Debbie Bliss:Two Colour Raglan Sweater adapted to have a higher neckline (4-5 age)

I love this pattern and have made about 6 in various different sizes, but I have always been unhappy about how big the neck was. I first amended the neckline here  but didn’t note down the details fully, so I knitted another one and below is what I did. Both jumpers fit perfectly. Though the neck is higher, with the help of a super stretchy bind off there’s still plenty of room to get the jumper over the head. The super stretchy bind off is also pleasingly attractive. So, it’s win, win…As my granddaughter is not yet a year old, the next few years will no doubt find me working out instructions for a higher neck for the smaller sizes. Bet you can’t wait…

Debbie Bliss: Two colour raglan sweater (From Baby Cashmerino Bk 5) with higher neckline

The pattern for Two Colour Raglan Sweater comes from Debbie Bliss’s book: Baby Cashmerino 5

This is for the largest size only – age 4-5

Here are detailed instructions for anyone who loves this versatile pattern but finds the neck to be too big and loose. In essence, you continue all 4 pattern pieces – back, front, 2 sleeves – for a further 4 rows and slightly change the way the front is shaped.

Back Last 2 lines now: Repeat the last 2 rows 19 times, leaving 36 stitches. (Pattern says 17 times, 40 stitches).

Sleeves Last 2 lines now: Repeat the last 2 rows 23 times. Leave rem. 12 stitches on spare needle. (Pattern says 21 times, leaving 16 stitches on spare needle).

Front Follow pattern until ‘Shape front neck’ and do the following instead.

1st row: k2, skpo, k8, k2tog, k1, turn and work on these 13 stitches only for the first side of front neck.

2nd row: p to end

3rd row: k2, skpo, k6, k2tog, k1 (11 stitches)

4th row: p to end

5th row: k2, skpo, k4, k2tog, k1 (9 stitches)

6th row: p to end

7th row: k2, skpo, k2, k2tog, k1 (7 stitches)

8th row: p to end

9th row: k2, skpo, k2tog, k1 (5 stitches)

10th row: p to end

11th row:k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1 (4 stitches)

12th row: p to end

13th row: k2, skpo (3 stitches)

14th row: p to end

Leave these 3 stitches on a safety pin.

With right side facing, slip centre 20 stitches on to a holder, rejoin yarn to remaining 15 stitches.

1st row: k1, skpo, k8, k2tog, k2 (13 stitches)

2nd row: p to end

3rd row: k1, skpo, k6,  k2tog, k2 (11 stitches)

4th row: p to end

5th row: k1, skpo, k4, k2tog, k2 (9 stitches)

6th row:  p to end

7th row: k1, skpo, k2, k2tog, k2 (7 stitches)

8th row: p to end

9th row: k1, skpo, k2tog, k2 (5 stitches)

10th row: p to end

11th row:k1, k2tog, k2 (4 stitches)

12th row: p to end

13th row:k1, k2tog, k1 (3 stitches)

14th row: p to end

Leave these 3 stitches on a safety pin.

Debbie Bliss: Two colour raglan sweater (From Baby Cashmerino Bk 5) with higher neckline

Neckband                                                                                                                                                                                                     With right side facing, 3.25mm needles and wool of choice, k 11 sts from left sleeve, k last st tog with first st on left front safety pin, k2, pick up and k9 stitches down left front neck, k across 20 sts on centre front holder, pick up and k10 stitches up right front neck, k2, k last st on right front safety pin tog with first st on right sleeve, k 10, k last st tog with first st on back, k35. (102 sts).  Rib row” k1,p1 to end. repeat this row 8 times more.                                                                                                                                               Cast off with Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off (find it on YouTube).

Saturday 17 February:

And here is the small person wearing his latest jumper on today’s visit to London zoo.

Well done to the Royal Mail! I only posted this on Friday afternoon, probably around 3pm and yet it plopped through the letterbox in London on Saturday morning.

Small person visiting London Zoo wearing his new two colour raglan sweater (Debbie Bliss, Baby Cashmerino Book 5)

 

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4 Comments

  1. Posted February 18, 2018 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    That’s worked beautifully, and the Small Person looks very cosy and comfortable!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Goodness me, Rachel, posting a comment at 4.04am – someone else sleeping as badly as me last night?
      Thank you.

  2. Nella
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Well done Mary. It’s so gratifying when you successfully work things out isn’t it. (The small person could be an advert for the Oxford/Cambridge boat race! )

    • Mary Addison
      Posted February 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      With 2 grandparents Oxford graduates, the other 2 Cambridge and both parents Cambridge, the fact that most of the jumper is light (well lighter) blue just about sums it up! Poor child.

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