Simple, understated, effortless. A raglan is all of these things and more! Best of all for beginners, a raglan is one of the easiest sweaters to knit. It might not look that way, but the raglan is the perfect first sweater project!
Knit from the top-down in one piece (which means no seaming!), you’ll be able to try on the Everyday Raglan as it’s being knit up. How cool is that?
Is the Everyday Raglan right for you?
You’ll need to be familiar with these six techniques before getting started:
- casting on
- knitting with double pointed needles
- knitting with circular needles
- casting off
Not sure how to do these techniques?
Check out Learn to Knit, Knitting with Double Pointed Needles and Knitting with Circular Needles. Then, come back when you’re ready!
- Finished Measurements: 33 (35, 40, 44, 48, 51, 55) inches and 84 (89, 102, 112, 122, 130, 140) cm bust circumference
- 3” of positive ease in the bust and 2” of positive ease in the sleeves
- Model wears a size Small (35″ bust circumference)
Yarn & Gauge:
- 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (478 yds/437m per 250g/8.82 oz skein) in color Ecru
- Gauge 16sts/24 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round
Needles & Notions:
- US 10 (6mm) 32”/80cm circular needle
- Set of US 10 (6mm) double-pointed needles
- US 8 (5mm) 32”/80cm circular needle (optional but recommended for ribbing)
- Set of US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles (optional but recommended for ribbing)
- 6 stitch markers
- Scrap yarn
- Tapestry needle
- Note: Use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below – every knitter’s gauge is unique!
The Everyday Raglan pattern includes a three-page PDF pattern and access to a four-part video tutorial that walks you through the entire knitting process, from cast on to cast off.
If you’re nervous you won’t understanding the pattern, the videos will hold your hand through the whole knitting process!
Clocking in at a little over two hours, these comprehensive video tutorials cover:
- choosing a size
- knitting a gauge swatch
- creating a neckline
- charting decreases to keep knitting organised
- knitting the body and sleeves
- preventing holes at the underarm join
- picking up neckline stitches
- blocking for a perfect fit
- and more!
Watch a preview of the video tutorial on how to block your raglan sweater:
Accessing the Video Tutorials
After purchasing the pattern, look to the first page of the pattern PDF. It will include a link to a super secret page where all the video tutorials are available to be streamed.
FOR OLDER CUSTOMERS: If you purchased this pattern before June 18, 2019, your PDF pattern will include a password to access the video tutorials. Hold onto this password. In order to view the video tutorials now, use this link structure in your browser: https://sheepandstitch.com/patternpassword to access the video tutorials. For example, if the password is “cutie”, then enter https://sheepandstitch.com/cutie. New customers will not be affected by this change.
If you needle help, just email me at davina [at] sheepandstitch.com. This is part of an overhaul to the video viewing experience. I appreciate your patience!
Buy the Pattern
Don’t have the pattern? Buy the pattern right here and join the fun!
You’ll be purchasing a PDF file of the knitting pattern, which gives you access to the video tutorials.
Once you complete the purchase, you’ll be given access to download the PDF pattern. The pattern will also be sent to the email you provide during check out.
The first page of the pattern includes a secret link where you’ll be able to view the video tutorials.
Great to see this pattern being released! I’ve been waiting for some time, because I’ve never been thought how to knit, and I just couldn’t get the knack of it on my own until I found Sheep and Stich and made the big hat! It was an amazing experience.
I wanted to ask what kind and size of needles are necessary for this project. I know it depends on how tight or loose I knit, but I wanted to have an idea. It would be helpful to know if I would need to purchase new needles. Thanks!
Hey Renata! So cool that you learned to knit through Sheep & Stitch! So proud of you! For the Everyday Raglan, the recommended needle size is US10/ 6mm to knit the body of the sweater. There’s also an optional needle size of 5mm to knit the ribbing of the sweater. This is to make a tighter rib, but it’s totally optional! This information should really be on the page. I apologise for that. I’ve added a section about materials to this page. Thanks for your comment and question!
Hi, I bought the pattern to this tutorial. But the password doesn’t work anymore… help! I want to start knitting my sweater!! Thanks!!
Hey Ease! I just sent you an email with the password. I just tried it on this page and it goes through okay. Can you give it a try again? And let me know via email if it doesn’t work and I’ll look into it asap. Thanks!
Victoria W says
Oh no! I’m finally ready to knit my raglan sweater- but I can’t find my video password on my pattern! Can you help?
I made 5 of your Big a hats for Christmas presents! Everyone loved them! You are an incredible teacher! Thank heaven for Sheep&Stitch!!!
Hey Victoria! The password is on the first page of your pattern in the sidebar on the right. There’s a little lock image in the sidebar. The password is right underneath the lock!
Victoria W says
Hi Davina! Thanks for getting back to me so fast! I see the little lock, but there is no password under the lock….I have attached an image to show you….
Hey Victoria! That’s so weird! I’ve just emailed you the password. Let me know if you encounter any more tech issues.
