Raglan Sleeves

I'm just finishing up another sweater and this time it has raglan sleeves. I've searched around trying to find the best method of seaming the sleeves to the sweater, and mostly what I found was people saying the mattress stitch was best for this, but I'm not really seeing how I can do the mattress stitch with the increases and decreases. Maybe I just have the stupids today. But I thought I would consult my wise and all knowing knitting gurus before screwing it up complete.


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purlyman's picture

Unless I'm really mistaken - I've done a number of raglan sweaters - you should only have a few live stitches under the arm to join together. Except for those stitches (usually somewhere around 8 to 12), the sleeves are attached to the body. I guess you can knit the body and sleeves separately... so now I'm rethinking what I've written. I was going to suggest using kitchner stitch to do the underarm seam, but that's not going to help you I'm afraid. Good luck!!


VillageKnittiot's picture

I used mattress stitch on mine. (I'm assuming this is a pieced sweater and not top down). You may want to get a rough estimate of how many edge sttiches you have to seam on each piece ie sleeve vs. back raglan and work out the ratio since it will unlikely be a 1 to 1 match. I have examples of finished mattress seams on my Gregor sweater in my Ravelry projects. (gnewgnitter on ravelry).

Good luck!

BuduR's picture

ohhhh That's a gorgeous sweater! Yeah it's pieced, it's the Dan Sweater in my Projects. (Irkalla on Ravelry)

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QueerJoe's picture

Typically the increases and decreases on most raglan sleeves and arm hole shapings are done 1 or 2 stitches in from the end, so you end up having to stockinette side-seams to sew up...which is why most folks use mattress stitch.

If your increases and decrease are on the edge without any plain knit columns, mattress stitch won't look that great.

BuduR's picture

Ahhh you're so right! I wasn't thinking of this when I was sitting here staring at it. I was just not seeing how it could be done, my increases and decreases were done 1 stitch in from the edge. Ok, I'm going to give this a go. Thanks!

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