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.

Summer Cast-on Magazine & the Mazar Pullover May 6, 2020 16:22

Something I love about hand-dyed yarn is that the beautiful and unique colors can make a basic stockinette sweater into a piece of art. However, I still need the knitting itself to be somewhat interesting—which is why I think the Mazar Pullover is the perfect pattern for hand-dyed yarn.

This Mazar Pullover pattern has just been published in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. This digital issue is packed with 26 new patterns, including the Longboat Key Tee by Donna Estin, and the Pyramid Top by Arenda Holladay and more.

This seamless pullover is worked from the top down, with ribbed shoulder tabs that flow down into the sleeves and contiguous set-in sleeve shaping. In the video below I explain the construction of this sweater in detail.

Mazar is knitted using Nettle Soft DK from Ancient Arts Fiber, in the Cave Art color. They have so many beautiful hand-dyed colors to choose from, and the drape and feel of the superwash Merino and nettle blend yarn is perfect for this warm-weather tee.

I'm wearing this top with 3" of negative ease, and it feels comfortable, however 0-2" of positive ease is recommended for the best fit.

Read all about the Mazar Pullover here.

And take a look at all the patterns in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine on Ravelry. TKGA members get access to this whole issue, plus all the back issues ever published by Cast On, including all these patterns of mine. If you're not currently a member of TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) you may join here.

Leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!

New Pattern - Kanti Mama April 25, 2016 04:34

Kanti Mama

I'm really excited to be sharing this new pattern with you! Kanti Mama is the adult version of the Kanti Baby sweater that I published last year.

In fact, Kanti Mama was my original plan when I began knitting Kanti Baby. Kanti Baby started out as a swatch, to sample the construction for the Kanti Mama sweater. But I needed that swatch to be big enough to really… Read more





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