FYC Raglan KAL 2021

If you would like to join in our Raglan KAL I've decided it's going to run for the rest of the year. No stress, no looming deadline, let's just make raglan garments and share our progress. We want to hear your successes and your set-backs (speaking as someone who's started 3 times already because I clearly can't count). Whether this is your first garment or your hundredth, whether you're a seasoned top-down in the rounder or this is your first foray with circular needles, this is going to be a supportive way to share our work. I may even organise myself enough to arrange a few more Zoom meetings!

You can join in on Facebook or Instagram (use the hashtags #FromeYarnCollective and #FYCRaglanKAL) or send updates/photos via email if you're not a fan of social media. I've called it a Knitalong but if you want to join with a crochet raglan project, you are very welcome. There will be a monthly draw for a  prize of a £5 gift voucher. To be eligible for the prize, you need to be using yarn purchased from us for your project(s) and other than that all you need to do is show us your progress during the given month. Finished objects completed by 31st December 2021 will be entered into a Finished Object Prize Draw for a £25 voucher to spend on yummy yarn.

You can use any pattern you like (could be the opportunity to try the Ama Sweater which proved so popular last year) but if you're not sure, I highly recommend Ready-Set-Raglan. It has a variety of projects, from a simple stocking stitch sweater, to sweaters with really interesting details  along the raglan increases. There are also options for modifications (such as short row shaping at the back neck and split hems) and plenty of tips and suggestions. I really like the clear technique explanations/illustrations at the back of the book and it would be a great follow on for anyone who purchased the excellent beginner's book, Knit How. The patterns are all lovely, but this book will also give you the confidence to design your own raglan jumper. All the patterns suggest worsted weight yarn so depending on the gauge you achieve and the drape you like for your fabric, you could use a DK up to an aran. I'm using Skein Queen Crush DK held together with lace weight Isager Silk Mohair (totally dreamy!).

I've set up a KAL Facebook Group for anyone who wants to share their projects and chat raglan-type chat. We can all keep each other motivated and drool over each other's yarn and pattern choices. If you are less experienced, this will be an ideal space to ask for tips and advice and more experienced members can enjoy sharing their knowledge. Being in the group is not a requirement of the KAL.