UPDATE: As of August 2022, this pattern has been retired and is no longer available for sale. If you see it offered on any platform, know that I did not authorize that sale and am not receiving any compensation for it.
The Geniality Sweater is a top-down raglan sweater with lacy sleeves and a stockinette body. It’s graded to nine sizes, so you’re more likely to find one that’s a good fit for you. You’ll also find video tutorials for an unusual increase that creates a crisp ridge along the raglan.
Here you’ll find links to buy the pattern online, more information about the pattern, and lots of photos.
ABOUT THE GENIALITY SWEATER
geniality (n.) – the quality of having a friendly and cheerful manner.
It’s hard to feel friendly and cheerful when you’re uncomfortably cold, isn’t it? Or at least, I know I tend to get cranky when I’m too chilled, and then I’m not very good company. As a result, I always try to have a sweater with me just in case. The evening breeze can pick up out of nowhere here in Ventura, and there’s always the risk of an excessively air-conditioned office or store.
So I designed the Geniality Sweater to help fit those needs. It’s a DK-weight sweater with lacy sleeves and a solid body. Those details make it interesting to knit but not too complicated. The sleeves are ¾ length so you don’t have to worry about soaking your cuffs while washing your hands, and you can adjust the body to any length you please. It’s lightweight enough to layer under jackets, to carry in a tote bag, or to pop over a tank top if the day turns breezy.
GENIALITY SWEATER DETAILS AND SPECS
Here you’ll find all the information you need to help you decide whether the Geniality Sweater is right for you.
(1, 2, 3) (4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9) – See posted schematic photo to compare sizing information
(A) Finished chest and body circumference = (29.5, 33.5, 37.5) (41.5, 45.5, 49.5) (53.5, 57.5, 61.5)” / (75, 85, 95.5) (105.5, 115.5, 125.5) (136, 146, 156) cm
(B) Upper arm circumference = (8.25, 9, 10) (10.75, 11.75, 13.5) (14.5, 16, 17)” / (21, 23, 25.5) (27.5, 30, 34.5) (37, 40.5, 43) cm unstretched. The sleeves have a ribbed lace texture that can stretch comfortably by several inches to accommodate a wide range of arms.
(C) Neck to end of raglan depth = (7, 9.5, 9.75) (10.25, 10.5, 12) (12.75, 13.75, 14)” / (18, 24, 25) (26, 26.5, 30.5) (32.5, 35, 35.5) cm
(D) Sleeve length = 11.5” (29 cm) (adjustable)
A note about sizing: I haven’t designed this sweater with a particular amount of ease in mind. Instead, the sweater is designed so that the finished measurements are what they are, and you pick the amount of ease that you prefer. The sleeves have some gentle ribbing in them so that they can more comfortably fit a wider range of arms. The sample is shown in size 4 (41.5” or 105.5 cm) on a model (that would be yours truly) with a 42” (106 cm) bust.
DK-weight yarn, (788, 911, 1046) (1180, 1327, 1498) (1650, 1833, 2003) yds / (721, 833, 956) (1079, 1213, 1370) (1509, 1676, 1832) m
Sample shown knit in Coast to Coast Yarn Co. Classic DK, 100% superwash merino, worsted spun, 231 yds (212 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
4” (10 cm) square = 20 stitches x 32 rows in stockinette
One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above
Needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size two sizes smaller than size used to match gauge listed above (for knitting the collar and cuffs)
One 24” (61 cm) circular needle in a size to match gauge listed above
A 24” (61 cm) circular needle in a size two sizes smaller than size used to match gauge listed above
One 32” (81 cm) circular needle in a size to match gauge listed above
Suggested needle sizes: US 7 (4.5 mm), US 5 (3.75 mm)
Four stitch markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Requires decreases, increases, and knitting in the round
Why I Love Knitting Seamless Sweaters Like the Geniality Sweater
If you’re like me and tend to procrastinate or have trouble finishing the last few steps of a project, seamless garments might be a good fit for you. That’s because you don’t have to sew the parts together after you finish knitting. You just bind off, weave in the ends, and away you go.
And if you’re like me and really get stuck sometimes, consider knitting the sleeves before you finish the rest of the body. Knitting the sleeve first makes the entire knit garment a little unwieldy toward the end, but it also eliminates the possibility of getting stuck on sleeve island. I find the trade-off is worth it!
Newer knitters also love seamless sweaters because there’s less of a risk that uneven gauge will keep the pieces from fitting together well. That’s a nice bit of security when you’re trying to finish your first sweater. You won’t have to worry about getting to the end of the sweater and realizing your pieces don’t fit.
Thankfully, seamless sweater patterns are really popular right now. You can do raglans, like the Geniality Sweater, or round yokes, seamless saddle shoulders, drop shoulders, and so many more. Take a peek at some of the options online and let your imagination run wild.