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

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. It lays beautifully smooth and flat without bubble, wrinkle or fold.

So . . . here’s how it’s done in the simplest of terms. For the length of the shoulder line (where a sewn seem would be on a shirt) the sleeve increases (one from the back and one from the front) are moved to the top of the shoulder. Yup, it truly is that simple.

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.

So, I knitted it and liked it . . . and then I noticed things I didn’t like, and I changed. And that wasn’t quite enough so I changed it some more. And then I wanted it to go with back neck shaping so . . . yeah, you guessed it, I changed it some more. THEN I wanted it to . . . yeah, let’s not go there. For many that will be a bridge WAY too far.

After playing with this shoulder for most of two years I had most of the bugs worked out. I ran a knit-along in Ravelry that went okay. I learned a lot doing the tutorial and changed it more . . . but you guessed that, I’m sure.


I’m making this for my sister. It’s classic contiguous raglan (conti-rag) in KnitPicks Cotlin and Pima Ultra Cotton.

So, here’s the edited tutorial. It’s a fairly easy technique, a sequence knit that can be inserted into any raglan pattern.

There are two parts to this tutorial, the actual conti-rag technique and the conti-rag technique with back neck shaping. I’m going to give them to you one at a time. Work through each tutorial in order and you’ll have this technique in your toolbox!

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