone there.  I got all revved up about it, but I have some WIPs that must be finished first.  :'(  I like to have a few projects at once, but 7 is too many.  Once the count gets that high I begin to forget that some of them exist - I find them when rummaging thru my stash and then I feel bad about it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 18, 2007 06:52:51 PM
Progress pictures!!!  I'm really close to my waist and it's still fairly baggy, it's bunching in then back in this picture...any suggestions?



Ew, I just realized that my tank is ripped, poo.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: WIPs on July 18, 2007 06:57:13 PM
I love your color combo! Looks great!

No real suggestions, but maybe blocking will help? ???


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 18, 2007 07:02:38 PM
I love your color combo! Looks great!

No real suggestions, but maybe blocking will help? ???

'Tis acrylic, cause I'm a cheapo.  Do you think it would work if I did a few extra decreases, or would that make it look odd?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: WIPs on July 18, 2007 07:58:11 PM
I love your color combo! Looks great!

No real suggestions, but maybe blocking will help? ???

'Tis acrylic, cause I'm a cheapo.  Do you think it would work if I did a few extra decreases, or would that make it look odd?

Sorry, I don't know! I'm a knitter newbie!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 18, 2007 08:18:56 PM
Are you saying that the back is bunching? All I could say is work with it and decrease like you were thinking, frog to the problem point and start over, or maybe sew in some darts when the piece is completed.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: burntcupcake on July 19, 2007 02:36:52 AM
Seika, that color combo is awesome, I'm absolutely in love with it.  Your sweater is looking great so far, good job!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on July 19, 2007 03:22:02 AM
Progress pictures!!!  I'm really close to my waist and it's still fairly baggy, it's bunching in then back in this picture...any suggestions?

Ew, I just realized that my tank is ripped, poo.

Do extra decreases if you can, or darts where needed ( I think Knitter's daily has an article on that particular topic).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Ruby-luv on July 19, 2007 09:43:16 AM
ok so i'm almost done-unfortunately my striping didn't end right so i think i have to do an extra stripe sequence in order to get it to the correct length-which in the end i think will make it a little too long-we'll see.  Awesome and easy pattern!  i've just completely slowed down on working on it, because this part is the boring knit knit knit knit knit part!   ;)
Has anyone else had any issues with thier striping sequence making it a wee bit long?  I know i can adjust it-i'm just more of a deal with it type of girl  :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 19, 2007 08:43:57 PM
progress!!!



hopefully it wont be much longer to finish...it's only taken a week of evening-only knitting to get this far...now the only questions is: elbow length or long sleeves?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 20, 2007 12:45:56 AM
I'm going for sleeves, because I adore long, tight sleeves. I suppose it depends on what you plan wearing it for :)

and I am halfway through the last row of decreases. seeing as i have quite a wait in the college office tomorrow, i might get quite a bit more done.

EDIT: after trying it on, I realized I am thinner than i thought, so I need... a few more increases... we'll see.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on July 20, 2007 11:46:08 AM
How necessary is it to do sleeve decreases?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: alexremy2006 on July 20, 2007 04:13:37 PM
I started my first one last night. Here's my progress:



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 20, 2007 04:23:29 PM
Ooo, I like your yarn


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on July 20, 2007 05:10:02 PM
Ooo, I like your yarn

I agree.
That's going to be really pretty.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 21, 2007 08:29:03 AM
ok so i'm almost done-unfortunately my striping didn't end right so i think i have to do an extra stripe sequence in order to get it to the correct length-which in the end i think will make it a little too long-we'll see.  Awesome and easy pattern!  i've just completely slowed down on working on it, because this part is the boring knit knit knit knit knit part!   ;)
Has anyone else had any issues with thier striping sequence making it a wee bit long?  I know i can adjust it-i'm just more of a deal with it type of girl  :P

I made mine tunic length on purpose, but as I got to the bottom I was like - "wow, I didn't put any thought at all into where the stripe sequence would end, good thing I'm making it long!"  But I'm also a very "deal with it" knitter, so it would have been cool either way.

http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html (http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html)

For people in the future I would suggest calculating how long you want the sweater and figure out how many rows you need each stripe to be based on your row gauge (instead of just going with 13 per stripe) to ensure it ends in the place you want it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 21, 2007 08:01:44 PM
I was wondering, since I'm already planning my next one of these, how one could do like, a button panel?  Kinda like what knittyknitter had sketched out near the beginning of the thread, with a couple of buttons at the neckline.  Any ideas?

In other news, I'm now increasing for hips, no pictures though.  I've sufficiently crippled myself by walking the Toronto zoo today, so I won't be moving for awhile; more knitting time!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: queen_gueneviere on July 22, 2007 11:21:30 AM
I'm sorry if this question has already been asked before.  ::)
But I was wondering whether anyone would have any suggestions for me, on how to turn this pattern into one for long sleeves?

I'm fairly new to knitting, and I prefer long sleeves.
But because this is fairly new to me, I would probably need some specifics.
I'll probably be making this sweater in a size small, which I'm guessing is started at the neckband by casting on 84 stitches.
I'd greatly appreciate any advice, that anyone could give to me.

Especially whether I would have to add more rows for decreasing the sleeves and if so, how often?
Also, if there is any just straight knit rows to add to the length of the sleeve?
I know how to change to the ribbing, at the end of the sleeves.

I have one more question, if you don't mind.
For the sleeves there is a decrease round. Do I do the decrease round right after picking up the stitches, for the sleeves?
Or do I knit a round after picking up the stitches for the sleeves, and then do the decrease round?

Thanks so much, to anybody who can help me out. I greatly appreciate it.
Thank you.   :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on July 23, 2007 06:28:01 PM
I usually crochet but recently decided to pick up knitting after 20yrs. This is my first try at a garment. It's super easy. I think I'm going to make mine solid black with 3/4 length sleeves.

My progress, I'm pretty slow at knitting:


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on July 24, 2007 01:57:18 PM
How necessary is it to do sleeve decreases?

All depends. If you want your sleeves to be snug, you'll have to decrease probably once every four rows. Your upper arm is the thickest part, no? It starts to decrease towards the elbow. For me, I'm going to ribbing on my sleeves with a needle one size down. It's going to be 1x1 ribbing.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 24, 2007 08:00:08 PM


i didn't get too much done over the weekend due to laziness. but, since the start of the week i've gotten back on track.  i was worried that it would look ridiculously stretched around the boob area, but it's not too bad...easy peasy from here on out.

one question, though, i'm worried about the way the collar looks. it kind of stands up and doesn't lay really flat.  this will sort itself out once the sweater is complete, correct?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 25, 2007 07:09:45 AM
one question, though, i'm worried about the way the collar looks. it kind of stands up and doesn't lay really flat.  this will sort itself out once the sweater is complete, correct?

I would think so, because the sleeves would pull it down some, possibly.


I finished the body, but now the I'm looking at I, I think the neckline is to big, So, the sleeves may end up being bound off closed, and given to my sisters toys as a sleeping bag or something.   :-\


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: yellowblanket on July 25, 2007 01:07:30 PM
has anyone tried knitting this in chunky yarn with a bigger set of needles? i'd really like to, but i have no idea where to start :/


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 25, 2007 03:55:25 PM
If you wanted to knit it on chunky needles I would just make a gauge swatch and do the math. So figure out how many stitches there are per inch and calculate how many inches it is across the back, sleeves, front, etc. I dont think it would be too much of a difference technique wise.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on July 25, 2007 10:40:48 PM
Hi everyone!  I had no idea a KAL was still going for this project:)  I started the boatneck raglan on Monday night, and already have plans to make the cable raglan in the next week or so.  You can see my progress < a href="http://knittingarchaeologist.blogspot.com/2007/07/whats-beyond-obsession.html">here</a>. 

I guess I can't post pictures yet :'(


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on July 25, 2007 10:50:03 PM
Hi everyone!  I had no idea a KAL was still going for this project:)  I started the boatneck raglan on Monday night, and already have plans to make the cable raglan in the next week or so.  You can see my progress http://knittingarchaeologist.blogspot.com/2007/07/whats-beyond-obsession.html (http://knittingarchaeologist.blogspot.com/2007/07/whats-beyond-obsession.html) 

I love the colors you picked! That's going to be very cute!
I love your blog by the way!  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on July 25, 2007 11:20:04 PM
I love the colors you picked! That's going to be very cute!
I love your blog by the way!  :)


Thanks a lot!  I hope it turns out well.  I wear A LOT of black so this should give my friends a bit of a heart attack.  Glad to hear you like my blog!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on July 26, 2007 03:44:56 PM
Does anyone have any ideas of how to keep track of your rows. I drop my sweater & pick it up a LOT & need an easier way of remembering if I am on a regular or increase row instead of keeping track on a paper.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 26, 2007 04:09:45 PM
Does anyone have any ideas of how to keep track of your rows. I drop my sweater & pick it up a LOT & need an easier way of remembering if I am on a regular or increase row instead of keeping track on a paper.
Colour coordinated stitchmarkers, crochet type ones that you can clip on to a stitch and leave there?  Maybe you could place some to show where your increase sections begin and end.  You could make a note of what each marker means and maybe even pin the note somewhere at the beginning of your work out of the way.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: leppardess on July 26, 2007 04:36:37 PM
Does anyone have any ideas of how to keep track of your rows. I drop my sweater & pick it up a LOT & need an easier way of remembering if I am on a regular or increase row instead of keeping track on a paper.
Colour coordinated stitchmarkers, crochet type ones that you can clip on to a stitch and leave there?  Maybe you could place some to show where your increase sections begin and end.  You could make a note of what each marker means and maybe even pin the note somewhere at the beginning of your work out of the way.
Very good idea  :D I'll have to keep that in mind for when I start my sweater... someday....  ???


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on July 26, 2007 04:58:06 PM
Thanks. I have a bunch of stitchmarkers (but I use rubberbands, how sad is that) I was also thinking of making a bracelet like the row counters with an "I" section and & "R" section so I can clip a charm in the midde of each but I'm not a bracelet person.

I must say I'm a little impressed with you knitters keeping track of big projects, crochet is way easier to kept track of.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 26, 2007 07:37:06 PM
i write down the rows on a pad before hand and which rows to increase then as i go i check off the rows.  keeps me on track. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on July 26, 2007 08:04:41 PM
i write down the rows on a pad before hand and which rows to increase then as i go i check off the rows.  keeps me on track. :)
yeah but thats what Im trying to avoid I dodnt want to carry the paper


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 26, 2007 08:52:38 PM
i write down the rows on a pad before hand and which rows to increase then as i go i check off the rows.  keeps me on track. :)

That's what I do too.  It's soooo much easier than counting as you go.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: jamieander on July 27, 2007 07:16:20 AM
i write down the rows on a pad before hand and which rows to increase then as i go i check off the rows.  keeps me on track. :)
yeah but thats what Im trying to avoid I dodnt want to carry the paper

sorry, i only knit at home so it works for me.  but, i found these on amazon.com...


http://www.amazon.com/Lion-Brand-Row-Counters-Pkg/dp/B0007LHJXS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5925051-6902516?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1185545638&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Lion-Brand-Row-Counters-Pkg/dp/B0007LHJXS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5925051-6902516?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1185545638&sr=8-1)

apparently, you slip them on the needle before hand and as you do a row you turn the number.  even if you were working on circulars you could just keep it nearby.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 27, 2007 09:13:57 AM
If you get that round row counter, you can thread it onto scrap yarn and sew it on the top of your project like a button, then take it off when you are done.  Pinning a cheat sheet to the top of your project telling you what to do on each row also works for me.  A tip - you can buy "jewelers" safety pins that don't have the curly cue round bit at the end of the pin so your yarn doesn't get caught in the pin and pull.

You can also buy a row counter at the yarn/craft store that is bigger and flat so it won't roll away making it harder to lose.  I don't remember what brand it is (Clover?) it is red and rectangular. The counting mechanism works with a clicker on top.  I prefer this counter even though it is more cumbersome because it is a lot easier to advance your rows - you just give it one quick push and the counter advances vs. fiddling with the dial on the round counter.  This counter is maybe 3 times more expensive than the row counters jamie found on amazon, but I have found it to be a good investment.  You can knit up a quick cozy for it so you can wear it around your neck or tie it to the strap of your knitting bag.  The tricky thing with this row counter is that there is no lock for it so you have to watch out for it clicking to the next row accidentally in your bag.  (In fact, I think I was just inspired to rig up a lock for mine.  I will report back.)

This is obviously a subject I have put a lot of thought into... lol.  I am a big gadget person, so I can get a bit obsessive about buying and trying all the knitting gadgets.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: alexremy2006 on July 27, 2007 10:20:00 AM
Here's my progress:




Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on July 27, 2007 03:26:48 PM
oooh, i really like it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on July 27, 2007 06:51:56 PM
lookin' good!  That's a great yarn!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on July 28, 2007 04:44:46 PM
I think that will turn out super cute :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on July 28, 2007 09:49:06 PM
Reminds me of ice cream with sprinkles and such :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: cranberry on August 02, 2007 03:00:55 AM
Topdown from the back

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1337/983477986_8017b247b2.jpg
I did the sleeves first, just to see how they'd look. I had to rip back to three inches below my armpit in order to start the waist shaping. I'm I bit bummed by the fact that the decreases and increases are going to screw up the symmetry of my 1x1 ribbing.

My reasons for plodding on (instead of zipping through knits that I normally do) is the fact that the yarn is prone to splitting, so I have to focus on it all the time. I can understand the beauty of this method, re: using that odd skien of yarn for a shrug, and just the elegance of the method, but I don't think I'll be abandoning my piece knitting anytime soon.

Sorry that I can't upload photos directly to the page (although I'm using photobucket). I've done something wrong.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Quad Mom on August 03, 2007 01:36:04 AM
I have been following this thread for awhile.  This is my first top-down raglan and thank you knittyknitter for an awesome pattern!  Here's the bit I've done so far (autumn colors--I'll have a couple of rusty red stripes in there as well):







I'm excited about this!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on August 03, 2007 08:40:22 AM
Looking good Quad Mom!  Don't you just love how you can try it on as you go?  I can't wait to see your progress with the red stripes.  Will you make them smaller or just do an even three stripe pattern?

Oh, and to anyone who is interested in a followup to my quest to find the perfect stitch counter, I found this beauty at Jo-Ann yesterday: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2874&PRODID=prd35772&source=search (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2874&PRODID=prd35772&source=search)  It locks and you can string it on a cord and wear it as a pendant.  Hooray!!





Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on August 03, 2007 08:47:11 AM
That looks great Quad Mom! I love the colors.

Can you change a sweater pattern to top down, rather than knitting it flat and seaming it together? There's a sweater I really want to make, but I'm nervous about not being able to try it on as I go along.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on August 03, 2007 11:44:32 AM
I got some lovely 100% alpaca on sale, so I just had to start another one in addition to the green and grey striped one (which is just lacking sleeves).



The ribbing is waffle stitch, and I'm using a simple clover lace on the rest. I love how the waffle stitch looks, so I'm considering extra long ribbing on the bottom of the sweather and the sleeves.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Quad Mom on August 03, 2007 02:00:55 PM
Quote
I can't wait to see your progress with the red stripes.  Will you make them smaller or just do an even three stripe pattern?
peps, I will do an even three stripe pattern--I like the bolder look it gives.  I love your stitch counter, that is by far one of the best I've seen!   :)

Derkhan,  I can't wait to see your sweater when it's finished!  I love the waffle stitch and clover lace stitch you're using: plus your yarn is soooo pretty!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on August 03, 2007 04:27:33 PM
I'm so close but I need your help!  :-[

I've done the body and the ribbing at the bottom but when I cast (bind) off it's way too tight so I can't actually get it on.  :-\

I tried the simple bind off (in k2p2 ribbing pattern). I don't know what else to do.

Any suggestions please? ???


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: eatyerhartout on August 03, 2007 04:36:20 PM
I'm so close but I need your help!  :-[

I've done the body and the ribbing at the bottom but when I cast (bind) off it's way too tight so I can't actually get it on.  :-\

I tried the simple bind off (in k2p2 ribbing pattern). I don't know what else to do.

Any suggestions please? ???

When binding off in ribbing, I always have to use a needle 2 size bigger than the one I did the knitting in. I bind off tightly anyway.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on August 03, 2007 04:59:48 PM
I'm so close but I need your help!  :-[

I've done the body and the ribbing at the bottom but when I cast (bind) off it's way too tight so I can't actually get it on.  :-\

I tried the simple bind off (in k2p2 ribbing pattern). I don't know what else to do.

Any suggestions please? ???

I noticed you crochet too. You can do a bind off with a crochet hook roughly the same size & do slip stitches it usually comes out not as tight.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: yarnhag on August 03, 2007 07:22:12 PM
Oh, and to anyone who is interested in a followup to my quest to find the perfect stitch counter, I found this beauty at Jo-Ann yesterday: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2874&PRODID=prd35772&source=search (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2874&PRODID=prd35772&source=search)  It locks and you can string it on a cord and wear it as a pendant.  Hooray!!

I've got a similar gadget -- it's a golf score counter.  Also pendant/keyfob material :-)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on August 04, 2007 09:35:11 AM
Ohh thats super cool that it has a lock on it. I have a little red clover counter, but Im always write down my tally before putting setting it down or putting it in a bag for fear that it may get bumped and screw up my count.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on August 04, 2007 10:47:20 AM
Thank you eatyerhartout and motleycruiser!

I used a combination of the two - a larger crochet hook and it's much better, well, at least I can get it over my head now  :D

onto the sleeves  :-X


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on August 06, 2007 11:08:41 AM


This is where I am right now. After separating the sleeves, I added enough stitches to make the total number a multiple of lace repeat. So nice to finally not have to sort out the lace and the increases.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on August 06, 2007 11:34:35 AM
That's beautiful, Derkhan. I love the lace pattern.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on August 06, 2007 11:35:08 AM
This is where I am right now. After separating the sleeves, I added enough stitches to make the total number a multiple of lace repeat. So nice to finally not have to sort out the lace and the increases.

I bet...I seemed to have enough trouble thinking through using different sized needles. That lace pattern is lovely though. Is the lace your own pattern?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Derkhan on August 06, 2007 11:53:55 AM
Aww, thank you both. I hope it turns out as nice as I want it to (some of the stuff I knit tend not to, others surprise me).

It might be hard to tell from the picture, but the lace is ordinary clover lace like this:

Clover Lace:

Rows 1 and 7 K
Row 2 and all Wrong side rows P
Row 3 K2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo*, rep from * to *
Row 5 K3, yo, ssk, *k6, yo, ssk*, rep from * to *
Row 9 K1, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo*, rep from * to *
Row 11 K7, *yo, ssk, k6*, rep from * to *


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on August 06, 2007 12:50:00 PM
thanks :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: decembersoflove on August 06, 2007 01:47:55 PM
this is really cool. thanks for posting this! i'll have to try it out.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on August 06, 2007 03:53:01 PM
So, I'm sort of depressed, but not dampened in spirit  :D

Okay, so I am SUPER skinny (my waist is only 26") but i have broad shoulders, so much so that when I was in a musical in eighth grade, the director asked me to remove my shoulderpads from my coat and I said I didn't have any in. Eek.

Well, I measured around my shoulder blades and right above my bust, and it came to 30 inches, and beneath my bust is 28. So, I'm basically a triangle with a serious problem. I tried on after I decreased, but I didn't make enough of them initially. So I had to frog all the way back to the 30 inch mark and work from there. It was a lot of math. but I can do it, I hope.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Quad Mom on August 06, 2007 08:55:56 PM
Here's my status.  I seperated the sleeves and then tried it on...yaaaayyyyy!  It fits!  It fits!  I'm making a sweater!  I'm a "big-girl" knitter now!  I'm so glad to have finally gotten to the point where I can make a sweater.  I don't know why, but I've  always considered the ability to knit a sweater one of the crowning achievements of knitting (just my own silly, personal feeling!  :))





I think I'm gonna knit just one wide, red stripe in the center of the sweater.

P.S.  Awesome progress, Derkhan!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on August 07, 2007 01:02:23 AM
Ahh, your sweater is going to turn out so nicely <3333


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on August 07, 2007 10:26:41 AM
Stitch & Stones - you can do it!  A knitter never turns her back to a challenge.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: berol on August 07, 2007 11:47:47 AM
Has anyone done a long sleeved version of this yet? I am, I've got to the sleeves and wondering how many decreases I should do or when I should stop decreasing? Anyone tried it?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on August 07, 2007 12:18:12 PM
Has anyone done a long sleeved version of this yet? I am, I've got to the sleeves and wondering how many decreases I should do or when I should stop decreasing? Anyone tried it?
Ah, I've been wondering that too.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on August 07, 2007 07:01:50 PM
Has anyone done a long sleeved version of this yet? I am, I've got to the sleeves and wondering how many decreases I should do or when I should stop decreasing? Anyone tried it?
Ah, I've been wondering that too.

just_a_girl did.  she posted a topic that had her sleeve notes in it here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160711.msg1620362#msg1620362 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160711.msg1620362#msg1620362)  it's after the pictures.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: CrafterInIL on August 07, 2007 07:42:52 PM
I finished two sweaters with this pattern!  So exciting!  This was such an easy and quick knit - I definitely plan to make more. 

