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School Days Raglan Pullover

This easy knit sweater pattern is perfect for those chilly fall days!

School Days Raglan Pullover
School Days Raglan Pullover
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Your little one will be ready for the first day of school with this School Days Raglan Pullover! With its timeless design and bold use of color, this easy knitting pattern is perfect for a quick last-minute gift idea, too. The sweater uses just a few types of knitting stitches, making this project ideal for any knitter attempting a sweater for the first time. The knit pattern includes four buttons along the side, making the sweater roomier and more comfortable to wear. You'll especially love that the sweater uses worsted weight yarn, as it will be easy to care for and to clean. A diagram of the sweater follows the pattern's instructions.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge16 sts = 4" (10 cm); 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeChest circumference: 23½ (25½, 27½, 28½, 30½)" [59.5 (65, 70, 72.5, 77.5) cm] Length: 14 (15¾, 17½, 18½, 20) " [35.5 (40, 44.5, 47, 51) cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Baby Hugs™ Medium: 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls each 4820 Sky A, and 4410 Dolphin B
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] 24" (61 cm)
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • 3 (4, 4, 4, 5) ¾" (2 cm) buttons
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Notes

  1. Directions are for size 2 years; changes for sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 years are in parentheses.

  2. Slip all markers as you come to them, even when not specifically instructed to do so in the pattern.

Special Stitches

  1. M1L = Make 1 left: increase 1 st by picking up the strand between sts, twisting it to the left and forming a loop, and knitting it.

  2. M1R = Make 1 right: increase 1 st by picking up the strand between sts, twisting it to the right and forming a loop, and knitting it.

  3. ssk = slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.

Yoke

  1. With circular needle and B, cast on 56 (60, 64, 68, 72) sts.

  2. Row 1 (WS): P2, * k1, p1; repeat from * to end.

  3. Row 2: K2, * p1, k1; repeat from * to end. Repeat the last 2 rows once more.

  4. Change to A.
    Next 3 rows:
    Row 1 (wrong side, marker setup row): P1 for selvage, place marker, p5 (6, 7, 8, 9) for right sleeve, place marker, p22 (23, 24, 25, 26) for back, place marker, p5 (6, 7, 8, 9) for left sleeve, place marker, p22 (23, 24, 25, 26) for front, place marker, p1 for selvage – 5 markers placed.
    Row 2 (right side, raglan inc row): K1, slip marker, * k1, M1R, knit to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, slip marker; repeat from * 3 more times, k1 – 64 (68, 72, 76, 80) sts, 24 (25, 26, 27, 28) sts in each front and back sections, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) sts in each sleeve section.
    Row 3: Purl.
    Repeat Rows 2 and 3 only 3 more times, then repeat Row 2 only once more – 96 (100, 104, 108, 112) sts, 32 (33, 34, 35, 36) sts in each front and back sections, 15 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts in each sleeve section.

  5. Next 4 rows:
    Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.
    Row 2: Knit.
    Row 3: Purl.
    Row 4 (right side, raglan inc row): K1, slip marker, * k1, M1R, knit to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, slip marker; repeat from * 3 more times, k1 – 104 (108, 112, 116, 120) sts, 34 (35, 36, 37, 38) sts in each front and back sections, 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) sts in each sleeve section. Repeat the last 4 rows 0 (1, 1, 1, 2) more times, then repeat Rows 1-3 only once more – 104 (116, 120, 124, 136) sts, 34 (37, 38, 39, 42) sts in each front and back sections, 17 (20, 21, 22, 25) sts in each sleeve section.

  6. Join Yoke into Round
    Remove first and last markers.
    Place a marker on right needle to mark beginning of round, and begin working in joined rounds with RS always facing.

  7. Next 5 rounds:
    Round 1 (raglan inc round): * Knit to 1 st before next marker, * M1L, k1, slip marker, k1, M1R; repeat from * twice more, knit to end – 110 (122, 126, 130, 142) sts, 36 (39, 40, 41, 44) sts in each front and back sections, 19 (22, 23, 24, 27) sts in each sleeve section.
    Rounds 2-4: Knit
    Round 5 (raglan inc round): * K1, M1R, knit to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, slip marker; repeat from * 3 more times – 118 (130, 134, 138, 150) sts, 38 (41, 42, 43, 46) sts in each front and back sections, 21 (24, 25, 26, 29) sts in each sleeve section.
    Repeat Rows 2-5 only 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) more times – 134 (144, 158, 162, 174) sts, 42 (45, 48, 49, 52) sts in each front and back section, 25 (28, 31, 32, 35) sts in each sleeve section. 

  8. Separate for Body and Sleeves
    Next round: * Knit to next marker, remove marker, place 25 (28, 31, 32, 35) Sleeve sts on a holder or waste yarn, remove next marker, cast on 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) sts for underarm; repeat from * once more, leaving the beginning-of-round marker in place – 94 (102, 110, 114, 122) sts.

Body

  1. Knit 8 (8, 10, 12, 12) rounds evenly.

  2. Change to B, and knit evenly until Body measures 8½ (9½, 10½, 11½, 12½)" (21.5 (24, 26.5, 29, 32) cm) from underarm.

  3. Bind off all sts, and allow bottom 1¼" (3 cm) of Body to roll up on the outside.

Sleeves

  1. Place all sleeve sts on double pointed needles.

  2. With A and right side facing, pick up and knit 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts beginning a center of underarm, knit across 25 (28, 31, 32, 35) Sleeve sts, then pick up and knit 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) more sts from remaining edge of underarm – 30 (34, 38, 40, 44) sts.

  3. Place a marker on right needle to mark beginning of round, and knit 8 (8, 10, 12, 12) rounds evenly.

  4. Change to B, and knit 9 (7, 2, 0, 0) rounds evenly.

  5. Next round (dec round): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 28 (32, 36, 38, 42) sts.

  6. Repeat this decrease every 17 (15, 11, 13, 10) rounds 1 (2, 4, 4, 6) more times – 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts.

  7. Knit 17 (14, 11, 11, 11) more rounds evenly. Bind off all sts, and allow bottom 1¼" (3 cm) of Sleeve cuff to roll up on the outside.

Finishing

  1. Buttonhole Band

  2. With B and right side facing, pick up and knit 21 (27, 27, 27, 33) sts along right side (sleeve side) edge of Yoke slit.

  3. Row 1 (wrong side): P1, * k1, p1; repeat from * to end.

  4. Row 2: K1, * p1, k1; repeat from * to end.

  5. Row 3 (buttonhole row, wrong side): * [P1, k1] twice, yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, k1, p1 – 3 (4, 4, 4, 5) buttonholes made.

  6. Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

  7. Bind off all sts in rib pattern.

  8. With sewing needle and matching thread, sew buttons onto Yoke opposite buttonholes.

  9. Weave in all loose ends.

  10. Click here for a larger version of the photo below.

Diagram

  1. Click here for a larger version of the photo below.

Abbreviations

A, B
Color A, Color B
dec
decrease
inc
increase
k
knit
k2tog
knit two together

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This is such a cute pattern and will be perfect for a friend's daughter. I like sweaters patterns where you knit from the yoke down. I find knitting in the round easy and it goes fast. This is a basic pattern and I like the change of colors and the button detail. The pattern comes in quite a few sizes as well. Thank you!

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