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Example

You will need

  • A circular knitting needle of the size required to get your gauge of 18 stitches per 10.0cm and 20 rows per 10.0cm
  • A set of DPNs in the same size for knitting the sleeves (optional - you can use your circular needle and the magic loop method).
  • One circular and a set of DPNs in a size 0.5mm smaller than the main needle, for knitting the ribbing (optional - you can use the same needles, the ribbing will just be a little looser).
  • 5 stitch markers.
  • Approximately 857 metres of your chosen yarn.

Abbreviations

  • k: knit
  • CO: cast on
  • BO: bind off
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • kfb: Knit into the front and back of the stitch. (Instructions on vogueknitting.com)
  • M1: Use your left-hand needle to lift the yarn between the current and the next stitch from behind, then knit into the front of the loop to twist it.(Instructions on vogueknitting.com)
  • RS: Right side
  • WS: Wrong side
  • KCO: When casting on at the underarm or to complete a crew neck, use the knitted cast on: if you're at the end of a row or at an armpit cast-on, then turn your work first and work from the wrong side. Knit into the next stitch on the left-hand needle but do not drop it off the needle. Instead place the new loop onto the left-hand needle. Repeat for however many stitches you need to cast on. If at the end of a row or at an armpit cast-on, turn back to the right side before continuing. (Instructions on vogueknitting.com)

Cast on

Stitches in section: 56
Cast on 3 stitches, place marker, cast on 11 stitches, place marker, cast on 28 stitches, place marker, cast on 11 stitches, place marker, cast on 3. 33112811

Neckline

Stitches in section: 566
The neckline is worked back and forth over 6 rows, working the raglan increases before and after each raglan marker and also working M1 increases at the neck edge. After 6 rows you'll then cast on additional stitches to complete the neck.

R1 (RS): k1, M1, [ k to last stitch before marker, kfb, sm, kfb ] 4 times, k to final 2 stitches, M1, k1
R2 (WS): purl all stitches

Work rows 1 and 2, 3 times (a total of 6 rows worked) until you have 86 stitches in total (9 on each front, 34 at the back, and 17 on each sleeve)

R7: k8, kfb, sm, kfb, k15, kfb, sm, kfb, k32, kfb, sm, kfb, k15, kfb, sm, kfb, k8, turn your work, KCO 8, place a distinctive marker to mark the center front point, KCO 8, turn back, and join for knitting in the round. The center front marker is now marking the start and end of your rounds.
You now have 110 stitches in total (18, 19, 36, 19, 18)

Upper body

Stitches in section: 6298
Now you will work down to the armpits, with raglan increases on every second round:
R8(RS): k all stitches
R9(RS): [ k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm, kfb ] 4 times, k to center marker, sm

Work rounds 8 and 9, 17 times (a total of 34 rounds worked). Then work round 8 one more time. You now have 246 stitches in total (70 each for the front and back, and 53 on each sleeve).
You now have 246 stitches in total (70, 53, 70, 53)

Tip! Try it on


At this point, it's a great idea to try on your sweater. Pull it carefully over your head. If your circular needle isn't long enough to allow the sweater to rest against your arms & body then move some stitches to a spare circular needle or to a piece of waste yarn. Try pinching the armpit points together so they meet under your arms. Bear in mind that you will be adding 13 stitches under each arm when you separate the sleeves, so try to hold the underarm points with a gap of about 7.4cm between them. If you think it's too tight, do a few more raglan increase rounds. If you think it's too big, step backwards by frogging a few rounds.

Separate sleeves

Stitches in section: 166

On the next round (round 43): knit to the first sleeve marker, remove the marker and put the sleeve stitches on a holder. Use the knitted cast-on method to cast on 6, place a marker, use the knitted cast-on method to cast on 7. Join up to the stitches on the other side of the sleeve stitches and keep knitting. Repeat in reverse when you reach the next sleeve: cast on 7, place a marker, then cast on 6. Knit to the end of the round (41, 84, 41)

Work body

Stitches in section: 17588

Work in stocking stitch for 98 rows in total, following instructions and adjustments below:

After row 141, work in k1p1 rib for 2.8cm.

Bind off in rib pattern and weave in ends.

Work sleeves

Stitches in section: 5180 (per sleeve)

Reset your row counter to zero - sleeve row counts will be given counting from the first sleeve round as round 1.

Put the live stitches for the left sleeve onto a circular needle. With the right needle tip, pick up and knit 6 stitches between the center of the underarm and the first stitch on the needle. Work across the stitches on the needle, then pick up and knit 7 stitches between the last stitch on the needle and the center of the underarm. Place a marker, join here and begin working in the round.

Work in stocking stitch for 104 rows in total, following instructions and adjustments below:


At the same time, on rows 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 32, 38, 44, 50 : decrease by 1 stitch either side of the center marker.


At the same time, on rows 53 : decrease by 0 stitches before the center marker, and 1 stitch after the center marker.


At the same time, on rows 56, 62, 68, 74, 81, 87, 93, 99 : decrease by 1 stitch either side of the center marker.


Now is a great time to try on your sweater again and check the sleeve length. If your sleeve is too short, add a few more rounds before knitting the final ribbing. If it's too long, frog a few rounds before knitting the final ribbing. In either case, make a note so you remember to make the same adjustment to the second sleeve. Work k1p1 rib for 2.8cm. Bind off. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Finish neck

Stitches in section: 640
Starting at the right-front raglan seam, pick up stitches as follows: 11 stitches across the right sleeve, 28 stitches across the back, 11 stitches across the left sleeve, 7 stitches down the shaped portion of the left hand side of the neck, 16 across the straight portion in the center of the neck, and 7 stitches up the shaped portion of the right hand side of the neck. Work around the neckline in k1p1 rib for 6 rows. Bind off fairly loosely and weave in ends.

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