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5th blogiversary AND a finished object

24 April 2009 19,007 views 140 Comments

Seems an appropriate way to celebrate 5 years of blogging; the Studio Raglan is finished. Finally!

Studio Raglan finished

The basic pattern for this started with Barbara Walker's Classic Raglan Pullover from Knitting from the Top. Realistically though, I only used the numbers for the cast-on and then just knit on my own from there. I was winging it almost the whole way but with a raglan, that's easy to do.

studio raglan back (365.2.126)

I'm fairly happy with how it came out, even if it's just a touch too big in the arms and the chest. When I knit the next version, I'll give myself less ease in the upper back and I'll increase even more at the hipline. I keep saying that the chest and hip measurements don't need to be equal in a sweater, but I shy away from really just going for it. Next time I'll just do it.

sleeve cuff edge

I was somewhat at a loss for how to finish the neckline in a way that would complement the pink edging on the hems so I flipped through Nancy Wiseman's The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques. Ooooh! Applied i-cord edge! Perfect height and easy to try. (The Purl Bee has a great tutorial for it.) I think it works well for this application and it allowed me to reshape some of the scoop neck wonkiness at the collarbone where I was testing out increase rates.

applied i-cord neckline

applied i-cord neckline back

More details on Ravelry

And 5 years of blogging! I'm kind of shocked really. Thank you all for reading! I wouldn't still be doing this if it weren't for all the comments and notes and feedback. (Actually, I would probably still be doing it, it just wouldn't be as fun.) As is the custom, please leave a comment and next week I'll randomly pick a winner who will receive a splityarn boxbag as a prize. Hurray for 5 years!


  • maryse said:

    hey you too with the 5 years? and in april? like me!

  • Kris with a K said:

    Congrats on five years! love the pink edging, and applied I cord is my new favorite for adding just that bit of color on an edge…looks great!

  • Rosa said:

    Congrats on the 5 years. Wishing you many more years of crafty blogginess.

  • LEO said:

    Hooray for 5 years! That sweater is fan-freakin-tastic. That applied i-cord is really a winner!

  • Sarah said:

    Congratulations on 5 years! Your projects are definitely inspiration to keep on being crafty.

  • Amanda E. said:

    Congrats on 5 years! Love the sweater.

  • Susan said:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I really enjoy your blog and that sweater is awesome!

  • Preita said:

    Love the sweater, it’s a style that you would wear to death (at least I would). I really like the details around the hems & neckline, the pink adds just a little bit of pop. Very pretty :)
    Happy 5th blogversary! :) 5 years is crazy long in blogging terms! :)

  • paula said:

    Happy 5th! Hmm, it was just my my fourth Blogiversary. Maybe I need to give away something sewn. I just put my splityarn camera strap on my D50. It makes it unique now. (It has been waiting about as long as my cut out box bag with the interfacing ironed on.) I love the sweater too. You inspire me as well.

  • paula said:

    oops. Left .com off blog address

  • oiyi. said:

    This month is actually my 5th year, too. Happy Blogiversary!

  • Stardust B said:


  • Erin said:

    your sweater fits great! and i love the gray and pink color combo. congrats on five years of blogging–i’ve really been enjoying your posts. :-)

  • Stacy said:

    Just today I started my very first sweater, a top down raglan (ala Barbara Walker). Your sweater is almost exactly what I have in mind for my finished sweater, although I opted for a boat neck out of simplicity. Here’s hoping that mine looks half as good as yours!

  • Bertha said:

    Happy 5th Caro! The sweater is beautiful on you!

  • Jen said:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary and your awesome sweater. I love pink and grey together! It looks sweet on you!

  • Susan said:

    Congrats on 5 years! The sweater is gorgeous!

  • barefoot rooster said:

    happy fifth blogiversary! beautiful sweater.

  • Colleen said:

    Congrats! (I love your cherry necklace!)

  • vanessa said:

    HOLY! WOW, five years… I was just thinking about how long I have been keeping my blog, I think I am somewhere around 3 or 4. crazy

  • nikki said:

    That sweater is lovely. I bet it will get quite a bit of wear.
    I wish I could get up the nerve to finally knit an actual item of clothing for myself.

  • Mouse said:

    Congratulations on 5 years.. I just celebrated my 5 year blog-anniversary last week! Its amazing that we’ve all been at this for so long, eh?

  • Whistlepea said:

    Congrats Caro! I already told you I love your sweater but it’s so nice I’ll say it twice!

  • Jodi said:

    Happy blogiversary! The sweater looks great — very flattering, plus the i-cord is a nice touch.

