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Our Spring Knitalong is ON!  Our KALers are moving pretty quickly through the first section of the sweater, so I have to catch up!

If you want to join in, you can jump in at any time – we’re working on an easy, relaxing project, the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  Read through our intro post, here.

This raglan-sleeve cardigan is worked from the top-down.  We are casting on at the neckline, a much smaller number of stitches than you would if you were casting on at the bottom.  We’ll get “set up” and increase the number of stitches around the yoke until there are enough stitches to divide for the sleeves and body.  For a raglan sleeve sweater, we mark 4 places around the circle to place our increases in those particular spots.  When these increases are lined up, they form a nice raglan line from the neckline to the underarm, as if we had knit separate pieces and sewn them together.  (If you’d like a quick tutorial on M1L and M1R – click here to visit Tin Can Knits.)

raglan sleeve

Trust in Hannah.  Follow the set up row stitch by stitch.  As you repeat your increase rows you’ll start to see how everything lines up and you won’t be tied to the pattern anymore.  Increase until you have enough stitches for your size.  Once you reach this number, you will work around the circle, putting your sleeve stitches on hold for later.  I like to use a length of scrap yarn in a contrasting color, rather than a metal stitch holder pin.  My stitch holders would always pop open on me!  Scrap yarn is always hanging around.

Proceed knitting on the body until it’s as long as you want it to be!  If you stray far from the pattern, just be aware that you may need more yarn than the pattern requirements suggested for your size.  Then, knitting some ribbing at the bottom.  Or not!  Knit whatever edging you like!  I will probably use ribbings on mine.

I am enjoying this knit very much for two reasons:

1.  I’m at a place in the pattern where I can just knit a row and purl a row without looking at any directions (or looking at my knitting, even).

2. This yarn, though not “featherweight” is just heavenly!  Pediboo Tonal, by Frog Tree Yarns (a non-profit, distributed from here on Cape Cod).

I don’t know if I’ll get anything else done, but I’m whipping up this sweater!  How are you doing?