Monday, April 09, 2007

"$5 in Paris" Top-down Raglan (KUAS Original Pattern)

Original knitting pattern by 
 Anna Maliszewski
Updated 8/27/13 

English, French & Spanish

 Have you ever just wanted to make a quick and inexpensive raglan tee that is fluffy-soft without breaking the bank? Well say "bonjour!" and dig those needles and Caron Simply Soft yarns out from your stash and you'll be finished before you can mutter, "Je l'adore!"  

SIZES: Small, Medium and Large

 Raglan Measurements:
Small= approx. 32.5mm wide 59mm long
Medium=39mm wide 59mm long
Large= approx. 45.5mm wide 59mm long
**NOTE for size upgrades: 12sts adds 2.5''

-1 skein "Caron Simply Soft" in pale mint
- 1.5-2 skeins of "Caron Simply Soft" in grey
-One 24'' circular needles, Size US8  
-Two  32'' circular needles: Size US9--one is extra for trying on the work-in-progress      -A set of 4 dpn's: Size US8   -Optional: also size 7 US dpns    *I recommend you investing in Knitpick's Options Needle Set, so that you can also use the wires as stitch holders. If you have this already, you can use the 24'' as stitch holders.   

Gauge: "Ribbing:" on size 8US: 7 sts=1'' (vertically)
                  "Stockinette:" on size 9US:
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Kf&b= Knit into the front and back of that stitch. (This is done on the stitches before and after a place marker.)    DPN's=double pointed needles
K= knit    P=purl     St(s)= stitch(es)    RD(S)=round(s)   PM=place marker    M=marker   MC=grey    CC=pale green   K2tog= knit 2 sts together SSK=slide, slide and knit those together.   M1=make 1 stitch (an increase)

Are you a newbie to top-down raglans?? This is a great first-time sweater project! It's just a sweater that is worked top-down in Stockinette Stitch on circular needles, which allows for a lot of modifications for size or adding intarsia, cabling or whatever you'd like if you feel up to the challenge one day! The best news? It's seamless!!

About the pattern: I first created this pattern in 2007 as a Craftster challenge to create something under $10. I created something around $5. Because of the boat-neck and striping, this top-down raglan reminded me of Paris. After the contest, I decided to share it for free in hopes that beginning knitters wouldn't be scared away from knitting a sweater. Since then, I have added notes for side-shaping, although it was not in the original design and updated the pattern to be even more user-friendly.

 It's almost hard to believe, but as of December 2013, almost 1,800 "$5 in Paris" projects have been casted-on and/or completed since it's conception. And that's only counting Ravelry members. Now it's being featured on several free knitting sites, as well as Craftster and Ravelry. 

Likewise, the thread for the KAL "the Beginner Top-Down Ralgan" ("$5 in Paris") has been viewed almost 165,000 times, leaving it on the first page in the knit-along community on Craftster since 2007.

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