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Top Down Cowl Raglan Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

Size: M (L, XL)

Elann (affiliate link) Sonata DK weight 100% cotton yarn, color 8797 light grey, 50 g / 105 m (115 yards) - 8 skeins.

Needles:  circular 5 (3.75 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stocking stitch: 20 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Stockinette stitch in rounds:
All rounds: knit

Ribbing 1x1 in rounds:
All rounds: (k1, p1) to the end of the round

Ribbing 1x1 in rows:
Row 1: (k1, p1)* repeat to the end of the row
Row 2: (p1, k1)* repeat to the end of the row

Wrap and turn in the short rows:
With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle
Move yarn between the needles to the back
Slip the stitch back to the left needle
Turn the work and bring yarn back to the wrong side between the needles

The top is worked from the top to the bottom in rounds without seams. The cowl is worked in the stockinette stitch and the rest of the sweater is worked in ribbing 1x1. The top of the cowl is shaped with short rows.

Cast on 166 sts. Join and continue to work in rounds. Mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: 25 sts of ribbing, k1 (raglan line, place a marker), 9 sts ribbing (right sleeve), k1 (raglan line, place a marker), k119 (cowl), k1 (raglan line, place a marker), 9 sts ribbing (left sleeve), k1 (raglan line, place a marker).
Round 2: 25 sts of ribbing, k1, 9 sts ribbing, k1

Short row 1: knit 119, turn
Short row 2: purl 110, turn
Short row 3: knit 100, turn
Short row 4: purl 90, turn
Short row 5: knit 80, turn
Short row 6: purl 70, turn
Short row 7: knit 60, turn
Short row 8: purl 50, turn
Short row 9: knit 40, turn
Short row 10: purl 30, turn
Short row 11: knit 20, turn
Short row 12: purl 25, turn
Short row 13: knit 30, turn
Short row 14: purl 35, turn
Short row 15: knit 40, turn
Short row 16: purl 45, turn
Short row 17: knit 50, turn
Short row 18: purl 55, turn
Short row 19: knit 60, turn
Short row 20: purl 65, turn
Short row 21: knit 70, turn
Short row 22: purl 75, turn
Short row 23: knit 80, turn
Short row 24: purl 85, turn
Short row 25: knit 90, turn
Short row 26: purl 95, turn
Short row 27: knit 100, turn
Short row 28: purl 105, turn
Short row 29: knit 110, turn
Short row 30: purl 115, turn

Knit 119, k1, 9 sts ribbing, k1.
Round 3 and all odd rows: increase for 1 st before and after each raglan stitch (total increase of 8 sts per round) and decrease for 1 st on each side of the cowl.

Note that in each odd round the number of stitches in the back and sleeves will increase by 2 sts, the number of stitches in the cowl will decrease by 2 sts and the number of sts in the left and right front will increase by 1 st each.

Work rounds 4-9 as established.
Starting from round 10 make cowl decreases in each round.

Work total 52 rounds.
Round 53: 75 sts ribbing (back), M1, k1, M1, 59 sts ribbing (right sleeve), M1, k1, M1, 25 sts ribbing (right front), 25 sts ribbing (cowl), 25 sts ribbing (left front), M1, k1, M1, 59 sts ribbing (left sleeve).
So, in round 53 we finished the cowl and now have 75 sts for the front.

Work as established till round 68 (80, 92).

Divide for sleeves as follows:

Back - 93 (105, 117) sts (including 2 raglan sts)
Front - 93 (105, 117) sts (including 2 raglan sts)
Sleeves - 75 (87, 99) sts each

Transfer back stitches to a separate needle and work ribbing for 8 rows back and forth.

Knit row 9 of the back, cast on 4 sts with the single cast on, transfer 75 (87, 99) sts of the right sleeve to a length of yarn, knit 93 (105, 117) sts of the front, cast on 10 sts with the single cast on, transfer 75 (87, 99) sts of the left sleeve to a length of yarn, join and continue to work the bodice in the rounds.
Work 60 rounds. Cast off.

Sleeves are worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer 75 (87, 99) sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 15 sts over the underarm sts. You'll have 90 sts. Work ribbing for 20 rounds. Cast off.

Block the top.


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Poster: sus
September 29, 2012

Hi , Thanks for your beautiful patterns. I really like to knit the " Top Down Cowl Reglan Sweater " But I do not want it in rib stitch 1x1 . Can it be done in other stitches you can suggest. I need your help
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 4, 2012

Yes, you can use other pattern with the same gauge.
Poster: sus
October 4, 2012

Elaine , I do not think that you can use any other pattern , because it is knitted on a circular needle , has to be a certain pattern . Can you suggest any??

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