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188450.0

Thanks for the pattern!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on August 08, 2007 09:10:29 AM
I LOVE how the Martifil stripes change on the sleeves. So pretty!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on August 08, 2007 09:23:33 AM
I did 3/4'' sleeves and have notes on my blog  (http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html) about my sleeve decreasing.

May or may not be helpful.


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Post by: CrafterInIL on August 08, 2007 09:30:14 AM
For my long sleeves, I just did the sleeve decreases as in the pattern until they felt snug and then knit until the length I wanted.  They felt slim enough that they didn't need any additional decreases.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: OnePinkHippo on August 08, 2007 12:40:11 PM
Everyone's looks so nice, I'm inspired!  :) I'm going to bookmark this for my first sweater, and once I finish all my WIPs I'll get to it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: eatyerhartout on August 08, 2007 03:11:08 PM
I did 3/4'' sleeves and have notes on my blog  (http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html) about my sleeve decreasing.

May or may not be helpful.

You did a great job! I've been wondering how pink and grey would look for this. It's beautiful.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on August 10, 2007 07:28:55 AM
I finished my first raglan sweater on July 29, but didn't post a picture here!  It turned a bit on the big size, but it is comfortable.  I made several modifications to fit my short torso and disdain for ribbing.  Currently I'm half way through a second one that is more fitted!  I can't remember my photobucket sign in info right now, so here's a link to my blog:)

http://knittingarchaeologist.blogspot.com/2007/08/5-in-paris-sweater.html


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: punkcatknitter on August 10, 2007 07:49:44 AM
It looks great, especially for a first one! You're lucky, you have to shorten the torso. I usually have to lengthen mine about 4 inches which takes longer to knit!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: meanbean on August 10, 2007 09:50:30 AM
I'm terribly excited!  I've cast on, and am nearly done with *gasp!* row 2 of my first sweater!   :o  I never thought I'd be a sweater knitter...but I'm soooooo excited!!  I can't wait to see if I'll be able to manipulate it to fit me :)

I'll post pics as I am able...what a great KAL!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on August 10, 2007 09:59:56 AM
It looks great, especially for a first one! You're lucky, you have to shorten the torso. I usually have to lengthen mine about 4 inches which takes longer to knit!

Thanks punkcatknitter!  I'm really excited about sweater #2 which I hope to finish this weekend!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on August 10, 2007 10:17:53 AM
I did 3/4'' sleeves and have notes on my blog  (http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html) about my sleeve decreasing.

May or may not be helpful.

There have been two of these pink and grey ones so far in the KAL.  They're the Simply Soft colors.  You should make one and join the club!

sdawson - I love your FO.  It looks cute short! 

You did a great job! I've been wondering how pink and grey would look for this. It's beautiful.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on August 10, 2007 07:36:39 PM
sdawson - I love your FO.  It looks cute short! 

Thanks Peps!  I wore it out tonight into the real world:)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on August 10, 2007 09:55:11 PM
I finished two sweaters with this pattern!  So exciting!  This was such an easy and quick knit - I definitely plan to make more. 

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188450.0

Thanks for the pattern!

They both look awesome! I can't wait to start knitting more in the fall!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on August 10, 2007 10:17:41 PM
Could anyone tell me how one would go about making this into a vneck?  Someone posted a link to the other topdown pattern, but I didn't understand it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on August 11, 2007 08:48:36 AM
Do you have a Stitch N' Bitch? I think it may have instruction in there.... I can't check as I am away from  my beloved books......I was thinking that all you would have to do is.............hmmm that won't work. I'm stumped. Sorry! I juat got up! LOL ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittinfiasco on August 11, 2007 10:14:18 AM
Could anyone tell me how one would go about making this into a vneck?  Someone posted a link to the other topdown pattern, but I didn't understand it.

Instead of joining  in the round, you knit the beginning flat--with just enough stitches to make your collar.  In addition to the usual raglan increases, you'll be adding increases to the edges to begin forming the v-neck.  Usually, to make a  v-neck deeper, you add more rows without increases on the edges in between--otherwise you can just make every other row an edge increase.

When you decide the V is deep enough, you can then join in the round and continue the rest of the raglan as usual--the only difference is the neckline finishing--you can pick up and knit a collar flat, then BO and overlap the edges to meet at the bottom & seam.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on August 11, 2007 08:00:32 PM
When you say adding increases to the edges, would I increase the second stitch from the edge? 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittinfiasco on August 11, 2007 08:20:32 PM
When you say adding increases to the edges, would I increase the second stitch from the edge? 
Yes. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on August 11, 2007 11:03:03 PM
When you say adding increases to the edges, would I increase the second stitch from the edge? 
Yes. :)

awesome.  super thanks to you!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittinfiasco on August 12, 2007 07:40:47 AM
awesome.  super thanks to you!
You're welcome! :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: alexremy2006 on August 12, 2007 06:55:11 PM


I finished it about a week ago. :) And I am currently thinking about making another one. :) More pics are on my blog (see signature box, it's the wordpress one)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: thecoffindontwantme on August 12, 2007 07:01:50 PM
That's beautiful, alexremy2006!
What yarn did you use?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on August 12, 2007 07:09:38 PM
That is wonderful. Any reason for not doing the side shaping? The colorway reminds me of ice cream with sprinkles on it :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: wakeupdonnie on August 12, 2007 11:23:58 PM
Oooh, that's really pretty. I'd love to see an action shot.


I'm still working on mine. I'm a little above my waist, probably. It's taking me forever because I work a few rounds, put it away for a few weeks, and repeat. bah.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: alexremy2006 on August 14, 2007 07:03:31 PM
The yarn I used was Lily Sugar 'N Cream in I think it was poutpourri.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: queen_gueneviere on August 15, 2007 09:27:52 AM
I have the exact same yarn (loads of it), and love it! Every time I do a trip to Walmart, I grab another large ball of it. I just can't help myself. lol. I don't know what I'll end up doing with it all, in the end.  ???
It's Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. The colour is called: Potpourri Ombre
 ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on August 16, 2007 06:43:39 PM
ARGH!

My sweater hates me. More than half the stitches popped out anywhere from one to four rows down. Well, it took me forever to go through with one of my crochet hooks to put them all back and the sttches look even still. However... whenever i get to the last 2-3 sitches, the yarn is so tight I can't et it through, and when I try, it just creates a bigger hole.

Anyone have any suggestions (besides ripping out more rows, which would be my last option if it could be)?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: mgumgu on August 17, 2007 06:49:15 AM
i had the same problem with a sort of lacy thing i'm doing. i rescued the stitches [i had forgotten to knit yo's] but it was tight. if you can be patient enough, try pulling the yarn from at least 10-12 sts to the right and to the left of the error, do it bit by bit slowly, tightening every stitch so you can get a couple mm yarn for the error/too tight one. it takes time but when done you can't find the error.

or, if you can just knit it[it's hard i know but ..] then you can just put the sweater in cold water and wiggle it around a bit, the acrylic loosens and stitches become more unified and homogenous.

Good luck with whatever your choice is :)

oh btw, me's a petite person with relatively full bosom too ;), i'm still trying to determine the gauge and total stitch number :P hard math .. what was your gauge and total sts?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: stitch and stones on August 17, 2007 04:08:49 PM
I would have to find my sheet with my calculations on it sometime tonight (I'm in the process of moving, but it shouldn't be too hard to find).

I, sadly, do not have a large bust, but my shoulders are that of a line backer. If it helps, my guage on size 8 circulars was 4st per inch. So I believe that I had to have 120 st for directly underneath the armpits and I had to decrease from 30 inches to 26 for my waist. Hope that helps!

That, and thank you for your advice.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: kelseymelissa on August 20, 2007 10:47:18 AM
I cast on for mine last... Thursday. :) I'd been looking forward to knitting this for a long, long time. And I finally got the courage to start (and got to the store to buy yarn and needles).



This is my first attempt at a sweater, and it's been really easy and straight-forward so far.

I'm using Red Heart Super Saver. Because I am quite broke. And I thought that, for my first sweater, a cheap acrylic is a better choice. (That way, I won't feel as bad if I mess up or something, and I can also throw it in the washing machine.)

I was going to use Bernat acrylic, which apparently is softer? But I much preferred the Red Heart colours. I'm using 'Frosty Green' and 'Aran' on a 29" 5mm circular needle.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: casmir on August 20, 2007 10:52:41 AM
Looks really good! You've inspired me - I've read this KAL, admired everyones work, printed the pattern. I guess it's time to go through the stash and get going!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: peps on August 21, 2007 06:37:13 AM
Looks great kelseymelissa.  As long as you like the yarn you choose that's all that matters!  I think those colors are fab.  Keep us updated!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on August 21, 2007 04:22:24 PM
I ended up starting another one of these last night.  I was going to start the Vneck, but all the extra purling got to me (didn't help that I was watching tv  :D )  SThe other one I posted earlier in the thread WILL get finished eventually, but I'm out of the country and I left it at home by acident.  I'll try to get pictures up eitehr tonight or tomorrow.  I'm almost at the waist decreases (4 more rows!!!) already.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: zknits on August 21, 2007 06:22:02 PM
hey everyone!

i've been secretely stalking your progress for a while and enjoying all the top down raglans!  i'm working on a top down cardigan and am finding that the sleeves get a little pucker in them around the armpit...anyone else having that problem?  how can i keep that from happening?  do i have to go with the hole and sew it up option?

derkhan - that looks beautiful!  i love it!

z


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: motleycruiser on August 21, 2007 07:30:30 PM
I'm using Red Heart Super Saver. Because I am quite broke. And I thought that, for my first sweater, a cheap acrylic is a better choice. (That way, I won't feel as bad if I mess up or something, and I can also throw it in the washing machine.)

I was going to use Bernat acrylic, which apparently is softer? But I much preferred the Red Heart colours. I'm using 'Frosty Green' and 'Aran' on a 29" 5mm circular needle.

Would you mind posting you opinions about softness and fit after you wash it a time or two. I recently got a HUGE box of acrylic & was wonder how soft it would be for x-mas sweaters. My dad is hard on his clothes so I don't want to splurge if I don't have to.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: yarnhag on August 22, 2007 06:15:43 AM
I have always foundf that Red Heart softenes up beautifully after a run through the laundry.  My first sweater I made with it was *awful* and fit porle and I hated it --- then I washed it.  It relaxed, softened, and formed to my body nicely.  A caution, though -- don't wash it more often than you have to, becauu=se it will pill quick;y if you do (nothing a sweater stone won't fix, though)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on August 22, 2007 08:36:32 AM
I second yarnhag (love that name!).  My mom likes to make me really wide, thick scarves.  Usually 6' X 2' with fringe to boot! To save her money, I always insist she use acrylic. Even after she blocks it, it softens up.  When it gets washed and dried, however, it become ridiculously soft!  As a caveat, though, she had a strange way of knitting everything just a little too loose so it drapes beautifully:)  I would recommend knitting it slightly loosely as well for the same affect. (Oh, and it does pill quite a bit.)

Good luck!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: kelseymelissa on August 23, 2007 09:11:07 PM
Progress!



I've just started the first sleeve. It seems too big, so I might rip back a bit and start decreasing sooner. The sleeves are most likely going to be three-quarter length.

Also, the shaping for the waist and hips looks noticeable when it's worn by the floor. But not so much when I wear it. (I'll post an action shot when I finish it.) The sweater's a bit big on me, too.

But overall, I am very pleased with it. I've been knitting like mad the past week, and I can't believe I've gotten this far. I'm not the fastest knitter (by a long stretch), but I had lots of travel/car time over the weekend.

Lovely pattern and so easy. :) Hopefully I'll be posting the finished product soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: FrogPuddle on August 23, 2007 10:11:25 PM
I know what my next project is!! (i'm doing the Knitscene central park hoodie currently)  I have a load of yarn already set aside for it and can't wait to join you all! (Mid September) ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Trish Fantastic on August 29, 2007 06:31:38 PM
I'm finally done with the body and am getting ready to start the sleeves. Man I am moving slow...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Gummy on August 29, 2007 08:42:59 PM
I FINALLY got yarn I'm going to use to make one of these, and I can't wait to cast on...

Unfortunately, I just got yarn for 892374234 other projects (from the joann.com sale last week), and I just started school today, and dear LORD I will never have time for anything.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Miss_Vicki on August 29, 2007 09:58:17 PM
I just finished a giant swatch for this.  I may actually get around to starting soon  ;D  just can't decide if I want to divide for a cardi or not  :-\


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: CrafterInIL on August 30, 2007 07:00:53 AM
I love this pattern!  I've made three of these sweaters already, and have my next one planned - I am going to do that one with a turtleneck and a cable down the body.  It's such an easy, quick pattern, and it's easy to make each sweater look different. 

I did make one of mine with some Red Heart I had around, and the wash did seem to soften it up.  I think it'll continue to soften.  I just don't like knitting with that yarn.  My next one is going to be with Caron Simply Soft to see how that turns out.  I love that you can use ANY yarn you want with this pattern! 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: kelseymelissa on August 30, 2007 06:48:50 PM
I'm done!
This was so easy. The first sweater I've ever knit. It took me just over a week to knit, which was very surprising. I thought it would take a lot longer.

Unfortunately, it's a bit too big. I'm going to see what I can do about that...
It's made in Red Heart Super Saver, but our washing machine broke down last week (our new one is only being installed now...), so I have yet to wash it. I'll let you know how soft it gets...

I also don't have any good pictures yet... I'm going to make a new topic with some other FOs once I get some better pictures. But here are the ones I have...




I ended up making it short-sleeved, because I realized that I'm always rolling up my long sleeves. And I figured that might wear it out a bit.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: allyinthevalley on August 30, 2007 06:50:27 PM
So cute! If you haven't washed it yet, maybe (???) it will shrink when you do and then it will fit you perfectly!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: WIPs on August 30, 2007 06:51:44 PM
That looks great! I hope it softens up and shrink in the wash!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: SlickMariaVic on August 31, 2007 03:34:29 AM
I don't think it will shrink in the was since its acrylic, but honestly it seems like fits you great from the pics!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: casmir on August 31, 2007 05:46:47 AM
It looks great, kelseymelissa! Good job!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: kelseymelissa on August 31, 2007 09:06:16 AM
Thanks for all the lovely comments. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on August 31, 2007 06:19:55 PM
kelseymelissa> wow! that looks great! can't wait to see your next one!
CrafterInIL>three?!?!?! wow! That is awesome!

I too have finally gotten the yarn to knit this baby up..... now to get some time! Thank goodness I have swatched, now to find the swatch...........


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on September 09, 2007 11:24:21 AM
I started!
Pictures to come soon! I am about 6 inches in..... :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on September 10, 2007 06:57:27 AM
yay silver!!  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: knittyknitter on September 10, 2007 06:57:42 AM
I'll be starting another one up soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Gummy on September 10, 2007 03:45:20 PM
Augh I got distracted by like 500 other patterns and haven't gotten around to this yet!  Also now I have carpal tunnel, so...huh.  But I'll EVENTUALLY join this one.  F'reals.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on September 10, 2007 04:02:51 PM
I'll be starting another one up soon.

Is your next one going to be plain?  Or are you adding a cable panel again?  I'm still working on my cabled version...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on September 10, 2007 05:57:48 PM
Here you go ladies! I put the sleves on stitch holders this afternoon,
I am using Caron Simply soft...... I had the teal but they don't sell it in Canada anymore, so I had to make a run for the border and I picked up the grey in Wal-Mart on the road to the Bellis Fair Mall! :D LOL
Always fun! No wonder you guys southside use this all the time it IS super cheap!!!
:D

Any how ther you are knitty knitter, I didn't fib! I did start it.... and I plan to finish it this week! :D  


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Seika on September 10, 2007 06:04:56 PM
ooo, very nice.

I to suffer from canada-doesn't-have-the-right-acrylic  ;)  i always pick up a couple when i go down for visits


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: rina on September 16, 2007 08:35:03 PM
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/1394855536/) (image clickable)

Been a while but after a couple months of lurking it's time to jump back into this thread!  I'm improvising a cardi in "Shocking Pink" Malabrigo, with YO instead of KFB for the raglan increases.  I'm adapting from a Fitted Knits cardi pattern for the waist and bottom.   I think it might be too small for me; if it doesn't block larger I'll have to give it to a petite friend.   ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on September 16, 2007 09:19:27 PM
Been a while but after a couple months of lurking it's time to jump back into this thread!  I'm improvising a cardi in "Shocking Pink" Malabrigo, with YO instead of KFB for the raglan increases.  I'm adapting from a Fitted Knits cardi pattern for the waist and bottom.   I think it might be too small for me; if it doesn't block larger I'll have to give it to a petite friend.   ::)

Rina, that looks great!  What a fabulous color.  I like the cardi option.  Would you mind posting your adaptations?  I would love to make one:)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: Silver Ilix on September 16, 2007 11:22:29 PM
rina> That is looking super great!!! Wow! I love that colour!

Sadly I must admit that a swap package has me a bit distracted, So I didn't get my sweater finished like I wasnted to.... but it is coming along nicely! I will post more pics to update and I hope to be done my swap packet soon! LOL ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: WIPs on September 16, 2007 11:39:47 PM
Rina-That's gorgeous! Love the color!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: rina on September 17, 2007 05:41:20 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments.   :D 

sdawson, here are the cardi mods the best I can remember:

--Cast on neckline and do garter stitch for 3/4 inch, knitting in the flat of course. 
--Place raglan seam markers, placing the first marker after counting half of the front neck stitches.  (I also provided for slightly fewer sleeve stitches and slightly more body stitches than the raglan template here calls for.)
--Purl 1 row to start stockinette and then increase every other row on the right side:  knit to 1 stitch before marker, YO, knit 2 stitches, YO. 
--waist decreases:  I did (psso, knit 1, k2tog) placed along dart lines instead of the sides, in front and back as needed. 
--waist band (as seen on right side): 4 purl rows, 2 knit rows, 4 purl rows
--from waist to hem so far:  following the peplum eyelet diagram from the feminine puff sleeve cardi patern Fitted Knits, six pattern repeats with some extra spacer stitches in the middle of the back.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!]
Post by: sdawson on September 23, 2007 08:39:30 PM
Thanks Rina!  I've been working diligently on a cabled raglan, and I am close to finishing it after about a month of on-again-off-again knitting.  I've chosen to make this in Caron Simply Soft which is actually a lovely yarn.  Not sure about its wear over time, but I love the feel of it.  I've added a moss stitch hem which will also be echoed on the sleeves and the neckline, I think.  Here's my progress thus far (sorry about the size, I don't know how to make it smaller):


I hope to wrap this up soon, although I am not allowed to knit on it this week:(  Darn polygamy...see my blog to find out more...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on September 23, 2007 08:45:09 PM
Ooh! I like that cable!  sdawson, I might have to knit one in homage! :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: yellowblanket on September 23, 2007 09:25:54 PM
beautiful beautiful cabling...i've been meaning to try one with cables :) all mine have been pretty plain so far in the stitch department.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on September 23, 2007 10:35:05 PM
Ooo, cool cable! Love it! That's pretty!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on September 24, 2007 03:06:25 AM
Wow! That's really beautiful.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rina on September 24, 2007 07:54:55 AM
That's really beautiful!  I've seen that color and love it.   


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on September 25, 2007 03:54:51 PM
sdawson> That looks great! Now I want to make one with a cable! LOL Thanks for the inspiration! I know that it was a while back that the cable idea sprung up..... but your raglan refreshes it.

I have great news (well I think it's great!) I am done... pics to follow soon!
I may wear it to knit night tonight! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sdawson on September 25, 2007 07:20:47 PM
Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!  It's a labor of love, but I'm really enjoying knitting it up:)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on September 25, 2007 08:37:46 PM
Love love lovin' it! That brings me back to my mom's raglan I made her... What a previous joy upon knitting it and current hate that she never wears it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on September 27, 2007 10:33:32 PM
And here is my little triumph.
Short sleeves this time, next one will have longer.


