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Summer Night Short-Sleeve Raglan Henley

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

Size: S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X). Sweater has slightly oversized fit.

Materials: Plymouth (affiliate link) Yarn Grass (65% cotton, 35% hemp) worsted weight yarn, 115 yards (105 m) / 50g, color 9089 - 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 10) balls.
6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) buttons

Needles: circular #6 (4.0 mm)

Gauge for Sand Stitch pattern: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Sand Stitch in rows:
Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side):  knit
Row 2: *k1, p1* repeat accross the row
Row 4: *p1, k1* repeat accross the row

Sand Stitch in rounds:
Round 1 and 3: purl
Round 2: *k1, p1* repeat accross the round
Round 4: *p1, k1* repeat accross the round

Ribbing 1x1 in rounds:
k1, p1 in each round.

Garter stitch:
all rows - knit sts

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.

Cast on 42 (47, 49, 52, 53, 57) sts using waste yarn and provisional cast on method.
Work the 1st row (wrong side) dividing the stitches as follows:
slip 1 edge st,
knit 1 st (left front),
purl 1 st (raglan line, place marker),
knit 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts (left sleeve),
purl 1 st (raglan line, place marker),
knit 20 (23, 25, 26, 27, 29) sts (back),
purl 1 st (raglan line, place marker),
knit 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts (right sleeve),
purl 1 st (raglan line, place marker),
knit 1 sts (right front),
knit 1 edge st.

Work sand-stitch pattern for 26 (26, 32, 40, 38, 34) rows increasing for 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts)  in each even row as follows: M1, k1, M1 at the raglan st.

For another 28 (32, 32, 28, 36, 44) rows continue to increase back and fronts at raglan lines in each odd row. For sleeves now increase in every 4th row only for 7 (8, 8, 7, 9, 11) times.

At the same time increase for 1 st at the beginning and the end of the even row (2 sts per row). Work 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20) rows to shape the neckline.
Knit all odd rows, purling raglan stitches.

Next row: knit, purling raglan stitches, cast on 12 (13, 14, 15, 15, 16) sts with single cast on for the right front and the right band

Next row: knit cast-on sts, work Sand-Stitch pattern,  cast on 12 (13, 14, 15, 15, 16) sts with single cast on for the left front and the left band.

Knit the band sts in every row (garter st). In rows 21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81 (S, M) [21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81, 93] (L, XL) and  [21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81, 93, 105] (2X, 3X) make buttonholes in the right band as follows: k3, yo, k2tog, k1.

Divide for sleeves
Row 55 (59, 65, 69, 75, 79): Knit 6 sts of the band, work left front sts, transfer the left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 (9, 11, 14, 17, 19) sts with single cast on for underarm, work back sts, trasfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 (9, 11, 14, 17, 19) sts with single cast on for underarm, work right front sts, knit 6 sts of the band.

Continue to work bodice in rows, back and forth for 20 rows.

Next row (round): Work as established to the last 6 sts of the band. Position the 6 sts of the right band over the 6 sts of the left band and knit them together. Place a marker, this will be the beginning of the round.
Continue to work the bodice in rounds. Please note that now you need to purl the odd rounds.
Work Sand-Stitch pattern for 30 rounds, or to a desired length.
Work 10-12 rounds of 1x1 ribbing. Cast off.

Finishing the Armhole:
The armhole is finished with 1x1 ribbing worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 7 (9, 11, 14, 17, 19) sts over the 7 (9, 11, 14, 17, 19) underarm sts. Work 1x1 rib for 10-12 rounds. Cast off.

Finishing the neckline:
Unravel the provisional cast on, transfer the sts onto needles, pick up sts on both sides along the left and right band ends. Work 8-10 rows of 1x1 rib. Cast off.

Sew on buttons.

Pattern was updated on August 26, 2014.

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Poster: Janet McGarry
January 3, 2019

Elaine Phillips, if you are the creator of all these patterns I am lookng at, then you are truly talented, I consider myself a great knitter, but your work is second to none, I love it x
Poster: Kathry Munro
March 9, 2013

Hi Janet,
I don't see that you received a response or if you figured out how to copy the pattern, however I'm going to respond any way.

If you highlight the pattern with pictures and right-click on your mouse; open a blank Word document; right-click on the mouse and select paste you will have copied the pattern. From there you can edit the document.

Hope this helps.

Poster: Linda
October 1, 2014

Hi, Kathy, I have tried every way but Sunday to print this out and all I get is the text. The pictures won't print. I even tried to print screen and paste to paint, but no luck. I would like this website or someone to show me how to print the pics. I really like this pattern and like that it is shown on a woman, not a skinny bean pole.
Poster: Kat Munro
October 20, 2014

Hi Linda,

The top line gives the title/name of the pattern. If you look right under that you should see the Facebook/Like; Twitter/Like; and at the far right Pinit. To the right of that it says "Print Version". If you click on that it will give you the print version which should allow you to print it out.
Poster: viv blake
November 17, 2014

To print the pictures, right click over the picture, control C. then paste into your word doc with control P.

The alternative is to right click on thr picture and scroll down to "save image", give it a name and save in "pictures"
Poster: Kat
November 22, 2014

I believe that is Control V. Control P is for printing.

Poster: viv blake
December 4, 2014

Freudian slip! You are absolutely right.
Poster: Angelica
April 19, 2017

Quite smart and easy to knit... I think ;) just what I was looking for :)
Thanks a lot for sharing
Poster: Mary Jo Gilbert
December 17, 2015

Thank you for this pattern, I have been looking for this for a long time
Poster: Dolly
September 18, 2014

Thank you very much for sharing. This pattern is exactly what I have been looking for.
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