Knit Raglan Sweater Pattern: Petal by Knit A Bit, Crochet Away

I’m so excited to welcome back Lauren from Knit A Bit, Crochet Away for the last of two guest posts! Lauren is sharing a knit raglan sweater pattern called the Petal Sweater with us today. The pattern is available in 5 sizes from XS through XL and includes video tutorials for the Cable Cast On and Icelandic Bind Off.

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Petal Sweater

Knit Raglan Sweater Pattern by Knit A Bit, Crochet Away

SIZING

The sizing table lists finished garment measurements. Select a size based on your bust (A) width. The pattern is designed to have 2 inches of positive ease.

  • A: Bust width
  • B: Sleeve length from underarm
  • C: Back length from waist to neck base
  • D: Upper sleeve width
SizeABCD
XS31”18.5”19.5”11.75”
S35”19”20”12.25”
M39”19”20.25”13”
L43”19.5”20.5”14”
XL47”19.5”20.75”15.5”
SizeABCD
XS79 cm47 cm49.5 cm30 cm
S89 cm48.5 cm51 cm31 cm
M99 cm48.5 cm51.5 cm33 cm
L109 cm49.5 cm52 cm35.5 cm
XL119.5 cm126 cm53 cm39.5 cm

COMPONENTS

Gauge

  • 15 sts x 21 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette st  

Suggested Needles

  • Size 7 (US), 4.5 mm double pointed needles
  • Size 7 (US), 4.5 mm circular needle (16 in)

Notions

  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scrap yarn

Yarn

STITCH ABBREVIATIONS

  • BOR– beginning of round
  • CO– cast on
  • K– knit
  • K2tog– knit two stitches together (decrease)
  • M1L – pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing theneedle from front to back, and knit into the back of the stitch
  • M1R– pick up the bar between the last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back to the front, and knit into the front of the stitch
  • P– purl 
  • PM– place marker
  • SM– slip marker
  • SSK– slip unworked stitch from left needle to right needle knitwise. Slip a second unworked stitch from the left needle to the right needle knitwise. Slip those two unworked stitches separately back to the left needle purlwise. Knit those two stitches together in the back of the stitches (decrease).
  • St(s)– stitch(es)

PATTERN NOTES

  • This raglan sweater is knit in the round and from the top down, beginning with a collar that fits close to the neck. You first work the yoke, which includes a front and a back body panel and the beginning of two sleeve panels. When your yoke is long enough to reach your armpits, you separate the sleeve panels from the body panels, holding the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn and joining the body panels to finish the body of the sweater down to the waist. You end by working each sleeve individually.
  • Stitch counts and round counts are indicated for each size based on the following size order, unless otherwise noted in the heading: XS (S, M, L, XL). It is recommended that you highlight the stitch and round counts for your size before beginning to knit.
  • Stitches that appear between * and * should be worked until the end, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Begin using double pointed needles on the collar, and switch to circular needles when the yoke is wide enough to fit on circulars. Switch back to using double pointed needles.
  • It is recommended you check your gauge on both the circular needles and double pointed needles to ensure your tension is the same. Adjust your needle size as necessary to obtain gauge.

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Using the Cable Cast On method (see video below or here on YouTube) and CC 1, CO 92 (94, 100, 106, 110) sts.

Yoke

  • Round 1 (Set Up Round): K for 19 (19, 19, 20, 21) sts, PM, K for 27 (28, 31, 33, 34) sts, PM, K for 19 (19, 19, 20, 21) sts, PM, K for 27 (28, 31, 33, 34) sts, PM. This last marker marks the BOR.

For All Sizes

  • Round 2: *K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (8 increases per round).
  • Round 3: K across
  • Rounds 4-24 (26, 28, 30, 34): Repeat Rounds 2-3 for an additional 11 (12, 13, 14, 16) times, or 12 (13, 14, 15, 17) repeats total. You will now have 188 (198, 212, 226, 246) sts total.
  • Round 25 (27, 29, 31, 35): In CC 1, *K to marker, SM, K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (4 increases per round).
  • Round 26 (28, 30, 32, 36): *K1 in CC 1, K1 in MC*
  • Rounds 27 (29, 31, 33, 37)30 (32, 34, 36, 40): Repeat Rounds 25 (27, 29, 31, 35)-26 (28, 30, 32, 36) for an additional 2 times, or 3 repeats total. 

