When creating knitting patterns, I wanted to stick to basic stitches and techniques. I love lace and quirky shapes, but sometimes, they can prove a bit too challenging. The Cropped Raglan Top, though, is the perfect example of just how much can be accomplished with basic stitches and beginner-level skills alone.
I toyed around with the idea for this top for a long time before casting on. I wanted a ribbed top with long sleeves and a hi-low hem. Accomplishing this task without using short rows seemed like an impossible task before I figured out the correct order of resting stitches. After that moment (which naturally happened in the middle of the night, the birth moment of all great ideas) the project turned from a distant dream to a fast-knitting reality.
For this project, I used large needles and light yarn. Working with large needles is fast and rewarding, and upping the needle size from the recommended by one size often provides a soft, elastic knit fabric. Ribbed surface added to the elasticity, and I ended up with the comfiest knit ever.
The Cropped Raglan Top is worked flat from the collar down until it reaches the underarm. The hem and the sleeves are worked in the round. The combination of these techniques allow creating the unusual shape of the hem. The front hem is shorter from the back hem continue, and the cropped length made it ultra-trendy around the time it was first launched.
I chose to go with an open, asymmetrical collar with this design. The construction of The Raglan Top supports a collar worked flat, and I wanted to take that into consideration. The open collar continues the lines of the raglan increases, creating the illusion of a fully opening bodice. The pattern included the option to close the collar, or use buttons for a versatile option.
This top turned out exactly as I planned, and it still holds the place of my all-time favourite Heather Wielding Designs pattern.