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A Twisted Little Raglan

Knitting
August 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
30 (34, 38, 42, 46)"

This lightweight pullover demonstrates how raglan construction lends itself to tailored looks. In this case, the basic instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater were followed, but about 3” (7.5 cm) of the upper body were eliminated to create a broader, open neckline. This entailed casting on more stitches—the original number specified in the instructions for the front, back, and sleeves, plus however many stitches would have been increased in the eliminated rounds of the yoke—then working fewer rounds to the base of yoke. Beginning with a decorative Channel Island cast-on, the twisted rib at the neck is continued between the open yarnover increases along the four raglan lines, then down the sides of the lower body and along the length of the sleeves for a slimming effect. I recalculated the sleeve taper and cuff circumference to accommodate the 3/4-length sleeves.