Friday, December 9, 2011

Top Down Raglan Pullover

My first top-down pullover raglan, a crew neck. (Does anybody wear these any more?)

In my previous post I gave a brief description of how a top-down raglan is developed.

The picture above shows the beginning from the point of view of the knitter.

The picture above shows the beginning of the sweater as if you were looking at a sweater.

The yarn was a gift and I had plenty of it--good thing--because two of the three colors didn't match each other even though they are "no dye lot" yarns! Yeah, right. Because of this I had to separate the colors because the two non matching skeins would be quite obvious.

I will definitely make more of top down raglans. Besides being fun to do, there are a lot of new techniques to learn.

Why top downs over the traditional bottom up and seamed sweaters:

--they are seamless

--will know if are running short of yarn and can adjust

--can try it on to check for fit as you go along

--they are fun!

The basis of this brown sweater is The Complete Book of Raglan Sweaters from Leisure Arts, 1997


Joansie said...

Yes, I prefer top down also. Nice sweater. I hate it when skeins don't match even when they say no dye lots but even worse is when you hae a knot in the skein the the dye lots are now different. That happened with Berocco sock yarn I purchased.

Jilly Be said...

What a nice looking sweater! Is it as soft & comfy as it looks?

glorm said...

Your work is top notch. I never thought about the knots causing havoc with the dying. Oh, dear.

This pullover will be the most difficult I'll ever do (unless I ever attempt fair isle). I am using this and my Lt. Rose cardigan to determine future sizing, etc.

I learned a lot with this: how to do a gradual neck increase, jogless joining in the round, and alternating garter stitch with stockinette stitch in the round.

glorm said...

Thank you, Jilly. It is mostly acrylic with recycled material added. It is Caron's Super Soft and really is soft, shiny, and easy to work with--and comfy.

I guess way back I washed too many sweaters by hand so now enjoy being able to throw them in the clothes washer and dryer!

Acrylic yarn is quite comfortable and not to be compared to synthetic woven fabric. (We know how we feel about that, don't we?) ;)

Melinda in Tulsa said...

Great job Gloria! I can't knit or crochet. Barely sew much, not enough time! I'm still lurking on PR but hardly post anymore.

hugs and Merry Christmas!

glorm said...

Thank you, Melinda, and Merry Christmas to you also.

The internet does indeed take a lot of time out of the day.

Deb said...

Yes, people still wear these sweaters. I love to make sweater from the top down. Your sweater looks like it was a lot of fun with all the color changes. I'm going to have to check out the book or magazine for the pattern.

glorm said...

Thank you, Deb. The basic design is from a Leisure Arts booklet which is probably no longer available from them. I added the stripes and bands. If you find one get the '97 version, not the '79 version, as with those all the neck stitches are cast on at once, causing bunching up at the neck.

I'll e-mail some info to you.

Meg said...

Hi! Some of us thought it would be fun to get all Bay Area sewists together and plan something fun. I created a meet-up for us to put some events together. If you're interested, join here:

glorm said...

Hi Meg,
I saw your post at PR. I'll have to see if I can make any of those.

I'm trying to figure out how you found the cookie crumbs to locate me and my area. LOL