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Mad Sweater Science, Part II

In typical last-minute fashion, I’ve decided that NaKniSweMo is a go. And the sweater to be knit in a month will be…

*drumroll* (yeah like you really care)

DROPS jacket in ”Eskimo” or ”Silke-Alpaca” with A-shape and ¾-long or long sleeves – yeah, what kind of crapmonkey name is that? I’m not typing that over and over. I’m not even copying-and-pasting it over and over. It will be called the Mmmalabrigo Jacket. Because it will be made of Mmmalabrigo. And it is a jacket. Except, it’s really a sweater, but they call it a jacket, so I will too.


I’ve gone and rewritten it as a top-down raglan. Partly because of my usual seaming-phobia, but mostly because I totally don’t have enough yarn to make it. I have 4 skeins of worsted Malabrigo. That’s 864 yards. I’m making the smallest size, and probably going with 3/4-length sleeves, and not flaring it out as much at the bottom, but I’m still going to run out of yarn. So making it top-down means I can run out of yarn at a spot where I can go “oh well, it’s long enough, I’ll just stop”, instead of, “oh crap, I have no left front shoulder!”

And I thought that this would be the perfect time to finally try a compound raglan. I’d taken that Maggie Righetti book back to the library already, but I remembered the principle – increase every other row down to the shoulder tip, every 4 rows down to the underarm, and every other row for another 1-1.5″. Okay. No problem. Wheeee!

Then I started doing The Math.

The Math told me that the distance from collar to bust with the original pattern would be between 7 and 8 inches.

The Math told me that the distance from collar to bust with a traditional raglan line (increasing every other row all the way through) would be between 7 and 8 inches.

The Math told me that if I did a compound raglan the armholes would be somewhere around my waist. That seems like a problem, since that’s not where my arms are.

I think The Math is screwing with me. Or I screwed up The Math. Or my arms are growing out of my neck and I just never noticed. Whyyyy doesn’t it work? I don’t know. I’m tired and don’t feel like figuring it out. So traditional raglan it is! But I’ll get you someday, compound raglan. I know where you live, compound raglan. You can’t hide from me.


I’m sticking pretty close to the numbers of the smallest size in the pattern and I’ve worked out everything except the collar. I haven’t decided what to do about the collar. I think it might eat me, so it’ll have to be modified a bit.

I’m swatched and ready.

And after a week of knitting, I’ll discover that I got all the numbers wrong and have to frog and start over. Yay! Looking forward to it! Kill me now!

Ahhh, now that feels more like November.


  1. Elin says:

    Mmmmmmalabrigo indeed! What colour is that, red? Or orange?
    I’ll look forward to seeing what you do with NaKniSweMo, I’m going to cast on for my contribution tonight. Even though I’m “designing” it myself, am still not sure about the stitch pattern and have barely made any calculations!

  2. Sarah says:

    malabrigo! best yarn ever. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  3. jamie says:

    Mmmmmalabrigo. I have a co-op order of this on the way to me. Undyed, so I get to dye it!

    What does this have to do with your post? Well, virtually nothing!

    Carry on!

  4. Kelly says:

    Ooh, ooh. I was just looking at this sweater the other day. I think the yarn you picked will be perfect. I can’t wait to read about your adventures with the DROPS jacket in ”Eskimo” or ”Silke-Alpaca” with A-shape and ¾-long or long sleeves (you’re right – that is annoying to even copy and paste).

  5. Rebecca says:

    I finished that sweater about a week ago. Just have to get the buttons in place and then it’s ready to wear. It was actually really fast and easy (my first sweater ever) but I did it the regular way though. And the seaming was REALLY boring.

    I think it’s actually a good idea to make it flare a little less. I made mine in the smallest size as well and I think it might be a little difficult to wear it under a “real” jacket. I did have one ball of yarn left after I was finished and would have had a bit more if I had figured out that it was a good idea to felt together the ends of the yarn instead of having a LOT of ends to weave in.

    Great color of yarn! Looking forward to seeing it when it’s done.

  6. Leah says:

    You know you always make me laugh when I lurk about your blog. I think your sweater is going to turn out awesome.. I love that colour and that is saying a lot from a girl who dislikes reddish tones most of the time. Good luck :)