Conti-rag sampler

This sampler will take just a few minutes to knit and it will give you a feel for how the shoulders develop. A lot of testing went into the sequence of increases(1)(2)(3)(4) and the technique has transitioned quite far from the initial idea. Each of the increases has a reason. If you want more detail on how this sequence of increases was born please don’t hesitate to ask.

The sampler is small enough that you can frog and reknit as many times as necessary to test different increases before deciding which ones you like. Make sure you knit a stitch/row gauge for conti-rag if you intend your test knit to develop into a real live sweater. Knowing how your increases effects row gauge is important.

  • Row 0 (RS): CO 18 sts (18 sts).
  • Row 1: P2, incL, p14, incR, p2 (20 sts).
  • Row 2: K2, incL, k1, incL, k3, pm, incL, k12, incL, k2 (24 sts).
  • Row 3: P2, incL, p3, incL, p3, pm, incL, p8, sm, p6, incL, p2 (28 sts).
  • Row 4: K2, pm, incL, k2, pm, k1, incL, k4, sm, incL, k9, sm, k5, pm, k1 incL, k2, sm, k2 (32 sts).
  • Row 5: P2, sm, incL, p4, sm, p1, incL, p4, sm, incL, p10, sm, p6, sm, p1, incL, p2, sm, p2 (36 sts).
  • Row 6: K2, sm, incL, k4, sm, k1, incL, k5, sm, incL, k11, sm, k6, sm, k1, incL, k3, pm, incL, k1, sm, k2 (41 sts).
  • Row 7: P2, sm, incL, p2, sm, p5, sm, p1, incL, p5, sm, incL, p12, sm, p7, sm, p1, incL, p3, pm, incL, p1, sm, p2 (46 sts).
  • Row 8: K2, sm, incL, k2, sm, p5, sm, p1, incL, k6, sm, incL, k13, sm, k7, sm, k1, incL, k4, sm, incL, k3, sm, k2 (51 sts).
  • Row 9: P2, sm, incL, p4, sm, p6, sm, p1, incL, p6, sm, incL, p14, sm, p8, sm, p1, incL, p4, sm, incL, p3, sm, p2 (56 sts).

Your sampler should look like this:

Conti-rag sampler

This sampler pattern is up on Stitch-Maps but that version has no markers. If you are a Stitch-Maps member you can use the CurrentRow function to highlight the chart as you work. You will want to use markers for this sampler shoulder. Once you get past the sampler rows when starting your test knit you won’t have row by row instruction to follow and the markers will be important. Three sets of unique markers will make the work easy to track. In the picture, the green/round markers are for the the purl raglan and neck edge increases. The blue/oval markers are for the knit raglan and neck edge increases. The yellow hearts apply to both knit and purl side and are the shoulder line markers. The purple marker (left front neck edge) should be a blue/oval marker.

If you want to knit a sample large enough to test fit, you will need row and stitch gauge for calculating caston count and for knowing how many rows to knit for the shoulder and Point C. You can continue the sampler shoulder until you have enough to measure to calculate gauge or you can use the conti-rag stitch/row gauge pattern. Measuring both the row gauge on the straight stockinette portion and the row gauge between the lines of increases at the shoulder line is important. If there is a significant difference (1/2″ or more over 3-4″) note it so it can be addressed when the shoulder rows are knit. If you need a separate calculation on the spreadsheet let me know and I’ll provide it.

I’ve linked a spreadsheet for a fit-able test-knit with preloaded measurements for you to see how the measurements are entered. Please feel free to save the spreadsheet on your computer and enter your measurements for the test-knit. If you have any questions, email me. If you can’t figure out how to use the spreadsheet, send me row gauge, stitch gauge and the listed measurements and I’ll return a spreadsheet set up specifically for you.

One of our members tested the spreadsheet who says Excel isn’t handling the round() function Libre Calc uses. She supplied the work-around and the corrected spreadsheet is linked and has the formulas as text in a separate section. The formulas can be copy/pasted in place of the existing formulas so the round function can be removed or altered if that turns out to be a problem with the software you use to work with the spreadsheet.

Conti-RagTK1 Spreadsheet – Updated again, now works in Excel (thank you Jenny!)

-> Using the spreadsheet numbers