Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a good week of swatching and are ready for the real fun to begin! There were some great questions and comments on last weeks post. It’s great to see everyone jumping in to help each other out so keep those questions coming.
This week is all about raglan. Raglan is a sweater construction that extends the sleeve up into the neckline creating diagonal lines from the underarm to the neck. In this pattern we work from the top down which allows us to try on the sweater as we go and make adjustments if needed to fit perfectly.
As we get started careful reading for this pattern is the key to success. The sweater is divided into 5 sections: right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve, and left front. Increases are worked in each section to make the shaping. The differences in the increases from row to row are very subtle. For instance, take a look at row 3 and notice how the increases are different in this row. These subtle changes will occur throughout the pattern.
As you work through the pattern toward the underarm divide start trying the sweater on. The goal is that by the time you reach the underarm divide the garment is at a length that it will fit comfortably under your arms. There should be a little space for the arm to move when the armhole is made, if it is too snug it will be uncomfortable.
Many of you will probably be able to follow the pattern exactly as written without making any adjustments but for those of you needing a custom fit you can add or subtract rows to accomplish this. Here’s how:
If you find that you make it to a good length before working through as many rows as the pattern indicates simply stop at the length you like and continue on to the underarm divide. If you complete the pattern as written and find that you need more length continue repeating row 5:
Ch 3, dc in each dc to first ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2) in ch-2 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc to next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each dc to end of row in the raglan shaping section as needed until it is the appropriate length.
In both cases take note of how many stitches you end up with in each section. After you complete the underarm divide try it on again to double check the fit.
That’s really all there is to it! In the beginning the pattern may be a little confusing, especially for first timers so don’t get discouraged and post any questions that you run into. Once you get the first few rows down successfully the pattern gets pretty repetitive and is a joy to work through. I find it the most exciting to see how the colors change as I go. Post your pictures here so we can all enjoy how the different yarn combos come together!
|About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been crocheting and knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting, crochet, and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to lead her first crochet along!|
WEEK ONE: Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Swatching
WEEK TWO: Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Raglan
WEEK THREE: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Sleeve Construction
WEEK FOUR: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Edging
WEEK FIVE: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Finishing