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Top Down V-Neck Raglan Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)

Chest: 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) cm [34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54) in.]

Elann (affiliate link) Limited Edition Picasso DK weight yarn 180 yards (165 meters) / 50 gr - 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) balls

Needles: circular 4 (3.50 mm) 24" (60 cm) long.

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 19 st x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Stockinette Stitch
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts

In rounds: all rows - knit

Selvedge stitches
The 1st and last stitch of the pattern are selvedge stitches. To make the edges of your work even and smooth 2 more stitches (selvedge stitches) are added. You should always slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch. The selvedge stitches are not counted in the pattern unless otherwise specified.

The sweater is worked from the top to the bottom back and forth and in rounds without seams. It will be a good idea to transfer all your work to a couple of long circular needles and try it on to check how it fits.

Cast on 43 (48, 52, 53, 57, 59) sts and purl 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 selvedge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 21 (24, 26, 27, 29, 31) sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work stockinette stitch for 28 (26, 32, 42, 38, 38) rows increasing for 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows: *k1, yo, k1 in the raglan st*.

For another 30 (36, 36, 32, 40, 44) rows continue to increase back and fronts at raglan lines in each odd row. For sleeves now increase in every 4th row only 8 (9, 9, 8, 10, 11) times.

At the same time to shape a V-neck increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every 6th row 9 (9, 10, 11, 13, 11) times and in every 4th row 1 (2, 2, 2, 0, 4) times.

Row 59 (63, 69, 75, 79, 83): at the end of the row cast on 1 st with the single cast on and continue to work in rounds. Place marker on the front central st.
Knit to the left front raglan marker. Stitch count 266 (283, 314, 344, 357, 375).

Divide for sleeves
Transfer left sleeve sts and left front and left back raglan sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 (10, 12, 14, 18, 20) sts with single cast on, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts and right back and right front raglan sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 (10, 12, 14, 18, 20) sts with single cast on and work front stitches.Stitch count of body sts after division 179 (198, 218, 237, 255, 273).

Work stockinette stitch for 114 (117, 117, 117, 119, 119) rounds or to desired length. Work 1x1 ribbing for 10 rounds. Cast off.

Sleeves worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer 52 (54, 61, 69, 71, 72) sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 7 (10, 12, 14, 18, 20) sts over the 7 (10, 12, 14, 18, 20) underarm sts. Place marker on the middle underarm st. Work stockinette stitch for 124 (126, 128, 128, 128, 128) rounds or to desired length.
To shape the sleeve decrease by 2 sts on both side of the marker

Size S (M) - every 10th round 10 (3) times, every 8th round 3 (12) times

Size L (XL) - every 8th round 10 (1) times, every 6th round - 8 (20) times.

Size 2X (3X) - every 6th round (18 (16) times, every 4th round 5 (8) times.

Work 1x1 ribbing for 10 rounds. Cast off.

Pick up sts on circular needles along the neckline and knit rib for 10 rows. Work k3tog (knit 3 together) in each even row at the marker (front central st). Cast off.


Pattern was updated on July 14, 2014

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There are 6 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Carol DeRosa
June 8, 2019

There are 4 raglan lines. Each makes 1 into 3.
At row 42, I am told to increase differently for sleeve raglan and front/back raglans BUT each raglan line increases both sleeve/back or sleeve/half of front. Am I to abandon the suggested K1, YO, K1 into raglan stitch or do I change the increase method to KFB to increase 1 into 2 instead of 1 into 3. Help?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 26, 2014

There are measurements at the top of the pattern. Compare them with your measurements.
Poster: Mary
June 2, 2015

You must increase before and after each sleeve marker that will give your 8 stitch.
Poster: Kandy
February 26, 2015

I started this sweater and where it says increasing for 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts). I can't get 8 only 4. What am I doing wrong?
Poster: Laura
March 24, 2014

I'd like to knit this pattern but I don't know what size am I according to it.
I'm a 12 UK size. Should I work a Large size?
Looking forward to your response!
Poster: peggy c
October 24, 2012

what bust size and finished sweater sizes do the S, M, L and XL correspond to?

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