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Top-down spring summer sweater

Forget-Me-Not Top-Down Pullover

Raglan Sweater With Yoke - Free Knitting Pattern

 

 

 

A cotton raglan sweater knitted in one piece from the top down in the round.

Crocheted trims on the sleeves and neckline as well as a lace stitch on the body give

this garment a romantic touch. No seams needed if sleeves are knitted in the round.

 

 

 

Level of skills: intermediate

Needle stitches: knit, purl, yarn over, ssk and k2tog decreases

Crochet stitches: slip, single, half double, double, chain

 

SIZE

Women's XS [S, M, L, XL]

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 30 [34, 38, 40, 44]'' /76 [86, 96.5, 101.5, 112] cm

Length (center front/back)17.5 [18.5, 20, 20.5, 22]'' /44.5 [47, 51, 52, 56] cm

Arm length (to underarm): 17 [17, 17.5, 17.5, 17.5]'' /43 [ 43, 44.5, 44.5, 44.5] cm

Armhole depth: 6.5 [7, 7.5, 8, 8.5]'' /16.5 [17.5, 19, 20.5, 21.5] cm

 

YARN

DK weight cotton yarn

6 [7, 8, 9, 10] skeins (137yds/125m, 1.76oz/50g each), or

822 [959,1096,1233,1370] yds /750 [875,1000,1125,1250] m

 

RECOMMENDED NEEDLES & HOOK

24-29" US #7 (4.5 mm) circular needle

Optional 16" US #7 (4.5 mm) circular needle for first rounds and/or sleeves

US #7 (4.5 mm) straight needles for seamed sleeves or 3-4 double pointed needles for seamless sleeves

US #F5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook

 

NOTIONS

Stitch markers (1-5 pcs)

Waste yarn to hold sleeve stitches (2 strands 25'' /60 cm each)

Yarn needle

 

GAUGE

20 sts/28 rows = 4'' /10 cm in stockinette stitch

 

ABBREVIATIONS

k: knit

p: purl

yo: yarn over

st(s): stitch(es)

k2tog: knit two stitches together

ssk: slip, slip, knit (slip stitch, slip next stitch, knit 2 slipped stitches together)

 

 TUTORIAL

 

YOKE

 

Using 16'' or 24" circular needle, cast on 114 [114, 116, 116, 116] sts, place marker and join to work in the round. If you start with shorter needle, change to longer one after 12-16 rounds. 

Work jogless garter stitch on first 4 rounds:

Round 1: purl.

Round 2: slip st purl-wise with yarn in back, knit to end of round.

Round 3: k1, slip 1 st purl-wise with yarn in back, purl to end of round.

Round 4: p2, slip 1 st purl-wise with yarn in back, knit to end of round.

Round 5: knit.

Next steps include yarn-over increases on sides of 4 diagonal raglan lines determining the front, back and sleeves. Every raglan line is 2-stitch wide and serves as a marker for increases on its sides.

Optional stitch markers can be used at the center of every raglan line.

Every round starts at the back before the right sleeve.

 

Raglan sweater yarn-over increasesRaglan sweater yarn-over increases

 

Round 6: yo, k2 (raglan line), yo, k18 (right sleeve), yo, k2 (raglan line), yo, k36 [36, 38, 38, 38] (front), yo, k2 (raglan line), yo, k18 (left sleeve), yo, k2 (raglan line), yo, k34 (back).

Round 7 and following odd rounds to end of yoke: knit.

Round 8 and following even rounds to end of yoke:
knit all adding yo before and after every raglan line as on round 6.

The yoke consists of 39 [47, 55, 61, 71] rounds with 17 [22, 26, 28, 33] eyelets along each side of every raglan line (1 eyelet = 2 rounds).

Next step is dividing for the body and sleeves on same round. 

If you used stitch markers at raglan lines, remove them on next round.

