Project excerpted from Haiku Knits: 25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design
I’ve always loved the shape of a bird’s wing, but it’s difficult to incorporate that distinctive form into an everyday garment without verging on costume. That challenge inspired me to update a traditional raglan sweater by essentially merging it with a wrap, to create an elegant A-line silhouette with fly-away three-quarter sleeves. For the shaping, I used alternating right- and left-slanting decreases, which produce a surface texture that recalls the feather pattern of a bird’s wing. The outside raglan seams add an interesting decorative touch. The garment is loose-fitting, which makes it easily adaptable to variety of sizes.
Berroco Pure Merino (4/medium weight; 100% extra fi ne merino; 1 3⁄4 oz/50g; 92 yds/84m): 11 (12, 13) balls of Aubergine #8522
One each of sizes 7 and 9 (4.5 and 5.5mm) 24" long circular needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Five stitch holders
Two 5/8" decorative buttons
One 1/2" fl at button
Size B (2.25mm) crochet hook
Skill Level: Easy
Small (Medium, Large).
Instructions are for smallest size, with changes for other size noted in parentheses as necessary.
Bust (buttoned): 32–34 (36–38, 40–42)"
Total length: 18 (19, 20)"
18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Pattern Row: Knit across.
Repeat Patt Row.
Stockinette Stitch (St st)
Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2 (WS): Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Special Decrease Stitches
Right-Slanting Decrease (RD): Knit 2 sts, place them back onto the left needle, pass the third stitch from left needle over the 2 sts already knit. Place the 2 knit sts back onto the right needle.
Left-Slanting Decrease (LD): Slip 1 stitch as if to P, knit the following 2 sts, pass the slipped stitch over the 2 knitted stitches.
With larger needles, CO 102 (106, 112) sts. Knit 9 rows in Garter st. These 9 rows become the bottom band of the cardigan.
Row 1 (WS): Beg St st patt, starting with a purl row. Work a total of 5 rows, ending with a WS row.
Row 6 (Set up Decrease Row) (RS): K9 (9, 10), pm (place marker), RD, k18 (19, 20), pm, RD, k36 (38, 40), LD, pm, k18 (19, 20), LD, pm, k9 (9, 10)
Rows 7-11: Work a total of 5 rows in St st, starting and ending with a purl (WS) row.
Row 12: (Decrease Row) (RS): K9 (9, 10), slip marker (sl m), RD, knit to the next marker, sl m, RD, knit to 3 sts before the next marker, LD, sl m, knit to 3 sts before the next marker, LD, sl m, k9 (9, 10).
Continue in St st working a Decrease row (as row 12) every 6th row 15 (16, 17) more times, and at the same time beginning armhole shaping.
BO 4 sts at the beg of the 6th Decrease Row, and at the beg of the foll row.
Continue with RD and LD on every 6th row until a total of 17 (18, 19) decrease rows are made.
Place rem 25 (27, 28) sts on st holder.
With larger needles CO 63 (67, 70) sts. Knit 9 rows in Garter St. These 9 rows become the bottom left front band.
Row 1 (WS): K12 (13, 14) (front band sts), purl to last st.
Row 2 (RS): Knit across.
Rows 3–5: Repeat rows 1 and 2 ending with WS row.
Row 6 (Set up Decrease Row) (RS): K9 (10, 11), pm, RD, k18 (19, 20), pm, RD, k18 (19, 20), pm, k12 (13, 14).
Row 7 (and every WS row): K12 (13, 14), purl to the end. Continue Decrease Rows on every 6th row 15 (16, 17) more times as follows: K9 (10, 11) sts, sl m, RD, knit to next marker, sl m, RD, knit to next marker, sl m, k12 (13, 14), and at the same time begin armhole shaping.
BO 4 sts at the beginning of the 6th Decrease Row.
Continue with RD decreases until a total of 17 (18, 19) decrease rows have been completed. Place rem 25 (27, 28) sts on st holder.
With larger needles CO 63 (67, 70) sts. Knit 9 rows in Garter St. These 9 rows form the bottom right front band.
Row 1 (WS): Purl to last 12 (13, 14) sts, k12 (13, 14) (front band sts).
Row 2 (RS): Knit across.
Rows 3–5: Repeat rows 1 and 2, ending with WS row. Work rest of Right Front as Left Front except reverse all shaping, and use LD instead of RD.
Sleeves: (make 2)
With larger needles CO 84 (90, 96) sts. Use a row counter in preparation for armhole bind off. Work in Garter sts for 9 rows. These 9 rows become the bottom band.
Rows 1–5: Working St st, begin with a P row and end with a WS row.
Row 6: (Set Up Decrease Row) (RS): K8 (9, 10), pm, RD, k14 (15, 16), pm, RD, k28 (30, 32), LD, pm, k14 (15, 16), LD, pm, k8 (9, 10).
Rows 7–15: Starting and ending with a WS (purl) row, resume St st.
Row 16 (Decrease Row) (WS): K8 (9, 10), sl m, RD, knit to the next marker, sl m, RD, knit to within 3 sts before next marker, LD, sl m, knit to within 3 sts before next marker, LD, sl m, k8 (9, 10).
Work Decrease Rows every 8th row until a total of 13 (14, 15) Decrease Rows are completed. At the beginning of rows 50 and 51, BO 4 sts for underarm. Place rem 24 (26, 28) sts on st holder.
With the wrong sides of a sleeve and the Right Front held together, sew the raglan edges together one stitch in from the finished edge. This will create a decorative seam on the outside of the garment. Continue to seam the other raglan sleeve edges to the Back and Left Front in the same manner.
Sew the two side seams and the two sleeve seams using a regular mattress stitch for a traditional seam on the inside of the garment.
Row 1 (WS): With smaller needles and WS facing you, knit the sts from the st holders in the following order. Begin with the Left Front, then Left Sleeve, Back, Right Sleeve, and Right Front. Knit the last st of each section together with the fi rst st of the next section until all stitch holders have been removed. 119 (129, 136) sts
Row 2 (RS): Cast on 12 more sts onto your left needle.
Rows 3–7: Work in Garter st patt.
Row 8 (Buttonhole Row) (RS): K4, bind off 3 sts, Knit to end.
Row 9 (WS): Knit to 3 bound off sts, CO 3 sts, k4. Continue working in Garter st for 6 more rows.
Rows 16 and 17: Repeat Row 8 (Buttonhole Row) and Row 9.
Rows 18–24: Work in Garter st. BO.
To make a loop for a hidden button that will be sewn on the inside of the right side: With size B (2.25mm) crochet hook, chain 8 sts. Secure this bar to the center of the left front edge of the collar.
Sew the 1/2" fl at button approximately 6" from the right buttonhole edge of collar, placing it in the center of the collar on the wrong side.
Approximately 5" from the left front collar edge sew in place the two 5⁄8" decorative buttons to match the buttonholes.