Knitting, project #135. Completed 9/7/2007.
Notes: Two months from start to finish to make a sweater for me, by me. This cotton/Lycra yarn is much more stretchy than wool. When wearing the sweater, the yoke stretched very wide, almost dropping off the shoulders. Adding rows of crochet around the neck fixed this.
Yarn: Breeze by Heirloom Yarns Australia. (30% Wool, 69.6% Cotton and 0.4% Lycra), 50 g, 95 m or 103.8 yds each
1075 yds (from 11 balls) MC: Color 009, Navy blue
52 yds (from 1 ball) CC: Color 007, Lt blue.
Needles and Hook:
US Size 9 (5.5 mm) circulars, 16″ and 32″
US size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (4.5 sts and 6 rows per inch)
Finished Size: 1X. The sweater is 22″ across chest under the arms. Raglan line is 13″ long: Next time, the raglan line could be made shorter by 3 inches for a shorter armhole drop.
Pattern sources and inspiration
- Neck calculations for 2-stitch raglan lines: My Knitting Island
- Knitting Fool’s Simple Worked-From-The-Top Raglan Pullover Pattern Calculated by the Percentage Method
- Ribbing at waist: Inspired by several designs in Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
- Waist shaping: Inspired by several sweaters and instructions in Big Girl Knits, particularly the Bombshell T-shirt by Stefanie Japel
- Waist shaping, used Lucia’s Magic Formula Sleeve calculator online
- Sleeve shaping, used Lucia’s Magic Formula Sleeve, Top Down calculator