Friday, September 28, 2012

Million Hits Sweater




Million Hit Sweater.   Now with four sizes, because you asked....

Thanks to all my wonderful blog-fans, I have surpassed the million hit mark.  I am overwhelmed to be here, and never thought the blog would be more than just a place to store my patterns and photos, a scrapbook of my knitting passion.
This ribbed raglan sweater is really stretchy, and easy fitting.



Sizes:  Small (36” at bust), medium (40”), large (44), xlarge (48). These are the finished measurements if you have a true gauge, and measure the sweater without stretching.
Yarn:   Sport weight yarn that works to gauge*****  I used Codex by Nova, silver, 50gms are 126yards, 9[10, 12, 14] balls should do.
Needles:  4mm (US 6) straight , small circular 3.5mm (US 5) for neck ribbing.*** option for straight needles at neck – see pattern.
Gauge:  19 sts = 4 inches in RIB PATTERN, on 4mm needles.  Best to measure your swatch after blocking and adjust your needles or yarn to match this gauge.
RIB PATTERN:  row one (even number of stitches): knit one, purl one across.  Row two: purl all stitches.
Pattern:
BACK:  With 4mm needles, cast on 78[88,98,106] stitches.  Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1.5 inches.  Increase 6 stitches over the last row of ribbing.  84[94,104,112] now on the needles.
Change to RIB PATTERN and work even for 14[15, 16, 17] inches from the start.
Start raglan shaping.  Row one:  (right side) knit two, knit two together, continue the rib pattern until 4 stitches remain, knit two together, knit two.
Row two: Purl all across.
Repeat these two rows until 42[46,50,54] sts remain.  Cast off all stitches.  (I like to cast off here, rather than put on holders, so that the neckline is more stable and NOT so stretchy.)
FRONT:  Work same as back until 52[56,60,64] remain in the raglan decrease stage.  Cast off center 30[34,38,42]sts, and working both sides at the same time: continue to do raglan decreases at the sides, AND knit two together at the neck edges, every right side row.  Purl the wrong sides.  You should end up with only one stitch on each side. Break yarn and thread through loop to secure.
SLEEVES:
Cast on 38[44,48,52] stitches.  Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 2 inches.  Increase 4 stitches over the last row of ribbing.
Change to RIB PATTERN, work up sleeve.  Increase one stitch at each side, every six rows until you have 72[78,88,92] stitches.  Continue even until sleeve is 15[15,15.5,16] inches from start.
Work raglan shaping: work the same as back shaping.  Work until 30[30,34,34] stitches remain.  Next row:  decrease row: Knit 2,[ knit 2 together, knit2]repeating bracket  across all stitches.  Cast off remaining 23[23,26,26] stitches.
Stitch the raglan seams, attaching sleeves to front and back.*if using straight needles for the neckline, leave one of the back – sleeve seams unsewn, and work back and forth instead of around.
With small circular needles, pick up 100[108,112,116]stitches evenly around the neckline opening.  This is not every stitch, as youneed a tiny bit of gathering to keep the neck from stretching too wide.  Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing, for 1.5 inches.  Cast off loosely.
Sew last raglan seam if left open for neck.
Sew side seams and sleeve seams.




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this blog, thank you

sula1968 said...

This is the pattern I've been looking for! Now any chance you have kids sizing for the same thing, I have 3 & 6 year old children

chris said...

Love that you love this simple raglan pattern. As for kids sizes... Up until now, I have made pattens for adults, because that was what I have been knitting. I am just starting to work on baby items, because I am at that stage in life that the next gen' are having babies! It may be a few years before I have children sizes. I suggest searching allfreeknitting, and knittingpatterncentral.... Lots there.

chris said...

Love that you love this simple raglan pattern. As for kids sizes... Up until now, I have made pattens for adults, because that was what I have been knitting. I am just starting to work on baby items, because I am at that stage in life that the next gen' are having babies! It may be a few years before I have children sizes. I suggest searching allfreeknitting, and knittingpatterncentral.... Lots there.

Alex said...

Hi. The sweater looks great. My mum has agreed to knit me one (I can't knit!), but she has asked if you know of an equivalent wool she can get in the uk please?
Thank you

chris said...

Unfortunately I do not know an equivalent yarn,but if you take the pattern (mostly the gauge) to a yarn outlet, they should be able to help you there. Best of luck, chris

Isabelle O'Connor said...

what size are you wearing in the picture? Just want to get an idea of this size...
Thanks!

chris said...

I am wearing medium. It fits a little loose (like a favourite sweatshirt). Pick the size that is about 2 - 3 inches larger than your chest measurement

Susan Hill said...

Hi! Just found this pattern. Can't wIt to try it. But a quick question: I love turtlenecks...is it possible to turn this into a turtleneck if I keep knitting the neck until it is long enough to fold over or would it not work? Thanks!

chris said...

Hi Susan, yes, you could easily make a turtleneck by knitting the neckband as long as a turtle neck! Love to hear knitters making the pattern suit themselves.
Cheers, Chris

Susan Hill said...

Thanks! I'm going to try this. And I may try a lighter weight yarn. This should be fun!

Karen said...

Hi, I was just wondering how long this is from shoulder to hem? I am planning on knitting the small size. Thanks

chris said...

Small is about 23 inches long, but the length until you start the raglan shaping, is the length to the underarm, so you can adjust longer or shorter in the body, before the raglan shaping begins!

Chris

Katey Alegre said...

Hi, this is a great pattern - I'm making this for my mom's Christmas gift! I'm still somewhat of a beginner, so I was a little confused about the following instructions for the front. Could you explain this a little further? I'm just having a hard time imagining how to do this. Thank you!

"Cast off center 30[34,38,42]sts, and working both sides at the same time: continue to do raglan decreases at the sides, AND knit two together at the neck edges, every right side row. Purl the wrong sides. You should end up with only one stitch on each side. Break yarn and thread through loop to secure."

chris said...

Hi Katey. This is one of those patterns that is not for a beginner. But, your best bet is to find an experienced knitter to work through the first few rows of the neckline with you in person. Visually try to see the outside raglan decreases... just like the back, and at the SAME TIME as you perform those, you also have to make the neckline shaping! So you count the stitches, and cast off the middle stitches (the number that matches your size), then you have to work each half (with two balls of yarn separately) making the raglan outside edge, AND making a few neckline decreases too. It IS complicated, so that puts this pattern in the experienced range, but you could do it with a little coaching in person. Hope that helps, Chris