A while back, I wanted a raglan-sleeved pullover with a short front hem. For the longest time, I pondered on how to do this. I wanted to knit the sweater top down, starting from the collar. Achieving a cropped hi-lo -hem seemed almost impossible.
Until I woke up in the middle of the night having figured it out. The solution was relatively simple after all.
I knit the original sweater in a week, and its stockinette companion in just few days. These two styles are combined in a single knitting pattern.
The Cropped Raglan Top is worked in k2,p2 -rib all the way. It has a high collar that can be turned down or sewn to a turtleneck shape, and faux button lists on the raglan seams. This style is seamless, and worked in the round from top to hem to cuff. What makes the Cropped Raglan Top unique, is the shape of the hem. Short in the front, longer in the back.
The hem can be knit longer, or left at this shrug-like length. A narrow-hipped knitter can even turn this style to a dress!
The original pattern comes with two styles: the ribbed one, and a short-sleeved version knit in stockinette.
A little bit later, the original gained a sister. I turned the style into a Cabled Raglan Top. The idea is the same: a top down raglan top with a short hi-lo -hem. Only this one has a low collar and a cable design on the sleeves.
This altered version combines stockinette to rib to cable. Worked with relatively large needles, both styles are quick to knit. With elegant details, they’re a joy to make and a pleasure to wear.
Until next Wednesday.