Lightweight Raglan Pullover
Updated: Apr 12, 2018
A fun, unique knit that creates a timeless wardrobe staple.
This beautiful sweater holds a lot of knitting "firsts" for me. I think it will always be one of my favorites. I finished it this past December after working on it for three months. I wanted to take my time and really let everything I was learning from knitting it sink in. I feel like this pattern was a great introduction for a lot of different techniques that I was afraid to conquer. The clear and concise instructions made it breezy and once I bound off the last stitch, I was so proud of myself! I feel like this is a great pattern for anyone who wants to learn sweater knitting. Let's talk a little more about the pattern...
It is another FREE pattern from Purl Soho. They call it the Lightweight Raglan Pullover. It is such a beautiful, simple design. I feel like it would be flattering on anyone, and it's a style that will stand the test of time. Along the hems of the sleeves and body of the sweater is a sweet little cording stitch. I had never done this before...one of the "firsts" for me, and it was SO FUN! It creates a cute little detail that almost looks like a rolled hem. The instructions given for the cording stitch are wonderful, (I have a little tip that I'll share later that helped make the stitch go a little smoother for me). This pattern has you start with knitting the sleeves. They are knit up to the point of the underarm and then set aside for later. Next, you start the body of the piece, knitting in the round from the bottom up. After the cording stitch along the hem of the body, you start short row shaping. The short row shaping was a scary "first" for me, but I was determined to overcome this fear. Short row shaping is magic! Do you notice the slight curve the hem has? That can only be done using short rows and it's one of the details that drew me to this design. The curved hem is absolutely beautiful and is really what makes this piece. Once you've done the shaping and get to the point of the underarm, you join the sleeves to the body. So essentially, you make three tubes, (the two sleeves, and the body), join them together, and then comes the fun raglan shaping. This was another "first" for me at this point. Now I'm addicted! Right after knitting this sweater, I immediately cast on my Heath sweater just so I could do more raglan shaping. This pattern is a great one to help you learn how raglan shaping works. The neckline also has the cording stitch and some short row shaping before binding off. I promise it's not as complicated as it seems, and the instructions in the pattern are so helpful. Again, it's a great pattern for your first sweater! I give it 5/5 stars!
Okay guys...my favorite part of the sweater...the YARN!!! The simplicity of the design really lets the yarn SHINE. So choose wisely. I used Purl Soho's Cattail Silk. Cattail Silk is a sport/fingering weight, 100% Silk yarn. To say it's gorgeous is an understatement. It is truly stunning. It is soft, and elegant, and has just the right amount of shine. I love the little nubs of color throughout, giving it a great texture. The finished fabric has a beautiful drape, and I think that's my favorite part of the end result. It fits and feels amazing! The other thing I love about this yarn is the yardage amount that comes with each skein. It's not often that you only need a couple of skeins to complete a sweater, but with 618yds/skein, you'll probably never need more than 2 or 3! Cattail Silk comes in 18 beautiful, rich colors. I used the color Wild Mulberry. I squealed with joy as soon as I saw this color. I know it's silly, but I was so excited about this color because I knew it would look amazing with my favorite pair of booties. I'm a nerd. But I was right! They match perfectly. This yarn is also machine washable, although I've still only ever hand washed my sweater. (Why am I scared to put it in the washer?!?) The more I've worn and washed it, the softer it has become! I highly recommend using this yarn. I just can't get over how perfect it is. 5/5 Stars!
Now about that tip I mentioned earlier while working the cording stitch....
*After I knit the 4th row, I thread a large eye darning needle with embroidery thread that was a contrasting color, and then I ran the thread under all of the stitches on my knitting needles. Then, once I got to the row when it was time to do the cording stitch, instead of having to count the purl bumps to determine which one to pick up, I had a nice bright line running along all of the stitches that needed to be picked up. At the end of the cording stitch row, gently pull at the end of the embroidery thread and pull out of the garment. Trust me, it worked, and went a lot faster than having to count down four rows at every stitch. I hope you find it helpful as well.
I may need to knit up another one. I could wear this everyday!
Pattern: Lightweight Raglan Pullover by: Purl Soho
Yarn: Cattail Silk by: Purl Soho in color Wild Mulberry
Size made: 36
Skeins used: 2