I also am happy with how the striping came out. I used two balls of Caron Simply Soft right to the end of the balls! LOL :D
Now to move on to another.... ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: snowyangel on September 27, 2007 10:36:28 PM
Wow i love the top, in perfect colors too!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sdawson on September 28, 2007 05:12:10 AM
Silver Ilix - I love it!  What great colors, and the striping is fantastic.  I particularly like the way the stripes invert themselves along the length of the sweater.  Super cute!  OMG! Is that moss stitch I see on your collar and hem???  Fabulous!  Sigh...will the urge to keep making these sweaters never subside?  Hmm...I think I have some more Caron lying around after I finish my cabled friend...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on September 28, 2007 05:56:04 AM
Wow, Silver Ilix, that is so cool!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on September 28, 2007 04:20:05 PM
I just have a quick question about cables: Is there anything special you have to do to format them to working in the round?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on September 28, 2007 04:51:37 PM
If you're charting them, no. 

If you've got written directions, check to see if they're meant for flat or in the round knitting. When they're written for flat knitting, you need to reverse the stitches on the WS rows, but it's usually intuitive once you get the hang of it. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: michelle2007 on September 30, 2007 02:05:10 PM
I know this might be a really silly question to ask, but i'm working on the top down raglan, and was relieved to get to the part where i do the rib for the bottom of the sweater, to find the rib i was doing is coming out wrong, i'm doing 2x2 rib. I'm not used to knitting in the round, in fact this is my first knit sweater... so is there different rules to rib for knitting in a round, because i'm puzzled at what i'm doing wrong. Can anyone else tell me if knitting in a round can make the rib stitch different???  ???


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: fishie on September 30, 2007 02:42:46 PM
Can anyone else tell me if knitting in a round can make the rib stitch different???  ???

Ribbing shouldn't be any different in the round than flat.  Just make sure that you check the stitches below what you're working on to make sure you're doing the right stitch.  One problem you could be having is you didn't have the right number of stitches for a 2x2 rib.  you need a multiple of 4 for it to work, otherwise you end up with a block of 4 knits or 4 purls.  It's easy to fix by increasing by a couple stitches right before you start the ribbing.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: michelle2007 on September 30, 2007 03:19:22 PM
thanks fishie  :)

at least i know theres no difference than doing rib on flat knitting now, must have done something wrong somewhere with the stitches, and also will need to re-count the stitches to see if i have the right amount... after i've un-knit the rows of messy rib i've done, hopefully i can get it right this time  ;D

thanks again.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on September 30, 2007 05:33:30 PM
I have a sweater I was going to knit for my bf that has a great cable running down the middle with a horseshoe cable to either side.  The pattern is written for flat knitting so when you cable in the round do you just knit stitches as you see them, no purling on wrongside,knitting on rightside etc?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on September 30, 2007 06:22:30 PM
I have a sweater I was going to knit for my bf that has a great cable running down the middle with a horseshoe cable to either side.  The pattern is written for flat knitting so when you cable in the round do you just knit stitches as you see them, no purling on wrongside,knitting on rightside etc?

yep :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sdawson on September 30, 2007 06:34:09 PM
I have a sweater I was going to knit for my bf that has a great cable running down the middle with a horseshoe cable to either side.  The pattern is written for flat knitting so when you cable in the round do you just knit stitches as you see them, no purling on wrongside,knitting on rightside etc?

This sounds about right, but I remember having some difficulty the first few rows of my cable.  It was a while ago, though, and I can't remember exactly what the problem was.  I think I had to invert all the stitches on the wrong side rows in the pattern.  For example, Row 2 of my Double Waves cable had p2, k3, p2, k2, p2, k3, p2 for flat knitting.  I had to change it to k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k2 for circular knitting.  (This only applies to rows on the wrong side in the original pattern.)

Hope this helps!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: becarita on September 30, 2007 10:03:52 PM
So I ran out and bought one more skein of simply soft, as I already have 1 and half lying around, cast on 88 stitches on my size 8 needles (24" long) and there was no way I was going to be able to join the stitches.  I tried size 10 needles, 16" and still no luck.  Amy I doing something wrong, or should I be starting with much shorter needles and then moving up to the larger size as I increase?  Keep in mind, I was watching the Simpsons and Family Guy while trying to start this, so that could be the problem :)

Becky
 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on September 30, 2007 10:40:08 PM
you should try one of the methods recommended at knittinghelp. :)

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/ (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: berol on September 30, 2007 11:19:21 PM
I used a 24" size 7 (4.5mm) needle. It was a bit of a stretch at the beginning to join the round but after a few increases it was fine. You might have to stretch the stitches a little if you don't have lots of needle sizes. (I used 1 circ and 1 set of DPN's)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: michelle2007 on October 01, 2007 01:24:46 AM
I used 24" circs as well, was a bit tight at first, but after a couple of rows it gets easier and didn't stretch.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Derkhan on October 01, 2007 02:47:44 AM
I'm still knitting two of these. The brown alpaca I posted pictures of earlier just needs sleeves, but I'm not completely happy with how it turned out so I've put it on hold trying to decide wether to frog or not.

My other one features irregular green, grey and blue stripes, and is turning out most satisfactory. Sleeve and a half to go.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: becarita on October 01, 2007 07:38:29 AM
I may try again with my size 10 needles.  I've done a number of things on circular needles and I know I'm a tight knitter, but when I first cast on, I had at least 6 inches of unused space on the needles.

Becky



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 01, 2007 04:04:23 PM
belated thank you for snowyangel and sdawson for your kind praise!
Thanks!
I have to say that I love this sweater............it's not too thick so I can layer with it too.... now I have to run to the states and get more of that yarn. It was super nice to work with! I still can't belive how cheap it was!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on October 03, 2007 05:49:19 PM
I've done enough scarves and I really want to start on sweaters now!!!

I've looked at a lot of patterns and want to make them, but I think I'll start with this one instead. No seaming!

After I finish my scarf, my mom's going to take me to Michaels to get the needles and yarn.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 03, 2007 08:35:27 PM
I am starting another tonight with some aran acrylic.I think I am going to follow sdawson and knittyknitter in using cables..... I am thinking on the arms however.....so we shall see what I end up with! :D
Hope to have some progress shots soon.
Can't wait to see what you come up with WIPs.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on October 03, 2007 08:37:32 PM
I am starting another tonight with some aran acrylic.I think I am going to follow sdawson and knittyknitter in using cables..... I am thinking on the arms however.....so we shall see what I end up with! :D
Hope to have some progress shots soon.
Can't wait to see what you come up with WIPs.

Can't wait to see yours too! I recently just tried cables, so I'm in a kind of cable phase. Not sure if I can handle it though.

I want to try stripes, but I'm not sure how to do it. I remember reading in this thread (read all the pages) having trouble with the stripes lining up.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on October 03, 2007 08:39:24 PM
This (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.msg1858843;topicseen#msg1858843) cabled one is amazing! :o

Any idea how to do it?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on October 03, 2007 08:56:40 PM
I've never done it myself, but I'm asuming she just did a basic cable within the raglan shaping. So instead of having one stitch marker have one stitch marker, enough space for the cable pattern, then another stitch marker. The increases are also yarn overs to get that lacy look.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 03, 2007 10:52:44 PM
I have been working on mine from July in the past few days, but when I binded off today, it was too tight around my hips, so I have to take out the ribbing and increase some more...

Oh well, photos when that is fixed. It's discouraging, but I love doing it so it's okay. Then just the sleeves left!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sdawson on October 04, 2007 05:40:28 AM
Sweet Marie!  That sweater is awesome!  Hmm...I agree that it's just a matter of adding in small side panels before and after the YOs, but the effect is amazing.  I am so conflicted.  I have to finish at least another sweater before I can start another on eof these.  I finally finished my first long sleeve sweater last night.  It was not made in the round., and boy was all that seaming tedious!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 04, 2007 06:22:10 AM
Okay, I really hope that I'm not jinxing myself by posting but I started my top down raglan (long sleeved boat neck) in Simply Soft Heathers (deep plum heather). I had originally wanted to make it out of regular SS in country blue but the deep plum caught my eye when I was at Walmart the other day so I temporarily ditched the country blue and started up with the deep plum. I'll probably use the country blue for another sweater (I'm really liking that cabled one that punkcatknitter did so I might use it for that one...).

After a few false starts, I'm finally about 7 inches into it. Hopefully, by later tonight, I'll be done with the sleeve increases.

I really love everyone's sweaters and it's inspiring me to get moving on mine.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on October 04, 2007 07:47:04 AM
I have been working on mine from July in the past few days, but when I binded off today, it was too tight around my hips, so I have to take out the ribbing and increase some more...

Oh well, photos when that is fixed. It's discouraging, but I love doing it so it's okay. Then just the sleeves left!

Depending on how tight it is, and if it's just the BO or the last few inches, you might be able to BO with a larger needle.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 04, 2007 09:03:38 PM
Soozeq-

I wish, but being a poor college student, I only have one size eight circular. But thanks for your advice! I really appreciate it :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Miss_Vicki on October 05, 2007 03:06:53 AM
Hey there guys  :P

I finally got around to making a start at one of these.  Funny thing is it isn't the same one I swatched for about a month ago, or the one I was stashing yarns (I still have the big baggie of Zhivago waiting though) for many months ago  ::)

I am using Panda Woolbale in what I am told is a royal blue.  It is not a worsted weight, it is lighter.  That is to help cope with the fact that I am trying to make mine in the style of the 3 Hour Sweater.  Erm, yeah... clearly I have lost my mind  :-X  Well, at least it will have short sleeves then.  ;D

It is working up quite quickly, considering.  Not sure if I can put up with what 1x1 rib looks like combined with the raglan increases though.   :-\

I have nearly knitted my full shoulders width's worth.  Does that make sense?  If not I'm sorry, I'm over tired today.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: berol on October 05, 2007 03:19:55 AM
Soozeq-

I wish, but being a poor college student, I only have one size eight circular. But thanks for your advice! I really appreciate it :)

Have you tried the sewn or elastic cast off? I found a really good tutorial for a hat that I couldn't get on the binding was so tight and it helped so much! http://crankygrrrrrl.com/2007/01/15/k1p1-invisible-bind-off-tutorial/ (http://crankygrrrrrl.com/2007/01/15/k1p1-invisible-bind-off-tutorial/)

I'm still making my one of these too, although I'm going to undo the bind off, add some more ribbing and bind off more loosely.

That's a great colour Miss_Vicki!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Miss_Vicki on October 05, 2007 03:26:47 AM
Thanks Berol, it is actually not quite that bright (you all know the drill), but it always photographs that way  ::)  Funny thing is, the colour it is in the pics is precisely the colour I really wanted in the first place but could not for the life of me find anywhere (until it was too late I mean) :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 06, 2007 03:00:49 AM
So, it has begun..... :D
I think that it will end up nicely. I am a few rows away from having enough stitches on the needles to place the sleeves on waste yarn so I can continue with the body!! I seriously love how fast this knits!
I did go ahead with the cable idea, The yarn just seems natural for it. I am going pretty simple. The main cable runs down the center of the arm and is 6 sts wide.... I also decided that it needed a bit of companionship, so each sleeve also has a smaller cable on either side of the main, centerline.
No pics today gang, sorry..... I am not actually sure where the darn thing is. oops. ;)
Miss Vicki, the colour is great, it's always handy to have a great base blue sweater!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 06, 2007 01:41:21 PM
berol-
This may have jut saved me. Unfortunately, I am going to have to go back and increase some, just because I want some added length to the end of the sweater, but now I have some more confridence in finishing it off.

Thank you! I appreciate it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on October 07, 2007 01:43:28 PM
Hey girls!!

I just wanted to let you know that I decided to finally "finalize" the written out pattern to my mom's scuptor's song raglan, as seen on the first page. I finally found a way to transfer the exel charted pattern without distorting the picture. The pattern will be on a pdf, and renamed "Entwined Cables Raglan." I'll post again with more info later on. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: berol on October 07, 2007 11:13:11 PM
berol-
This may have jut saved me. Unfortunately, I am going to have to go back and increase some, just because I want some added length to the end of the sweater, but now I have some more confridence in finishing it off.

Thank you! I appreciate it.

No problem! I only just found it, after making a few things with insanely tight bind offs - there had to be a better way out there!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 08, 2007 10:01:25 PM
My progress so far... forgive the messy computer desk  :-[



I'm using Simply Soft Heathers in Deep Plum. I just got done separating the sleeves and started on the body. I'm planning on it being a long sleeve boat neck so... we'll see how it turns out  :o


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 08, 2007 10:12:00 PM
leppardess> looks like we are about the same depth in! I love that colour! Yes I have to get some more of that Simply Soft!
Thank goodness for holidays! I hope to get a bit farther along tonight.


See my blog for a detail of the sleeve cable. :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on October 09, 2007 03:28:33 AM
I think I will end up finally joining you guys here prety soon. The other night in an attempt to stash bust I got a bunch of random yarn of somewhat similar size, cut them into random sized pieces, tied them all together, and wound up the result on my skein-winder. I think I read about the random yarn thing on a website once. Hopefully it will make the process less tedious...if it works at all.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 09, 2007 03:30:17 PM
I've started one too!  But I made up the neckline arbitrarily (i.e. not based on any of the patterns), so we'll see how this works out.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on October 09, 2007 03:38:43 PM
I was thinking of doing a button-up cowl that I will pick up and knit later so should I just do the k1p1 for a couple rows to prevent curling or just start w/ the stockinette?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: peps on October 09, 2007 03:39:12 PM
I think I will end up finally joining you guys here prety soon. The other night in an attempt to stash bust I got a bunch of random yarn of somewhat similar size, cut them into random sized pieces, tied them all together, and wound up the result on my skein-winder. I think I read about the random yarn thing on a website once. Hopefully it will make the process less tedious...if it works at all.

I'm excited to see this!  Sounds cool.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on October 09, 2007 05:37:20 PM
My mom was going to take me to get the needles and yarn for this today, but she got too busy...



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 10, 2007 04:48:38 PM
leppardess> looks like we are about the same depth in! I love that colour! Yes I have to get some more of that Simply Soft!
Thank goodness for holidays! I hope to get a bit farther along tonight.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u2/Silverilix/HPIM2383.jpg[/img]

See my blog for a detail of the sleeve cable. :D

Yeah, looks like we're close :D Love the yarn you're using!!  ;D

I've done about 4 inches on the body so far, hopefully, I'll get another 4 done so I can start the ribbing *happy dance* Then... onto the sleeves!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 11, 2007 11:09:39 PM
Sweet! sounds like you are moving quick! can't wait to see it! :D I think I will have more progress by the end of the weekend. Hope to show you soon too! ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 12, 2007 09:16:18 AM
Sweet! sounds like you are moving quick! can't wait to see it! :D I think I will have more progress by the end of the weekend. Hope to show you soon too! ;)
Yeah, progress is a wonderful thing :D I'm at just about 12 inches on the body so far. Just about ready to do the ribbing and start on the sleeves. I'll take a pic of it after the ribbing is done, hopefully tonight sometime.

I gotta say that even after the first few false starts that I had with this, this is probably the most fun I've had doing a project so far :D It's easy enough to give me hours of mindless knitting but interesting enough to keep me... interested LOL I'm already picking out colors for my next one  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Miss_Vicki on October 12, 2007 06:28:43 PM
I got to the armpits of mine, tried it on and it is waaaaay too floofy.  The  top portion is fine, but I can't possibly save this thing the way it turned out.  So it is officially in the frog pond.  Good thing it is a very experimental one.   ;D  I will show pics before I unpick it though.  For the good of mankind, and all that  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: spolowitz on October 12, 2007 06:56:18 PM
I ordered my yarn off of webs last night.

cascade 220 in peony heather

I can't wait !!

I ordered 4 skeins which I think adds up to 900 yds will this be enough for a long sleeve or do I need another one?

I'm making the size medium


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 12, 2007 08:48:25 PM
I ordered my yarn off of webs last night.

cascade 220 in peony heather

I can't wait !!

I ordered 4 skeins which I think adds up to 900 yds will this be enough for a long sleeve or do I need another one?

I'm making the size medium
That might be enough. I'm just about at the end of the body and I just tied on my 3rd skein of SS Heathers (250 yards  per skein). I alloted 4 skeins to this project as I'm doing long sleeves for mine too, in addition to making the body a little longer.

But, I'm a firm believer in surplus. I got an extra 2 skeins (6 in all) 'just in case' as this is the first sweater that I've ever done and I have no idea how much I'm really going to use.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: fishie on October 12, 2007 09:19:23 PM
I ordered my yarn off of webs last night.

cascade 220 in peony heather

I can't wait !!

I ordered 4 skeins which I think adds up to 900 yds will this be enough for a long sleeve or do I need another one?

I'm making the size medium

I found this website (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/sweyarnestpullls.htm) that gives some guidelines for how much yarn you'd need for a sweater based on gauge.  Might be a good starting point?  900 seems like it wouldn't be enough for a long sleeved sweater, but I'm not sure.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: berol on October 13, 2007 12:14:09 AM
I'm making a long sleeved jumper and using sirdar country style dk, which is 340yds to a ball.

So far I've almost finished one sleeve and all the body and only just started ball 3.

I reckon you could probably do it, as I don't think I'll reach ball 4 and I'm not exactly skinny. Oh and I'm using size 4.5mm needles, which is probably smaller than most people here. (The ball band says use 4mm, but it's turning out nicely with bigger needles)

On the cascade website is says 4.5mm (#7) or 5mm (#8), which are you going to use?



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 13, 2007 08:49:14 AM
I got through the body and I'm on the sleeves now (about 3 inches)  *happy dance* With luck, I'll be done either tonight or tomorrow :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 13, 2007 09:52:13 AM
I'm about 3 inches in (total).  It's going by pretty fast but I imagine it'll start to slow down with more increases :(

I'm just using bernat super value in black.  Not very interesting.  No stripes, even.  Once I finish this one I want to do one with stripes.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 13, 2007 01:29:17 PM
I'm just using bernat super value in black.  Not very interesting.  No stripes, even.  Once I finish this one I want to do one with stripes.

Nothing wrong with that :) I think everyone should own a black sweter, just for the reason it can be worn whichever way you want it to be worn.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 13, 2007 04:24:43 PM
I'm about 3 inches in (total).  It's going by pretty fast but I imagine it'll start to slow down with more increases :(

I'm just using bernat super value in black.  Not very interesting.  No stripes, even.  Once I finish this one I want to do one with stripes.
Nothing wrong with a one color sweater... I'm not doing stripes on this one but the next one... who knows?  :D Black is a really nice basic color so you're probably smarter than I am in that respect... mine's purple  ;D And Bernat super value is a good yarn. I have 2 skeins of that but it's a green/blue/white ombre so... not good for a sweater  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: spolowitz on October 13, 2007 05:38:27 PM
I'm making a long sleeved jumper and using sirdar country style dk, which is 340yds to a ball.

So far I've almost finished one sleeve and all the body and only just started ball 3.

I reckon you could probably do it, as I don't think I'll reach ball 4 and I'm not exactly skinny. Oh and I'm using size 4.5mm needles, which is probably smaller than most people here. (The ball band says use 4mm, but it's turning out nicely with bigger needles)

On the cascade website is says 4.5mm (#7) or 5mm (#8), which are you going to use?



I'm going to use #8 I don't want short sleeves , maybe I can do 3 quater or something le sigh or just order more yarn


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: berol on October 14, 2007 02:36:44 AM
I'd have thought with #8's it'll be fine. Can you try it before you order more yarn? Say see how much yarn you have left after the body?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 14, 2007 03:21:24 PM
I'm just using bernat super value in black.  Not very interesting.  No stripes, even.  Once I finish this one I want to do one with stripes.

Nothing wrong with that :) I think everyone should own a black sweter, just for the reason it can be worn whichever way you want it to be worn.

I'm just worried that I'll get bored!  haha.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 14, 2007 05:47:07 PM
I'm just using bernat super value in black.  Not very interesting.  No stripes, even.  Once I finish this one I want to do one with stripes.

Nothing wrong with that :) I think everyone should own a black sweter, just for the reason it can be worn whichever way you want it to be worn.

I'm just worried that I'll get bored!  haha.
*hugs* That's why I usually have another, more intricate project going on... if I get bored with something easy, I can always set it down and pick up something else for a while. Then, when I get frustrated with the complicated project, I can go back to the easy one for relief :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 15, 2007 01:28:59 AM
It's almost a sweater....



I tried it on to gauge how much more I had to do on the sleeve that I'm working on... it actually fits me!!! *happy dance* A little tighter than I'm used to but nothing that I can't handle  :D

So, the next one, I'm going to do more increases so it's just a little bit looser  ;D Live and learn....  :P

Oh, I'm beginning to love bamboo DPNs LOL



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 15, 2007 08:11:35 AM
That's a really pretty color, leppardess!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 15, 2007 12:29:25 PM
That is really pretty- not exactly something I would ever sport, but still very pretty. It's going to be awesome :)

And once I get done with a personal swap I'm doing, I can go back and fix my too tight sweater, le sigh.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 15, 2007 12:59:16 PM
leppardess> That looks great!! I totally love that colour!

