Knitting with the raglan technique

A sweater with the raglan technique with gradient yarn

I am very often asked "How much gradient yarn do you need for a sweater"? That's a question I can't answer like that. It depends on the size and the pattern. The difficulty with this yarn is that a sweater consists of 4 parts: front part, back part and the sleeves. The length of the gradient depends on the length of a bobble. If the bobble is too big for a front part then I haven't used all the colors. Is it too small ... how do I knit or then do I crochet the rest? And you need less for the sleeves than for a front part - but how much?

Raglan sweater from above

We are in the process of designing instructions that are tailored to our yarns. But you can also help yourself by working an RVO - that is, a raglan sweater from above - worked. It's well explained here:

Raglanpullover von Oben

Looks complicated, but it's really, really, really simple. This way of knitting has the advantage that you can take practically any bobble length - you knit in one piece until you cut off the sleeves. And depending on which color you are ... you knit the rest of the sleeves or the other parts in this color. So you don't need to calculate how the running length for sleeves, VT and RT should be. You should be able to roughly estimate how many meters you need in total.I've written a practical table for you here:

Practical help table for knitting raglan sweaters

Table for RVO sweaters made of gradient yarn
Sizes: Size 38 Size 40 Size 42 Size 44 Size 46
Length 56 57 58 59 60
Width 51 53 55 57 59
Raglan slope 28 29 30 31 32
sleeve length from neckline 70 71 72 73 74
Total thread consumption 8 threads 865m 960m 1065m 1180m 1295m
of which gradient yarn 620m 685m 765m 840m 925m
of which monochrome 245m 275m 300m 340m 370m

At the moment I can give you the following information about a sweater I made for myself in size 42:

560g / approx 1065m 8-ply gradient yarn e.g. ice queen, one of my new yarns:

Farbverlaufsgarn Pullover mit Raglantechnik

total length 58 cm
width 55 cm
raglan bevel 30 cm
sleeve length from neckline 72 cm

Tension: with NS 4.5 corresponds to 18 M 10 cm and 30 rows - knitted in stockinette st.

In this case you could e.g. Take 765m of gradient yarn and the rest, i.e. 300m in the last color of the bobble. So you have the color gradient over the yoke and the rest is monochrome which looks like this:

An example of a sweater made of gradient yarn with raglan from above

A jacket can of course be worked on the same principle - only then not in rounds but in rows.

So you see knitting with the raglan technique is not a witchcraft, it is actually quite easy to learn and it brings incredible results like this wonderful sweater that you see above.

Nice that you stopped by and see you next time!

Birgit <3


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