Surprise! It’s Friday, but due to an almost maniacal attention to detail on today’s post, I’m bumping Picks of the Week to tomorrow to bring you day 5 of the knit along. Yes, I had hoped to share this earlier in the week, but I didn’t want to share a pattern for 6 sizes of a sweater that were riddled with errors. Instead, I calculated, recalculated, and calculated again the pattern for the Remy Pullover’s sizes XS-XXL raglan (shoulder/attached sleeves/yoke) decrease. (Also known as, today’s day 5 knit along pattern.)
After the intense excitement level of last week’s arm attachment tutorial, today’s how-to-knit-a-raglan-decrease tutorial & pattern is probably the second most important tutorial of this entire bottom up sweater knitting series/KAL. Once your sleeves have been attached, you’re out of the woods as far as constructing your sweater, my friends! The rest is not unlike knitting yourself a nice hat or shaped shawl – you only need to know how to do the stitches your pattern requires (so like k, p, LCx2, etc.), and basic decreasing stitches, in this case k2tog and ssk. Totally doable!
The Remy Pullover: Knit Along Day 5 Pattern (raglan reduction)
Please refer to the day 1 post & pattern for more sizing info.
rnd – round
k – knit
p – purl
sts – stitches
LCx3 – work 6 stitches in a left leaning cable (3 stitches over 3 stitches)
LCx2 – work 4 stitches in a left leaning cable (2 stitches over 2 stitches)
ssk – slip as if to knit, slip as if to purl, knit the 2 slipped sts together
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
Day 5 Pattern – click here for a PDF of sizes XS through XXL!
Signs of success
When you finish today’s pattern, your sweater will look something like this.^ The armpit stitches still on scrap yarn, the neck hole still to be knit. The ridges where you’ve knit your k2tog’s and ssk’s will from two sets of parallel ridges on the front and back of your sweater, angling toward the neckline. Your cable motif should have continued evenly in pattern up from your sweater’s bottom hem and cuffs. Before I knit my first sweater, I always found it so intimidating, but once you get the concept of how the type of sweater you’re knitting is constructed (in this case, bottom up with raglan sleeves), it seems so straightforward.
Is this your first sweater? Do you think I’m being too generous with calling knitting a sweater “straightforward”? Let me know if I’m nuts! ;)
Don’t forget- you’ve got about another week to get in on the fall knit along giveaway, sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. Enter here for a chance at an ah-maz-ing prize pack of lovely Lion Brand products. :)
Other posts in this series:
- Announcing the fall knit along! The Remy Pullover
- How to do a long tail tubular cast on (optional tutorial for the cast on I like for this pattern)
- Do the math, get the fit / Fall Knit Along Day 1
- Knit Along Tips, Tricks & An Official Schedule
- Knit Along Day 2: Sleeve time!
- Fall KAL Day 3: The Other Sleeve
- How to attach sleeves / KAL Day 4
- How to knit a raglan decrease / KAL Day 5
- How to knit the collar / KAL Day 6
- more coming soon!