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April 30, 2009

I love this new sweater.


I’m calling it done even though it’s not quite. I have one underarm to graft and a few ends to weave in and then blocking.  I made it lickety-split. I swatched then cast on on Sunday afternoon.

Kid sweaters usually come together lickety-split; that’s probably why I knit so many of them.


This sweater doesn’t belong to me. I made it for a class I’m teaching at my LYS (“Custom-sized Pullover for your Kid” is the name of the class). The striped raglan will live at Gate City Yarns for a while, but maybe if I make them another sample, they’ll give this one back to me after a while.

The yarn is O-Wool Balance (organic, how fancy) and it was really, really nice to work with. I am in spazzy love with it. The blend is 50 Merino/ 50 Cotton and it has all this lovely tweediness that I think gives the sweater such charachter.

Can you guess the pattern? Of course, it’s EZ, but I used a Spun-Out design called A Family of Raglans (SO45/WG69 on Rav). I have Zimmermann raglan patterns in the books, but this – a single page leaflet available for $1 from Schoolhouse Press – is a pattern chock full of new-to-me information. Worth $1? Damn straight.

short rows
baby got back

There are short rows hidden in there to make the back longer than the front. I’m terrible at knitting short rows, and if I showed you a better picture you might see how unsightly they are on the yoke.  This bothers me only slightly, thank goodness, because what’s really important here is that it’s a highly serviceable sweater.

my Mag

Cute, no?

Some basic notes on the design:

  • I used a smaller needle on 100% of the stitches for the edges.  It really doesn’t get any easier than that.
  • The decreases at the raglan lines were suggested in the pattern: Dec rnd: K2tog, p1, ssk. Plain rnd: knit. I’d never used it before and I like it a lot.
  • Um, that’s it. It was a really easy sweater.

Now all that’s left is that other underarm, and blocking!  And then I say goodbye to this sweet striped raglan for a long, long time…

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2009 4:57 pm

    totally adorable!

  2. MOM permalink
    April 30, 2009 9:50 pm

    That is a sweet looking child!

  3. April 30, 2009 11:38 pm

    So cute!!!! You kick things out!

    Love it, once again. 🙂

  4. May 1, 2009 1:37 am

    That sweater is awesome! She is adorable!

  5. carpoolknitter permalink
    May 1, 2009 2:22 am

    Very cute, yes. I like the way the paired decreases with the purl stitch in between look. and I love that precious face.

  6. wazzuki permalink
    May 1, 2009 4:53 am

    love those raglan decreases . . .

  7. Marin permalink
    May 1, 2009 7:39 am

    WOW! How cute and wonderful. I love seeing what comes out of the yarn we produce. I am glad you enjoyed it and the sweater is wonderful… 🙂 yay!

  8. mai permalink
    May 1, 2009 12:54 pm

    your mom is so cute 🙂 great sweater! i love the colors you chose.

  9. May 4, 2009 9:15 am

    very pretty. i like the hearts sweaters too!

  10. May 6, 2009 8:50 pm

    What a great looking sweater (and adorable model).

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