For Christmas, I decided to make my sister a sweater. I made a sweater once before; a simple four-piece sweater. This time I wanted to try something new. I wanted to knit a top-down raglan. I like the idea because often you don’t know how much yarn you need. By knitting it top-down, you can knit the top portion and then the sleeves, before the body, to ensure you have enough yarn for both sleeves. After that, you can knit the rest of the body. If you come up short, then it turns into a cropped sweater.
I had more than enough yarn to make my sister’s sweater. I could make a small sweater with the rest of the yarn. In fact, I made it a bit too large. It turned out to be more of an over-sized boyfriend sweater. Even a bit over-sized on her boyfriend. Oops. I wanted to try again. This time I had already bought a bunch of yarn, that was intended to be for my first raglan, but I didn’t think my sister would like the color.
I bought this beautiful baby pink/millennial pink yarn. It’s 100% acrylic but is so soft and plush. I loved how the yarn knitted up. You can see how defined the stitches are. This sweater is an (intentionally) over-sized sweater. I added a seed stitch stripe to the center and sleeves of the sweater to give it more texture and a sportier style. I’m happy with how this sweater turned out. Now that I know how to knit a raglan sweater, I will try to make more in different styles, such as fair isle or lace.