Julia Carusillo says
I absolutely love sheep and stitch and have made every single project you have up. My favorite is the raglan sweater of which I’ve now made four, teaching myself new things to alter each one including strips, turtlenecks, exaggerated ribbing etc. I am just writing to say I would absolute LOVE if you had a pattern/tutorial for sale for a cardigan. Watching your hands perform the stitches always makes me easier and helps me understand basic knitting abbreviations and directions to use for future projects. Anyway, I hope you will consider a basic cardigan, and even some more complicated stuff like cable knitting. Love the site and thanks for helping me learn to knit!
Thanks so much for your nice comment! I’d love to design a simple cardigan! I’ve got a number of smaller patterns (mittens, hats, socks) in the works, but a cardigan is definitely on my list of to-dos!
Alexander Haines says
I would love to make this sweater, but was wondering if you had any adaptions for men? Thanks!
Hi, I just bought the pattern and wondering what other kinds of yarn I can use. In your first video you mention that the yarn you are using is heavy worsted. I’m sure it depends on my gauge, but should I try swith bulky (number 5) yarn?
Hey Elle! You’re right that it depends on your gauge! Technically, you can use *any* yarn as long as you can get gauge with it. The Cascade Yarn that I use is a “heavy worsted” but other knitters have used a regular worsted, an aran weight, and even a chunky weight and had great results. The thing they had in common is that they all got gauge with their yarn and needle combination. You can absolutely try swatching with a bulky weight. Good luck!
thanks! i started knitting a year ago and all my first projects were knitted along your youtube videos.
i’ve never bought a pattern before this one. i bought yours because your instructions and videos are thorough and comprehensive for beginners like me.
again, thank you so much for all your help!
Ellie S says
So happy I found this pattern and site! I’ve been doing scarves and hats, but just haven’t found any sweater patterns that had the simplicity I needed (stockinette and size 10 needles). I LOVE your very professionally done tutorials! I did the neck before the sleeves because I was impatient and wanted to see it done 🙂 and now I’m almost done with one sleeve…so I hope to be done in another week or so. Now… I do have a question. I love raglan baseball shirts. Have you tried to modify this to have the sleeves and neckband be a different color? I tried a few times on a second sweater I started, but I sure couldn’t make it happen. Happy Holidays!
hey Davina .please send me the password ?
Hey Jourmana, on the first page of your pattern on the left sidebar, you’ll see there is a little lock symbol. Beside the lock you’ll see the password. Let me know if you have trouble finding it.
Sorry Davina , Ifound the lock but i cant see the password , can you please send it in a comment , i will be so thankful !
Hi Joumana, that’s strange! You might be having a technical issue. Can you let me know the paypal email that you used to purchase the raglan pattern? I can’t find your current email in our order system (the email that you’re using to post your comment). You can email me this information at email@example.com for more privacy. Once I can crosscheck your purchase email, I’ll send along the password right away. Thanks! And apologies for the difficulty.
I think you did not understand me I want to learn how to make the sweater not to buy it .i want to watch the tutorial video .
Hi Joumana, in order to watch the tutorial videos, you’ll need to purchase the pattern. The password to watch the videos are inside the pattern PDF, which you can purchase here if you’d like: https://sheepandstitch.com/shop/the-everyday-raglan-pattern/
Think you so much for helping me ?
can you recommend other types of appropriate yarns? I am new to knitting and am not sure what I should be looking for when selecting yarn for this project. thanks!
The yarn that I’ve used is Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (their Eco+ line is also identical in terms of yarn weight. When shopping for yarn, I would consider any yarn that is a worsted or an aran weight yarn.
If you’re going to a local yarn shop, bring along the pattern and let them know the knitting gauge for the pattern so they can help you find a suitable yarn that falls close within that range.
Personally, I would choose a wool or wool blend yarn. A full acrylic yarn will not be as breathable as wool. I would also stay away from a full apalca yarn since alpaca is heavier than wool and a sweater knit entirely in alpaca can pull out of shape and grow longer and longer the more you wear it. A 50/50 wool/alpaca blend should be okay though. A wool/acrylic blend will also be okay, I think.
Hope that helps!
This is the first sweater I made and when I was done I was a much more confident knitter. For my first attempt at a sweater it came out pretty good and I can’t wait to knit another one. Right now I’m working on my first cardigan. If I had not found your website site when I did I don’t think I would be as far along in my knitting journey as I am. Thank you!
Possibly a silly question, but I can’t find the size chart? I can see references everywhere to the different sizes, but no chart??
Sorry for the late reply. The size chart isn’t really a chart. It’s actually the finished measurements of the sweater.
If you look at the finished measurements of the bust: 33 (35, 40, 44, 48, 51, 55) inches or 84 (89, 102, 112, 122, 130, 140) cm, bearing in mind that there is 3″ of positive ease in the bust, then you can figure out what size would work for you.
For instance, if you have a 41″ bust, and you’d like a classic, loose fit, then a large size with a finished bust measurement of 44″ would work.
Hope that helps!
Thanks Davina, I realised almost immediately after writing my comment that I should use the finished measurements *facepalm*
I just finished my sweater yesterday! I love it!
