Sweater -- Free Guidelines for Knit or Crochet
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11/29/2009 10:15 PM
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General Guidelines for a Basic Sweater
Okay, how in Kali's name can anyone give you directions for a sweater that work for both knitting and crochet?
Well, the answer is that this isn't a pattern, but simply a set of guidelines with which you can get a general idea
how to make a basic sweater. Many of the same basic construction guidelines hold for both knitting and crochet,
even if the particulars differ. You can build a bookcase using either a hammer and nails, or a screwdriver and
some screws. The particulars might differ, but many of the same general principles hold.
The type of sweater I'm going to go over here is called a raglan sweater. There are variations on this, and I'll run
over them lightly at the end, but for now, I'll be examining a very basic type of raglan sweater. (Here's a picture of
one that I crocheted so you can see what it looks like.)
The advantages to raglan sweaters are numerous, but the major one is that you don't have to worry about your
gauge. Normally, when you buy a commercial sweater pattern, you need to make sure you stay in the gauge that
the pattern calls for, or else you could end up with a sweater that will fit a seven foot tall penguin or a three foot
tall garden rake -- but certain not you or anyone you know. Raglans are made from the neck down, and you can try
them on as you go, so you just sort of keep going until you have to stop. Trying on as you go is a lot easier when
you're crocheting than knitting, but you can manage with both.
The Basic Raglan Sweater
The construction of a raglan top of any kind runs along the following lines, whether it be knit, crochet, or sewn
If you pick apart the long seams running up the sides and under the arms, indicated by the red arrows, the raglan
top can be flattened into one piec