For Size XS ONLY

  • You will now have 200 sts.
  • Rounds 31-33: In MC, K across
  • Round 34: *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 2*
  • Round 35: In CC 2, K across
  • Round 36: *K1 in CC 2, K1 in MC*
  • Round 37: In CC 2, K across
  • Round 38: *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 2*
  • Rounds 39-43: In CC 2, K across
  • For Sizes S (M, L, XL) ONLY:
  • Round 30 (32, 34, 38): In MC, *K to marker, SM, K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (4 increases per round).
  • Round 31 (33, 35, 39): In MC, K across
  • Round 32 (34, 36, 40): In MC, *K to marker, SM, K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (4 increases per round).
  • Round 33 (35, 37, 41): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 2*
  • Round 34 (36, 38, 42): In CC 2, *K to marker, SM, K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (4 increases per round).
  • Round 35 (37, 39, 43): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 2*
  • Rounds 36 (38, 40, 44)-37 (39, 41, 45): Repeat Rounds 34 (36, 38, 42)-35 (37, 39, 43)

For Size S ONLY

  • You will now have 218 sts.
  • Rounds 38-46: In CC 2, K across

For Sizes M (L, XL) ONLY

  • Round 40 (42, 46): In CC 2, *K to marker, SM, K1, M1L, K until 2 sts before marker, M1R, K1, SM* (4 increases per round).
  • Round 41 (43, 47): In CC 2, K across

For Size M ONLY

  • You will now have 236 sts.
  • Rounds 42-50: In CC 2, K across

For Sizes L (XL) ONLY

  • Rounds 44 (48)-49 (55): Repeat Rounds 42 (46)-43 (47) for an additional 3 (4) times, or a total of 4 (5) repeats. You will now have 262 (286) sts.
  • Rounds 50 (56)-52 (57): In CC 2, K across

Separate Sleeves from Body

  • Round 45 (47, 51, 53, 58)(Set up Round): Place 43 (45, 47, 50, 55) sts on scrap yarn or stitch holder to save for later, CO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, K across 57 (64, 71, 81, 88) sts, place 43 (45, 47, 50, 55) sts on scrap yarn or stitch holder to save for later, CO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, K across 43 (45, 47, 50, 55) sts. You will now have 114 (128, 142, 162, 176) sts on your needles, not counting the sts on the scrap yarn.

Body

  • Rounds 46 (48, 52, 54, 59)-56 (58, 62, 64, 69): In CC 2, K across
  • Round 57 (59, 63, 65, 70): *K1 in CC 2, K1 in MC*
  • Round 58 (60, 64, 66, 71): In CC 2, K across
  • Round 59 (61, 65, 67, 72): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 2*
  • Round 60 (62, 66, 68, 73): In CC 2, K across
  • Round 61 (63, 67, 69, 74): *K1 in CC 2, K1 in MC*
  • Rounds 62 (64, 68, 70, 75)-64 (66, 70, 72, 77): In MC, K across
  • Round 65 (67, 71, 73, 78): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 3*
  • Round 66 (68, 72, 74, 79): In CC 3, K across
  • Round 67 (69, 73, 75, 80): *K1 in CC 3, K1 in MC*
  • Round 68 (70, 74, 76, 81): In CC 3, K across
  • Round 69 (71, 75, 77, 82): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 3*
  • Round 70 (72, 76, 78, 83)-89 (91, 95, 97, 102): In CC 3, K across
  • Round 90 (92, 96, 98, 103): *K1 in CC 3, K1 in MC*
  • Round 91 (93, 97, 99, 104): In MC, K across
  • Round 92 (94, 98, 100, 105): *K1 in MC, K1 in CC 3*
  • Round 93 (95, 99, 101, 106): In MC, K across
  • Round 94 (96, 100, 102, 107): *K1 in CC 3, K1 in MC*
  • Rounds 95 (97, 101, 103, 108)-102 (103, 105, 107, 112): In MC, K across
  • Bind off in K only using the Icelandic Bind Off (watch video tutorial below or here on YouTube).
  • Cut yarn and weave in ends using tapestry needle.

Sleeves

  • Set up Round: Remove 43 (45, 47, 50, 55) sts from first scrap yarn and distribute evenly along double pointed needles. Find the bottom of the armpit (where you CO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3 sts for the body), and pick up 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts. PM in the middle of the picked up sts at the bottom of the armpit. 
  • As you work the sleeve decreases, continue the same colorwork pattern as the body, making sure to work 10 rounds of only the CC 2 and 20 rounds of only the CC 3.
  • Rounds 1-19 (15, 19, 21, 15): K across
  • Round 20 (16, 20, 22, 16): K2tog, K until last 2 sts, SSK
  • Rounds 21 (17, 21, 23, 17)-80 (80, 80, 88, 80): Repeat Rounds 1-20 (16, 20, 22, 16) for an additional 3 (4, 3, 3, 4) repeats, or a total of 4 (5, 4, 4, 5) repeats. You will now have 37 (37, 41, 45, 48) sts total.
  • Rounds 81 (81, 81, 89, 81)-97 (100, 100, 102, 102): K across
  • Bind off in K only using the Icelandic Bind Off (watch video tutorial above or here on YouTube).
  • Cut yarn and weave in ends using tapestry needle.
  • Repeat for second sleeve.
© 2021 by Lauren Savidge/Knit A Bit, Crochet Away and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Lauren’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/01/01/knit-raglan-sweater-pattern/ Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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