Finished Object: Second Raglan

Yup, my second raglan sweater from here is complete!  I finished it last night and am wearing it today.

Again, it’s based on the raglan sweater pattern found in Knitting for Dummies.  I modified the particular sweater so the length is shorter, and and it’s short-sleeved, as well.

I worked on this sweater while at work, while at having good conversation at my in-laws’ house, and while watching TV at home.  I finished it at home because you have to keep track of sleeve row and decreases, so I need a place where I could keep better notes.

The yarn is interesting, in that I have no idea what it is.  I think its heavy worsted/aran weight.  I got it from the yarn mill ends bin at AC Moore.  No matter what it is, I really like the color and the texture.

So, that’s my second raglan. Yay!  If you want to see the details on Ravelry, head on over to the project page.


Finished Object! Raglan Sweater

Wo hoo!  I finally finished to Top Down Raglan Sweater pattern from Knitting for Dummies.  I’m actually surprised as to how good it came out, considering you need to knit a swatch for it.  (Yeah, really!)

I’m really proud of it.  My husband said it’s the most professional looking garment I’ve knit to date.  That’s means a lot to hear that!  Thanks, honey!  I’m wearing it at work today, and have gotten a few compliments on it.

This took longer than expected to knit because I had stitches in my right arm, and as the sweater would twist up from knitting the sleeves, I had to keep lifting and unwinding the sweater.  This was putting pressure on my arm and pulled at my stitches, so I had to stop.

Well, last Tuesday, the stitches came out, and started finishing the sweater on Friday.  I was done with what was left of the first sleeve, completed the second sleeve (which went much faster than the first), and weaved in all my ends by Sunday afternoon.  Boom!

If you want to see the details about the sweater, I recommend popping over to its project page on Ravelry.

Otherwise, if you want to catch up on the saga of this sweater, read the post about it here.

Yes!  I’m done!  What have you finished lately in your crafty endeavors that you are proud of?

Second Raglan WIP

I am just having fun with raglan sweaters lately.  I started a second one that I’m knitting on my breaks at work, and it’s going to be short-sleeved.

First, I must apologize for not posting at all last week.  I got sick, and have been dealing with a pretty scary health issue on top of that.  I promise I will get back into the swing things a little better here.

So, this is the short-sleeved one, and the long sleeved one is coming along just fine.  I’m am two-thirds done with the first sleeve.  I always forget how long and tedious knitting a sleeve, any sleeve can be.  Still one almost done, one to go.

This particular raglan is still being knit via the instructions in “Knitting for Dummies.”  I like the formula they present in there.  It seems to be working, but I’ll make that call when I put the sweaters on for the first time.

So, that’s what’s on my needles here at work.

Swatch Confusion

Ugh.  I hate it when I can’t get a correct swatch for the gauge of a pattern.  I know I usually have to go down at least two sizes from what’s suggested.  Here’s my tale of woe.

I wanted to knit a raglan sweater.  I found a pattern on Ravelry that seemed nice, and I bought it.  I bought some lovely Bernat Super Value Worsted Yarn, and merrily went home to start.

The gauge for the sweater was “20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle,” which meant a size US 7 in this pattern, so I automatically went down to a US 5.  No luck.  Next, I went down to US 4.  Nope. US 3?  Not close, either.  I tried a US 2, measured at 14 rows, and the gauge was still way big.  I ripped that one out.

Even when reading this pattern, I thought the gauge seemed tight…really tight.  I inquired of this to the pattern designer who said I was reading the gauge wrong.  I cast on 20 stitches and knit 28 rows for each swatch.  Did I do that incorrectly?

Anyway, I tossed those swatches across the couch where I knit and grabbed my copy of “Knitting for Dummies.”  I knew there was a raglan sweater payment in there.  I read it.  Hey, you don’t even need to knit a gauge swatch for that one!  You just knit to your measurements!  I can do that!

Here’s my progress, which I started on Saturday, below.


I think I’m doing pretty well, and I have my measurements pretty close.  So, far, so good!

The only thing about the “Knitting for Dummies” pattern is that is uses yarnovers for increases.  I decided to use M1’s, instead.  I still got those lovely raglan increases.

I’d be interested in hearing what you think about my gauge controversy.  Thoughts?