Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spiffy Raglan Sweater

I finally have the time to post about my latest knitting project, a lovely raglan sweater that I created.



I wanted a sweater that would be stylish and classic. At the same time I wanted the fit to be just right. I turned to sweater calculators for help, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for. So, I ended up building an Excel calculator to create raglan sleeve sweater patterns.

Pattern

The Spiffy Raglan Sweater Calculator (by me!)

I plan to post the calculator on Ravelry for download, so more on that to follow. *Update*: I've put the Calculator in my shop. Enjoy!


With my calculator, I was able to input my body measurements, pick the amount of ease I wanted, and set my gauge and *tada* my very custom pattern was born.

Here is what my settings were in the calculator:


I went with a simple boatneck for the version I made, but I've also allowed for crew neck and V-neck collars. I love the clean lines of my boatneck version.



Yarn

The yarn I used for this sweater was Cascades Heritage 150 Solid in Plum. It was a dream to work with and the overall sweater is just the right weight to layer over a shirt if I want or just to wear it by itself.

I used about 1.75 skeins of yarn. There is a yarn estimator that is part of the calculator and it estimates 2 skeins, which would work.


Overall, I'm very happy with my sweater and my calculator and my yarn. I think this is my best sweater yet. I wear it at least once a week and it is very comfortable.

2 comments:

  1. Whoa. This is the kind of thing my husband would build if he were a knitter. That is the kind of crazy that equals awesome. The sweater looks great and you've created an amazing tool. You rock!

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    1. Thanks Ip! If you are interested in testing it out, let me know. :)

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