MArgy Anderson says
Trying to access the video for this pattern
Hey Margy, you can purchase the pattern from the shop here: https://sheepandstitch.com/shop/the-everyday-raglan-pattern/ After purchase, you’ll have access to the PDF file, which includes the password for viewing the video.
Hi, I purchased the pattern yesterday and am excited to finally knit my sweater, but the password doesn’t work for some reason. Can you help me?
What happens when you type in the password above? Is there an error page that appears? Please make sure there are no spaces in the password, and that your browser does not auto-correct the password spelling (it’s happened to another customer before!). Let me know how it goes. I’m here to help!
It says that the password I entered is invalid. On the same page above the input field, no error page
Just to keep you informed – just tested it out on my phone and it worked. Still no progress when doing it on my laptop. But that’s better than nothing. Sorry to bother you. I think I’ll figure it out from now on.
Hey Maria, I just emailed you some instructions on accessing the video. I hope it works out! Let me know if you’re unable to get it to work.
MArgy Anderson says
I just finished knitting this sweater and I can honestly say, I have never had more fun knitting a sweater. I followed the video tutorial and that is what made it so fun. I learned some new things and so enjoyed knitting along with the video. It really helped me to rely on it and I didn’t make any mistakes. I just bought more yarn and am ready to make another one for the holidays! I hope my password still works in case I need the video again.
Congratulations on completing your sweater! I’m so glad that it went well!!
You’ll absolutely be able to rewatch the tutorial videos with your original password. Let me know if you encounter any difficulties, but it should work fine. Congrats again and happy holidays!
Kim Lust says
Hi, My password is no longer working and I am half way through my sweater! Please help!
Hi Kim, I’ve emailed you the correct password. Let me know if it works for you. If not, I’ll come up with another solution. Don’t worry. I got you!
Hi Davina! Just purchased this pattern:) so excited to cast on! This will be my third ever knitting project, and it is my first purchased pattern. So glad I happened upon your super helpful and easy to follow YouTube videos. Can’t even remember how I found your channel… thank you knitting gods! 🤗 Amanda
Hi Amanda! That’s so exciting! Thanks for trusting me to guide you through this sweater pattern. It’s a blast, and I think you’ll learn a lot of new skills! Happy knitting!
Hey, I really like your videos and saw you include one with your pattern. I was wondering how long the video is? Is it more basic steps or a detailed knit along style like the hats? I’ve never made a sweater before and I kinda want to just be able to sit and watch the process indepth.
Hey Jam! Yes, all the premium patterns include a step-by-step video tutorial of the entire pattern being knit up. It’s exactly like the KAL hat videos. For the raglan, there are four videos, clocking in at a little over 2 hours. So, you could watch the entire sweater being knit up from beginning to end if you like, and take notes along the way. It’s quite in-depth and every step of the pattern is covered. Hope that helps!
Hi, I was wondering if it would be ok if I used 36″ circular needles, since those are more common. Thanks
Hi! If you’re knitting a size small or larger, then yes I’d say you can get by with a 36″ needle.
Can the pattern be adapted to use magic loop method rather than dpn or would it need dpn. I don’t have or have never used dpn but I know how to do the magic loop method and have used it to replace using dpns before
Jennie Fancher says
Davina, I came across this pattern and was excited. I love a simple raglan sweater. I am wondering if you could recommend a cotton yarn. I would really love to knit this in cotton instead of wool.
Lisa L Hardebeck says
Hello. I love my Everyday Raglan and wear it all the time. But I’ll only wear it at home because the sweater pills so bad. I used the recommended yarn – Cascade Ecological Wool. The sweater has been hand washed twice. I’ve “shaved” the sweater and hand picked the pills, but it’s a continual issue. I’m curious if other people have had the same experience with this yarn.
Andrea V says
Hi! Can I knit this sweater for a man? I was thinking of making my first knitted piece of clothing a present for my husband
If the raglan’s finished measurements align with your husband’s size (or the measurements of the sweaters he normally wears) then you can use this pattern.
Oh I can’t say how much I have made progress in knitting. Thanks so much you are best teacher . You should put out more content. Your eager fans are always waiting. Your fun way of teaching makes it all the more easy. I’m yet to make sweaters but I have already made a lot of hats, mittens and slippers. Love you so much. Keep up the good work!
Yvonne wesley says
Hi Davina paid for the pattern and download link isn’t working.
Could you help please.
Hi Yvonne, can you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org? I can’t find your email order receipt with the email that you used to post your comment.
Karen Lievense says
I bought the Raglan pattern July 8th and accessed the pdf and tutorial video. I thought I had printed the pdf but can’t find it. I downloaded the pattern but cannot now access it. ‘Access denied’ message on the page when I try to open it. No problem with the video. Is there a way you can make the pdf available for me to print?
Hi Karen, sorry for the late reply. Can you email davina[at]sheepandstitch[dot]com with your order number? And I’ll send you a new PDF right away.
Hi Davina, I am a new knitter and love your site. Thanks for all you do! If I need to substitute the wool yarn in this pattern,what would you suggest? Thanks so much!!
Cascade Yarns Eco+ is a great substitute with more colours. Knit Picks Simply Wool Aran is also nice. Whatever yarn you use, make sure to swatch!