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Crochet Striped Raglan Sweater - Free Pattern

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This Raglan Sweater is definitely a staple for your closet now that fall is approaching! It's a basic sweater that fits your form and has a fun stripe detail (or you can leave it out if you just want a pretty sweater all in one color!)

I worked so hard on this design for you guys and I'm so happy that I'm finally releasing it out in the world! The actual crocheting part was a breeze - I couldn't believe how easy a raglan style sweater crochets up! And fairly quickly too.


With no sewing or seaming, this sweater is crocheted completely in ONE PIECE! No sewing the arm sleeves together or on the body. No seaming up the body pieces. The only time you will need your yarn needle is to weave in a few ends. You will love the construction of it because of this!

Although the Raglan Sweater was so easy to crochet (I finished it in about 2-3 sittings) - boy was it a handful to tackle the math to write down the pattern! I wanted to make it as easy and clear as possible, so I did lots of math for the stitch counts. I apologize in advance because this pattern comes in limited sizes (XS - XL). Like I said, the math was a beast and more than I could take on!


A thing to note about size is, I made it to be form fitting. I am actually wearing a size smaller than what the pattern indicates I should have made. With my original size guide, a lot of my pattern testers found it to be too snug so I moved up all the sizes and added one for the XLarge. I would typically wear a large but since I moved the sizes, I am actually wearing a medium. You can see that it is very snug, especially around the bust so if you follow the sizes guideline in the pattern, don't worry it should not be THAT snug on you.

I used Lion Brand's Heartland yarn which is soft and stretchy and helps make the sweater comfortable. I highly recommend using this yarn when making this sweater! One of my testers also used Caron Simply Soft which is similar and could be used as a yarn substitute as well.


You may also notice when doing the striping, that in my photos I have less stripes. I wrote the pattern catered to an average height person. Being 4'10", I adjusted my pattern to be a bit shorter. If you are a shorty like me, you can simply leave off a row of stripes!

And of course, if you are taller, feel free to add more stripes or just add more length at the bottom.

The nice thing about raglan style sweaters is that you can try them on as you go. You can easily adjust the length of both the body and sleeves by simply adding on rows after you have tried the sweater on for size. 



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Materials List
Lion Brand Heartland Yarn
3-4 skeins main color, 1 skein contrast color
J/6.00mm hook
Tapetry needle/Scissors

Pattern Notes

Sweater will be made in a top down fashion.

Sweater is made to be a bit form fitting. If you are in between sizes, I suggest going up a size.

Beginning chains of each row do not count as a stitch.

Gauge: 4” x 4” ~ 12 st x 8 rows in double crochet

Abbreviations (US terms)
Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, sp = space, sk = skip, st = stitch(es)

Bust sizes (inches)
XSmall: 28 - 30
Small: 32-34
Medium: 36-38
Large: 40-42
XLarge: 44-46

Start with main color
Round 1: Make 70 (72,76,76,80) sc foundation chains, join to first sc
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in next 11(11,13,13,14) st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st, dc in next 10(10,9,10,9) st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st, dc in next 23(24,27,26,29) st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st, dc in next 10(10,9,10,9) st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st, dc in remaining 12(13,14,13,14) st, join to first dc
Row 3: Ch 2, *dc until you reach ch 1 sp from previous row, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, dc in remaining st, join to first dc

Repeat Row 3 5(6,7,8,9) more times.
Each round will grow by 16 st.
Do no fasten off

Sectioning off arm holes

Ch 2, dc until ch 1 sp, sl st ch 1 sp to next ch 1 sp, dc across to next ch 1 sp, sl st ch 1 sp to next ch 1 sp, dc in remaining st, join to first dc

You will now have three sections - two arm holes and one body.
Do not fasten off, continue to work the body. We will start decreasing to shape the body. Each row will be decreased by 6st.

Round 1: Ch 2, dc in next 23(25,29,30,32) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 44(52,58,62,64) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in next 21(24,28,29,30) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 42(48,54,58,62) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Round 3: Ch 2, dc in next 20(23,26,27,29) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 38(44,52,56,58) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next 18(21,25,26,27) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 36(42,48,52,56) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next 17(20,23,24,26) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 32(38,46,50,52) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Proceed to Round 7 for XSmall & Small Sizes
Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next 22(23,24) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 42(46,50) st, dc2tog 3 times, dc in remaining st, join to first dc
Round 7-9: Ch 2, dc around, join to first dc
*Change to contrasting color
Ch 2, dc around, join to first dc
Change to main color
Ch 2, dc around, join to first dc

Repeat from * 8 more times

Ch 2, dc around, join to first dc 6(6,8,8) more times (with main color)
(At this point, you can try on your sweater and make it longer as needed) Fasten off.

The body of your sweater is now complete.

Sleeves

Attach yarn to armpit of arm hole (each st will be worked in, including the ch 1 spaces that were attached)
Round 1: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc until 2 st, dc2tog, join to first dc
Repeat Round 1: 8 times
Round 9-34: Ch 2, dc around, join to first dc
(At this point, you can try on your sweater and make your sleeve longer if needed or shorter by taking off some rows.)
Fasten off. Repeat on second arm hole.