Tutorial: how to make a raglan sleeve sweater

from Annalisa Chelli - 27 August 2018

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

The first sweater made exclusively for us by the Knitting For Breakfast duo, definitely has that hint of summer feel. Cool and comfy but not too baggy, it’s highly recommended for those who love the simple but refined look. The rice and rib stitch were chosen for this sweater, which are simple yet effective especially when paired with our pure cotton Sailorman tape. Then finished off nicely with raglan sleeves giving it that special touch.

raglan sleeve sweater tutorial - colour carnation

Our model for the day, Elisa, is wearing a raglan sleeved sweater with a pair of jean shorts. We love it!
Ready to get going with the tutorial?

How to make a Top-down raglan sleeve sweater

This type of stitch is knitted in the round using circular needles from top to bottom. As it’s worked as just once piece it has the huge advantage of being seamless. The stitches are gradually increased from the neck to the sleeves that are placed on hold on a thread to then be picked up later.

Materials
Sailorman yarn col. Carnation 370g – 13 oz
Circular needles no.8 / US 11 e n. 9 / US 13
60cm and 100 cm cables
Stitch markers

Stitches
Rice stitch:
round 1: knit 1 and purl 1. Repeat to the end of the round.
round 2: purl 1 and knit 1. Repeat to the end of the round.
Rib stitch 1×1: knit 1 and purl 1 until the end of the round for all rounds.

Increases: knit into front and back is recommended.

Let’s get started!

raglan sleeve sweater tutorial - cotton yarn

Using no.8 needles cast on 64 stitches, place the stitch marker at the start of the round and close in a round.
Rib stitch 1×1 from the 1st to the 3rd round.
4th round: knit all stitches.

Switch to no.9 needles.

5th round: purl all stitches
6th round: knit 1 and yarn over needle. Repeat to the end of the round.
7th round: knit 1 and drop the yarn over from the previous round.
Repeat to the end of the round.
Place the stitch markers in the 8th round in the following way: one at the start of the round, knit 8, place a stitch marker, knit 24, place a stitch marker, knit 8, place a stitch marker, knit 24.

Now start increasing to shape the sleeves, the back and the front of the sweater. Increases are always before and after each stitch marker.

9th round: increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass the stitch marker) increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass the stitch marker) increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass the stitch marker), increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1. (= 8 increased stitches in total)
Round 10: knit all the stitches.

Repeat the 9th and 10th round another 3 times
17th round: work as the 9th round
18th round: rice stitch all the stitches

Repeat the 17th and 18th round another 3 times (get to round 24)

Now repeat all the rounds and the instructions from the 9th to the 24th round another time.

At the 48th round place the sleeves on hold as follows: place 48 stitches on hold on a thread (first sleeve) knit 64, put on a thread the next 48 stitches (second sleeve) and knit another 64 stitches.

Now work on the body, there’ll be 128 stitches on the needles.

49th round: purl all stitches
50th round: knit 1 and yarn over the needle, repeat till the end of the round
51st round: knit 1, drop the yarn over from the previous round, repeat to the end of the round.
52nd round: work as the 49th round
53rd round: work as the 50th round
54th round: work as the 51st round
From the 55th to 57th round: knit all the stitches
From the 58th to 63rd round: rice stitch all stitches
From the 64th to 66th round: knit all the stitches

Repeat from the 49th to the 63rd round another time (get to the 81st)
82nd round: knit all the stitches.

Switch to no.8 needles

Rib stitch 1×1 for 8 rounds

Bind off softly.

raglan sleeve sweater tutorial - worked top down

How to make the raglan sleeves

Using the no.9 needles (US 13) pick up the 48 stitches placed on hold previously and start working the sleeves as follows:
from the 1st to 3rd round: knit all stitches
4th round: knit all stitches and decrease 2 stitches
5th round: purl all stitches
6th round: knit 1, yarn over, repeat to the end of the round
7th round: knit 1, drop the yarn over from the previous round, repeat to the end of the round
8th round: purl all stitches
9th round: knit 1, yarn over repeat to the end of the round
10th round: knit 1, drop the yarn over from the previous round, repeat to the end of the round
From the 11th to the 12th round: knit all stitches
13th round: knit all stitches and decrease 2 stitches
From the 14th to the 19th round: rice stitch all stitches

Switch to no.8 needles

Rib stitch 1×1 for 18 rounds

Bind off softly.

Repeat all this for the other sleeve.

The raglan sleeve sweater is now ready to wear!

raglan sleeve sweater tutorial - colour carnation

Click here for the Knitting For Breakfast’s second tutorial where another exclusive sweater is in store for you!

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