How to Crochet a Raglan Sweater

Pink crochet raglan sweater on a cement background. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

How to crochet a raglan sweater

A raglan-sleeve sweater can be a beautiful thing! It allows you to crochet the sleeves and body together as you work the yoke instead of seaming the sleeves in afterward. This is a bottom-up raglan, and the first round of the yoke can be a little complex. Watch the video below to learn how to crochet a raglan sweater yoke!

What is a raglan sweater exactly?

A raglan sweater has a specific way of attaching and making the sleeves to the sweater body. In a raglan sweater, the seam between the body and sleeves slants from the underarm to the neckline. You can make raglan sweaters that start at the bottom or at the top. The sweater I use in this video is called Pryor Creek Jr. It is a baby sweater in sizes 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, 18 mo, 2, and 4! Get the free pattern on my site by clicking here! This adorable sweater is made in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Effects, which has been discontinued, but you can sub with their 220 Superwash.

Baby wearing a crochet raglan sweater in purple and pink. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.
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I also have an adult version of this sweater that is made using the same method, but it uses a bulky yarn by Kraemer Yarns called Perfection Chunky. My Pryor Creek Sweater is a paid pattern that you can find on Ravelry and Etsy. I actually designed this adult version first, but I was so pleased with how it turned out that I decided to make a baby version.

Woman wearing a crochet raglan sweater in marled gray and white. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

What’s so great about a raglan sweater?

The nice thing about raglan sleeve sweaters is that you attach the sleeves and body as you crochet the yoke, so you don’t have to sew the sleeves in separately. There’s very little or no sewing required, which a lot of crocheters really like because they HATE sewing.

What’s difficult about crocheting raglan sweaters?

The yoke is a little tricky. The crocheting of it is actually pretty easy, but visualizing how to crochet the first round of the yoke can be challenging if you’re doing it for the first time. Once you’ve seen how to crochet a raglan sweater, you’ll find that it’s actually pretty easy!

That’s why a video of that one round is so helpful. Watch the video below and learn how to crochet a raglan sweater yoke.

Happy crocheting!

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Learn how to crochet a raglan sweater yoke with this video tutorial from Banana Moon Studio! Photo of a purple and pink crochet raglan sweater. Text reads: How to crochet a raglan sleeve. Video tutorial. Banana Moon Studio.

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