You know when inspiration hits you and you just have to run with it? That my friends, was the "My Beginner Raglan".
Here I was, sitting on the couch on the weekend, my patio door open and a light breeze coming in, and Todd *probably* playing guitar like in a movie scene. It was an unusually warm Feb day (hello chinnook weather front) and as I looked down at my non existent project, it hit me: A chunky, super fast to knit, bulky and cozy sweater. Since I started on my raglan kick (don't worry - you'll read all about in my next blog post), I have been obsessed with imagining all my future designs with this construction. Plus, I wanted a project that built up quickly as I waiting for yarn to come in for some other designs I have prepped.
Now, I've been imaging a bulky garter stitch sweater for a while (who doesn't love the basic stitches?) but had been totally been putting it off. But when I saw The new Lionbrand Simple Knit Sweater from Sewrella (seriously can Ashleigh do no wrong?), and the Campfire Sweater from Knitting Wonders, I knew it was my time to take a crack at it and put my own spin on it. Plus, the 6 balls of Big Twist yarn that I picked up in JoAnnes when we went to the States in the summer have been burning a hole in my mind and closet for almost half a year.
So, since I'm in compete raglan fever I knew this was going to be the difference maker. No seams, super quick to knit, and top down. Plus with finally understanding the construction of the top down raglan knit, I wanted to share to all my fellow makers who are as terrified as I was of raglans, that it's really not bad at all! Can I just say out loud that knitting a raglan is a piece of CAKE when you just follow a damn pattern and stop pussing out? I just want to scream to the rooftops "DON'T BE SCARED, YOUR HEAVEN IS ONLY A FEW NEEDLE CLICKS AWAY!".
Either way, this raglan was super fun to knit, was hella hard to test (sorry pattern testers - you went through hell and mistake after mistake but I love ya'll so much I swear), and is finally here for your enjoyment. So take the dive and make your first raglan. I promise it isn't as scary as you think it will be. It'll be finished before you know it!