  • Kirsten said:

    Congrats on 5 years! You and I share the same blogiversary. TTL is only 3 though.
    Love the sweater!

  • finnyknits said:

    My my my – that is one HOT sweater. I love the edging. I may have to try this raglan pattern out for myself once I finish Bubba’s Seamless Hybrid. I’m on the shoulder decreases now, which claim to be “fun”, but I’m worried. I am afraid I’m decreasing too much and that it’ll have these enormously long armpits. We’ll see.
    Anyway – Happy 5 years! Old timer!

  • andrea said:

    so fantastic! love the sweater! Happy blogiversary, Caro! We love ya.

  • Walden said:

    Congrats on sticking with it for 5 years. I love the way the raglan turned out. The pink trim looks nice with the heather gray.

  • Clestial said:

    Congrats on 5 years! Love the pink contrasting. And what a great idea on the I-cord for the neckline. Will need to remember that one.

  • beverly said:

    Congrats on your blogiversary and the awesome sweater! I love your necklace, too!!

  • Nadia Lewis said:

    Happy Blogiversary, Caro! :)

  • Alli said:

    Wow! 5 years! Way to go! I love visiting you blog! The i-cord edging is brilliant, it looks great!

  • rachellake said:

    Congrats on 5 years!
    I really love that sweater, the color pairing is perfect and it looks so lovely on you :)

  • Danielle said:

    Five years! Woo hoo! If not for blogging, etc. we never would have met, and then I’d have to be sad… Happy blogiversary, lady!

  • Mandy said:

    love the sweater! i will tuck that i-cord idea to the back of my mind and use it, someday.

  • Kathleen said:

    I love reading your blog! It’s always filled with fun and crafty goodies! Congratulations of 5 years!

  • moiraeknittoo said:

    OH my gosh that’s a LOVELY FO! And inspiring. I really need to get around to doing one of those for myself, hopefully fairly soon.
    And happy blogiversary!

  • homejewel said:

    Great job on the Studio Raglan – love the colorway.
    Congratulations on 5 yrs!

  • Alison said:

    I love the little bit of pink on your sweater!

  • Stephanie said:

    Five years! When you compare that to how long the Internet has been around, it does feel like forever. Congratulations! And you timed finishing a sweater for it perfectly. 😉

  • Carla said:

    Wow- 5 years that is wonderful! I adore the sweater as well- It looks great!

  • Sa said:

    wow I love this sweater, it looks so comfy! too bad it’s warming up! Next winter!

  • Kirsty said:

    I love your blog! Your pics are always terrific! My hubby and I will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary in a few months, by visiting Northern California!

  • Darlene Garner said:

    Congrats on your blogiversary and also finishing the sweater. I like what you did to finish the neckline and will go to the Purl Bee tutorial to finish off a sweater I’ll be starting next week. Nice job!

  • Samantha said:

    Sorry I’m “sa” from above….just pushed enter…opps!

  • Ashley said:

    Congrats on five years and on finsihing the sweater. It’s a great looking sweater… I think I might have to try my hand at making one myself. Thanks for all of the great reading material and pictures!

  • Kathy said:

    It looks awesome!

  • Abbe said:

    Congrats on the 5th and the fab sweater!!

  • CatieP said:

    Congratulations on the 5 year mark!

  • pumpkinmama said:

    Happy 5 year blog-day. Love that little cherry necklace you have on in that last shot.

  • Sue said:

    Congratulations on your 5th year blogging! Love your blog – pictures are great!

  • RisaJ said:

    OMG…I love your sweater….i love the color and the way it fits you….great work!!!

  • Päivi said:

    5 years, wow! Congrats on the anniversary! That sweater looks beautiful and fits great!

  • ikkinlala said:

    Your sweater is lovely, and congratulations on 5 years!

  • Punkin said:

    Happy Blogiversary! 5 years!! awesome.
    Also congratulations on your sweater. I like the applied I-cord.

  • anne said:

    Congrats on 5 years! That sweater is GORGEOUS, the pink detail is just perfect.

  • Peg V said:

    You are wonderful and I enjoy all of your entries!

  • Dawn said:

    Beautiful job! I love that it looks so pretty in a very simple way. (you know?)

  • Libby said:

    Hey Caro, congratulations on 5 years! I love the thoughtful analysis you did of your sweater, i’m feeling inspired to try again on my own top-down experiment…i think gauge was my downfall…swatches lie!

  • Annepålandet said:

    I love your sweater, I want to make one like that!
    And happy five-year-blogiversary! Love your blog!

