Raglan Sweater Progress

After the success of the first raglan sweater I made for my mother, I thought I'd try a much heavier one for me to wear while hiking in the sub-zero temps here in the Chicago area in the winter. I found the following Web site that uses a percentage method of making a raglan. It's not exact and you may have to fudge a few stitches here and there, but I can at least understand it and once I wrapped my head around it, it became very easy to knit. I'm using the Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky yarn (Willow) that is 20% wool and 80% acrylic.

Knitting Fool Raglan

Attached is a photo of what I have made so far. I decided to add 6x2 ribbing and then I will make 2x2 ribbing after another inch or two, so the bottom of the sweater will hug my hips better. This will help eliminate the cold updraft on a windy day while hiking.



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santaml's picture

great looking sweater. Love the color

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Luis. I made an afghan out of the same yarn, and am using what I had left plus a few more skeins.

Buzzboy's picture

You're sweater is looking great Mark. I'm thinking about doing a coat for me. I found some patterns on the drops site and printed one. Keep up the good work.


CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Dennis. I had some email exchanges with the folks at DROPS. Their patterns used to be written in just one long paragraph. I tried valiantly to convince them to set it up row by row. It seems that they are doing that now. They have beautiful designs and not too difficult to figure out once they are set up row by row. I usually take their patterns...the ones still in paragraph form...and put them into MSWord and then make them row by row. It's tedious, but much easier to figure out while knitting.

davidUK's picture

Looks great. I've used Elizabeth zimmerman's book 'knitting without tears'. There are lots of different types of sweater using percentages. I really like her saddle shouldered design. Yu'll get a copy on amazon really cheaply.

Happy knitting and greetings from the uk


CLABBERS's picture

I'll check it out, David! Thanks for the info.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice raglan, Mark. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Joe! I am enjoying making it. I am about 6" from the bottom now and then the arms and I'm pleased with the way it is turning out.