Knitted stripy sweater

This knitting project started with me getting really excited when I stumbled upon the yarn above when cleaning out my storage room.

Not surprisingly, I was immediately drawn towards a nautical theme and decided to knit myself a longsleeved sweater with a raglan yoke. This shape makes for very little assembly, which is always a good thing!

To decide what kind of stripes I wanted, I knitted a couple of swatches playing around with different colours and knit and purl stitches. The swatch on the right is the closest to the final pattern.

I then made a small sketch to illustrate how I wanted the stripes to run up the sweater and the sleeves. Now all I had to do was to get knitting.

Since I recently made another sweater from the same type of yarn, I could use the same basic pattern for the sleeves and the body. I always knit the body first, getting the largest part of the project out of the way while I’m the keenest! In this project, I also needed the body in order to measure with which stripe to start the sleeve – the sleeves are longer than the body, but need to be at the same place in the pattern when I join them for the raglan yoke.

A raglan yoke is when you add the body and sleeves all to one large circular needle, and decrease stitches between the four parts, so that the decreases make a stripe that runs from the armpit up to the neck. I found an old knitting pattern at my mum’s house that told me how often and by how many stitches to decrease for the yoke: For about 15 cm I decreased one stitch on either side of the raglan joints (where the sleeve meets the body) every sixth row, thereafter every fifth row. When I thought the raglan was high enough, I slipped half the stitches onto another circular needle and tried the sweater on. The length was good, so on the next row I knitted two stitches together with five stitches inbetween on the entire row, before I started the k1, p1 ribbed neckline. To give more hold, the neckline is knitted double layer, though all the cuffs are single layer.

Finally, all the knitting was complete, but it took me over a week to fasten all the loose ends in the back. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the joys of knitting with leftover yarn and not being sure whether you have enough yarn to complete the project – every little strand of yarn was put to good use in this sweater!
Watch of for my next post, in which I have styled an outfit with my new nautical sweater!