New top-down raglan pattern - Bedrine September 16, 2020 17:24

Of all the types of sweater constructions, the seamless, top-down raglan construction is one of my all-time favorite ways to knit a sweater. Let me explain why:

  1. It's seamless! When you're done knitting, the sweater is done. There's no pieces to assemble, since they were all made during the knitting process.
  2. You get to try it on as it's being made. There's no doubt about whether or not it's going to fit when it's finished.
  3. The yoke shaping is simple and straight forward. Generally 4 markers are placed to divide the sleeves from the back and front. Increases are worked gradually at either side of these for markers during the yoke shaping until the correct number of stitches are on the needles for each section.

I've written and tech edited sooooo many raglan patterns since I started doing what I do, and I've streamlined my raglan instructions to be really easy to follow. There aren't any "at the same time" instructions (which always make my head hurt!). I write out every step along the way, and there are plenty of stitch counts included for double checking that things are still on the right path.

Now, why am I telling you all this?

Well, Valley Yarns (the yarn line produced by the mega-famous yarn store, WEBS) has just published the Bedrine Pullover pattern, using their Worthington yarn. And this stunning pullover is knitted using the construction I've just discussed!

The back and front are worked in ribbing, and have a central cable panel, and the sleeves are worked in Stockinette stitch. The change of stitch pattern draws attention to the raglan shaping, and makes for some interesting knitting.

I sometimes can get bored with doing the same stitch pattern throughout an entire sweater. It's nice to change things up to keep it feeling fresh and new!
Before I shipped away the sample sweater I had a little time to whip up a video for you, explaining in detail how this sweater is made. Take a look, and let me know in the comments what sounds like the most fun part to do!

The pattern is written for sizes 35.25" to 62.25"! Read more about sizing, yarn requirements, gauge, etc… here.