  • Amysatx said:

    Yay for 5 years! I love the sweater!

  • Petunia said:

    The i-cord is perfect – sweater is great.

  • Melanie said:

    Congrats on 5 years. Love the touch of pink on the sweater. Also love the boxbags and the camera straps, and those little wristlets! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • Kelly said:

    Your studio raglan looks great, love the edging detail.
    Congrats on the 5 years!!

  • Tawana said:

    Congratulations on making it 5 years!!!! and I love your work!

  • Debra Fox said:

    A very lovely sweater. It will be one of those you will reach for again and again. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself these past 5 years!
    Happy Day!

  • Annie Foley said:

    Great sweater.

  • Siew said:

    That sweater looks great. I can never get the neck right on my raglan sweaters but you seemed to have nailed this one. Congrats on 5 years!

  • Ann Rishell said:

    Happy five years! I am moving to Austin in June and wish you were still there! You inspire me with your sewing and knitting and photography!
    Keep it up!

  • Dani said:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I will be coming up on that soon too. I love the way you chose to finish the neck edging, very pretty!

  • Hookie, UK said:

    I bet that sweater is soooo good to wear. I love the yarn and the pink edging just lifts it to a new level of chic. That applied I-cord is sooo neat.
    Thanks for blogging for five years. I love reading knitting and crochet blogs as there are so many wonderful, kind, funny, clever and talented women who write them. Congratulations.

  • Jene said:

    Congrats, Caro! The sweater is lovely. We all miss you.

  • Samantha said:

    Cute sweater. I tend to shy away from pink but that dusty rose is just the right touch. It kind of makes me want a stripey grey and rose pullover. Happy blogiversary!

  • Robin said:

    Beautiful sweater – worth the wait! And congratulations on 5 years.

  • Roopali said:

    Happy 5th and may there be many more!
    Love the sweater too!

  • Amy said:

    Congrats on 5 years of blogging! The sweater looks great too!

  • Kellie said:

    Gorgeous sweater – love the contrast trim. Thanks for blogging all this time!!

  • Siena said:

    Congratulations! I love your bags, wouldn`t mind having one myself. And the sweater is lovely!

  • Nina said:

    I have an unloved nearly FO which would benefit from an applied I cord edge at the neck, thanks for the tip. Love the jumper.

  • Rosa said:

    Felicidades por tu 5 aniversario. El jersey es realmente precioso. Me encanta. Saludos Rosa Caro.

  • Carole said:

    I really love the way this sweater looks on you. Wonderful job!
    Congratulations on 5 years.

  • Robyn said:

    Congrats on 5 years! Here’s to another 5 more years plus!

  • allison said:

    Congrats! Love the blog!

  • Orinda5 said:

    Whoa! 5 years! That’s truly impressive.
    Love the sweater and your darling cherry necklace!

  • Vicki said:

    Nice sweater! Happy 5!!

  • beckie said:

    I love the raglan! The edging looks great!
    Congrats on five years!

  • Sarah said:

    Congrats on 5 YEARS!!!! That sweater is just amazing. I really love the contrasting yarn :)

  • sequinK said:

    Sweet! Here’s to running out of yarn — the contrasting edge looks fantastic.

  • Manda said:

    I lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove that sweater! Congrats on 5 years of blogging. 😀 I don’t comment often, but yours is definitely one of my favorites.

  • Rachel said:

    That sweater is great and looks so comfy! The pink edging really was a great choice! Congrats on blogging 5 years! I only found your blog within the past few months and enjoy your creativity and skill immensely–I just wonder how I missed finding you for so long! Here’s hoping for many more happy blogging years!

  • janna said:

    Congratulations on five years of blogging! And I really think the pink edges add so much to the sweater — the “problem” became an “accent”!

  • Mirjam said:

    Yay! 5 years worth of blogging AND a finished sweater is no mean accomplishment on any spring day. Love the pink edging!

  • Momo said:

    Congrats! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and your stuff is amazing!!

  • Janet said:

    Happy blogiversary! Love the sweater…

  • Amy said:

    I admit I haven’t been following you for the entire 5 yrs…only the last 2-3! However, I love your blog and your boxes and zippered bags. If only I find a job so I could buy more of them!!

  • sunflowerfairy said:

    beautiful sweater and HAPPY 5 Years!! Wow.

  • Clumsy Knitter said:

    Five years…woohoo! Way to go! Keep it up–I enjoy reading. :)

  • Tiffany said:

    congratulations on 5 years!!!

