Raglan cardigan with fully fashioned shaping

Fully fashioned shaping is a term often used when types of increasing or decreasing are used to create a decorative effect and become a feature of the design. Usually the shaping is made a few stitches in from the edge so that it is clearly seen on the fabric rather than hidden in the seam, and can sometimes make sewing up or picking up stitches easier.

I have used such shaping on this raglan cardigan to emphasise the raglan sleeve, which can look really attractive on small, baby-sized garments and add style to a classic shape. Furthermore, with this shaping you can create a small decorative eyelet by not knitting into the back of the stitches when working the 'make ones' on the sleeve.

slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over ('skpo')

1 Insert the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle and slip it onto the right-hand needle without knitting it. Knit the next stitch. Then insert the left-hand needle into the slipped stitch as shown.

2 With the left-hand needle, lift the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch as shown and off the right-hand needle. One stitch has been decreased.

technique focus decreasing (see also page 41)

slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over ('skpo')

1 Insert the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle and slip it onto the right-hand needle without knitting it. Knit the next stitch. Then insert the left-hand needle into the slipped stitch as shown.

2 With the left-hand needle, lift the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch as shown and off the right-hand needle. One stitch has been decreased.

Fully Fashioned Stitches
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