Tiny Raglan Ornament
- Fingering to DK weight yarn, variegated and self-striping yarns give a particularly nice effect.
- Set of 5 double-point needles, of a size to give you the gauge you want.
- A contrasting-colored waste yarn (10 inches or so will do.)
These are easy and fast to knit. I knitted these a couple of years ago. My wish is to have a Christmas tree decorated with all hand knitted ornaments one day.
Beginning at the neck:
CO 24 stitches. Divide evenly on four needles (6 on each) and join for knitting in the round (don’t twist.) Place a marker if you wish, or keep your eye on the cast-on tail as a reminder of the beginning of the round.
Work two rounds of K1, P1 rib.
Knit one round even.
1st increase round:
Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to one st from end of needle, M1, K1. (8 st.)
Needle 2: Knit (6 st.)
Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (8 st.)
Needle 4: Knit. (6 st.)
The needles you have increased on (N1 and N3) will become the front and back of the sweater. The other two needles will become the sleeves.
Knit one round even.
2nd increase round:
Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (10 st.)
Needle 2: M1, knit to end of needle, M1 (8 st.)
Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to one st. from end of needle, M1, K1. (10 st.)
Needle 4: M1, knit to end of needle, M1 (8 st.)
Continue to increase in this manner, alternating each inc. round with a round of even knitting, until there are 16 st. on each body needle (N1 and N3) and 14 st. for each sleeve (N2 and N4.)
Knit one round even, and after knitting across sleeve stitches, slip the stitches onto a length of waste yarn. You will have 32 st. on the needles, 28 st. on hold.
Divide the 32 st. onto 4 needles, 8 st. on each. Begin knitting around on these 32 st., pulling firmly where the sides meet at the underarms.
Knit in stockinette for 3/4″ to 1″, or as long as you desire; work three rounds of K1, P1 rib, then bind off in pattern.
Slip the held stitches for one sleeve onto three needles, 4 st. on one needle, 5 on the other two. (14 st.)
Join yarn at underarm. Knit one round even.
On the next round, K2tog, then knit around even. (13st.)
Knit even rounds in stockinette until sleeve is approximately elbow length; K2tog, and continue knitting around. (12st.)
When the sleeve is long enough to just reach the cast-off hem of the body, work two rounds of K1, P1 rib.
Bind off in pattern.
Repeat for the second sleeve.
Weave in ends.