Gummy> I think that you won't get bored, because it goes by so dam fast! You can sit and watch TV to knit this baby!!! I can't wait to see your black sweater..... it makes me want a black one too! ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: spolowitz on October 15, 2007 02:24:00 PM
woot Michaels has yarn 2 for $5 ( acylic) and i picked up a crap load , perfect for me to practice with !!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 15, 2007 03:06:11 PM
Gummy> I think that you won't get bored, because it goes by so dam fast! You can sit and watch TV to knit this baby!!! I can't wait to see your black sweater..... it makes me want a black one too! ;)[/color]

Haha, yeah, it's going relatively fast, but I have a LOT of increases to do (or a lot of ground to cover, however you want to think about it :P).

I really shouldn't have cast on for this when I have so many other WIPs, but oh well.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 15, 2007 06:07:59 PM
Gummy> I think that you won't get bored, because it goes by so dam fast! You can sit and watch TV to knit this baby!!! I can't wait to see your black sweater..... it makes me want a black one too! ;)[/color]

Haha, yeah, it's going relatively fast, but I have a LOT of increases to do (or a lot of ground to cover, however you want to think about it :P).

I really shouldn't have cast on for this when I have so many other WIPs, but oh well.
I can't wait to see your progress... I think the next one will be black for me too :D And don't feel bad about all your UFOs.... I have such a backlog of stuff that I have in the works but this sweater is worth letting everything else wait  ;D

And thanks for the compliments on the color... when I saw that at the local Walmart, I fell in love with it and knew that it needed to be a sweater  :P (yes, sometimes, yarn speaks to me and sometimes, I have to answer...). Usually most shades of blue are my favorites but this purple was so perfect that I had to get it.

I thought I'd have been at least finished with the sleeve that I was working on but I took a break from it yesterday (hands were hurting) but I just picked it back up just now. Just reading this thread inspires me to keep going and at the same time, making plans for my next one.

Silver Ilix, how is yours coming?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on October 15, 2007 10:20:35 PM
Loooove the color!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 18, 2007 01:15:47 AM
I too have no pics, but I am working my way down the right sleeve, I hope to be on the left tomorrow and done this week! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: btrsweet07 on October 18, 2007 03:30:23 AM
Hi All,

I'm new to this site, and am addicted to knitting.. I have spent almost the entire night (when I should have been working) viewing this thread and reading the tips, triumphs, grumbles, etc.. the pictures are terrific. 

anyways.. I'm going to start mine this weekend  ;D

Happy knitting!

*Jen*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 18, 2007 03:54:50 AM
I too have no pics, but I am working my way down the right sleeve, I hope to be on the left tomorrow and done this week! :D
Kewl, I can't wait to see it when you're done :D I finished one sleeve and started on the 2nd one last night... finally. If I work on it diligently the next day or so, I should be finished (ends weaved in and everything) by Saturday?  :P I'm so pleased with how it's coming out so far and I'm planning my next one already. I can't decide between using some chunky yarn this time around or stick with SS and choose a different color.

I'm thinking about taking a page out of Gummy's book and doing a black one too LOL You can never go wrong with basic black  ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 19, 2007 01:30:57 PM
leppardess> That is what I love about this pattern, you could seriously make one in 12 different colours and then you may be tired of it! LOL
They would all look good too! SS is a good value, so I can understand why you would be considering it again. Sweet I can't wait to see yours done on Saturday! I think that I am going to aim for then as my finish date too, but the DF is off with the camera this weekend, so no pics till tues.

btrsweet07> great! Can't wait to see it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 19, 2007 08:54:47 PM
leppardess> That is what I love about this pattern, you could seriously make one in 12 different colours and then you may be tired of it! LOL
They would all look good too! SS is a good value, so I can understand why you would be considering it again. Sweet I can't wait to see yours done on Saturday! I think that I am going to aim for then as my finish date too, but the DF is off with the camera this weekend, so no pics till tues.

btrsweet07> great! Can't wait to see it!
Yeah, SS is a great value :D I finished it this afternoon since I only had a few inches to go on one sleeve. To tell the truth, I'm not totally happy with the fit... but I'm not going to frog it since it does fit me comfortably. I'll post pics either later or tomorrow.

I did decide to do the original color that I had chosen for this sweater... country blue. I'm also thinking about doing one in Bernat Softee Chunky since I want a nice, big, soft pullover to lounge around in... now, it's just a question of which one to do first LOL I did look for black SS and they only had 3 skeins and I used almost 5 in my sweater so I'll just go with the yarn that I have on hand now.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 24, 2007 09:00:00 PM
Well... it's a sweater  :D



I was dragging my feet about taking a pic of it for unknown reasons but  here it is  :P Sorry, no action shots with this one... hard to take pics of yourself, alone with no full length mirror...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on October 24, 2007 11:26:02 PM
I love it! It looks amazingly soft..


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 25, 2007 01:40:23 AM
I love it! It looks amazingly soft..
Thank you!! *hugs* And yes, it is amazingly soft. I washed it before taking a pic and it came out of the dryer way softer than while I was making it.

I've already started on my 2nd one :o :D Kind of basing it on the regular top down raglan but I'm learning the lessons from making the first one.... use smaller needles for a slightly denser fabric, that decreasing for sleeves can be a good thing and that I'm not as big as I think I am LOL


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on October 25, 2007 07:52:13 AM
Really pretty!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 26, 2007 02:24:27 PM
I love it!  Now I want to start another one in Simply Soft :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on October 27, 2007 12:01:47 PM
leppardess> I think that looks great!!
I have finished mine too! Now to take some pics.....


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 28, 2007 04:36:12 PM
leppardess> I think that looks great!!
I have finished mine too! Now to take some pics.....
Thanks *hugs* Can't wait to see yours :D

Oh, I started on my next one already  :o  :P Even though I have the yarn needed for the black one, I'm going to use up my country blue first. Seems like now, I want one of these in every color....  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 28, 2007 10:15:10 PM
So...many...increases...curse my ample bosom!

Also, I seem to have lost my camera battery recharger (again...or else I just never found it...).  One day I'll clean my room and find it.

I think I only have a few more increase rounds to go before I can separate the body and the sleeves!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 29, 2007 09:12:10 AM
So...many...increases...curse my ample bosom!

Also, I seem to have lost my camera battery recharger (again...or else I just never found it...).  One day I'll clean my room and find it.

I think I only have a few more increase rounds to go before I can separate the body and the sleeves!
(((((((((((((Gummy)))))))))))))) I feel your pain. Keep the faith that once the increases are done, the rest of it will go fast *hugs* I can't wait to see progress pics... when you get the chance ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pmack17 on October 29, 2007 09:32:52 AM
Remember: your arms don't necessarily need as many increases as your chest requires. On those last few increase rounds you can increase on the fronts and backs only.  Measure your own upper arm, count the sleeve stitches and use your gauge to calculate how wide the sleeves will be.

There's no rule that says your sleeves and sweater must increase at the same rate.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 29, 2007 12:43:57 PM
Remember: your arms don't necessarily need as many increases as your chest requires. On those last few increase rounds you can increase on the fronts and backs only.  Measure your own upper arm, count the sleeve stitches and use your gauge to calculate how wide the sleeves will be.

There's no rule that says your sleeves and sweater must increase at the same rate.
That's a really good point. For this one though, I want it to be on the baggy side but I'll seriously remember that for the next one :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on October 29, 2007 04:57:22 PM
I have some sort of nervous issue with tight sleeves, if they're long (I call it "clothes-trophobia"...I think I'm just slightly crazy, but no more so than anybody else  ::)), so I, at least, will be needing all the sleeve increases :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on October 29, 2007 09:55:51 PM
I have some sort of nervous issue with tight sleeves, if they're long (I call it "clothes-trophobia"...I think I'm just slightly crazy, but no more so than anybody else  ::)), so I, at least, will be needing all the sleeve increases :P
((((((((((((((Gummy)))))))))))))))


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 03, 2007 03:12:26 PM
help!

so.. i've been knitting for a little while now.. and i'm sick of knitting in a "straight line"..(scarves) .. so i decided to attempt this sweater.. it seemed fairly easy..and everyone has GREAT things to say about it..  so i cast on last night with Bernat Softee Chunky in "natural" (it's an off-white color) on 10.5 circulars. 

i've done the collar and it looks REALLY nice.. BUT.. i don't understand line three

Kf&b= knit into the front and back of 1 stitch

i've looked thru most of the pages .. but can't seem to find any info on what to do..

can someone PLEASE help me..

thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ekv on November 03, 2007 03:20:44 PM
help!

so.. i've been knitting for a little while now.. and i'm sick of knitting in a "straight line"..(scarves) .. so i decided to attempt this sweater.. it seemed fairly easy..and everyone has GREAT things to say about it..  so i cast on last night with Bernat Softee Chunky in "natural" (it's an off-white color) on 10.5 circulars. 

i've done the collar and it looks REALLY nice.. BUT.. i don't understand line three

Kf&b= knit into the front and back of 1 stitch

i've looked thru most of the pages .. but can't seem to find any info on what to do..

can someone PLEASE help me..

thanks!

I had trouble with this too. But, it's not as hard as it sounds. Knit your stitch like normal, but instead of dropping the stitch off your Rt needle, leave it on, and bring your Lt needle around and insert it into the back of that same stitch and knit again. Once you have that done, then you can drop the loop off the Rt needle like normal. Does that help? And as always, I thing knittinghelp.com is amazing and I'm pretty sure that they have a video for this in the increases section. Good luck!
 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 03, 2007 03:26:16 PM
If you need a video that shows it, on http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases , scroll down and look for Bar Increase. I had trouble with that too but after I saw how it was done, it was pretty easy.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 03, 2007 03:31:31 PM
wow! thank you both for getting back to me soo soon.. that helped a lot.. ! .. i can't wait to get back on the knitting wagon! hee hee! thanks again!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 03, 2007 03:57:39 PM
You're welcome *hugs* I really had a lot of fun making my first one and I'm working on my 2nd :D I hope you have fun with it too :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 04, 2007 11:32:27 AM
my sweater is coming along soo fast! i can't believe it! i'm soo impressed.. AND it actually looks like something! .. well.. sort of.. i'm on my sixth row of the repeat line 3 & 4! .. .. just wanted to say thanks for such a great pattern.. and i can't wait to finish it.. and show everyone here! :D

thanks


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 04, 2007 12:48:13 PM
my sweater is coming along soo fast! i can't believe it! i'm soo impressed.. AND it actually looks like something! .. well.. sort of.. i'm on my sixth row of the repeat line 3 & 4! .. .. just wanted to say thanks for such a great pattern.. and i can't wait to finish it.. and show everyone here! :D

thanks
Isn't this a great pattern? :D I'm taking a break from #2 to make an afghan for my best friend's Mom for Christmas (and all the other knitting/crocheting that I need to get done for presents too...). I'll probably pick it up here and there when I need a break from scarves, hats, afghans and hand warmers  :P


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 05, 2007 04:35:08 PM
I really want to be working on mine, but I thought I'd get some Christmas knitting done so that I won't be up until 5 AM making presents on Christmas eve like I did last year :P

I hope to finish mine before the end of the semester (mid December), though.  We'll see how that works out.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 06, 2007 12:29:24 PM
oh no!!! i had a BIG mishap last night! i dropped a bunch of stitches and i don't know how to fix it.. any suggestions?? i can try and post pictures .. it looks like the stitches were dropped from a couple of rows before.. and i tried picking them up with a crochet hook.. but i can't figure out which way they go!!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 06, 2007 01:31:57 PM
oh no!!! i had a BIG mishap last night! i dropped a bunch of stitches and i don't know how to fix it.. any suggestions?? i can try and post pictures .. it looks like the stitches were dropped from a couple of rows before.. and i tried picking them up with a crochet hook.. but i can't figure out which way they go!!!
There's a video on this page for fixing dropped stitches that might help ;)

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 06, 2007 04:30:23 PM
oh no!!! i had a BIG mishap last night! i dropped a bunch of stitches and i don't know how to fix it.. any suggestions?? i can try and post pictures .. it looks like the stitches were dropped from a couple of rows before.. and i tried picking them up with a crochet hook.. but i can't figure out which way they go!!!
There's a video on this page for fixing dropped stitches that might help ;)

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

you're awesome! and so much help! i'll have to check it out when i get home from work! thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 06, 2007 08:51:24 PM
You're very welcome *hugs*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 09, 2007 06:57:32 PM
yay! i finally fixed it.. and my bf couldn't notice the mistake (he's very meticulous about that kind of stuff .. and tells you how it is.. anyways) ... i'm on a roll again.. :D

just in case anyone wanted to know ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 09, 2007 08:48:32 PM
yay! i finally fixed it.. and my bf couldn't notice the mistake (he's very meticulous about that kind of stuff .. and tells you how it is.. anyways) ... i'm on a roll again.. :D

just in case anyone wanted to know ;)
*hugs* That's really good to know that you fixed it *happy dance* I hate dropped stitches with a passion so I know your pain.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 12, 2007 04:43:40 PM
All riiiiight I have one more increase row and then I can finally divide the body from the sleeves!  WHOO!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 12, 2007 07:31:06 PM
All riiiiight I have one more increase row and then I can finally divide the body from the sleeves!  WHOO!
WHOO!! Good for you!! :D The body will go fast :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on November 16, 2007 12:23:49 PM
ooh, this looks fun!  just as soon as I get the needles I need to make this can I join too? am I too late?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 16, 2007 12:44:19 PM
it's never to late to knit!!!!!

i'm not that far along.. so i can't wait for you to start.. and we can talk about how great this knits up! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on November 16, 2007 12:47:43 PM
woo hoo! ok I just ordered my needles from knitpicks, so I should be able to start on this next week :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: DM7DragonFyre on November 18, 2007 08:40:41 AM
oh my god, the last time I posted was on pg 30-- in may-ish. I finished this over the early part of the summer and it was ungodly hot here, so I couldn't really wear it.

But now I am wearing it, because the tempurature is just right :)




i look left.

It is caron simply soft, of course, in black and purple. Go figure. I made the sleeves extra long and adapted a pattern I was previously attempting (and failing) for the neckline, then just worked on with shaping and such.

Pattern I used for the neckline--> http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-026


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on November 18, 2007 02:36:42 PM
I looks great! I love Simply Soft- It's almost like you can't go wrong with it. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: FiSHWINDOWS on November 18, 2007 02:40:36 PM
ahhh!
i was looking for a simple sweater pattern (because it was getting cold....)

thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 18, 2007 07:02:30 PM
DM7DragonFyre, I LOVE it!  I was thinking of using the same color combination (or else black and pink, but I really love purple), but I ended up just doing regular black.  I also like your neckline.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: DM7DragonFyre on November 18, 2007 10:15:19 PM
thanks :)

I'm a sucker for pink/black (or just black! my recent load of laundry was amusingly goth) myself, but I thought I'd try something different. I actually really like the purple.

Also, I have a thing for V-necks. I'm an average build but not... terribly endowed, so the v-necks are pretty and accentuating while still being punky


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: autopilotstar on November 19, 2007 02:43:37 PM
Hey everyone, I've been following this thread for quite a while and I've decided to join in.  This will be my first sweater!

I cast on weeks ago and tonight I finally separated the sleeves from the rest of it.  So now I am working on knitting the body.  No pictures yet, but maybe next time I try it on.

Thanks for all the tips and pictures of everyone's progress, it has inspired me.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on November 19, 2007 03:34:13 PM
Hey everyone, I've been following this thread for quite a while and I've decided to join in.  This will be my first sweater!

I cast on weeks ago and tonight I finally separated the sleeves from the rest of it.  So now I am working on knitting the body.  No pictures yet, but maybe next time I try it on.

Thanks for all the tips and pictures of everyone's progress, it has inspired me.
This thread is rather inspiring, isn't it? :D I hope the body goes fast for you  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 19, 2007 03:35:36 PM
Bah, it turns out I was measuring like a moron and I have MORE increase rounds!  But I DO have a nice 6-hour car ride tomorrow, so we shall see what happens.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 21, 2007 12:46:52 PM
Okay, for reals, splitting the body from the sleeves.  TODAY.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on November 22, 2007 12:27:12 PM
i'm behind.. i'm on my 22nd row.. (before i try it on) .. i'm working on two swaps.. so i'm a little behind.. but it's still coming along nicely.. but it just keeps sitting on my "coffee" table.. saying "knit me"


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on November 22, 2007 11:27:26 PM
I haven't separated the sleeves yet.  I don't know WHAT I've been doing lately, but it hasn't been knitting :(

(I think I've just been eating).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on November 23, 2007 08:56:10 AM
(I think I've just been eating).

Me, too! ;) I did some knitting before and after feasting, but discovered that's not such a good idea because I tried the sock on the morning...too small!  :'(  So I'm frogging back to fix the fit. *sigh*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on November 26, 2007 09:35:42 AM
well I have my yarn. now if my needles would only arrive I could cast on for it. I'll update when I've actually started.  can't wait! :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on December 04, 2007 10:11:25 PM
is anyone still doing this KAL?  I finally got my needles, but they took so long to get here that I'm getting nervous about not finishing christmas crafts in time, so I'm afraid this one has to wait a little longer until I can finish a sweater, and a couple hats.  hopefully I can get started b-4 christmas though. 

so is anyone out there still planning to do this one?  I'd love to hear from others who plan to work on this along with me.  I'm so excited to make it, but really the gifts gotta get done. 

I'll post again when I'm able to cast on.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on December 05, 2007 12:03:54 AM
I'm still in but my sweater is on hold until after Christmas. I just got a request for socks, hand warmers and scarves  :o

Actually, I'm doing a sweater and a cardigan with this pattern so I'm double 'on hold'  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: .:dollface:. on December 05, 2007 12:15:25 PM
i'm in the same boat as everyone else.. on hold.. i have to finish one of my swaps.. and THEN start on christmas presents.. :S .. but i can't wait to continue on this sweater.. it's feels so cozy.. even thought it's about 5" long.. hehehe.. i'm sure it will be even better when it's done.. :D

what color yarn are you guys using?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on December 05, 2007 08:44:56 PM
I suddenly got the dumb idea to knit hats for everyone in my Japanese class, plus fingerless gloves for all my advisors (I'm graduating next week and I have four advisors), and then there's all the Christmas knitting.  Dear lord, what have I gotten myself into...

Needless to say, sweater is on hold until January, I guess.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on December 06, 2007 03:40:30 AM
Thank goodness it will still be cold after Christmas ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on December 06, 2007 12:09:49 PM
Haha, I'm from Chicago.  It'll be cold for a while!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: hyz on December 13, 2007 10:56:12 AM


I'm done with the body, and now I just need to get myself back into the sweater-knitting mode so I can do the arms. Something tells me it'll be June before I do that. :D

The collar got all messed up because I ended up casting on 10 too many stitches.. so I'll see what I can do with that.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: snowyangel on December 13, 2007 12:06:41 PM
Very nice color combination. Love the thick striping!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rina on December 13, 2007 03:10:25 PM
So I started this back in June and posted a couple of times, then it took FOREVER to finish.  Meanwhile I've been enjoying seeing all the new projects on this thread. 

TA-DA!!

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2109750256/)
image clickable
  I cropped my head off b/c I had bed head.   :)

Thanks KnittyKnitter for a terrific, flexible pattern!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on December 13, 2007 04:16:42 PM
I love the cardigan! Even if pink isn't my thing  ;) But it is definitely super-cute!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: juliesnider on December 14, 2007 08:06:57 AM
What a great cardigan!  It fits you perfectly, and I ADORE malabrigo!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on December 14, 2007 09:29:54 AM
Looks great!!  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on December 14, 2007 10:15:54 AM
LOVE the cardigan!  and I love the pink too  ;D

I also love the striped one.  I have some grey for mine too *sigh* some day I'll get to this!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gummy on December 14, 2007 02:52:44 PM
hyz-I love your color combination!  It seems like nobody can pick a bad one, so far.

rina-that's beautiful!

Man, I'm totally behind on my ugly ass raglan.  I think I screwed up the neckline, and it's kind of lame that I'm realizing that NOW.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rina on December 14, 2007 04:20:12 PM
Thanks guys.  It was a pain to knit a sweater in the flat but Malabrigo is so yummy to work with.  Next time's definitely going to be a pullover. 

Hyz--I love that color combo.  Don't know if it will help, but I took a crochet hook and slip stitched around the neckline to tighten it up because it was poochy. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on December 15, 2007 10:40:35 PM
hyz> I agree, great colours and the stripes look fantastic.
rina> love how yours turned out!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SesSpringett on December 27, 2007 01:13:07 PM
hi... I'm really sorry if someone's posted this already on this thread but I'm looking for advice on knitting this in chunky yarn. (341 yards per 200g)
The yarn is marble chunky by james c brett.. it's the top one... the purple is a worsted yarn and the black is a dk one.



