Don't Scrap That Raglan

The pattern your stash of scraps has been waiting for.

The INSPO

This super versatile, top-down sweater is specifically designed to help you put all those DK scraps to good use.

The simple yet meditative moss stitch encourages your yarn to do most of the talking, while also allowing for some mind-blowing color blocking ideas. The sweater can also be worked up in a single color, for a timeless wardrobe staple.

Consider this pattern your blank canvas and let your imagination run wild!

If using scraps, my recommendation is to make sure the different yarns have similar yardage per unit of weight. My recommendation to my testers was that the yardage difference between yarns should not exceed 20 m per 100 g. If you don’t have the yarn labels anymore, you can put the different strands side by side and see if they’re similar enough in thickness. If you’re feeling extra frisky, you can even measure the WPI of your scraps – I have a short and to-the-point tutorial for this on my Cosmopolitan Sweater blog post. This will produce a nice, even fabric for your scrappy sweater!

Check out this free PDF printable template for a DIY set of crochet hook size labels! 

The design

The Don’t Scrap That Raglan is a modified raglan, which means that the raglan lines are modified and shifted to ensure a better fit at the underarm.

The sweater is worked in turned rounds from the top down, featuring short rows to raise the back neck and make the sweater sit nicely on your back.

The body and sleeve length are easily adjustable, and the pattern provides instructions for both ribbed, and simple hem, cuffs and collar. You can mix & match a ribbed hem with a simple collar, or skip the ribbing on the hem but keep it on the cuffs if you like!

A blank canvas for your scrap yarn

Detailed PDF pattern

15 pages of step-by-step instructions & tutorial photos

Row tracker with all row & stitch counts for every size

What you'll need

Any DK weight yarn in the amounts shown below

6 mm (J) and 5 mm (H/8) hooks

Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 8 stitch markers

Size-inclusive

Written for 9 sizes (XS-5X)

Includes instructions on customization

Pattern support

Please contact me at thecrochethighway [at] gmail.com for pattern related questions.

The pattern

The printable PDF pattern includes clear instructions and a bunch of tips & tricks and tutorial photos, leaving no guesswork for you. Among the concepts detailed in the pattern are how to work the short rows and how to add the sleeves to the body. I classified this pattern as “intermediate”, but you can easily complete this pattern with flying colors as an upper beginner, if you’re willing to take on a bit of a challenge!

The pattern also comes with a detailed round tracker, laying out the stitch count not only for every single round in every single size, but also the stitch counts for each individual raglan panel. This way, even if you have never made a modified raglan before, you can easily check your stitch count and track your progress at any time. This will seriously be the easiest yoke you will ever make!

Designer samples

I used Katia Missouri for sample 1, and a variety of scrap yarns from my stash (mostly Schachenmayr Catania and Scheepjes Catona) for sample 2. Please note that the scrappy version was made first, and the solid color version includes some improvements in terms of fit at the underarm and sleeve shaping.

Size 3

Katia "Missouri"

60% cotton, 40% acrylic
12 WPI
50 g = 145 m / 159 yds

Size 3

Assortment of scraps

Mostly Schachenmayr "Catania" and Scheepjes "Catona", 100% mercerized cotton
13 WPI
50 g = 125 m / 136 yds

Yardage

This is a size-inclusive pattern written for 9 sizes (XS-5X). It has been tested for sizes 1-8.

You’ll need 1140 (1230, 1370, 1510, 1690) (1920, 2100, 2290, 2470) m or 1250 (1350, 1500, 1650, 1850) (2100, 2300, 2500, 2700) yds of DK weight yarn.

Sizing

The sizing for this pattern is based on the standard Craft Yarn Council measurements.

This sweater is designed to be worn with 5–15 cm (2-6″) of positive ease around the bust, and 9 cm (3.5″) of positive ease at the upper arm. Therefore, when choosing your size, be sure to check not only your bust circumference, but also your upper arm circumference.

Measure around the fullest part of your bust and add 5–15 cm (2-6″) to this measurement. Then measure around the fullest part of your upper arm and add 9 cm (3.5″) to this measurement. Choose a size that is closest to these numbers, depending on your desired amount of positive ease. If you’re in between sizes, size up.

Tried & tested substitution yarns

Use a plant based fiber for a nice and light-weight sweater or tee perfect for spring! Or go for something cozier like wool to keep you toasty warm and ready for the colder season. Choosing a fiber blend with some acrylic thrown into the mix will ensure the sweater won’t get too heavy.

Looking for inspiration or yarn substitution ideas? Here’s a list of yarns my testers used and loved for their own Don’t Scrap That Raglan!

Note: I provided links to these yarns so you can find them more easily. None of these are sponsored or affiliate links. My testers used these yarns for their sweaters and loved them! Commercial yarns are linked with their Ravelry listing, and hand dyed yarns have a link to the indie dyer’s website so you can check them out directly!

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Check out my testers' versions

My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Scroll alllll the way to the end of this photo gallery for some inspiration on various colors. Swipe left & right for more photos of your favorite versions!

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Size 2

Louie and Lola Yarns Merino Nylon DK and BFL DK

merino, nylon and BFL

Size 5

Hobbii Rainbow Bamboo

60% viscose, 40% cotton

Size 2

Berroco Vintage DK

52% acrylic, 40% wool, 8% nylon

Size 8

Paintbox Simply DK

100% acrylic

Size 4

Premier Nordica

100% anti-pilling acrylic

Size 2

KnitPicks Provinical Tweed

100% wool

Size 5

Knit Picks Comfy Sport

75% cotton, 25% acrylic

Size 2

Louie and Lola Yarns Merino Nylon DK and BFL DK

merino, nylon and BFL

Size 1

Hand-dyed yarn locally sourced

100% merino wool

Size 5

Knit Picks Gloss DK and Electric Gypsy hand dyed merino DK

merino and silk

Size 3

Assortment of scrap yarns

100% acrylic

Size 5

Gazzal Baby Cotton XL

50% cotton, 50% acrylic

Size 2

Assortment of scrap yarns

mixed fibers

Size 3

Vardhaman Cotone

51% acrylic, 49% cotton

Size 7

Stylecraft Special DK and Paintbox Simply DK

100% acrylic

Size 4

Lion Brand Coboo

50% cotton, 50% bamboo

Size 7

Yarn Bee High Lights

79% acrylic, 20% polyamide, 1% metallic

Size 4

WeCrochet Kindred

68% alpaca, 32% pima cotton

Size 4

Assortment of scrap yarns

100% acrylic

Size 6

Lion Brand Truboo Sparkle

96% bamboo, 4% polyester

Size 3

The Frosted Stitch Deep Freeze DK

75% SWM, 25% nylon

Size 2

Katia Missouri

60% cotton, 40% acrylic

Size 5

Cygnet DK

100% acrylic

Size 5

Hobbii Tweed Dreams

100% acrylic

Size 3

Berroco Vintage Baby

52% acrylic, 40% wool, 8% nylon

Size 1

Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo+Cotton

60% bamboo, 40% cotton

Size 4

King Cole DK

100% acrylic

Size 1

Ganga Acrowools Olivia

100% acrylic

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