raglan cardigan

Meet me and my new cardigan:
I love it!  I think it is one of my favourite knitted pieces, and all from recycled yarn!  My Mum gave me this unravelled wool from an old jersey about a year ago, and I’ve finally found a use for it.  Only problem is, I only used about 6 out of 12 balls for this, so need another bright idea….

The pattern is from Vogue Knitting W09/10, and is #24 Raglan Cardigan by Tanis Gray.  I didn’t love the pattern to begin with, but soon grew to admire its retro feel.  It has a rather cute band of XOX cabling adjacent to the garter stitch front bands, and I looove the raglan armhole – it fits perfectly and is cut nice and high, which I like.  

 And look – the raglan seam has some neat little garter stitch triangles to accentuate the line.

I also love the collar which I did a little altering to – the pattern says to pick up 80 sts along the neck and is knitted straight across, I picked up 68 sts and knitted 4 rows straight, then increased 1st at the shoulder seams every 2nd row, plus a couple of additional increases at the CB, to create a collar with a roll.  This makes a collar shaped more like a woven pattern would be – better in my opinion.
I should mention I did a couple of waist decreases/increases at the side seams (I’m square enough without shaping!) and I”m glad I did because it seems just right.
And did I mention the cutest little totally useless non-functional pockets ever – complete with more garter stitch triangles?

I did consider making them larger, but decided the small size was part of the charm.  Rather than knit the pocket bag separately as the instructions instruct, I knitted into the front and back of each pocket stitch at the base and did it that way – saves hand sewing!

And that’s it!  It was a bit cloudy and windy today and I’ve worn it all day, and it is so cosy and comfortable – I highly recommend the pattern and I’m already thinking of knitting another in some olive yarn I have in stash…..

Anyway it is Guy Fawkes here tonight, and now it is dusk the whole city is alight with the bangs and pops of fireworks –  I’m off to pour a glass of wine and admire the view from our verandah!

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19 thoughts on “raglan cardigan

  1. What a lovely sweater! Those tiny pockets are just perfect – may-be for tucking in a candy for when you need a sugar pick-me-up? Since I never advanced beyond knitting scarves, I can only drool over all the beautiful knit items that I see on blogs.

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  2. Love it!! I love the open neckline and adorable little pockets. It's the perfect cardigan for wearing over dresses!
    Man, I wish I could knit.. but then I'd have less time to sew 🙂

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  3. It is a very cute cardy and one to be worn with pride. I love the wee pockets -perfect to hold a tissue. I love the whole geek chic aesthetic, but in this case it's more chic than geek.

    The posting time says 3 AM – surely not? Was it a VERY late Guy Fawkes night in your family?

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  4. Gorgeous cardigan! I'm taking tentative steps into knitting territory and can only dream of making something so beautiful. If that cardigan were mine, seriously, I'd wear it at least 4 days a week and if I could knit properly I'd probably make it in 3 different colours. Hey, how about dyeing the wool and making it again?!

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  5. Sherry, that is a beautiful cardi – you've knitted it to perfection. I love the design and you are so clever to be able to alter the pattern like that – fantastic job!

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  6. Very nice! I'm eyeing a similar pattern. So when/if I get around to knitting it, I shall look up your notes again. I like what you did to the collar – it looks good. Not surprising given what a talented designer you are!

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