Has anyone done it and could help me tweak the pattern? thanks, Ses :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on December 27, 2007 05:50:12 PM
Ses- If it helps you any, what I did was figure out my guage of how many stitches per inch I knit on size 8s with Simply soft, then I measured my bust, waist and hips to figure out my individual increase and decrease pattern. I know it's not "tweaking" the pattern per se, but I think this pattern is so individualized that this would be the best option.

Hope this helps!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on December 27, 2007 07:38:06 PM
The thicker yarn will work up fine, you'll need to use larger needles with it, like 10.5 or 11, figure out your sts/inch and start knitting.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SesSpringett on December 27, 2007 10:54:45 PM
Yeah the yarn says use 6mm needles, I think that's size ten right?
So should i just swatch a 6inch square and then sit down with a calculator? Eeek... I've never knitted a jumper before... I'll probably be back later with the results of my sums.!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on December 28, 2007 12:27:09 AM
That would be my suggestion- if you just write it down and know when to increase and decrease, it's really not hard! Hope it turns out okay.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: anneadeline on December 28, 2007 10:34:27 AM
I want to make one of these so bad!  I've got a bunch of Caron SS lying around, too.  Once I finish the scarf I'm working on, I'll probably start one.


Oh, and I love looking at all the pictures of the FOs.  They are all so gorgeous!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SesSpringett on December 28, 2007 02:03:10 PM
That would be my suggestion- if you just write it down and know when to increase and decrease, it's really not hard! Hope it turns out okay.

ahhahh! I just read the chapter on modifying patterns at the beginning of stich n bitch nation.... she makes it really easy!! hopefully i'll find some time to get this started soon. will post pictures when i do :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 01, 2008 01:00:35 PM
YAY!!! I found a place in Canada the carries Caron Simply Soft!!! (seriously, it's hard to find up here) I love these sweaters, so I have to admit I am considering a little stash expansion to make a few more swearers!

SesSpringett> can't wait to see how it looks, that yarn is fun!

anneadeline> YAY! join in, it goes so fast you will be amazed!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: quirkyfaerie on January 01, 2008 07:08:30 PM
Hey everyone. Great job to all who have posted thus far. I just had a question. I'm getting around to the point where I'll separate off the sleeves and work the body; I'm just not sure where exactly to stop. The markers nearly meet under the armpit, but I can only measure one side at a time. I want the arm holes to be snug, but not too tight. Any suggestions? Should I knit until they meet comfortably? And I really like the square neck look; if I make the arm holes a little tighter, won't it make the square points sharper, or am I just thinking too hard? Thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: CrafterInIL on January 02, 2008 02:50:45 PM
Here's a great top down raglan pattern that you calculate based on your gauge - http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html (http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html).  This gives a dipped neckline that is more comfortable to me than casting on all at once.  It's my favorite basic pattern.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on January 03, 2008 10:53:19 AM
Hey everyone. Great job to all who have posted thus far. I just had a question. I'm getting around to the point where I'll separate off the sleeves and work the body; I'm just not sure where exactly to stop. The markers nearly meet under the armpit, but I can only measure one side at a time. I want the arm holes to be snug, but not too tight. Any suggestions? Should I knit until they meet comfortably? And I really like the square neck look; if I make the arm holes a little tighter, won't it make the square points sharper, or am I just thinking too hard? Thanks!

Measure a shirt that fits the way you like at about the same angle your raglan inc's are going to get a good comparative ballpark of when you should stop. (Measure the shirt while it's off your body for more accuracy ;))


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: quirkyfaerie on January 03, 2008 02:38:41 PM
Knittinfiasco - thanks for the tip! I must confess, though that I was too impatient and just went for it. Thankfully it fits. That's really one of the things I love about knitting; it's a really safe environment to jump in and see if you can swim. And the worst that can happen is that you just have to frog and start over. Here's what I've got so far...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 05, 2008 07:25:05 PM
quirkyfaerie> awesome colour!! That is going to look stunning!
What yarn are you using?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on January 05, 2008 08:13:22 PM
quirkyfaerie- it looks great so far. Great color and I love the square neckline. Is it Simply Soft? I swear I've seen that color in SS.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: quirkyfaerie on January 06, 2008 02:59:41 PM
Thanks! For some reason even though it's all just straight knit stitches, it's been going really fast and easy. I usually get bored, but I should be done soon, surprisingly.
stitch and stones - Great eye! It's SS in Autumn Red.  I get more compliments on stuff I've made from SS, than from more expensive yarns. I think it's the sheen it has that makes it look more expensive. Plus in the end I get a brand new washable sweater for under $5. I'm cheap - and proud of it! ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 06, 2008 05:44:36 PM
Sweet! I wish I could get it easy up here.... sadly I have to cross the border to get SS... can't wait to see it done!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Jadzy on January 07, 2008 01:25:24 PM
Silver Ilix - I saw some simply soft on clearance at my local Michael's last week (lower mainland, BC) not sure where you're from but you could try :)

edit: I saw you're from Langley... It was at the Pitt Meadows store, but you could call Abbotsford and see if they have any


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 08, 2008 07:07:03 PM
REALLLLLLY??????
Hmmm...... may have to do that, it makes the best sweaters! The Michaels out here doesn't have any! Dang it!

Thanks for the tip Jadzy!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 10, 2008 04:09:37 PM
I've been lurking on this thread for awhile, and Monday I decided to cast on.  Here is my progress:



I added some increases to the front, so it hopefully becomes a maternity sweater.  There's more info on my blog.

I just want to say, everyone's sweaters look so nice; you guys really inspired me to try this.  Keep up the good work!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: WIPs on January 10, 2008 08:32:01 PM
I like that color combo! Looking really cute so far!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 11, 2008 02:17:04 PM
phoenixdawn, those colors are adorable!  I love it! what yarn and colors are you using?  thanks for sharing!  I'll be casting on for mine soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 11, 2008 03:22:52 PM
Thanks!  Thisi s a really easy knit.

mooshie: The yarn is TLC Essentials.  The pink is called Fusion, the brown is Chocolate, and I don't know the exact color of the tan.     


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 12, 2008 10:13:03 AM
PhoenixDawn> Yum!! that looks like ice cream to me! I bet it will be gorgeous when it's done!
Can't wait to see it! BTW what changes are you making to have a maternity sweater? My sister is trying, so I was looking to make her something special.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 12, 2008 02:08:32 PM
Silver Ilex: I'll try to explain.  After I put the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn, I knit two rows even.  On the third row, I increased ten stitches across the front.  I had 50 stitches in the front, so I knit four, knit front and back in the next stitch, repeated across to the second arm hole, and just knit fifty stitches across the back.  I knit two more rows even, and did ten more increases on the front (knit five, knit front and back in the next stitch, repeat across to armhole).  Then I knit six or seven rows; this is how far I am, but i plan on doing increases every other row for about four increase rows.  I might not need that many increases, but we'll see.  And i'm making it about hip length, so it covers my belly enough.

I hope this is clear enough, but when I'm done, i'll write it out better.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mint on January 12, 2008 10:01:54 PM
I've been lurking for awhile and I am thinking about casting as soon as I'm done with another sweater I'm working on... I was just wondering does anyone know the bust size for the large and xlarge? Thanks you!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on January 12, 2008 11:09:31 PM
I've been lurking on this thread for awhile, and Monday I decided to cast on.  Here is my progress:

I added some increases to the front, so it hopefully becomes a maternity sweater.  There's more info on my blog.

I just want to say, everyone's sweaters look so nice; you guys really inspired me to try this.  Keep up the good work!

Great looking sweater....and yummy colorway for it!
My only concern is the sleeves. It might be the picture, but it doesn't look like you knit enough reps before saving the sleeve stitches. I could be wrong. I just don't want you to find out later that it pulls to much around the armpits.

...I hate ending negative. It looks great though! And props for turning it into a maternity knit! :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on January 13, 2008 05:55:37 PM
PhoenixDawn> Thanks for the info! I can't wait to see how it works out!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 22, 2008 08:27:19 PM
I'm casting on for this tonight! I can't wait to get it done.  yeah! finally! :)  who else is working on this one?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: leppardess on January 22, 2008 11:29:42 PM
Mine is still kind of limping along. I worked on it a few days back but I had to stow it as I'm moving tomorrow  8)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: slipperybins on January 23, 2008 04:33:17 PM
I've got one!



(And look how proud I am!)

I'm figuring it out as I go, using mostly the woolworks formula. It's Patons Classic Merino in New Denim on U. S. size 8 needles and so far I love it more than just about anything else I own.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on January 24, 2008 03:16:26 PM
mycheekyscreennameis- I love that color on you! You should be very proud cause it looks fantastic!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 24, 2008 06:53:43 PM
so pretty!  I love that blue!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: slipperybins on January 25, 2008 04:16:38 AM
Thank you!

It's about down to my waist right now, and I think I have too many stitches for the back. The front is fitted like I wanted but the back seems a little baggy. I might have to rip back and decrease a little more just in the back. Or keep going and call it a learning experience. Haven't decided.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 25, 2008 09:29:58 AM
mycheekyscreennameis, my problem is increases; I'm worried I haven't made enough to acommadate the expanding belly in the next few months (I'm expecting a baby in June).  I've tried it on and it seems okay, but I'm still pretty small right now.  And maybe i'm just being paranoid because all my regular clothes don't fit anymore :( 
Have been doing the same amount of decreses on the front and back?  Or are you using short rows for the shaping?
Good luck with your sweater!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 25, 2008 09:40:04 AM
*sigh* well I got casted on for mine, and got several inches into it. I'm doing a boatneck with stripes, I had the top ribbing, the first stripe w/ the 2nd color, and had started the next stripe, tried it on, and realized that the neck was WAY bigger than I wanted.  SO... I frogged the whole thing.  casted on with fewer stitches, and I'm back to working on the first stripe of the 2nd color again.  it wasn't so bad until DH helped me figure out that I frogged over 5000 stitches!  aaahhh!! that's a lot!  lol! but it'll be worth it when I wear it rather than letting it sit in my closet for the rest of my life because I can't part with something I made, and I can't wear something that doesn't fit.  so, here's to hoping it'll fit this time! :) 

mycheekyscreennameis your sweater is looking great! I'm glad others are still doing this.  if mine fits this time I'll post pics after I try it on (hopefully today)

happy knitting!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: slipperybins on January 25, 2008 03:25:03 PM
I started by breaking down the stitches just like the woolworks formula said to, and knit about 3 or 4 inches after the point where I cast on the remaining front stitches and joined. When I tried it on, the increases were in just the right place in the back, but were actually running along the tops of my shoulders for the  front. So, I ripped out and took some stitches from the left and right front and made them part of the shoulders so I'd actually be able to get my arms through it. At the point it's at in that picture, which was just after I separated the sleeves and joined the body, it fit perfectly. I just knit even, no short row shaping or increases for the bust, but when I figured out how much I needed to decrease after the bust so it would still be a little fitted when it got to my waist, I realized I'd have a few more inches in the back than in the front. I decreased more frequently for the back than the front, but it doesn't seem like it was quite frequently enough, 'cause it still seems a little baggy to me. This is my first sweater, though, so I don't really know the rules. Can the rate you decrease affect how bunchy the fit is? I have to try it on again tonight and see for sure how it's doing.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 25, 2008 04:52:41 PM
mycheekyscreennameis~ yes, decreases can affect how bunchy the fit is.  This is also my first sweater, though, and I'm increasing, but I increased every third row to spread them out; i don't want a pleated or rippley look.  I'd imagine decreasees work the same; if you put too many close together, you'll get a gathered look, rather than gradually smaller garment.  Are you spacing the decreases evenly across the row?  That might have some effect, too.  And are you working the front and back decreases on the same row?
Sorry for all the questions, but I'm really interested in your project!

Mooshie: 5000 stitches?!?  Whoa.  That's a lot of stitches.  Hopefully you can post a picture soon.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 25, 2008 06:46:51 PM
well, I don't have new pics, but the good news is that I'm back passed where I was when I frogged it, and when I tried it on it fit just right!  so, IF I have to frog again at least it won't be the whole thing.  :)  I'll take pics when I get to separating the sleeves, and post them.  so hopefully that'll be soon :) 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: slipperybins on January 26, 2008 10:47:20 AM
Actually, I've been doing all the decreases down the sides under the arms, decreasing 1 or 2 stitches on each side every few rows. I was thinking that might make them less obvious than having them every so many stitches throughout the body of the sweater, but if I'm-a have to rip back to get the back to fit right anyway, I might try spacing them throughout the rounds and see if that makes a difference. Hrm...back to my knitting math, I guess.

(And I know my screen name is very long; feel free to call me cheeky.)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 29, 2008 07:53:46 AM
I still don't have any pics yet, but my sweater is just passed my waist.  I'm hoping to get it all done except for the sleeves (and MAYBE those too) by tonight!  it's fitting so well so far :)  how is everyone else doing on theirs?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on January 29, 2008 02:00:06 PM
I finally finished the body of the sweater; it's nice and roomy.  i'm working the sleeves, which are nice and fitted.  hopefully i'll get some pics soon.. i don't know where the camera went.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: mooshie on January 31, 2008 12:23:47 PM
I finished my sweater!
Here's a pic of it.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=104508)

I had to make a lot of changes to get it to fit me (this pattern was too big for me), and I typed it all up on my blog if you'd like to see more about what I did to get mine to fit please check it out.  maybe it'll help someone out! :)
http://michellesdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/01/lookie-what-i-finished.html

I think I'll do another one later with cables. but not today :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on January 31, 2008 09:41:20 PM
mooshie- those colors are SO FAB!!! great work.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on February 01, 2008 06:48:58 PM
mooshie - your sweater looks great!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 03, 2008 10:25:40 AM
Hey girls.

I don't want to be the bad guy, but I noticed from one of the blogs that it was written out with some modifications, but claimed as their own pattern & design, with no reference to the original pattern & designer at all.

I'm allowing you to post your mods on your blogs...because I gave it out free, but Please please please reference patterns that you are modifying, because it gives due credit to the designer, who put all the hard work in making the original pattern.

Thanks!  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: kell on February 05, 2008 04:19:20 PM
I am planning on making this with some yarn I got on sale extremely cheap.  It's rather fluffy though (umm.... a chenille core with a fur strand wrapped around... http://www.modadea.com/dream.htm), and I am wondering whether a cable pattern, or some other textural stitch, would show.  And I think I'd be really bored with just stockinette stitch for the entire thing. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on February 05, 2008 08:32:08 PM
I am planning on making this with some yarn I got on sale extremely cheap.  It's rather fluffy though (umm.... a chenille core with a fur strand wrapped around... http://www.modadea.com/dream.htm), and I am wondering whether a cable pattern, or some other textural stitch, would show.  And I think I'd be really bored with just stockinette stitch for the entire thing. 

Swatch & see. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on February 05, 2008 09:41:40 PM
Umm no, a fluffly yarn really doesn't show stitches like a smooth one. Textured yarn of any kind needs a simple st pattern; that would look great in a stockinette top down sweater.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: MinorPunk56 on February 09, 2008 09:55:34 AM
Once I finish my "Wings On My Back" sweater(which I cast on last night)  I'll have to give this a stab!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: kell on February 13, 2008 08:42:32 AM
I am planning on making this with some yarn I got on sale extremely cheap.  It's rather fluffy though (umm.... a chenille core with a fur strand wrapped around... http://www.modadea.com/dream.htm), and I am wondering whether a cable pattern, or some other textural stitch, would show.  And I think I'd be really bored with just stockinette stitch for the entire thing. 

Swatch & see. :)

That does seem obvious, I'm just being paranoid about it being so fluffy that it won't frog.  I think I might have barely enough yarn for the sweater and I didn't want to waste it.  Anyways, I should really just suck it up and start the silly sweater.  I'm thinking maybe some sort of seed stitch, which would give me something to do, and I wouldn't be too annoyed at not being able to tell afterwards. 

I just have to finish my bf's Valentine's day present.  Which will probably take until after the actual holiday.   ::)  Oh, well, he's getting used to that.

I'm really excited to start, as I absolutely love everyone's sweaters that they've posted!!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on February 13, 2008 01:54:10 PM
I've completely stalled on the sleeves.  I don't know why, but this part of it seems so tedious.  My bf thinks i'm weird; he says that if it was him, he'd rather knit the sleeves than the body of the sweater. (not that he actually knits; if he did, he would probably understand!)  But i'll knit a row or two and then go do something else.  At this rate, the baby will be born before i'm done.

mooshie: I just realized I never commented on your sweater, but i love the color combination.  It looks really good on you.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on February 13, 2008 09:25:36 PM
Stalling is a sucky place to be! I hear ya!
I remember finding that with this sweater, I sould knit it anywhere.... because it was soooo simple. That is what got me through..... that and the first one ran out of yarn so I only have t-shirt sleeves LMAO!!! ;D
Short sleeves are great! Do that! LOL At least in your case you can choose!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on March 12, 2008 11:18:39 AM


Finally finished it!  I frogged the sleeves and put some ribbing there instead.  I. Love. This. Sweater.  It's roomy and comfy, two qualitites that are important when you're six months pregnant, like I am.  My mom is having total sweater envy, too.  She said she'll buy the yarn if I'll knit one for her (without the belly increases, though).

I'm glad I'm done it, though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 12, 2008 02:34:50 PM
Looks great!  ;D
You're 6 months pregnant? Oh dang, I should work out twice as hard now...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PhoenixDawn on March 12, 2008 09:52:53 PM
Well, that camera angle and those stripes are being kind to me.  Which is another thing i love about that sweater: my swelling belly is less in your face when I wear (I've worn it three days running; my bf is now hiding it from me because he doesn't want tolook at it anymore)!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: colorlessblue on March 21, 2008 02:43:52 PM
so i've started this some weeks ago, but i've stalled and stalled at separating the sleeves because it was just soooo much work to put in the scrap yarn and try it on every few rows... i ended up knitting just 2 rows/day for some days at that stage. then i got my denise kit and started just adding cables and the sweater grew!
i'm using 2 strands of some really thin acrylic baby yarn, and US7 needles. i didn't swatch, just went with the flow and tried it on to guide the shaping. this is where i am:

i'm starting to think it's better fitted than i intended it to be. i think the body is too fit while the sleeves are loose. i intended to keep it all loose, but it seems my waist shaping is better than i thought!
i never did anything with sleeves before, so i'll worry about that when the time comes...

(btw, i hate the colour. i've read this dye company developed something that works with acrylic, and i may give it a try when i'm done with the knitting. i'm sure when i finish this i'll never want to see pink again, and the worse is, i'm just on the second pair of balls, and i still have a big black trash bag full of this!)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on March 21, 2008 11:47:21 PM
colorlessblue- looks great! And the yarn looks soooooo soft. It's coming out to fit you perfectly!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on March 22, 2008 02:38:33 AM
it seems my waist shaping is better than i thought!


Honey, your WAIST is better than you thought!  ;)  A figure that fine deserves a fitted sweater.

Sorry you don't like the color. The color likes you... very flattering.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: colorlessblue on March 22, 2008 05:50:02 AM
i think i lost the rights to complain about this being acrylic after last night. i was trying it on after the first hip increases and showing it to my friend on the webcam, and i fell asleep during the chat, wearing the half sweater! *giggles* comfy much?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: colorlessblue on March 25, 2008 07:07:01 AM


the sleeve is too wide, isn't it? i'm already decreasing every 4th row, instead of every 6th row, and i still think it looks weird...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on March 25, 2008 02:39:30 PM
http://pics.livejournal.com/colorlessblue/pic/000b5gc8[/img]

the sleeve is too wide, isn't it? i'm already decreasing every 4th row, instead of every 6th row, and i still think it looks weird...

If you used the pattern for the sleeve, it probably will be too large because it was created for a loose short-sleeve construction, that had ribbing on the edge to counter the looseness.

In the picture, the sleeve looks fine. No worries. It will give you plenty of lee-way to move about.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: yarnhag on March 25, 2008 05:32:59 PM
I think it does look a little wide.  But the rest looks FAB!  Love it.  Yeah, decrease those suckers quickly right from the top... you can slow down the decreases as you approach your desired sleeve width. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: metalpants on April 01, 2008 04:03:40 PM
I finally got the courage to start my sweater! This will be sweater #1.
But it's getting discouraging; I'm following the large $5 in Paris pattern and I think it's still too small for me. The markers will meet under my arm but I can barely move it it! Should I just add more arm increases or start from scratch with more stitches?! 