  • diane said:

    Congrats on 5 years! Necklines can be tricky, you did a great job :)

  • Leslie said:

    I think that sweater is stupendous and I love the little red applied i-cord finishing – great touch!
    Happy 5 years and may you have many more happy ones!

  • Suzanne (Yarnhog) said:

    Great sweater! I actually really love the relaxed, drapey fit. I need to make one of those for myself.
    Congrats on 5 years!

  • Lynn said:

    Congrats! I’m a fairly new reader, but have really enjoyed it the last few months. Here’s to the next 5!

  • R. Green said:

    Congratulations on making it to 5 years!!!

  • mai said:

    happy blogiversary! i love the sweater. it looks cozy and comfy.

  • Sally said:

    Congrats on your 5 years! That’s wonderful! I love your sweater, too.

  • stephalicious said:

    Wow, 5 years! I’ve never managed to keep up with my blog for very long. What an achievement 😀
    I really love the colours of this sweater, and how you finished it :)

  • Becky said:

    YAY for fun blogging! Here’s to the next five years of splityarn!

  • Kim Natali said:

    A friend emailed me your link a couple of years ago and have been tuning in ever since. Love the photography! When do you find all the time to do everything you do?

  • Jen Gough said:

    Congrats on 5 years! The sweater looks awesome!

  • Susan said:

    I found your blog years ago googling “austin knitters.” I think you lived in an apartment then? Who knew we’d end up knowing each other?! Hooray for blogging. And thanks for being interesting!

  • Jody said:

    Congrats on the blogiversary! Great sweater!!

  • Miss T said:

    I love that sweater. Happy Blogiversary!

  • melissa said:

    happy five years!

  • britt said:

    congrats. i already saw your sweater on ravelry. it came out great.

  • Dana said:

    Congrats! I’m new to your blog and enjoy your creativity and inspiration. Here’s to five more crafty years!

  • tiennie said:

    Happy 5th blogiversary! That is a beautiful sweater on you!

  • Sharon said:

    Beautiful sweater and you look fantastic in it! Way to go!

  • Jeanne said:

    Great looking sweater – I really like the ICord – it adds a nice touch of color
    Congrats on 5 Blogging years!

  • christen said:

    love the sweater…it looks great on you and the pink edging looks nice…love that icord around the neck! Happy 5 year blogiversary!

  • Merry ;) said:

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and your latest sweater 😉

  • Laura said:

    Happy blogiversary! And I love, love, love the colors on the sweater. Yay!

  • Jenn Brazil said:

    This is the first time I’ve visited your site, it’s wonderful! I’m beginning to pick up knitting again (not that I was good before) and want to learn more. This looks like a good place to start and I can’t wait to get going!

  • Anne C. said:

    Great sweater. Congrats on 5 years!

  • Jen said:

    The sweater looks lovely on you! Nice and classic. Congrats on 5 years! That’s quite the milestone. 😀

  • jody said:

    First of all – your sweater is beautiful! Love it.
    And secondly – congrats on 5 years! wow!

  • Kelley said:

    Congrats on the sweater and 5 years of blooging. I’d love a bag.

  • Pang said:

    Congrats!!! I absolutely love following your blog. Thank you for introducing me to TTV (I am in love it).
    ps – cute hair!

  • Molli said:

    Congratulations!! I’ve really enjoyed reading (stalking) your blog for quite some time now. Wish I had the patience to knit a sweater!

  • Cristi-Lael said:

    Probably too late to win the bag, nut happy anniversary anyway!

  • virginia said:

    Hooray for five years, and hooray for a lovely sweater!

  • Emily said:

    Happy Blogiversary! Love the neckline on that sweater.

  • Swine flu natural remedy said:

    I wish I could get up the nerve to finally knit an actual item of clothing for myself.

  • elizabeth said:

    5 years! thats great…what a treat for all of us readers! congratulations!

  • Jane said:

    Congrats and thanks!

  • Judy said:

    I think I’ll have to pick up the BW book. Happy Blogiversary!
    Love the neckline, you were right to pick the i-cord.

  • HP laptops said:

    How many unfinished object you have in your hand now?

  • riotyarn said:

    What a gorgeous sweater. Looks perfect.

  • Skogul said:

    Half a decade of blogging!
    The raglan looks awesome too, so grats on that as well!

  • Ronda said:

    I am so jealous, I really want to learn how to knit. You did a beautiful job.
    Here’s to (at least) 5 more years!

  • Lisle said:

    I love, love, love your sweater!! And congratulations on the blogiversary!

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