 

DIVIDING FOR BODY AND SLEEVES

Joining Back and Front 

 

Round 40 [48, 56, 62, 72]: knit to center of next raglan line (incl. 1st st of this raglan line),

place right sleeve sts onto waste yarn with yarn needle 
(start with 2nd st of raglan line and end with 1st st of next raglan line), 

cast on 4 [4,5,6,6] sts (for underarm) using backwards loop method, 

knit next sts (front part) to center of next raglan line (incl. 1st st of this raglan line), 

place left sleeve sts onto waste yarn with yarn needle
(start with 2nd st of raglan line and end with 1st st of next raglan line), 

cast on 4 [4,5,6,6] sts (for underarm) using backwards loop method, knit to end of round (back part).

 

Backwards loop cast on

 

After the back and front are joined, the body round counts 150 [170, 190, 200, 220] sts.

This count is critical as the body lace pattern has a multiple of 5.

 

BODY

 

The following round count starts over for every body section. 

 

Lace stitch

 

 

Middle Body

Rounds 1-17 (approx. 2.5''/6 cm): knit. 

On any of these rounds, move the round starting point to the side: move the stitch marker to center underarm (1-2 sts off center is OK). Work following rounds starting from here.

 

Lower Body

 

Rounds 1-3: *p2, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: *p2, ssk, yo, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 5-7: as rounds 1-3.

Rounds 8-9: knit.

Repeat rounds 1-9 six more times (total 7 repetitions or 63 rounds).

Work jogless garter edge:

Round 64: purl.

Round 65: slip st purl-wise with yarn in back, knit to end of round.

Round 66: k1, slip 1 st purl-wise with yarn in back, purl to end of round.

Round 67: p2, slip 1 st purl-wise with yarn in back, knit to end of round.

Bind off sts purl-wise.

Neckline Trim

 

Neckline trim

 

Using crochet hook, work neckline trim:

Round 1 (right side): pick up 1 single crochet st from every other knitted st on neckline. Crochet sts have to be somewhat loose and their number has to be even.

At this point, the neckline circumference measures approx. 22-23'' /56-58 cm.

Round 2 (work in opposite direction on wrong side): *1 slip crochet st, 1 chain st, (1 half double crochet, 1 chain st, 1 double crochet, 1 chain st, 1 half double crochet) in same st, 1 chain st, repeat from * to end of round, connect last chain st to 1st st of round.

 

SLEEVES

(identical)

 

Seamed Sleeve 

 

Place sleeve sts onto circular needle and pick up underarm sts knit-wise. Pick up 1-2 extra loops of stretched sts on sides of underarm to prevent side gaps between the body and sleeve.

How to pick up sleeve sts: short video tutorial.

Each row starts at the center underarm.

Work stockinette on following rows to edge: knit on right side and purl on wrong side.

Change to straight needles after 8-10 rows.

Decrease 2 sts on every 8th row 7-9 times: k2tog at beginning of row after selvage st
and ssk at end of row before selvage st.

 

Seamless Sleeve 

 

Place sleeve sts onto 3 or 4 double pointed needles and pick up underarm sts knit-wise. Pick up 1-2 extra loops of stretched sts on sides of underarm to prevent side gaps between body and sleeve.

How to pick up sleeve sts: short video tutorial.

Place marker at the center underarm.

Work stockinette to edge: knit.

Decrease 2 sts on every 8th round 7-9 times: ssk before marker, k2tog after marker.

 

Sleeve Edge and Trim

 

Sleeve trim

 

After reaching 16 [16, 16.5, 16.5, 16.5]'' /40.5 [40.5, 42, 42, 42] cm or custom length to underarm

(required length less 1''/2.5 cm), work edge: 

4 last rows or rounds: work garter stitch.

Use jogless garter method described above when working in the round.

Bind off sts:
- on wrong side knit-wise through back loops after last row, or
- purl-wise when working in the round.

Using crochet hook, work sleeve trim:

Row or round 1 (right side): pick up 1 single crochet st from every st on sleeve edge.

Number of sts has to be approx. same slightly adjusted for multiple of 4+1.

Row or round 2 (work in opposite direction on wrong side): 1 slip crochet st, *1 chain st, skip next st, (1 half double crochet, 1 chain st, 1 double crochet, 1 chain st, 1 half double crochet) in same st, 1 chain st, skip next st, 1 slip crochet st, repeat from * to end.

 

FINISHING

 

Block the garment by gentle washing (or steaming) and then spreading.

Sew the sleeve seams if applicable.

 

 

 

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