I'll keep working on the arm increases for now.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on April 01, 2008 06:52:43 PM
The great thing about this sweater is you can add more increases! Do it.... if you are worried that it will make the bust area too big at the same time increase in the arm area only. That was what worked for me. The idea here is to make a great sweater that fits you great!
Good on you for jumping in! Can't wait to see it! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 03, 2008 02:50:24 AM
Hey - this one looks like an ongoing KAL - can anyone jump in?  I love this sweater...   :D  and I may even have enough posts and time in to post a picture by the time I have anything worth showing...   ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on April 03, 2008 04:42:55 PM
HalloweenNut- This is definitely an ongoing KAL. So ongoing I nearly finished my sweater, but I sadly unraveled it last night because it came out all weird and was just sitting in my closet. I so plan to make another one (or attempt it) as the summer goes on so I'll have it by winter. So pick up those needles and get to it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 04, 2008 04:49:09 AM
Outstanding!!  My first KAL...  ;D  I have some lovely lavender Simply Soft that would be perfect for this.  I probably can't start until Monday (the haunted house I work in during October is shooting a promo video over the weekend - I'll probably spend the next 2 days looking like my avatar again...LOL) but, then, that gives me a reason to look forward to Monday!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: OnePinkHippo on April 04, 2008 02:40:28 PM
colorlessblue: I love the color! Is it Simply Soft?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 05, 2008 04:56:24 AM
Okay... As knitters, I doubt you'll find this surprising - I just couldn't hold off on starting this until Monday.  :blush:  I'm going the easy route, since this is my first one (though, if this works out, I can see making several with different colors, yarns, and collar variations) - I'm going with a plain, one-color (Simply Soft's "Orchid" - pale lavender) sweater with the basic collar.  I'm about 9 increase/knit row sets into the pattern, and I love how it's shaping up!!   :)  I'll post pics as soon as I can...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: D.I.Y.-ish on April 05, 2008 05:44:19 AM
ok...I'm doing a top down raglan cardi...(if this isn't the right place for it, let me know...move it, etc) and I have a problem with the button bands. it's going well enough, but the top and bottom edges look raw and ugly. I've tried slipping the first and last st. every other row, for a 'casted-off' look to match the neck and waist bands, but that didn't work out too well...help please?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 09, 2008 04:39:18 AM
Okay... here's the first WIP pic for my raglan (hope this works as well as the sweater itself is...)



Hope you guys like!!



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on April 09, 2008 04:11:45 PM
Ooooo pretty. I can't wait until I see actions shots  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 13, 2008 06:11:48 PM
Well - at this point, I have the knitting done completely on the body of the sweater - only the sleeves (and the weaving in/blocking) to go.  I'm going to get a current pic up in the next day or so - I'm not sure what's going on with my DCam, but the action shots I took today are dreadfully blurry.  Here's one I took a few days ago that shows some of the progress...



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on April 15, 2008 08:19:18 PM
Knitting my first sweater is on my BIG LIST OF CHALLENGES for 2008, and I just can't seem to get myself into wanting to knit one that I have to sew together, so this one really fits the bill! As soon as I get a special birthday knitting project out of the way I'm tackling this. It will be a perfect look for work or even more casual with jeans. And boy do I have a stashload of yarn I need to use. I'm so glad I found this! The best part is that I should have everything I need on hand, even if I have to do several colors of stripes...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 19, 2008 08:58:07 AM
It's done!!  It's done!!  WOO-HOO, it's done!!  YAY!!!!!   

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post finished pics here, over in finished projects, or if it matters, so I'll post it over there, and here's the link: 

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241082.0


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on April 19, 2008 02:37:04 PM
Hi everyone! I just finished one and it turned out great. Well, excepy I chose the wrong type of yarn. Anyway, there's a piture on my blog if you're interested!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on April 19, 2008 02:49:22 PM
That looks fabulous, casmir!!  Excellent job!!  I love the sleeves... I thought about lengthening mine but decided against it.  Looking at yours, I might try it the next time around!!  Thanks for sharing!! 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on April 19, 2008 08:59:30 PM
Great sweaters ladies!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on April 24, 2008 06:19:35 AM
casmir, that really looks nice made of wool, I may try a wool one after I do a summer version, but I think I'm going to try to find a cotton blend to do first, so I can wear it now. We already swtiched on our a/c here in NM.

And Halloween nut yous looks great too! I can't wait to start onmine as soon as I get this birthday knitting done!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: metalpants on May 04, 2008 01:45:10 PM
it took a while, but now this thing fits!  ;D
1 skein down, who knows how many more to go!





YAY


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: SlickMariaVic on May 04, 2008 02:49:01 PM
Looks cute. Love the color on you.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on May 04, 2008 07:44:47 PM
Looks great! Is that the boat-neck version? Was it hard to figure out how many to cast on and increase?

I have to admit I still haven't started mine. I found the thread for the Pretty in Pink Knitalong and got distracted by how quick and easy it looked. Since it was going to be my first sweater, and I already had enough nice cotton yarn on hand, I decide to give it a go. I still plan to make this one though, I really like it!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: yellowblanket on May 04, 2008 10:31:19 PM
that's looking really good! what yarn are you using?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: metalpants on May 05, 2008 03:59:00 PM
Yes, it's the boatneck version, $5 in Paris.

I knew that I would need to make the biggest size they had, so I casted on 176 sts (for the large) and followed the pattern as is. When I had did the round repeats 7 times for arm increases, it didn't fit, so I kept adding more. I think it took about 12 repeats to finally get it to work. But no, it wasn't all that hard to figure out, but it was a pain.  :(

The recommended Caron Simply Soft is what I'm using, color is DK Country Blue (so I can wear it to school even with it's evil uniform policy).

Thanks for the complaments everyone!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: HalloweenNut on May 10, 2008 12:14:12 AM
I knew that I would need to make the biggest size they had, so I casted on 176 sts (for the large) and followed the pattern as is. When I had did the round repeats 7 times for arm increases, it didn't fit, so I kept adding more. I think it took about 12 repeats to finally get it to work.

Hey - thanks so much for the mod notes here!  :D as much as I love the raglan I made (I'm wearing it now, in fact), I made it extra large and it's pretty roomy.  Not that that's a BAD thing - I'd just like the next one I make to be:  1) large (instead of XL), 2) boatneck, and 3) a bit more fitted.   I may well jump back into this KAL once I finish a few projects that I'm committed to. 

I love the way yours is shaping up, metalpants!  Beautiful work! 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on May 27, 2008 04:03:56 PM
Ok, I've decided to cast on this evening for the $5 in Paris version of this. After seeing everyone else's posts, I think I'm prob in between a M and a L, so I'm casting on the L, but may not switch to the size 9 needles for the body of the sweater. I'll see how the top is going before I make up my mind. I just know I don't want it tight. It's really hard to judge from just pictures though.

I didn't have a full unopened skein of any Simply Soft in a color I'd want this in, so I ran today to Michaels and bought two new skeins of "blue mint", which is actually a bright turquoise color that I LOVE, and I have probably another skein's worth in my bucket of leftovers just in case two skeins isn't enough. Also, I'm going with a solid color rather than stripes to have one less thing to worry about (plus horizontal stripes are NOT my friend).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on June 01, 2008 06:45:21 PM
After over a year of working on this, (or, not so much working as, looking at it and occasionally working on it) I am mostly finished.

(I look like I'm about 12 in this picture but I promise I'm not.)
I have to undo the cast-off edge and make it longer, and I have to finish the sleeves, but I've finished the majority :)

I'm thinking of keeping it short-sleeved; opinions?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Gemcraft on June 02, 2008 12:34:18 AM
I think it looks great and I like the short sleeves


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 02, 2008 05:14:13 AM
wakeupdonnie, it's looking very nice, I like the color!

I too was already thinking about trying a striped one next, either black and grape or grape and limelight. Just out of curiousity, did you cast on for the M or for even a smaller size? I'm just trying to gauge size for myself. I cast on for the L and while the boatneck seems really huge, the armholes do not and so I've done 9 arm increases already. Either I'm not getting how we're supposed to know when we're done increasing for arms or I have really huge shoulders and arms.

Oh, and I think short sleeves look great on this sweater. In fact, I was thinking of doing them just a few inches and then just an inch or so of ribbing in maybe an even smaller needle size to make the sleeves poof a bit.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 11, 2008 07:43:33 PM
Ok, so no one else is posting on this thread anymore, I apparently have a great skill for driving away everyone on every thread I join.   ;)

Anyway I thought I'd post a pic of how far I'd gotten after less than 3 full weeks of knitting...


I made the L, and decided to go with a single color, because horizontal stripes are NOT my friends. I am thinking this will fit pretty loosely, and because it's acrylic won't shrink. I'll know better when it's completely off the needles, but I'm thinking I did too many armhole increases, the armholes are quite huge! Better too big than too small, right? I mean I can always take it in if I have to...
I've only done one other sweater, the Pretty in Pink Tank Knitalong here on Craftster, so this is my first top-down, and I really liked the process so far.

I need advice though, I'm thinking of going ahead and starting the ribbing now even though I'm nowhere near the bottom yet, because it will make it pull in more and look more fitted.
What do you think? Bad Idea? Good idea? Not sure I'm ready to tackle waist-shaping yet...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on June 12, 2008 09:27:51 AM
I'm thinking of going ahead and starting the ribbing now even though I'm nowhere near the bottom yet, because it will make it pull in more and look more fitted.


I think---  Good idea!  Even if you're not sure you're ready to tackle waist-shaping yet... ribbing IS waist-shaping ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on June 13, 2008 06:03:07 PM
I totally think that is a great idea can't wait to see it. The armhole thing... well you will probalby be doing some skaping ther anyway, so hey why the heck not!?! I also think that bigger is better than too tight! Great colour..


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 13, 2008 06:14:22 PM
I love top down raglans!  They're so easy, minimal seaming, and endless possibilities!

Here is one I just finished for my nephew (he's due in late August, the baby shower is next week).  I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease (which they seem to have re-done)...normally I'm a yarn snob but since he's it'll get spit up on, needs to be easily washable, and he'll grow out of it fast...I was impressed at how soft and nice this yarn felt.  It knit up very quickly, took less than one skein of each color with more than enough to make a matching hat (although the hat will probably fit him right when he's born, and he'll grow into the sweater for winter/spring.  There are two buttonholes at the neck, I need to add buttons.




I also started a top down raglan for myself.  It's Rowan Cashcotton DK in "Pool", I LOOOVE the yarn.   It's a boat neck, simple eyelet pattern, I'm going to shape it nicely, 3/4 length sleeves, and probably add a hoodie-style pocket.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on June 13, 2008 06:20:35 PM
Oh I really like that eyelet pattern. So girly, which we all need sometimes. AND BABY KNITS! I'm such a sucker for baby knits, but I'm too young to have any friends who are having one. Makes me jealous when everyone else gets to make baby things and I don't :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 13, 2008 09:12:54 PM
Oh I really like that eyelet pattern. So girly, which we all need sometimes. AND BABY KNITS! I'm such a sucker for baby knits, but I'm too young to have any friends who are having one. Makes me jealous when everyone else gets to make baby things and I don't :)

Those are the first two baby knits I've ever made.  I have plenty of bits o' stash, mainly a few leftover skeins here and there that are just enough for a baby garment, reserved for when I or a fellow knitter has a baby (and as far as I'm concerned...not until I'm at least 34, so I've got another 7 yrs to go...ha ha).  However, I don't trust my brother and his fiancee to properly wash and care for soy/wool/silk blends, cotton/angora/9% cashmere, etc.  So...little Ian will have to settle for Lion Brand. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 14, 2008 06:42:11 AM
I love the color too, it's one of my favorites (as is the purple on the tshirt underneath). I went ahead and started the ribbing, but before I could do so, I switched back to the smaller needle that I used for the neck ribbing and knit a round , making sure to K2tg once in each underarm section, otherwise the ribbing would not have come out right due to two too many stitches. Maybe that slight decrease will also help a tiny bit with the shaping as well.

I like to knit baby things as well, so whenever someone at work has a baby (or grandbaby) and I find out about it I usually knit something up quick like a cotton bib or baby hat and socks. But it's a great user-upper of leftover yarns.

If you don't have any babies to knit for stitchandstones, and want to knit baby things, you could always knit for charity...definitely a good use for leftover yarn.

I'm temporarily de-railed from the sweater making a quick-knit throw for a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation charity auction (my boss is the local group's chair).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on June 14, 2008 12:14:02 PM
jewells68- Totally would knit for charity if I could find the time. Being a full time student working will kill you. All of my spare time goes to crafting for swaps. I know, I'm terrible.

But seeing as this semester I'm going to be on campus for like 12+ hours every day, I'm sure downtime will happen at some point. I'll just have to take up making premie caps again.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 14, 2008 01:32:55 PM
Totally understand where you're coming from, I used to work three part time jobs that added up to essenially working full time while going to school full-time (no one could give me enough hours in one job), but that was a long time ago. However, now I work full-time and am a wife and mom, so I don't really have much more down-time than when I was in school, some days/weeks if I didn't have at least one knitting project with me at all times I would never get any knitting done!

I want to crank this blanket out quickly, though so I can finish my sweater. I may have to alternate because both are repetitive and can get boring. Time to "force myself" to tay up a little later and watch a movie I think.

After this sweater I think it's time to switch back to socks for a while during summer. It's too hot to be working on large projects! Or some other small gift knitting for the holidays, and get it done early for a change...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: juliesnider on June 15, 2008 10:28:02 AM
rachillsk8 - I LOVE the sweater for your nephew!  I would love a basic pattern for my girl.  Do you remember how many you cast on and how you divided for front/arms/back?  How did you know how far to increase?  Thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 16, 2008 06:01:51 AM
rachillsk8 - I LOVE the sweater for your nephew!  I would love a basic pattern for my girl.  Do you remember how many you cast on and how you divided for front/arms/back?  How did you know how far to increase?  Thanks!


I was dong this for a baby not born yet, so I figured it'll fit him at some point and I just kind of made it up as I went along (based on how it looked).  For your daughter, figure out how many inches you'll need to fit her neck, figure out your stitches per gauge, and cast on that many.  I didn't join right away (worked it like a cardigan) and added buttonholes on one side for the opening, then started working in the round when I got a few inches down.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ehmalee on June 16, 2008 09:42:18 AM
I'm seriously convinced that I really ought to join this. After seeing the amazing results, my courage has been built up to attempt this. However, while I can easily access the yarn, I'm not so sure that the needles will be as easy of a find.  :-\ I'm not going to lie, the pattern seems incredibly daunting. I've only ever attempted socks and hats but nothing of this caliber. Now if I can just convince my mom to take me (because I don't want to go by myself when I have her wallet at my disposal  ;D )

Long story short, summer's here and I need somethign to knit :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 16, 2008 12:55:57 PM
I'm seriously convinced that I really ought to join this. After seeing the amazing results, my courage has been built up to attempt this. However, while I can easily access the yarn, I'm not so sure that the needles will be as easy of a find.  :-\ I'm not going to lie, the pattern seems incredibly daunting. I've only ever attempted socks and hats but nothing of this caliber. Now if I can just convince my mom to take me (because I don't want to go by myself when I have her wallet at my disposal  ;D )

Long story short, summer's here and I need somethign to knit :D

A top down raglan is easier than socks (at least in my opinion). 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 16, 2008 08:28:05 PM
I'm seriously convinced that I really ought to join this. After seeing the amazing results, my courage has been built up to attempt this. However, while I can easily access the yarn, I'm not so sure that the needles will be as easy of a find.  :-\ I'm not going to lie, the pattern seems incredibly daunting. I've only ever attempted socks and hats but nothing of this caliber.

If you can knit hats and socks you can knit this. Seriously. The only uncerntainty I've had is knowing when to stop the arm increases (I ended up doing 12 instead of the 7 in the original pattern, but I'm a ladies size 12-14 and rather busty). Just go for it! I only wish I had realized how easy a top-down sweater like this was years ago. I'd own a closet full of variations by now if only I hadn't been afraid to try before now... ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ehmalee on June 16, 2008 09:09:53 PM
I started my raglan this afternoon and I'm halfway through the arm increases. I'm thinking about keeping it at the original 7 because I'm using size 9 needles. I'm debating on threading scrap yarn in and trying it on to determine if I need more increases. I really don't want to as it's incredibly time-consuming and bothersome. Should I spend the hour and do it? I'm using the $5 in Paris pattern because I didn't want to fuss with the math (I'm anything but a math prodigy) and it seems to be going well so far.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 17, 2008 04:51:52 AM
I started my raglan this afternoon and I'm halfway through the arm increases. I'm thinking about keeping it at the original 7 because I'm using size 9 needles. I'm debating on threading scrap yarn in and trying it on to determine if I need more increases. I really don't want to as it's incredibly time-consuming and bothersome. Should I spend the hour and do it?

If you have another circular handy why not slip those stitches onto the circular? It will be faster to slip them back onto your working needle then if you were to slip them onto yarn instead (I tried it both ways while working my increases). I used size 8 for the ribbing and size 9 for the rest of the sweater, and it seems a bit too roomy after 12 arm increases but 7 was definitely not enough for me. Every body is different, so trying it on is key to a decent fit. It you are having to stretch the stitches quite a bit to make them meet under your arm do a couple more increase rounds and try it on again.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 17, 2008 06:34:28 AM
I started my raglan this afternoon and I'm halfway through the arm increases. I'm thinking about keeping it at the original 7 because I'm using size 9 needles. I'm debating on threading scrap yarn in and trying it on to determine if I need more increases. I really don't want to as it's incredibly time-consuming and bothersome. Should I spend the hour and do it? I'm using the $5 in Paris pattern because I didn't want to fuss with the math (I'm anything but a math prodigy) and it seems to be going well so far.

Spend the hour (if it even would take that long) and do it.  It's better to get it right the first time than spend tons of time ripping it apart when you're much farther along because it doesn't fit right, or having a finished object that you're never going to wear because you don't like the fit. 

A quicker way to get an idea is to measure the circumference of your upper arm right at the armpit, get a nice loose measurment (how you'd like the sweater arm to fit), and measure the sleeve section of your garment. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ehmalee on June 17, 2008 05:03:36 PM
So I dug down to the bottom of my yarn bin (it was a difficult task, trust me  ;) ) and wrestled out another circ and I'm glad I did. I think I'm going to have to bump up to about 10-12 increase rounds to get it wehere I need to be. It was amazing where I was and where I should have been. So more knitting for me.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ehmalee on June 17, 2008 05:07:07 PM
Total double post but has anyone attempted or heard of an attempt to make this as a button up? If all goes well with this attempt, then a button up, top down raglan may be my next endeavor.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PaintedButterfly on June 18, 2008 06:01:55 PM
I also started a top down raglan for myself.  It's Rowan Cashcotton DK in "Pool", I LOOOVE the yarn.   It's a boat neck, simple eyelet pattern, I'm going to shape it nicely, 3/4 length sleeves, and probably add a hoodie-style pocket.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/cashcotton_raglan.jpg

I love the idea of doing this sweater with the eyelet pattern.  Maybe this is a silly question, but how would you do the increases?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on June 18, 2008 08:44:48 PM
Ahhh!! I'm nearly done with the body of my girlfriend's sweater :)

Will post pictures soon :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: PaintedButterfly on June 19, 2008 06:18:35 PM
Wow rachillsk8 that looks so nice, great color on you as well.

The eyelet pattern I have been practicing on is done in a multiple of 8, which my number of stitches happens to be(pure luck that happened lol).  As I do increases I assume I would just fudge a bit here and there to make the pattern work..?  Also, out of curiousity, which eyelet pattern did you use?

Sorry for all the questions I just don't want to mess up too badly lol.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 19, 2008 06:26:30 PM
Wow rachillsk8 that looks so nice, great color on you as well.

The eyelet pattern I have been practicing on is done in a multiple of 8, which my number of stitches happens to be(pure luck that happened lol).  As I do increases I assume I would just fudge a bit here and there to make the pattern work..?  Also, out of curiousity, which eyelet pattern did you use?

Sorry for all the questions I just don't want to mess up too badly lol.

Thanks!

I started off with an eyelet pattern that was supposed to have diamonds (One eyelet, 2 below it, then one below those 2).  See how right now they are a triangle?  There was supposed to be another eyelet underneath.  But as I went along, I decided that I didn't feel like doing that, and just re-started the pattern so they were staggered.   The pattern is 8 sts and 6 rows.  I think when I started the pattern row I had a multiple of 8 on the sleeves, and maybe a multiple of 8 plus 2 extra sts on the front/back....by coincidence, not because I did math. 

Sorry if I'm vague, I'm not really one to follow much of a pattern and I take really lousy notes half the time, especially on something like this that is fairly simple and my mind just goes on total cruise control. 

