Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I consider myself an expert knitter. I've knitted for almost half a century and have made over a dozen sweaters. My Rav profile shows 68 projects that include mittens, hats, pillows, handbags, dog sweaters, baby blankets, and more. I think this qualifies me as an expert - or at least an experienced craftswoman.

Despite this expertise, I've never made myself a top-down raglan sweater. These garments predominate the knitting world; you can't throw a stick in a yarn store and not hit a raglan pattern. But Deb's Cardigan is my first and I have to say that I love the experience.

Last night I put in the first buttonhole and sewed on the button just for good measure. Now it really looks like a sweater! And it fits. I slipped over my head last night and it went on like a glove. This is fun!

In my design world, less is usually more. I eliminated the yarn overs associated with the increases; this simplifies the look and allows the gorgeous kettle-dyed yarn to capture the eye. I'm instead using lifted increases; I lift and twist the yarn between the stitches, place the strand on my left needle, and then just knit normally. Easy peasy. And pretty.

Finally, I thought you might enjoy this photo. I use the back of my dog's desk chair to pin my work. As some of you know, Moose has his very own desk chair that he sleeps in whenever I work. And sleep he does. Today he slept right through the photographic session!


  1. Oh, that's funny! Deiter and I have side-by-side chairs too! Only his is the padded one and I have the hard wooden one.
    Your sweater looks great! Love the color. Isn't the trying it on part really cool. That way we can't go wrong on the sleeve length and can see whicdh bottom length will be most attractive.
    It's a fun sweater to knit.

  2. I love top down raglan! (Mostly because I am the WORST seamer EVER!!!!) Any tips would be appreciated ... or a wonderful tutorial! :) haha

  3. I haven't been knitting as long but I do knit alot and I haven't tried sweaters yet.
    1. Because I'm afraid of making one that will not work with my shape.
    2. I don't have enough yarn in my stash and am broke as well. :(
    3. It looks intimidating. hehe

    I need to get my big girl panties on and try it. Maybe I'll make one for my brother. I wonder if the sweater curse works with family too...I can sure appreciate being rid of him for a little while.

  4. One of the great things about Top Down knitting is that at all stages it's a garment. With the button sewn on you have a neck cozie you could wear with your winter coat, even if you don't knit any further. I think that's so cool.