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on: February 13, 2007 10:57:50 AM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by knittyknitter
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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
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.

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

-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!  Smiley
Original photo of design:
on: February 24, 2007 02:31:49 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by knittyknitter
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*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  Wink  Wink hee hee

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

..and my window!! Eek!
on: March 02, 2007 07:00:51 AM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by Just_A_Girl
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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   Smiley
OK, acceptance speech over. On to pics.

Once I get yarn which I hope is soon, Im going to give it another go.   
on: March 06, 2007 04:00:00 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by knittyknitter
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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?  Wink

Edit: Oh yeah!! I forgot! This was all that was left!!!
on: June 25, 2007 05:36:52 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by punkcatknitter
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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:

on: July 27, 2007 10:20:00 AM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by alexremy2006
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Here's my progress:

on: August 03, 2007 01:36:04 AM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by Quad Mom
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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!!
on: June 13, 2008 06:14:22 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by rachillsk8
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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.

on: February 25, 2007 07:56:39 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by Just_A_Girl
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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.
on: March 26, 2007 07:02:05 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by Just_A_Girl
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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!

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:

on: April 07, 2007 04:02:30 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by yellowblanket
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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?
on: April 08, 2007 08:50:14 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by yarnhag
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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!
on: April 20, 2007 11:09:01 AM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by yellowblanket
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YAY! finished!

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

what do you think?
on: April 21, 2007 10:47:37 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by mlcrays
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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.
on: April 25, 2007 07:46:33 PM 
Started by knittyknitter, Message by Kazkitty
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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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