This easy top-down raglan sweater is the perfect pattern when you want to make a simple sweater with worsted weight yarn. The colorful sample features two strands of fingering weight yarn held together for a vibrant marled body and sleeves. This marled technique is a brilliant way to use leftover bits of yarn from your other sweater, shawl, and sock projects. The yoke incorporates seamless shaping to lower the front of the neckline for a comfortable fit.
You can choose to knit the cuffs with or without thumbholes. Use this pattern as a playful landscape to paint with your beautiful yarns!
Check your gauge to determine the best size and fit for you. Yoke, Body, and Sleeve lengths are customizable. Medium 41.5” / 104cm size is shown without any positive ease for a fitted style.
These measurements are based on a gauge of 5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm.
Yarn Worsted weight
Hold 2 strands of fingering weight together for a worsted weight gauge. The sample shows a marled color technique holding two strands of fingering weight yarn together throughout the body and sleeves. You can substitute this marled technique with 1 strand of worsted or aran weight yarn.
Yardage Cuffs - approximately 140yds / 128m
Collar & Waist Ribbing - approximately 400420, 460, 500, 540, 580, 620, 660, 700yds / 366384, 421, 457, 494, 530, 567, 604, 640m holding fingering weight doubled OR half the recommended yardage if you decide to use 1 strand of worsted weight yarn.
Marled Body & Sleeves - approximately 400450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 950, 1050, 1150g of yarn total. If you are holding 1 color throughout the entire body & sleeves like the sample, you will need approximately 200225, 275, 325, 375, 425, 475, 525, 675g of one color and the same amount for the second strand of fingering weight yarn.
Needles 40” US 8 / 5mm circular 40” US 7 / 4.5mm circular or 1 size smaller than larger needle
Magic loop method is used for the collar, yoke, and sleeves.
Notions 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge 20 sts & 28 rnds = 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch before blocking
Pattern Notes:The sample features a marled color technique using two strands of fingering weight yarn held together. For a similar style, use 1 color throughout the entire sweater (shown in Qing Fibre - Siren colorway) and change the second strand every 3-15 rows. There are a couple mohair accents in the sweater as well. Don’t be afraid to add a little kidsilk lace weight mohair if you like fluffy textures.
You can use 1 strand of fingering weight wool + 2 strands of lace weight mohair/silk OR 2 strands of fingering weight + 1 strand of lace weight mohair/ silk for a fuzzy accent stripe. I only did this twice in the sample sweater for a couple subtle textured stripes.
Size Large Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn, Skinny Singles, or Sporty Merino. 4 skeins of Pollen held throughout Body & Sleeves. 1 skein each Cereal, Artifact, Juniper, & Hawk held together with Pollen 1 skein Plump held double for Collar & bottom ribbing 1 skein Walk Collection Merino DK in Apollo Colorway for light gray cuffs
Multi-Color with Orange Collar - Size Large Orange ribbed collar and edge - Hedgehog Fibres Sporty Merino doubled or use 2 strands of fingering weight held together.
Turquoise Cuffs - 1 strand of Walk Collection Merino DK in Swimming Pool colorway
Marled Body & Sleeves - 2 strands of fingering weight yarn held together. Qing Fibre Merino Singles in Siren colorway held throughout the entire sweater. The second fingering weight strand was a variety of speckled yarns from Qing Fibre, Hedgehog Fibres, Walk Collection, Garn Stories, & Twisted Fintch.
Gray Version with Blue Collar - Large Size 6 skeins of La Bien Aimée Merino Aran in Undergrowth colorway. (Use 1 strand of Aran weight yarn) 2 skeins in La Bien Aimée Merino Aran in Blurple colorway.