Good Old Raglan, free pattern alert!

August 19, 2021


My little model is spending the week with us and he agreed to a modeling moment and picked a bouquet of flowers for mommy at the same time.

This pattern, Good Old Raglan, is terrific and it's free! With this pattern you can knit a basic top-down raglan in sizes  newborn to age 14. Use the pattern to add your own color work and stitch details to make it as extraordinary or as simple as you like. The pattern uses common dk weight yarn making it perfect for using up your scraps. It has professional details such as short rows to raise the back neck and is well written. The main yarn is Simplicity Spray by Skacel. The color is Vintage and moves from light cream to medium and then dark cream. I think it’s pretty, easy to knit and is a very nice machine washable wool blend. The black and gray were leftovers in my stash. I prefer a fitted neck on children's sweaters so I cast on for the size 3/4 for the neck only, then proceeded to make the 5/6. Ribbing knit in wool is very stretchy and there is still plenty of head room but is nice and snug and warm. He is a big 4 year old, but I wanted plenty of growing room and we roll up the sleeves for now.

 free pattern for newborn to age 14

with all the yarn details

Curious about the zinnia border? It's beautiful this year and before summer ends I'm planning a flower border post plus another post about our new dahlia bed. After that, it will be back to knitting as usual. I'm finishing up a shawl, blanket and a tube cowl, and tonight I'm going to cast on a new test cardigan. I've also got a sweater for Carter started and a two sweaters from last winter that I'm planning on attacking this fall. Knitting as usual around here--too many projects!

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  1. Beautiful photos of Carter and your zinnias, Kristen, and I love the sweater. Carter is growing so fast.


    1. Thank you Carole. He is in pre-K--Kindergarten next year! Can you even believe it?

  2. Beautiful boy, beautiful flowers, sweater so French sailor!
    Carter is the most incredible little guy model…..

    1. Thank you Margie! I didn't think about it but yes, it does have a French sailor vibe! No wonder I love it!

  3. Thank you so much! Chloe

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this blog post about my pattern. As a small indie designer you have no idea what it means to me to see my pattern getting picked up in this way :)

    1. Thank you Karen for your response. I'm flattered that you read my post about your great pattern! I wish I could reply back to you personally but Blogger does not give me your email address. Best, Kristen

    2. Hi Kristen,

      And I am flattered that you wrote a blog post about my pattern :)

      You are welcome to write to me at I check that email inbox every day Monday to Friday.

      Have a nice day :)

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