Just make sure as you go in your pattern, that for every increase (in this case a yarnover), you are doing the decrease that goes with it, and vice versa.  You don't want to end up increasing or decreasing stitches where you don't intend to.  As long as you keep that in mind, plugging in virtually any lace pattern to a design is easy.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ehmalee on June 19, 2008 06:41:36 PM
Yay! I'm done with the body for now. I think my intense hatred of ribbing might have made me cop out a little shorter than I had intended. I'll have pictures up when I get around to starting my sleeves :D

My family is wicked impressed.(they never thought I'd go anywhere with it)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on June 21, 2008 04:26:09 PM
Oooo, love it. I would totally be a happy girlfriend!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 22, 2008 03:52:30 PM
great! nice color choice on the stripes too... mine seems to fit me really big compared to everyone else's...wish I'd used smaller needles or cast on for the M after all.  :-[


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on June 24, 2008 04:36:22 PM
rachillsk8> that looks fantastic!! Now I want one!! What yarn are you using.... I may have missed that sorry.  :-[  It really looks awesome!

wakeupdonnie> love the stripes! it looks awesome, I am sure she will love it. Is it a suprise?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 26, 2008 11:05:49 AM
rachillsk8> that looks fantastic!! Now I want one!! What yarn are you using.... I may have missed that sorry.  :-[  It really looks awesome!

wakeupdonnie> love the stripes! it looks awesome, I am sure she will love it. Is it a suprise?

It's Rowan Cashcotton DK (took just over 5 balls to knit the whole thing).  I wore it for the first time on Tuesday, it was a big hit at the office :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wifeofbath on June 28, 2008 11:31:52 AM
I finally looked at this thread, and you guys are really tempting me! There's some really nice sweathers here and the directions make it sound so easy.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on June 29, 2008 08:57:29 AM
To change the colors you would slip the first st on the round, then knit the 2nd st with the new color. Look up Jogless jog for more details and maybe pictures.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: rachillsk8 on June 29, 2008 05:30:45 PM
Finished, wore it to work, it was a big hit.   Wish I had made it a little smaller though, it's grown a bit.  Nothing some hand washing and time in the dryer can't fix, though. 




More info on my Ravelry page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/rachillsk8/girly-summer-raglan


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Muria on June 29, 2008 06:09:52 PM
Looks great!  I like the eyelet/lace pattern you used on it.  I really need to get over my fear of knitting sweaters (it's the amount of time + the cost of materials X about 100 in anxiety).  Then again, the last knitting pattern I tried, I frogged four times (in the first two inches) before determining that the pattern definitely wasn't working for me.  ::)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on June 30, 2008 04:49:04 AM
Muria, just jump right in! I've been putting off sweaters for years till I found this thread. The directions are fairly easy to follow, and you can use a less expensive yarn for your first one. I'm using Caron Simply Soft. I bought two skeins at about $3 each, and I have a partial skein from a previous project in the same color. I'm maybe halfway through skein #2 (at the most) and I'm already workin on the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater body, which means all I have after I fihish that is the sleeves. I cast on for the L, and am doing a single color. So if you already have the needles you need you could make this sweater for $5-$10 depending on the size you make and whether or not you do stripes...

Join us!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wifeofbath on June 30, 2008 11:25:19 AM
Rachillsk8, that has a delicately feminine look, so I'm not surprised it was a hit. I like the lace, the neckline, and the waist shaping.

Not to be indelicate myself, but I rather like these raglans with the wider neck, and was wondering how those of you who have chosen the boatneck option have handled the bra strap question. Do you just have to work a couple of inches and try on to see if it's too wide or is there some trick you use beforehand to know? 



Jewells68, thank you for that information about how much yarn it took you. If I'm willing to have some offbeat stripes, I could do this from stash!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on July 06, 2008 02:39:02 AM
Way to go with the Mr. Dangly! I have always wanted one. I'm glad your sweater was such a hit.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on July 07, 2008 08:09:53 PM
So I finished my $5 in Paris this past Saturday. Would have finished ages ago, but took a break from it to work on something else.

I love the pattern, love the yarn, only problem for me was sizing. I made the L and it wound up too big, I wore it to work today and by noon it was driving me batty. But that's not any fault of the pattern, just the knitter that was too lazy to swatch. :-[

Trying to decide now whether to run elastic thread through the neck and sleeve ribbings, or silk ribbon, or give it to someone larger. :P

Pics here: http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/tags/5inparispattern/
More detailed info here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jewells68/5-in-paris

Have to recommend the pattern, I loooooove it, but my best advice is swatch, swatch, and um, er, swatch! lol


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Muria on July 07, 2008 08:41:09 PM
So I finished my $5 in Paris this past Saturday. Would have finished ages ago, but took a break from it to work on something else.

I love the pattern, love the yarn, only problem for me was sizing. I made the L and it wound up too big, I wore it to work today and by noon it was driving me batty. But that's not any fault of the pattern, just the knitter that was too lazy to swatch. :-[

Trying to decide now whether to run elastic thread through the neck and sleeve ribbings, or silk ribbon, or give it to someone larger. :P

Pics here: http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/tags/5inparispattern/
More detailed info here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jewells68/5-in-paris

Have to recommend the pattern, I loooooove it, but my best advice is swatch, swatch, and um, er, swatch! lol

Does your sweater measure the same as the pattern says it should?  I'm just wondering if the sweater is too big because of swatching, or if the sweater runs large. 


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on July 08, 2008 04:47:29 AM
Muria,

I don't know, but I wear a ladies size 12-14 (depending on brand) or ladies L-XL (again depending on brand) and have a 39" bust (C+ cup), and it's just simply huge. In addition, I tend to knit rather tightly. I'll try to look at the pattern and take some measurements across it this week to give you a better clue as to whether it's the pattern that runs large or a problem with my gauge.  :-\


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on July 08, 2008 08:45:57 AM
Sometimes sweaters need a zero or slightly negative ease to fit correctly. If you made yours to 39" or larger, it may well come out too large. This type of pattern is good in that you can try it on as you go to make sure it fits in all the right places, rather than others that you have to finish and sew up before trying on for fit.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Kexe on July 08, 2008 12:58:51 PM
So.. hello!

After reading the first half of this thread, I decided to begin a raglan of my own - with cheap acryllic from my stash, as a lot of you guys have done.
I'm using 5mm needles and two strands of yarn. I think it will be too stiff, but only time can tell  ;)

If it doesn't work out, I can always do it over, right :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Muria on July 08, 2008 03:21:52 PM
Muria,

I don't know, but I wear a ladies size 12-14 (depending on brand) or ladies L-XL (again depending on brand) and have a 39" bust (C+ cup), and it's just simply huge. In addition, I tend to knit rather tightly. I'll try to look at the pattern and take some measurements across it this week to give you a better clue as to whether it's the pattern that runs large or a problem with my gauge.  :-\

I would certainly appreciate it if you could.  I have a bunch of wool ease that I could use for this, but it helps to know what size to make.  :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Kexe on July 09, 2008 09:54:56 AM
Progress :)



It actually fits so far, so I'm happy. This is so easy! :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: bebaker22 on July 11, 2008 04:12:50 AM
Howdy fellow craftsters! I'm a long time lurker and knitter but first time poster and still pretty much a newbie to knitting. I love, love, love this sweater though and decided to make this. So I'm casting on now!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Kexe on July 11, 2008 08:03:05 AM
Howdy fellow craftsters! I'm a long time lurker and knitter but first time poster and still pretty much a newbie to knitting. I love, love, love this sweater though and decided to make this. So I'm casting on now!  ;D

Go for it :)
It's quick, fun and delightfully easy!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Silver Ilix on July 13, 2008 12:31:38 PM
bebaker22  I totally agree with Kexe, it is so nice to have finished something that you can slip on and wear, but also make to your exact specifications! Can't wait to see yours, you won't be able to post pics until you post over 10 though..... so get chatty too! :D

BTW Kexe yours looks great! (I may be bias, I used those colour too) LOL


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: bebaker22 on July 15, 2008 02:17:33 AM
bebaker22  I totally agree with Kexe, it is so nice to have finished something that you can slip on and wear, but also make to your exact specifications! Can't wait to see yours, you won't be able to post pics until you post over 10 though..... so get chatty too! :D

BTW Kexe yours looks great! (I may be bias, I used those colour too) LOL

Well this is the first piece of clothing I have ever knitted so I have had some problems but I'm not giving up. Good thing is I can knit at work so this shouldn't take to long. Provided I don't have to restart again.  ;D

That's two posts now. Eight to go!  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: jewells68 on July 15, 2008 06:48:49 AM
Okay, Muria, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I was working really long hours to be prepared for being off work for a week. So far my "vacation" hasn't left me much free time either.  :-[

Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what measurements you need, but laid flat (unstretched) the body is 20" across which means that it's really closer to 41-42" all the way around. I measured the ribbing unstretched as well, and it was exactly the same. So had I not made the boatneck version I probably wouldn't have trouble keeing the sweater on, but due to the stretch it would still be VERY loose and not fit all that well. Now that is, of course unstretched. Due to the nature of the pattern, ribbing, and yarn (which has A LOT of stretch), it stretched for an additional 10" (which means 20+ inches all around!!!!). So no wonder it fit so loose.
So while some of this can doubtlessly be accounted for by the choice of yarn (caron simply soft being, well, forgive me, but simply so soft) I still should have made the M instead of the L.

It might be helpful if folks who made the sweater in other yarns (cotton, wool, etc) could also give us a breakdown of measurements of their finished sweaters to give us an idea of the difference in stretch from yarn to yarn. Also, I feel the Caron looks nicer knit on 8s rather than 9s, so that would make a difference as well, but I think even going down a size in needles would not have made enough of a difference in making this fit. So my next one will be a M I think, at least for the cast on, then I may have to do extra arm increases to get it to fit the rest of the way...

Still totally love the pattern and the yarn, just need to tweak it to fit me better... And I like the idea of woolease, I have a ton of that, and Hancock often puts it on sale for less than $2/ball...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 19, 2008 05:54:18 PM
Hi everyone!

So, I casted on for the boatneck and this is my very first sweater and one of the first knitting projects I've ever done - - so I have questions!

First, I noticed that the boatneck in some of the photos is ribbed, but the pattern just says to knit around. I'm getting garter stitch. I'm doing the increases and everything, but....am I doing this wrong?

I'm on row three when you start the increases, but I'd like to frog now rather than later. Thanks for your help...I'm excited about this project!



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 19, 2008 06:16:02 PM
Okay...so I think I realized that we were supposed to create the collar in whatever pattern we choose...or in whatever rib pattern we like, but it just said knit around. Am I right in that assumption?

When it says "knit" it just means go around in 2x2 rib, or whatever?

Thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on July 19, 2008 07:59:54 PM
Hey everybody!
Well, technically I wasn't supposed to do any more knitting until I finished my summer reading essay for school. But a write better under pressure anyways! I'm making mine out of lion brand fisherman's wool (a lovely cream color) with vanna's choice acrylic stripes around the yoke in dusty green. This will be my first complete sweater - my previous attempt was too boring and the arms never got finished. My mom picked out the yarn and it was a very insipid blue and itchy to boot. I chose these colors, so I'll stick with it. I love knitting with real wool! I'm almost finished with the neckline. If anybody wants to help me with the pattern, I'm doing size small of the 5 bucks in paris boatneck. ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on July 19, 2008 08:14:04 PM
pickledtreats- Yes, you can do whatever pattern you wish for the neckline. If you just knit all the way around, it will curl down, or you can do ribbing like most of us.

speedy_mouse- Welcome aboard!

Once I finish this Audrey Hepburn swap I am in, I am determined to start this up... again.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on July 19, 2008 09:06:24 PM
Quote
When it says "knit" it just means go around in 2x2 rib, or whatever?

Yes, knit can also be a verb and refer to the act of knitting, not just making the knit stitch. Do whatever you wish for the neckline.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on July 19, 2008 09:07:51 PM
Quote
I'm making mine out of lion brand fisherman's wool (a lovely cream color) with vanna's choice acrylic stripes around the yoke in dusty green.

You realize that by mixing wool and acrylic yarns this will have to be hand washed. I don't know that it's going to be a good combination.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 20, 2008 05:44:04 AM
Thanks, everyone!

I started the boatneck style, but had to frog it because it was too big for my narrow shoulders. I'm just going to attempt the regular neckline. Since this is my first sweater, I just need to go slow and see how things fit. I have a bunch of Vanna's Choice acrylic for this one in a light purple.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on July 20, 2008 12:08:21 PM
Quote
I'm making mine out of lion brand fisherman's wool (a lovely cream color) with vanna's choice acrylic stripes around the yoke in dusty green.

You realize that by mixing wool and acrylic yarns this will have to be hand washed. I don't know that it's going to be a good combination.

I was too tired to really look at this before, but if you're not too far into it speedy_mouse, I wouldn't really do this combination, like soozeq said. Fishermen's wool is typically used for felting and might do so even if you hand wash it a few times. Plus, I was never really one for the actual feel of it- too itchy. I would try another acrylic to go with.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on July 20, 2008 06:17:30 PM
ohhh... :-[ I didn't realize that. My mom has a bunch of wool sweaters that she handwashes and they're only felted because she's had them for 20+ years, she said they were fine until about 5 years ago. I don't mind handwashing things, and the fisherman's wool could actually do with a bit of felting- it seems too thin for the size 8 needles! Thanks for the advice though soozeq, if I make a mess of it I'll not try mixing things again.



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on July 21, 2008 03:38:29 PM
Well, I've just come back from Hobby Lobby. I ripped out what I'd done so far (only about 3 inches) and returned the fisherman's wool and have decided to just knit the whole thing in red simply soft. My knitting friend from school was also leery about the whole acrylic/wool thing, and the left over green might become a hat for my sister once I finish the sweater. Knittyknitter, where did you find that gorgeous cable pattern that you did for your mom's sweater? I haven't seen it in any of the stitch books in my community library!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on July 22, 2008 09:15:05 AM
Knittyknitter, where did you find that gorgeous cable pattern that you did for your mom's sweater? I haven't seen it in any of the stitch books in my community library!

She has a close up on her flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/annapeck/431025629/).  I don't know if she listed the name, or made it herself & named it, but Eunny Jang's unventing a cable (http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/11/technickety_how_to_unvent_a_si.html) will help. :).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 22, 2008 04:56:06 PM
I'm a little confused about what the pattern means when you get to the arms...it says to discard the PM and cast on more stitches. I'm confused about the cast on part....do I just take the working yarn and cast it onto my left needle? Confused. I do continental knitting if that helps anyone help me, haha. Thanks!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: fishie on July 22, 2008 05:04:19 PM
I'm confused about the cast on part....do I just take the working yarn and cast it onto my left needle? Confused. I do continental knitting if that helps anyone help me, haha. Thanks!

That's exactly what you do!  I usually do a backwards loop cast on for armholes, but you can also do a cable cast on.  Knittinghelp.com (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on) has videos showing both cast on methods.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 22, 2008 06:33:05 PM
Thanks! But that gave me another question...


I see how that cast on works when you're starting out (the backwards loop cast on), but what about when you're working in the round.

The needle with the working yarn is on the right, so exactly how do I cast onto the left needle?

It feels like I should be casting onto the right needle..


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pickledtreats on July 22, 2008 06:50:23 PM
Nevermind, I answered my own question! Well, the pattern did. It clearly says to cast onto R needle I just missed it.

Thanks, fishie!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on July 22, 2008 07:11:28 PM
You CO to the right needle, but if you use the knit or cable COs you would transfer it to your left hand, CO, then transfer back to the right hand and continue.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on July 25, 2008 07:51:57 AM
Thanks for the link, knittinfiasco! I spent about an hour on Eunny Jang's site looking at all her cool photos... but this will be my first cable project and I don't have the confidence to unvent a cable so I'm using the pattern from Knitty's "Samus" pattern. I've knit 5 inches so far, and am about to put off the sleeves! I've got a long road trip coming up, so I might finish the body in the next two days.

3 hours later... Well I'm supposed to be packing but I put the sleeves on waste yarn, knit a few rows, and tried it on again and it fits!!! ;D I was really afraid that it wouldn't fit because I'd messed with the pattern so much. My sister and my friend are disappointed because I got their hopes up. I said that if it turned out too big I'd give it to my sister, or too small I'd give it to my friend. But I get to keep it! I'll post pictures in a week when I get back from camp.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on July 25, 2008 06:02:04 PM
Thanks for the link, knittinfiasco! I spent about an hour on Eunny Jang's site looking at all her cool photos... but this will be my first cable project and I don't have the confidence to unvent a cable so I'm using the pattern from Knitty's "Samus" pattern. I've knit 5 inches so far, and am about to put off the sleeves! I've got a long road trip coming up, so I might finish the body in the next two days.

3 hours later... Well I'm supposed to be packing but I put the sleeves on waste yarn, knit a few rows, and tried it on again and it fits!!! ;D I was really afraid that it wouldn't fit because I'd messed with the pattern so much. My sister and my friend are disappointed because I got their hopes up. I said that if it turned out too big I'd give it to my sister, or too small I'd give it to my friend. But I get to keep it! I'll post pictures in a week when I get back from camp.

You're welcome! :)  I'm glad it fits.  Your sister & friend should be inspired to learn to knit by your progress.  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Kexe on August 05, 2008 09:36:14 AM
My first finished sweater :D

I discarded the first one I was working on and started this instead. Much more me.
It's made of black, gold and three different browns in a very random stripey pattern. Mostly acrylic, but also some merino wool. Hope it will survive if I stick to hand washing.



The edges are just garter stitch. The neckline looks a bit funny in this picture, but it's alright.
I like my new sweater :) "Too bad" I'll be going to Turkey for a week and won't be able to wear it ;)



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: stitch and stones on August 05, 2008 06:03:06 PM
I love the color combo on it. It looks fab, but I cringe at the thought of weaving in all those ends. Shivers.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Kexe on August 06, 2008 05:23:11 AM
I love the color combo on it. It looks fab, but I cringe at the thought of weaving in all those ends. Shivers.

Thanks :)

It wasn't too bad; I carried the yarn on the back most of the way. Juggling all the balls of yarn was kind of annoying, though ;) If I had made it one solid colour I'm guessing it could have been finished in half the time.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on August 09, 2008 04:13:41 PM
Wow! Time passes by! I haven't been on this thread in forever! (good thing I did though, as I have a question to answer.)

Quote from: speedy_mouse on July 21, 2008 06:38:29 PM
Knittyknitter, where did you find that gorgeous cable pattern that you did for your mom's sweater? I haven't seen it in any of the stitch books in my community library!

Speedy_mouse: I got that cable pattern from Vogue's "Cable Stitchionary." It's called the "Sculptor's Song" or something like that.

Kexe: WOW! Love the raglan! What yarn did you use? It just looks so soft...and I love the varigation of the colors. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on August 09, 2008 07:53:02 PM
Kexe, I love your sweater! How did you do the neckline? I think I'd like to try it. Your random striping ability is awesome.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on August 11, 2008 08:11:13 AM
My camera's on the fritz so I can't share pictures but I finished the body of my sweater! And then I sort of finished a sleeve but had to do some frogging. And watching the olympics while knitting has really messed up my tension... but I think the sweater will turn out all right!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on August 14, 2008 08:00:21 AM
So, I know I'm waaaaaay late to the game, but I cast on for this yesterday, knit during a movie and the bus ride this morning, and have about an inch and some change done on the boatneck. I love this sweater and I can't wait to see it come to fruition! I ended up going with the Red Heart Soft in teal(MC) and grape(CC), which I think will look lovely together. I'm not thrilled with the way the yarn is starting to fuzz, but hopefully once it's put together hand washing will help. I am ridiculously excited! This will be the first clothing item for me, other than wristbands, and half a sock...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on August 23, 2008 01:26:40 PM
My camera finally relinquished the photo of my sweater! The quality is sort of cruddy so you can't see the cables I well as I had hoped, but oh well.

never mind the forum just said that I have to post more before I can be allowed to post pictures. meh.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on August 23, 2008 01:34:25 PM
I've posted some words of encouragement for other people's projects, so now can I upload pictures?



yes!
PS I finished the sweater on my birthday... I'm 17 now! But I still can't drive. I have to bike to hobby lobby and the yarn store.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Muria on August 23, 2008 02:01:07 PM
That looks great on you!  Love the cables!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: casmir on August 23, 2008 08:02:33 PM
Wow - it looks amazing! Great job!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on August 24, 2008 11:01:03 AM
Thank you! I probably would have made a mess of it without all of your support, or at least given up on it.  ;D
I just found out that my sister took a photo of the sweater too, and hers shows the cables on the front better.



This photo has my sister's arm and my panda sidekick in it! I also have to thank Heather for all her help in extricating me from the sweater when I tried it on now and then - I had to try it on so often because of how much I messed with the pattern that she got very good at making sure no stitches fell off the circulars. Now I just need to teach her how to knit...

I was so addicted to cables after the sweater that I couldn't slow down and made a cabled hat out of the orphaned vanna's choice I originally got for the sweater for Heather's x-mas present. I like finishing those a couple months in advance, because otherwise I procrastinate and end up giving people I.O.U.'s on christmas morning.  :-\


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sassy-pants on August 25, 2008 10:05:40 AM
That is gorgeous, speedy_mouse!  Wowza!  I love the cables you chose :)  What yarn did you use for this sweater?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: speedy_mouse on August 30, 2008 11:19:46 AM
 Thanks, Sassy-pants! I used caron simply soft in "autumn red". I love it! It makes a very comfy sweater, although it fuzzes a bit but nothing that a sweater stone can't handle.

