This may be long, please bear with me!
I’m working on the back piece of a bottom-up raglan sweater, and have just come to the raglan decreasing, where I have encountered a bit of confusion. The pattern calls for a gauge of 15 st. x 20 rows, and my gauge was 15 st. x 22 rows. I didn’t think this would be a problem, since I could just work to the required length, but it turns out that raglans are a bit more finicky than that! Whoops!
So, I’ve adjusted the pattern to add an additional 6 rows in the raglan decreasing, which should even everything out. But that will give me a raglan-shaping-to-collar length of 11.2", which seems quite large, given that I’m making a size 38 chest – the ribbing and stockinette before the raglan shaping began was 15" – is the raglan really supposed to be that large in comparison to the whole sweater? I know that the back piece will be a bit longer than the front, but still. I’m worried that the sweater will be way too large for him!
Should I omit the extra rows and just follow the pattern as it’s written, so that I get smaller raglan (about 10.2"), or will that make everything wonky? Unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn’t have any raglan sweaters for me to measure and compare against, but he does have a “regular” sweater that measures about 10" from the base of the sleeve to the shoulder, and I think that sweater fits him nicely.
Sorry if I’ve made this horribly confusing, but I would really appreciate any and all help/opinions! I’ve linked the pattern below:
Thank you so much!