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After exploring top-down crochet sweaters, I wanted to create the ultimate beginner-friendly raglan sweater for first-time garment crocheters or for those crocheting their first raglan! I used the double crochet stitch, which is a great stitch to use if you’re intimidated about crocheting such a large piece. Since these stitches are so tall (1 stitch = 1” in height), you’ll be finished an entire sweater in no time; many of my testers finished in 3 days or less and had never made a garment before. Making your first sweater can be intimidating, but I want to show you how easy (and quick) it can really be if you find the right pattern!
In case you’re not quite ready to tackle the Rosebud Raglan or Chainette Turtleneck, here’s a truly beginner-friendly, easy-peasy sweater pattern that any beginner crocheter can make with basic pattern-reading skills!
The Double Crochet All Day Raglan is oversized, yet fitted in all the right places. The turtleneck and fitted sleeves give it a modern look and help balance out the boxy-ness of the body of the sweater. I designed this because I wanted a chunky statement sweater that was long enough to cover the bum but didn’t look like I was wearing a shapeless rectangle. I love a good turtleneck, so I had to add it into this design, too.
Read more about this design here.
Yarn: Super Bulky—Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fossil
- 80% acrylic, 20% wool
- 87 yds (80m) per 5-oz (140-g) skein
- Find this yarn on lionbrand.com or visit yarnsub.com to find comparable substitutes.
- 590 (618, 667, 753, 845) (947, 1118, 1246, 1302) yds
- 540 (566, 610, 689, 773) (866, 1023, 1140, 1191) m
Sizing: This #SizeInclusive sweater is written in 9 sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).
Note that different colorways of this yarn vary in yardage per skein. Make sure to check total yardage on label to ensure you have enough yarn to complete your sweater!
If using a prints/stripes/metallics colorway (label reads 140g/skein), you will need: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) (11, 13, 15, 15) skeins
If using a solid/heather/twist/tweed colorway (label reads 170g/skein), you will need: 6 (6, 7, 8, 8) (9, 11, 12, 13) skeins
Substitute Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick with any super bulky weight (category #6) yarn that matches gauge.
Hook: Size U.S. L/11 (8.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle
Read more about this pattern at knitsnknots.ca/dc-all-day-raglan.
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