UPDATE: I’m redoing these pages as I work through the tutorial videos. So much has changed with a much nicer end result and it’s pointless to leave the old instruction up. I hope to have the entire project finished within the next couple weeks. The new pages will go up as I get them edited with the new information.
There are a lot of different styles of top down seamless knit shoulders available. I’ve added one more, the blend of contiguous and raglan, an easy combo that produces an excellent fit which doesn’t pull on the point of the shoulder or cramp the shoulder line, and various iterations of contiguous saddle. The result lays beautifully smooth and flat without bubble, wrinkle or fold and the fit is fabulous!.
So . . . here’s how contiguous raglan is done in the very simplest of terms. For the length of the shoulder line (where a sewn seam would be on a shirt) the sleeve increases (one from the back raglan and one from the front raglan) are moved to the top of the shoulder. Yup, it truly is that simple. If you approach this combo from the contiguous format, two of the shoulder increases are moved to the raglan position, one for the front, one for the back. It’s exactly the same shoulder, just looked at from a different perspective and the end result is identical.
For the saddle shoulder there are more options. I’ve got a favorite combination I’m using and that’s the one I’ll share with you here in the tutorial.
But when do I ever do anything the easy way? Come on, you know me. There’s nothing I do that I don’t change over time . . . nothing. And now I have a faux set-in sleeve I’ve added to the mix. It makes a fabulous shoulder that is not difficult to knit!
This really is an easy technique once you’ve worked through it a couple time. It’s a sequence knit that can be inserted into any raglan or contiguous pattern or used as the base for any type of sweater.
So, let’s dive in. First you’re going to need some supplies.