Oh, how I love a good raglan – both wearing them, and knitting them. Raglans were designed to allow an athletic freedom of movement through the shoulder area while having a more body-conscious fit, and I find them both comfortable and relaxed. They beg to be used in cozy, comfy designs.
Point Lobos was created for the spring 2017 make. wear. love. retreat, held on the west coast in the beautiful Monterey Bay area. For this particular collection, I wanted to make a group of sweaters that matched Asilomar (where the retreat is held) in spirit. They needed to be both comfortable and casual enough for beachy strolls, while fitting the area’s understated elegance.
This particular design started with the yarn: I worked with Patti Odinak of Yarn Culture and selected The Uncommon Thread’s Everyday Sport, because of its perfect mix of comfort and sophisticated color. It’s soft and strong, with rich, complex colors that don’t overwhelm stitch patterning. I strongly recommend it for this design. However, if you’re substituting yarns, you’ll need approximately 1205 (1285, 1460, 1580, 1690, 1890, 1975, 2060, 2155, 2365, 2485, 2730) yds / 1100 (1175, 1335, 1445, 1545, 1730, 1805, 1885, 1970, 2165, 2275, 2495) m.
After some swatching, I worked the Everyday Sport up into a dressed-up version of your favorite sweatshirt. Point Lobos features slight A-line shaping, which skims the body without being too roomy. It has a gently-scooped, wider neckline, which makes the raglan lines a little less angled. And it features a lace-and-cable pattern on the body but not the sleeves, which offers interest without being too overwhelming. The hem’s ribbing flows naturally into the patterned stitch, and the sleeves and neck are trimmed in 2×1 ribbing to match.
It’s available in finished sizes 32¼ (34½, 36¼, 38¼, 40, 42¼, 44½, 46, 48¼, 52¼, 56, 60½)’’ / 82 (87.5, 92, 97, 101.5, 107.5, 113, 117, 122.5, 132.5, 142, 153.5) cm, and has a full schematic and charted stitch pattern instructions.
Raglans work best when you’ve got plenty of room to move in the armhole, so I recommend choosing a size that’s 3-6” (7.5 – 12.5 cm) larger than your bust (or upper torso); I’m shown wearing the sweater with 3” (7.5 cm) of ease in my upper torso, and a smidge of negative ease through the bust.
Worked in the lace and cable pattern: 29 sts & 35 rows = 4’’/10cm; Worked in Stockinette Stitch: 25.5 sts & 35 rows = 4”/10cm
The Uncommon Thread Everyday Sport: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) hanks; shown in color “Ashes to Ashes”.
Point Lobos is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed, which adds much-needed stability to the raglan construction.