Raglan shaping offers a unique way to incorporate design elements in the upper body of a sweater. In this otherwise plain V-neck pullover, a simple six-row lace pattern accentuates each raglan line in the yoke, then a seven-round variation of the pattern extends down the sides of the body from the underarms to the hem. Mirrored increases placed between the lace panels at the sides create a subtle flare and comfortable fit for the lower body.
This sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down, and the edges are finished with simple knit-one-purl-one ribbing that continues the body lace panels into the hem.
The hand-dyed yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, yak, and silk, which gives this lightweight yet warm sweater next-to-skin softness and a silky sheen.
Finished Size: About 30 (333/4, 371/4, 41) (441/2, 481/4, 513/4, 551/2)” (76 [85.5, 94.5, 104] [113, 122.5, 131.5, 141] cm) circumference at bust and 361/2 (401/4, 433/4, 471/2) (51, 543/4, 581/4, 62)” (92.5 [102, 111, 120.5] [129.5, 139, 148, 157.5] cm) circumference at hem. Sweater shown measures 371/4” (94.5 cm) at bust.
Yarn: DK weight (CYCA #3 Light). Shown here: Greenwood DK Yakity Yak (65% superwash merino, 20% yak, 15% silk; 232 yards [212 meters]/100 grams): Natural, 5 (5, 6, 7) (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins.
Needles: Size U.S. 6 (4 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir) needle and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn) or another way to work small circumferences in the round (used for sleeves and neckband).
Notions: Stitch markers; waste yarn or stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge: 22 sts and 29 rows/rnds = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, after blocking; 7 sts of lace panel measure 11/2” (3.8 cm) wide, after blocking.
- This yoke is worked from the top down with increases on each side of four raglan lace panels that separate the back, front, and two sleeves.
- The yoke begins by working back and forth in rows to shape the front neck, then joins for working in the round by casting on stitches across the base of the front neck.
- Row gauge is important for achieving the correct the armhole depth.
- To prevent potential noticeable color variations between skeins of this hand-dyed yarn, work from two skeins of yarn, alternate one round from each skein.