Anne’s Puffed Sleeves

Part of my Coming Home: An Anne of Green Gables Collection, this is Anne’s dream puff sleeves, in sweater form. Vintage inspired with a modern twist, this raglan has beautifully delicate textured eyelet increases, and a pleated shoulder detail. The pleats open up and flow into a puffed sleeve worthy of Anne’s best outfits. 

Pair a cropped version with dresses, skirts, and high waisted pants. Pair the full length with leggings, jeans, or skirts.

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Sizes
A (B, C, D, E) (F, G, H, I) with finished full bust garment measurements of 32.5 (36.5, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5) (52.5, 56.5, 60.5, 62.5)” / 81 (91, 101, 111, 121) (131, 141, 151, 156) cm.

Sample is in size B on a person with an upper bust of 31” / 79 cm and full bust of 33.5” / 85 cm, worn with 3” / 7.5 cm positive ease.

Suggested positive ease is 2-5” / 5-12.5 cm on the full bust, and 5-8” positive ease on the upper bust.

Yarn
​​Rui Knits’ Oh My Merino (100% Organic Extra Fine Merino Wool, Non-SW, DK weight, 100g, 230 yds / 210, in colorway Scallion.

Cropped length: 875 (975, 1050, 1150, 1275) (1375, 1475, 1575, 1650) yards / 800 (890, 960, 1050, 1170) (1260, 1350, 1440, 1510) meters, or approximately approximately 4 (5, 5, 5, 6) (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins of suggested yarn.

Full length: 1075 (1200, 1300, 1425, 1575) (1700, 1825, 1950, 2025) yards / 980 (1100, 1190, 1300, 1440) (1550, 1670, 1780, 1850) meters, or approximately 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) (8, 8, 9, 9) skeins of suggested yarn.

Use a plump DK weight yarn that has many plies, a fiber with crimp (such as Merino, Rambouillet, or similar), and plenty of bounce and “stand”. Non-superwash is recommended as superwash yarn will not stand up in the same way to create the “puff”.

To determine whether a yarn will create the desired fabric, swatch for gauge, then after the swatch is blocked and measured, work the pleat and neckband pick up instructions on it and see if the pleat created is as desired.

To modify the length further, calculate approximately 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 62) yards / 29 (33, 37, 40, 44) (47, 51, 55, 56) meters per 1″ / 2.5 cm change in torso side length.

Gauge
20 stitches and 27 rounds = 4×4” / 10×10 cm, in stockinette stitch knit in the round

20 stitches = 4” / 10 cm across in 2×2 rib

Needles
Needle A / Main fabric:
Size US 6 / 4 mm, or size to get gauge, in the lengths 16” / 40 cm, 24” / 60 cm, 32” / 80 cm. Larger sizes may prefer to use 40” / 100 cm or longer for the yoke and body sections.

Needle B / Ribbing and i-cord bind off:
Size US 4 / 3.5 mm, or two sizes smaller than main fabric needle to get gauge, in the same lengths as for Needle A, and DPN’s, or preferred method for knitting in small circumference.

Construction Notes:
Raglan is worked top down from the neckline without neckband, worked in the round in one piece. The raglan shaping combines eyelet lace increases with traditional increases throughout the yoke. Then, the shoulder pleats are basted, or temporarily sewn together, for ease of trying on. The body is worked in Stockinette stitch until just past the natural waist, and finished with ribbing after that. The sleeve is worked with plenty of ease for that ‘puff’ look to just past the elbow, where it is finished with short rows, a rapid decrease, and an i-cord bind off for the balloon effect.

Once the body and sleeves are completed, the pleats are sewn down at the same time as picking up for the neckband, and the basting is removed.

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