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Hand Spun Natural Sweater
November 20 2015
December 9 2015
Project info
Hand Spun Natural Sweater
Needles & yarn
US 7 - 4.5 mm
Natural Sweater Spin
970.0 yards (887.0 meters), 706 grams

Top down, raglan sweater using yarn that I spun during the 2015 Tour de Fleece. I had an idea of what I wanted the sweater to look like and just made it up as I went along.

Cast on (using the crochet cast on) 81 stitches, markers as follows -


The 8 stitch sections are for the cables (3/3 cables with purl stitch on both sides). 4 stitches at beginning and end are for the garter bands.

I knit 5 rows (garter), then started stockinette body and increases.

Increases every second round for the raglan (both sides of the cable bands.
Increase every second row at the neck, for about 2” and then about every 6 row, until I joined it in the round. I ended up with more stitches in the front than the back before I joined the body in the round (next time I would start with less stitches in the front and more in the back).

I added 4 stitches under each arm (this became the garter band between the cables).

No waist shaping.

I used short rows to create the ‘shirt tail’ ends. Every 4 stitches for the front and every 3 stitches for the back (I wanted the back longer, but it came out about the same). The short rows didn’t go quite to the middle.

When I picked up the stitches for under the sleeves I chose to continue the extra 4 stitches in garter down the sleeve.

No button holes in the garter band. I just sewed the bands together for a few inches and added buttons.

The yarn is 100% Merino and so soft. It probably looks like the sweater hasn’t been blocked in the photo, but it has - my yarn was uneven (nature of my handspun, which I like).
I was left with 177g of yarn.

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November 20 2015
December 9 2015
About this pattern
Personal pattern (not in Ravelry)
  • Project created: December 10, 2015
  • Finished: December 10, 2015
  • Updated: December 26, 2015