The joy of the raglan

Here’s the thing about knitting a top-down raglan sweater: just when you think you’re going to lose your ever-loving mind from all the stitches, you get to get rid of a bunch by putting those suckers (i.e., sleeve stitches) on waste yarn, and motoring through on many fewer stitches.

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I think this is a huge reason raglans are so popular – it’s a big mark of progress that you just don’t get on a bottom-up sweater with set-in sleeves.

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There’s something really great about passing a landmark in knitting.

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Slipping aaaaaalllll of those sleeve stitches onto waste yarn.

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And then working on smaller rows.

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Even though it’s really the same number of stitches as other sweater designs, it just seems faster.

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Especially if you’re lucky enough to be using something truly transcendent, like Malabrigo Rios in Piedras.

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Piedras means stones, and this colorway surely looks like river stones, don’t you think?

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