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Men's Top Down Raglan Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Men Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, XXL)

Chest: 92 (102, 112, 122, 132) cm [36 (40, 44, 48, 52) in.]

Elann Limited Edition Picasso DK weight yarn 180 yards (165 meters) / 50 gr - 8 (8, 9, 10, 11) balls
Some black and white yarn of the same color for stripes.

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 49 (49, 53, 57) sts and knit 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 edge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 8 (8, 9, 9, 10) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 25 (25, 27, 27, 29) sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 8 (8, 9, 9, 10) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work stockinette stitch for 18 (18, 20, 20, 22) rows increasing for 10 sts in each odd row (double increase at the raglan sts as follows: *k1, yo, k1 in the raglan st*) and 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row.
Row 19 (19, 21, 21, 23): at the end of the row cast on 3 st with the single cast on and continue to work in rounds. Place marker on the front central st. Now the beginning of the row will be at the left front raglan marker.
Work stockinette stitch for 42 (52, 58, 66, 70) more rounds.

Divide for sleeves
Transfer left sleeve sts and left front and left back raglan sts to a length of yarn, cast on 6 (6, 6, 8, 10) 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 6 (6, 6, 8, 10) sts with single cast on and work front stitches.
Work stockinette stitch for 96 (100, 104, 108, 112) more rounds.
Work rounds 1-8 in grey, rounds 9-12 in white, 13-16 in grey, 17-24 in black, continue in grey.
Work 2x2 ribbing for 10 rounds. Cast off.

Sleeves worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 6 (6, 6, 8, 10) sts over the 6 (6, 6, 8, 10) underarm sts. Place marker on the 3rd (3rd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) underarm st. Work stockinette stitch for 100 (102, 104, 106, 108) rounds.
To narrow the sleeve decrease by 2 sts on both side of the marker in every 6th round 10 times (20 sts total).
Work 2x2 ribbing for 10 rounds. Cast off.

Pick up 68 (68, 72, 72, 76) sts on circular needles along the neckline and knit 2x2 rib for 10 rows. Cast off.


Close up of the sweater

Back of the sweater


There are 17 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Pauline Lofkin
October 17, 2017

Have set up ready to do this sweater. Now I'm on the second row = 'work in stocking stitch for - rows increasing for 10 stitches in each odd row'. This may be a UK/Usa language thing or I'm just stupid, but what does the phrase 'increasing for ten stitches' mean? I can't work out if it means 'increase by' within the row itself randomly or increase all rows until you've increased 10 stitches or increase ten stitches at start/end of each alternate row. Everything else is clear. Never done a raglan before so I'm bemused. Thanks.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 11, 2014

You stop the increases before dividing for sleeves.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 6, 2014

After you join and start working in the round you include selvedge sts in the bodice of the sweater. The increases shape the neckline in will be also included in the sweater stitch count.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 21, 2015

You have to make a double increase at every raglan stitch. If you do this, the amount of stitches in the back, front and both sleeve will increase for 2 st after each increase.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 24, 2012

You have to make increases at the raglan lines in every odd row until you have to divide for sleeves.
Poster: Margaret Hollister
August 24, 2012

Thank you for your quick response. I thought this was probably so but with no stitch numbers to guide me and this piece of vital info not included I did not have the heart to experiment. I will try again
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 18, 2012

You have to start knitting in rounds since row 19.
Poster: Claudette
October 18, 2012

Totally makes more sense now!

Thanks for the speedy response.
Poster: Lori
February 23, 2016

I was looking for the answer to the neck question too. Does the dip in the center of the neck even out or are we suppose to do something to give it the gental curve shown in the picture of the finished sweater for this pattern?
Poster: Koren
July 14, 2015

I have knitted many sweaters in the round and have not heard of doing a selvage stitch. This is typically used to make sure the edges stay flat, good for picking up stitches later.
Can you please explain the purpose of the selvage in this pattern?
I am also assuming that this means if I am to cast on 49 stitches than I am really to cast on 51.

Thank you for your insight on this.
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