Baby Raglan sweater help

I am making a baby raglan sweater and am stuck.

I am putting everything together and for the shaping of the neck it says to increase one stitch at beginning and end of every other row two times. Does that mean I am doing two or four decrease rows total?

Thank you!

I’d count it as a total of 4

Thank you! That is what I was thinking as well.

In reading the rest of the pattern, I have more questions. I will try to break this down so it’s easier to follow (for me). This is my first sweater, so I apologize for the ignorance and thank you all for any help you can give me.

I’m at the shape raglan part, and the pattern reads as follows:

Row 1: *k to within 2 sts of next marker, k2tog tbl, sl marker, k2tog; rep from * accross all markers, k to end
Row 2: purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 14 times in all [B]DOES THIS MEAN 28 ROWS TOTAL?[/B]

At the same time, when armhole measures 2 1/2", shape neck as foll: Keeping to raglan shaping as est, after working first 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows place them on holders, then dec 1 st at beg and end of every other row (neck edges) 2 times [B]DOES THIS MEAN TO PLACE 4 ON HOLDERS THEN DEC 1 OR TO PUT THE 4 ON HOLDERS ON BOTH ROWS AND THEN DO 4 MORE ROWS OF DECREASES[/B]. On last WS row, p2tog before and after each marker. Sl remaining sts on holder.

[B]ALSO, IS THIS ENTIRE LAST PARAGRAPH INCLUDED IN THE 24 ROWS STATED IN INSTRUCTION SENTENCE BEFORE IT?[/B]

Row 1: *k to within 2 sts of next marker, k2tog tbl, sl marker, k2tog; rep from * accross all markers, k to end
Row 2: purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 14 times in all [B]DOES THIS MEAN 28 ROWS TOTAL?[/B]

At the same time, when armhole measures 2 1/2", shape neck as foll: Keeping to raglan shaping as est, after working first 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows place them on holders, then dec 1 st at beg and end of every other row (neck edges) 2 times [B]DOES THIS MEAN TO PLACE 4 ON HOLDERS THEN DEC 1 OR TO PUT THE 4 ON HOLDERS ON BOTH ROWS AND THEN DO 4 MORE ROWS OF DECREASES[/B]. On last WS row, p2tog before and after each marker. Sl remaining sts on holder.

[B]ALSO, IS THIS ENTIRE LAST PARAGRAPH INCLUDED IN THE 24 ROWS STATED IN INSTRUCTION SENTENCE BEFORE IT?[/B]

You’ll be working 28 rows total–repeating both rows 1 and 2 14 times.

Work across the first 4 stitches and put them on the holder and finish the row. Then work across the first 4 for the other edge and put them on a holder. After that is done, do your decreases on the next right side rows.

You need to complete all the raglan decreases, and at the same time you’ll do the couple of decreases for the neck edge. Just finish the 28 rows and the neck decreases and then go to the net step.

I’m sorry, I am not following.

In the 28 rows, I reached row 16 and the armholes measured 2 1/2". For row 17, I folled row 1 of the pattern, but put the first 4 stitches on a holder. Row 18 I purled and put the first 4 on a holder.

This is where I am hung up. Do I dec 1 at beg and end of rows 19, 21, 23 and 25? Then would 26 be my last WS row or do I do row 26 as purl, 27 as row 1 and then 28 is my last WS row?

The next step says to place on holders, and then with smaller needles pick up 49 stitches including the ones on the holders. If I continue to row 28 above, I have a lot less than 49 stitches. If I stop at 26, I have more than 49.

UGH! Please bear with me.

Decrease at the beginning and end of rows 19 and 21. That would be every other row 2 times.

As to where to end, finish on row 2 after your 14th rs raglan decrease.

When you pick up for the neck, you won’t only have the stitches on the holders to use. You will pick up stitches all along the edge as well as those on the holders, so you will want less than 49 on the holders.

I’m surprised that the pattern doesn’t tell you how many you’re supposed to have left after the decreases.

I agree. I read it over and over and it didn’t tell me how many stitches. It did throughout the rest of the pattern though.

I have one last question. Where I put the 4 stitches on both sides on holders there is a v between the the holders and the rest of the work. Is that where I pick up stitches so there wont be a v in the end? I dont see anywhere else to pick up from.

Thank you so much for your help!

Usually, the stitches on hold would be for the button bands to go up around the collar. :think: You wouldn’t be picking up all the way down to there, but just around the neck.

Is there a picture or link available for the pattern? If it’s in a book, which one? I might have it.

What does it say to do with these stitches on holders at the end?
What do the directions say about where to pick up stitches. Usually it’ll say “starting at blah-blah-blah, pick up and knit X number of stitches.” Anything like that?

I am sorry to be so much trouble. Thank you for helping me!

The pattern is on lionbrand.com and its called Buttery Soft Baby Set.

After my decreases on my last ws row of the 14 repeats of row 1 and 2, this is the remaining pattern to be worked:

[B]Neckband:[/B] With smaller needles, PU 49 sts along neck edge, including sts on holders. Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 6 rows.
Bind off in rib.

[B]Left Front Button Band:[/B] With Rs facing and smaller needles, PU and k 79 sts along Left Front center edge. Work in k
1, p 1 rib for 6 rows. Bind off in rib. Mark for 3 buttons as foll: First button at 5th st from top, next 2 buttons 8 sts
apart.

[B]Right Front Buttonhole Band:[/B] Work as for Left Front Button Band for 2 rows.
Row 3 *Rib to next marker, bind off 1 st; rep from * across all markers, rib to end.
Row 4 Rib, casting on 1 st over each bound-off st. Rib for 2 more rows. Bind off in rib.

[B]FINISHING[/B]
Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew on buttons.

Here is a picture of the sweater up to the point of starting the neckband. I just dont see where to pick up.

OK, first you’ll have to see how many stitches you need to pick up.

You have 8 on holders for the front edges, and you have stitches on a holder at the back of the neck. Add those up. Subtract that number from 49. Divide that number in half. That’s how many stitches you need to pick up on each side between the 4 live stitches on the holder and the edge of the holder for the back.

Put the 4 stitches from the stitch holder that’s on the right front of the sweater onto your needle. Pick up the number of stitches you came up with above. Work across the back neck stitches, pick up the other half of the stitches along the edge, and end with the 4 from the other holder.

That was my original thought but then I wondered why I would bother putting them on holders if I am just going to pick them back up. Again, this is my first sweater, but it seemed like something was missing from the pattern.

Thank you so much for your patience and your help!

I was confused, too, until I saw the pattern and a picture of the finished product. You put them on holders so the neck edge in the front will be lower than the rest of the sweater.

Your’s is looking great!:thumbsup:

Oh! Well, that makes total sense! I just hope my niece is born with a skinny neck. This thing isnt that wide! :slight_smile:

Heres the finished product!

Bravo!

Adorable! In a few weeks, we should find out if my brother-in-law and his girlfriend are having a boy or a girl. If it is a girl, this will be on my list!

Its a cute set. The Tam and Booties knit up quickly. The sweater was a little harder to follow, as you can see in my posts. But I just learned to knit in April, so I am pretty proud of this one!

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