I saw in your signature that you're working on the jaywalker socks - I've seen them around and I'd really like to knit them, but I can't find the pattern. Is it in a book or on the web?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on August 30, 2008 12:53:16 PM
I saw in your signature that you're working on the jaywalker socks - I've seen them around and I'd really like to knit them, but I can't find the pattern. Is it in a book or on the web?
It's now on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker) as a free download or you can get the toe-up version from here (http://azazello.org/nataliaknits/?p=36).  Ravelry needs a registration (the e-mail comes in a few days or less now).


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: sassy-pants on September 01, 2008 08:38:50 PM
I highly recommend joining Ravelry.  It has a lot of the lost MagKnits patterns available, such as the JayWalkers.

Thanks, Sassy-pants! I used caron simply soft in "autumn red". I love it! It makes a very comfy sweater, although it fuzzes a bit but nothing that a sweater stone can't handle.

Ah, I do love me some SS.  Its wonderful stuff! Looks great :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: The Muffin on September 02, 2008 11:53:19 AM
How do you know what size to make? I usually wear a medium in tee shirts, but they fit a bit loose and I can fit easily into a small.

I'm something like 33" bust, 27" waist give or take a few inches, I can't remember now.

I'm going to try to knit one, with long sleeves. Purple and black stripped. I'm so excited.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on September 02, 2008 11:57:30 AM
I'm about halfway through the sleeve increases, though I'm pretty sure Iv'e been doing them wrong. I'll have to figure out how to fix it, if I have. I'd rather steek than start over!! Or gift it, I guess, though it's the first thing I've ever knit for myself...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittinfiasco on September 03, 2008 07:55:13 PM
How do you know what size to make? I usually wear a medium in tee shirts, but they fit a bit loose and I can fit easily into a small.

I'm something like 33" bust, 27" waist give or take a few inches, I can't remember now.

I'm going to try to knit one, with long sleeves. Purple and black stripped. I'm so excited.

Make a gauge swatch, with at least 1 inch extra on each side to prevent distortion of your gauge measurement by cast ons, bind offs or edge sts.  From this you will know how many sts cover what distance.  Compare this to your actual measurement (not bra size) or the measurements of a shirt you like the fit of.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: The Muffin on September 04, 2008 02:27:08 PM
How do you know what size to make? I usually wear a medium in tee shirts, but they fit a bit loose and I can fit easily into a small.

I'm something like 33" bust, 27" waist give or take a few inches, I can't remember now.

I'm going to try to knit one, with long sleeves. Purple and black stripped. I'm so excited.

Make a gauge swatch, with at least 1 inch extra on each side to prevent distortion of your gauge measurement by cast ons, bind offs or edge sts.  From this you will know how many sts cover what distance.  Compare this to your actual measurement (not bra size) or the measurements of a shirt you like the fit of.

I couldn't find anything that showed which size had what measurements though.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on September 05, 2008 06:34:55 PM
(Sorry, mostly copied and pasted from my blog haha. *lazy*)
Okay, I decided I wanted to knit a rainbow sweater. However, I only have Red Heart to work with, plus I'm already working on something big that takes a long time to knit. (a rainbow blanket. How gay am I?)
What do I come up with?
A holey striped rainbow sweater that I'll wear a tank top under (solves most of the itch factor), knit on huge needles (solving the time factor).
Behold.

I knitted it really small, but the lace will stretch quite a bit once it's on. Or at least that's my plan.
But seriously, I knitted this all last night watching Amy Boyd on the Logo channel with my best friend (who is actually, my ex girlfriend. But no worries for my girlfriend, we were never serious lmao.)
I think I'm getting gayer and gayer by the day. Reread that last sentence. My god. Logo? Amy Boyd? Knitting? Ex-girlfriend-best-friend? And there were several cats involved.

The only thing I'm not liking about this sweater-thing (I have my reservations about calling it a sweater to be honest) is that in the
red section, it looks kinda like a lattice pattern and the rest of it does not. Oh well, like people will be paying attention to that with all the colors. I was thinking this would be a good project for other stash yarns because it doesn't take very much yarn at all.
Alsooo, if y'all really like the idea of this so far, you're in luck because I'm writing up a pattern as I go. Of course, the pattern is probably going to end up being slightly different from what I actually did, because I did five or six repeats of the lace pattern on the red section, four on the orange, and three on the yellow. I was hoping the stripes would be even, but if I did that then it'd be awkwardly long on me. So I'll fix that. And I'm not sure how to go about doing different sizes? I don't think it would be too hard to adjust, plus from what I've observed with this lace, it stretches a lot. I wear a small/medium so once it's done I suppose y'all can just base it off my size heh.
Well that's all for now, I'll post again when it's done. Which should be not long after I buy the blue yarn lol.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on September 06, 2008 09:13:15 AM
I think the other colors look lattice like too, the red shows it up better is all. Yes, do write up the pattern when done, and post pictures. I think it's an intresting and creative variation of the standard top down sweater.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: hst on September 06, 2008 10:45:50 AM
I would love to see it on!  It sounds cool, I have thought of doing that (lacy, with big needles), but I haven't ever gotten around to it, so I would love to see how it turns out.
Good luck!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on September 07, 2008 05:24:01 PM
Fastest sweater ever.


I like it without sleeves, but I'm really set on doing them cause I regretted not doing them on my other top-down raglan sweater.
I'm so excited!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on September 08, 2008 06:55:16 AM
That looks great! I don't notice a difference on the colors, either, so good job. It is indeed tres gay in the bestest of ways!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on September 09, 2008 12:10:01 AM
Ahhhhh okay, guys, I need opinions; sleeves or no sleeves?  ??? ???


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on September 09, 2008 01:19:37 AM
Oh and PS, I wrote up the beginnings of the pattern here:
http://knitophrenic.blogspot.com/2008/09/pattern-in-progress.html


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on September 09, 2008 07:02:07 AM
I've got mine with me now, and I'm about 4 inches below the sleeve seperation. It's a bit hard to post progress pics since I don't have internet at home right now, (because AT&T are bastards) but I'll try to get one up soon!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on September 10, 2008 12:34:50 AM
Nevermind! Sleeve problem fixed because I don't have size 15 dpn's and I didn't wanna take the time to learn the technique with one long circular needle.


My kitty :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on September 10, 2008 06:52:29 AM
Your sweater rocks! You've inspired me to try this sweater again, (ONLY after I finish the first one!) with large needles and some fingering/lace weight yarn I've had lying around.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on September 10, 2008 08:05:04 AM
Looks really good!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Nymphara on October 10, 2008 08:32:32 AM
Aurgh. Still no pics, cause I still don't have home internet access, but I'm about to do the ribbing on the bottom. I'm so excited to wear this sweater! I made it a bit longer than others I've seen, and I'm going to make it a very long sleeve, possibly with a thumb hole. Yay!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: theknitphomaniac on November 28, 2008 01:49:54 AM
I *love* it. I'm inspired to stash-bust and make one like that now (as though I need more projects in que now... lol ;) )

I just started my first today, watching movies 'n stuff with the family. Prime knitting time. Here's what I have so far.
It's Simply Soft Eco in Pine:

(sorry for the link instead of embedded pic... I've been here for years but I just changed usernames so I can't directly post pics yet :P )

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo211/theknitphomaniac/sweaters/IMG_2873_ed_w.jpg (http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo211/theknitphomaniac/sweaters/IMG_2873_ed_w.jpg)


I cast on for the Large size, did the CO (alternating cable cast-on)with US8s, worked the K1P1 rib with US7s for 1". then used US8s for the body. It looks a little funny here but the neck seems to be laying well so far and I'm really glad I used the smaller needles for the ribbing.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: theknitphomaniac on November 29, 2008 01:22:28 AM
Yay! I'm almost through my first skein and just a few rounds away from separating the sleeves already! :)

I'm loving this top-down raglan thing. I can see it being a canvas for many fun things to come.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wifeofbath on November 29, 2008 11:23:31 AM
I like the Pine color. How is the Caron Eco to knit with? My local Wal-mart replaced all the Simply Soft with Eco a month or two back, so I've wondered about it. I guess it can't be too bad if you are making such fast progress!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: theknitphomaniac on November 30, 2008 11:06:55 AM
It's pretty nice. Definitely easy to work with. Less splitty than regular SS too.

I think all WalMarts did that (someone in one of my Ravelry groups posted an email from Caron stating that).
I went to pick up some SS Brites for the retina burning 80s inspired afghan I'm working on and all they have now is Eco. I was not pleased because that means I have to drive half an hour for yarn before I can finish my afghan but decided to make sure the trip wasn't a total loss (I haaaate going to WM) and picked up a couple skeins of this. I'm happy with it.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: theknitphomaniac on December 01, 2008 09:35:12 AM
Here's where I am now:



Separated the sleeves after 25 increase reps. The body is about mid-boob-length now but it's really hard to take a picture of it on myself, by myself, so that's the best I could do.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wifeofbath on December 01, 2008 02:24:44 PM
It's pretty nice. Definitely easy to work with. Less splitty than regular SS too.

Good to know. I have too much yarn stashed right now to buy any for a long while, but I'm glad to have seen a review of the Eco, in case I want it in the future.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: wakeupdonnie on December 01, 2008 05:17:48 PM
Putting my two cents in about the Eco:
I personally love it. It's still as soft as regular Simply Soft, but it feels slightly stiff to me? But in a good way. I don't know if anyone else has noticed it haha. But <3 I adore.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: theknitphomaniac on December 02, 2008 05:03:33 AM
I think I know what you mean there. I think that might also be one reason why it's less splitty.

Have you washed up anything made from Eco yet? I'm curious how it feels afterward compared to before.

I should have probably washed a swatch before I started my top but hey, I feel accomplished that I swatched at all. Lol. ;)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: tattooedcrafter on December 30, 2008 12:50:46 PM
I've just decided that this is the sweater I need, I've never finished anything for myself but I think I might be able to finish this one, I have all the supplies for it (simply soft eco in charcoal) I'm going toprint out the pattern and start it today and see how it goes  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: YoshiM on January 12, 2009 11:24:45 AM
I'm just about finished with my first sweater ever (it had lots of seaming)...
And I'm thinking that this will be my next project :)

Is anyone else just starting or about to??


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: madannevain17 on January 13, 2009 02:38:12 PM
I am SO running to the store right now to get some circ. needles and some ss yarn. *very excited*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: lusmom on January 16, 2009 09:03:27 PM
I signed up just so that I can post in this here thread right here.....I cast on for this the day before yesterday and I am VERY excited to say that I am whipping right along.   I am using simply soft eco, double stranded in black on size ten and a half needles.  I am  not typically a knitter but I am LOVING this pattern.  I can not post pictures yet so I am off to find ways to make it easier for me to but I promise to keep you all posted


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: madannevain17 on January 24, 2009 07:46:55 PM
I've started. I'm using a wool silk blend I got super cheap at Jo Anns. It's about five inches long, but remaining stagnant, because I'm currently preparing for a craft fair.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: lusmom on January 26, 2009 10:14:53 AM
bout done with sleeve number one, and then ON to sleeve number two....


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: tattooedcrafter on January 26, 2009 01:26:21 PM
I finished the body about 2 weeks ago, I've started one sleeve bu now I'm slacking a bit


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 02, 2009 01:01:35 PM
Hey knitters.
Remember me? ha ha. It's been a while since I've been to this site.

Since this pattern & kal is still up and running, I decided to modify the pattern so that it looks more user-friendly and worded a few things differently. I also adjusted the sizes a tad to be 12 stitches different than the other sizes.

Happy knitting. I actually casted-on for another top-down last night. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: 6differentways on February 09, 2009 06:20:07 AM
hey, i just wanted to say thanks for the pattern! i am going to print it out! i have  a few other things going right now so i won't be casting on right away, but i will be doing this at some point in the near future!

-jen


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: knittyknitter on February 10, 2009 04:49:15 PM
Aw, thanks!  ;D Can't wait to see it when you get the chance.  :D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: KnitsterSister25 on March 03, 2009 12:31:46 PM
ok I just started this a little while ago... I am to the point where I want to do the body decreases do I do those and then when done with them instantly start the increases for the hips?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on March 04, 2009 07:14:02 AM
Probably not instantly, maybe a few rounds in between. You can try it on by putting another circ through half the sts, or threading some scrap yarn through them. That way you can see where your body starts to flare out, figure how long from where you are now and start the increases there.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: KnitsterSister25 on March 17, 2009 07:34:00 AM
WOOHHOO!!! Here is my sweater!!



Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: purplepony on March 20, 2009 10:51:34 AM
Hey!
Is anyone still knitting the raglans? I just started this week, and i'm really excited. I've gotten past the shoulder part and am knitting the body, so now i just have to speed knit for a while. I'll post a pic when i'm done!

oh, and all the sweaters look amazing! Good job everyone!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: purplepony on March 20, 2009 08:19:22 PM
Ok, so i used some lace weight yarn (knitpicks Shimmer Ivy) and i've gotten this far... i like how you can't tell how i messed up the whole shoulder things... =)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=231877)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: silverfisch on March 21, 2009 04:05:03 AM
I was taught to knit and purl 2 days ago and now that I'm home I NEED to try to make a raglan... I'm a crochet person, but crocheting and nice stretchy clothes don't mix well, so it's time to knit!

will be going to get circular needles this afternoon, I hope I can use them!

I have a little question though... I have some acrylic yarn that calls for 4mm knitting needles. since the pattern is written for at least 5mm... would it look too bad if I use this yarn with 5mm needles? I don't want to do it on 4mm because that will be too much stitch guessing for a newbie like me...

babbling :P I think I'll go get some 5mm circular needles and look for some yarn that calls for 5mm knitting needles... I'm too excited about making my own sweater!

edit: I have already started! I thought using circular needles would be easiert, but making the collar was horrible >_< don't really know if I'll understand how to make the yoke part... let's see!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: silverfisch on March 24, 2009 12:14:10 PM
I hope there's still somebody else doing this... I'm on the increase round 14, just tried it on and wow! I can't believe I am knitting something I can try on! ;D *dances*



still a loooooooong way to go...


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: blubel on March 24, 2009 12:25:40 PM
I hope there's still somebody else doing this... I'm on the increase round 14, just tried it on and wow! I can't believe I am knitting something I can try on! ;D *dances*

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/siruveru/jersey.jpg

still a loooooooong way to go...

I've never knitted anything in my life, but if I did, I would probably try it on every 5 minutes :)
I love the color, btw. :)


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: silverfisch on March 29, 2009 01:23:42 PM
I've never knitted anything in my life, but if I did, I would probably try it on every 5 minutes :)
I love the color, btw. :)

that's what I've been doing  ;)

my raglan is slowly growing... I have sleeve holes!! I'm so excited  :P I am trying to make it a bit loose, as I like jumpers. I fear sleeves and dpns, though...



yai!!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: pink scissors on March 30, 2009 11:06:59 AM
I want to give this a try... but I'm a little nervous as the only sweaters that I've knitted so far have been for my dogs. But this shouldn't be too difficult even for a newbie like me right? All the other sweaters look great btw!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: silverfisch on March 30, 2009 03:55:19 PM
I want to give this a try... but I'm a little nervous as the only sweaters that I've knitted so far have been for my dogs. But this shouldn't be too difficult even for a newbie like me right? All the other sweaters look great btw!

you should try it! I had never ever knitted before and I am producing something, so you will do it much better!  ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on March 30, 2009 06:52:34 PM
These are by far the easiest sweaters to do, except maybe for the 'knit 2 squares, knit 2 rectangles and sew them together' sweaters. You can try a top down as you go along and get it to actually fit you better.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: silverfisch on April 01, 2009 08:47:00 AM
I am so proud and happy!  :D



come on and give it a try, pink scissors!


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: Indy81 on June 22, 2009 01:04:52 PM
I hope I'm not too late, I just casted on for this.  I've read through most of this thread and I'm super excited!  All the sweaters look great ;D


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: poofy-wings on October 15, 2009 12:53:07 AM
This sweater looks great and I'd really love to get started. I even bought some new needles for this.

But....

I'm having a problem with the circular needles. I got the Takumi clover bamboo kind but plastic wires keep curling. So whenever I try to start, I end up having a problem with twisted stitches. Is there any way to fix this? Or is there a certain brand of needles that don't curl?

(sorry for the late/early in the morning post. I'm an insomniac ^^;; )


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on October 16, 2009 08:42:35 AM
Most needles curl a little. Short of buying some from knitpicks, boil up some water and put the cords only in it for a couple minutes. Then hold them straight as they cool. You may have to do that a couple times, but that along with the weight of your knitting should straighten them out pretty well.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: MNR on May 16, 2010 10:01:08 PM
This is a nifty pattern and I would like to do it. It has circular needles and I like that. However, I'm a little confused. Is this done completely in the round? Or does it have a front and a back?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on May 17, 2010 02:47:00 PM
Yes it has a front and back and it's knit completely in the round. You cast on at the neck, inc 8 sts every other round, then when it's long enough to meet at the underarm, put the sleeve sts on a holder, then work just the back and front in the round and go back to make the sleeves. It's quite easy and you can try it on as you go (put some of the sts on another circ or stitch holder) to make sure it fits.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: MNR on May 19, 2010 03:52:08 PM
AWESOME!  I can never find patterns for clothes knit completely in the round. Yeeeeeeessss. <333

*is gonna start now*


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on May 20, 2010 02:39:32 PM
I can never find patterns for clothes knit completely in the round. Yeeeeeeessss. <333


You NEED to know Elizabeth Zimmerman's books. She was the queen of circs. My fave is "Knitting Without Tears."


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on May 21, 2010 08:36:23 AM
Realize that EZ's books are not 'pattern' books, they're more like how to do it, and give you a lesson in construction. Another one is Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker. That explains how to do any type of pattern in the round and you're not limited to raglans or yoke sweaters, but can do set in sleeves as well. Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard has several patterns and also an explanation how to convert other patterns. The sweater workshop by Jacquline Fee has a few patterns and shows how to knit in the round using the EZ method.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: MNR on May 22, 2010 08:18:27 PM
Hmm. I shall search engine these names then. Ty ty.


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: obni on July 06, 2010 12:27:25 PM
Okay I know I'm joining in on this a bit late. But I've been wanting to knit this sweater for some time now. (Funny that I should finally decide to do it in the summer.) It seems a bit intimidating since I've never attempted to knit a sweater before. But I think I understand most of the instructions. I think I already have a color chosen and then I'll just have to buy the needles. But I was wondering if it would matter if I used 29" needles instead of 24"?


Title: Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)
Post by: soozeq on July 06, 2010 02:22:53 PM
The neckline may be a bit snug to start on 29", but you can use Magic Loop or a single loop variation and still use the longer needle.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques - scroll down to M Loop
http://south-mountain-naturally.blogspot.com/2009/01/tutorial-single-loop-instead-of-magic.html


Title: Re: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan
Post by: knittyknitter on December 08, 2013 08:58:14 PM
Hi all! It's been a very long time since I've been on Craftster since I joined Ravelry.com years ago, but it was time to update this thread!
Please check out the first post on this thread for the updated PDF in English, Spanish or French!



Happy knitting!
-Anna Maliszewski (the designer of the pattern)


Title: Re: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan
Post by: Rat_Tails on July 21, 2014 02:23:54 AM
So just done with this entire thread (yes, all 97 pages!). Very inspiring but I wonder how achievable for someone who has never knitted before (I think I did some squares back in primary school/pre 1995)?

I recently bought some wool to start an arm knitted scarf so once that's done I may have some money to buy some circulars and more wool. I hope to join on this KAL (even if no one else is going it at the same time lol)


Title: Re: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan
Post by: that1girl on February 12, 2015 06:14:58 AM
starting my third sweater.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/that1girl/5-in-paris-3
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/that1girl/5-in-paris
 i also made one for a barbie, and one for a knit doll for my niece

so my mom saw my sweater and wanted one. i've made her one in brown back in 2011. i really wish i would have taking notes on how i made the pattern bigger. guess i'll just have to figure it out again. she wants one in the pink, white and brown. right now im going to use scrape yarn until i run out then i might go buy more


Title: Re: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan
Post by: skittle027 on February 16, 2017 06:20:33 PM
Definitely want to give this a try! Just finished my second hat (first fair isle project) working on two more... but then I definitely want to start knitting some real clothes & some new shapes.  If I can knit a sweater, than I think I can knit anything, right!? Who else plans on knitting this in 2017?!

:) Happy Knitting Everyone!! ;D ;D ;D