UPDATED: Let’s knit! Conti-rag shoulder with back neck shaping

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.
Stay tuned!

Worsted contiguous raglan (conti-rag)

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!

I made this for my sister. It’s classic contiguous raglan (conti-rag) tunic length in KnitPicks Cotlin and Pima Ultra Cotton. It is now done and she loves it! It fits perfectly, looks beautiful on her and was an easy 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.


2 thoughts on “UPDATED: Let’s knit! Conti-rag shoulder with back neck shaping

  1. Dear Nori, I’m quite intrigued by your contiguous raglan method, which I think is a great idea, but I do not know, and could not find in any sites, how to procede with the shoulder cap once I got to the shoulder line. Please can you give me some instructions? I have already knitted sweaters with contiguous shoulder but I would like to try your conti-combi method. Thank you in advance and best regards
    Lucia Calza from Italy

    1. For conti-rag I work three sets of short rows once the contiguous portion of the shoulder is complete. I space the short row turns 2 stitches apart. I work the first turn six stitches from the raglan line, the second four stitches from the raglan line and the third one stitch from the raglan line. This “turns the corner” of the shoulder and prevents the raglan portion of the shoulder from fitting poorly. I use a buried wrap and turn for the short row turns.

      I stop the sleeve, front and/or back increases when I reach the appropriate stitch counts, restarting them for shaping the base of the armscye. If you need more information than this, please let me know.

      This is the latest conti-rag, an attempt to replicate a sweater with a pattern only available in Russian.
      Kadra's Dark Poem

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