Sometimes, you have to go with simple.
I know I pick a lot of colors, I like to make bold statements and pick unusual patterns and color combos but sometimes simplicity really is the key. My cousin is absolutely adorable and has a very petite frame. I love knitting her sweaters because she loves to be bundled up and can be pretty much all year in Chicago. I told her boss that I knit her sweaters so she doesn’t quit and just hibernate all winter. For her holiday box of gifts, I decided to knit her the Ladies Classic Raglan sweater. Another gem of a pattern from Jane Richmond (speaking of, did you see her feature on Huffington Post Canada?).
I even used the Patons Classic Wool suggested for the pattern because 100% wool is so warm. I grabbed it during the black Friday sales. I was drawn to this soft pink/lavender shade and knew it would be lovely with her complexion. I was so right. Despite the balls of yarn all being in the same dye lot, you can see where I joined a new ball in the middle…I’m not too pleased about that but then only knitters will notice that change in color. And what can I really do once it’s finished? No matter what it fit her nicely, I just wish the sleeve was slightly longer but it’s a bracelet length on her which is great because I gave her a great bracelet for Christmas too.
I do love how easily you can adapt this pattern. I could remove the waste shaping and make a men’s version for my husband (but we’ve already determined his closet is jam packed and he needs nothing else) or make it in a boyfriend version for myself. I have a lovely bright pink in Lion Brand Heartland that I think I’m going to use to make this for myself. And although I’m on the west coast for work right now, I see back home we’re preparing for a huge amount of snow the day I’m supposed to get home. As exhausted and tired as I am I’d love a snow day to knit and curl up with Cher! Plus I can wrap up in some of my knitting!
Anyone else have some classic patterns they just love? Do tell!
10 Replies to “FO: A Classic Raglan”
Ditto on the snow days! 😉
You and I will both be wrapped up and knitting!
It’s gorgeous! And it looks incredible on your cousin! What a perfect fit! I can’t wait to see yours when you get to it!!
Yeah it’s on my list to make more for myself. I think hot pink would be a perfect color for such a classic shape.
I’m guessing that for men, the waist shaping is the least of your worries. You’d have to make it fit the shoulders and chest, then decrease towards the waist.
How did I know you’d balance the simple with hot colour! LOL!
Yeah I love a good color. And I do think the raglan would be fairly easy to adapt. No real arm decreases and getting the shoulders right!