knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018: Highland Raglan
Judging by the evidence at hand in my closet, the funnel neck raglan is hands down my favorite neck and shoulder treatment for a sweater. The Highland Raglan, designed by Allison Jane for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018, is a stunning example of this type. It’s the first project in the “Back to Basics” story of the magazine, which focuses on pared-down designs with thoughtful details to elevate the look.
The Highland Raglan is certainly pared down in terms of construction. It’s knit from the bottom up with sleeves knitted separately before being joined for raglan shaping, and all the finishing you’re left with is sewing the underarm seams with the yarn tail from your bind-off.
The majority of the fabric for this pullover knitting pattern is cozy, plush ribbing. Those thick ridges trap warmth close to the body while creating elongated lines along the torso.
Simple, oversized cables at the front neck are the design detail that immediately catches the eye, but when you look more closely, there’s another surprise. The cable motif repeats on the sides up to the underarm. The cables emphasize the raglan shaping and combine with the angled shoulder seams to beautifully frame the face, neck, and hair.
The yarn we chose for this design, Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, also keeps the attention on the wearer. It’s 100% highland wool in a natural color that allows your stitchwork to shine. The worsted-weight yarn knits up quickly and will soften with repeated wear. Don’t worry—wearing it repeatedly won’t be a problem. The issue will be never wanting to take this beautiful design off!
Pick up a copy of knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018 today and cast on your own Highland Raglan. Or choose one of the other elevated classics in the back to basics story—there isn’t a pattern in the bunch that I wouldn’t happily add to my wardrobe.
DESIGNER Allison Jane
FINISHED SIZE 41¾ (49¾, 56¼, 63, 68¼)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 41¾”; modeled with 7¾” of positive ease.
YARN Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (100% highland wool; 123 yd [112 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #1303 highland fleece, 13 (15, 18, 21, 24) skeins.
NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): 16″ and 36″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 24 sts and 27 rnds = 4″ in k2, p2 rib, relaxed.