Knit a boat-neck raglan pullover sweater

This easy-to-knit pullover sweater is customized with dip-dyed sleeve and hem edges.

By Suss Cousins

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Dip-dyed raglan pullover

Truly a customized sweater, this piece is first knit in stockinette, then you turn the purl side out and close the seams on the outside as a decorative detail. I dip-dyed the ends of the sleeves and the bottom in black dye, which comes out grey and reminds me of birch trees in wintertime. You could try other colours with a neutral-coloured yarn. The boatneck and long body are very attractive.

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Sizes
Small (Medium, Large)

Finished measurements
Chest: 34" (36", 38")/86.5 (91.5, 96.5) cm
Length: 26" (27", 28")/66 (68.5, 71) cm

Yarn
8 (9, 9) skeins Suss Nubby (100% cotton; 1.5 ounces/43 grams; 135 yards/123 metres), colour Natural

Notions
• 1 pair size 6 (4 mm) needles
• Sewing pins
• 1 tapestry needle
• 1 package Rit fabric dye, black
• 1 large stainless steel bowl (or stainless steel sink)
• 1 pair rubber gloves

Gauge
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4"/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Back
Cast on 84 (88, 94) stitches. Work even in stockinette stitch (knit all right-side rows and purl all wrong-side rows) until the piece measures 19-1/2" (20", 20-1/2")/49.5 (51, 52) cm, ending with a wrong-side row.

Shoulder shaping
Bind off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows – 76 (80, 86) stitches. Work 1 row even. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every wrong-side row 18 (19, 21) times – 40 (42, 44) stitches remain. Work 2 rows even.

Bind off loosely.

Front
Work the Front as for the Back.

Sleeves (make two)

Cast on 38 (40, 44) stitches. Work in stockinette stitch. Increase 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every 13 (14, 14) rows 9 times – 56 (58, 62) stitches total. Work even until the sleeve measures 19-1/2" (21", 21-1/2")/49.5 (53.5, 54.5) cm.

To shape sleeve cap, bind off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows – 48 (50, 54) stitches. Work 1 row even. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every wrong-side row 18 (19, 21) times – 12 stitches remain. Work 2 rows even.

Bind off loosely.

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Excerpted from Suss Design Essentials, copyright 2007 by Suss Cousins. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

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