Knitting Pattern iPhone App – Useful or Too Generic?

I received the new iPhone 4S for Christmas (thank you, Smoochy!), and of course, I immediately hunted for new apps, entering searches for Angry Birds and knitting.  Angry Birds was a no-brainer – install now!  But I was surprised to see a whole set of knitting apps that I didn’t have on my old iPhone.

The most curious knitting app I came across was “Raglanify.” The app allows you to enter all of your measurements and includes instructions with visual aids on how/where to properly measure. You enter your knitting gauge, preferred finishing styles, waist shaping, and voila! It calculates the entire sweater pattern for you!

My first thought was, “This rocks! No more math!” (Not what an elementary teacher should be thinking, but it’s the truth.) Really, any tool that takes the tedious math out of pattern design has to be a God-send. Even when adapting someone else’s pattern, I’m lost in a half-dozen pieces of scrap paper with scribbled stitch counts, inches, and rudimentary schematics. And I still end up with a sweater that’s 2 sizes too big!

Looking more closely at the pattern generated by Raglanify, I wonder if this is going to be a great time-saving tool, or if it the plain, boring pattern isn’t worth my precious knitting time. I suppose it depends on the stitch pattern used, quality of finishing techniques and all the other things that go into a professional looking work. Still… I am skeptical. But curious enough that I just may “knit it up” and see what happens.

Here’s the pattern my Raglanify generated for a slightly wide boat-neck, top-down sweater with waist-shaping and 1″ negative ease.  My gauge was based on stockinette stitch.  It’s generated according to my measurements, and I’m generally a size medium.  The measurements are at the bottom of the pattern below.

If you’re brave enough to take on the pattern, please share your results and let us know what happens!  Make sure that any pattern or project your post is your original work, especially if posting to Ravelry!  Raglanify has their own pattern samples posted on Ravelry that are similar to this one.

Wide Boat-neck Raglan Sweater Pattern

Abbreviations

CO: Cast On
PM: Place Marker
K: Knit
KFB: Knit Front and Back
YO: Yarn Over
SM: Slip marker
PFB: Purl Front and Back
K2TOG: Knit 2 Together
SSK: Slip, Slip, Knit

Materials

Needles: Size 8 US, circular and DPN; size 6 US (optional, but strongly recommended if you’re doing ribbing for edging), circular and DPN

Yarn used: worsted weight

Gauge

18 stitches, 24 rows = 4×4 inch
(4.5 stitches, 6 rows per inch)

Pattern

Cast On

CO 19, PM, CO 14, PM, CO 38, PM, CO 14, PM, CO 19

Total stitches: 104

Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Raglan Increase

Row 1: *K to 1 stitch before the next marker, YO, K, SM, K, YO* Repeat between ** 3 more times.
K to finish round

Row 2: K all stitches.

Repeat 1-2 rows until you have 50 rows from CO or your arm stitches reach 62 stitches.

Dividing for arm stitches

K to the first marker, remove marker, place all sleeve stitches onto piece of scrap yarn, leaving next marker in place to mark underarm. K to the next marker, remove marker, place all sleeve stitches onto another piece of scrap yarn, leaving next marker in place to mark underarm. K to finish round. Leave the last marker for the beginning of round.

Torso

Waist Shaping

Decrease rows:

*K in round 5 rows.

K to 2 stitches before the next marker. SSK, SM, K to the next marker, SM, K2TOG, K to end.*

Repeat between ** 8 more times.

K in round 1 row.

Increase rows:

*K in round 5 rows.

K to 1 stitch before the next marker, KFB (or M1), SM, K to the next marker, SM, KFB (or M1), K to end.*

Repeat between ** 3 more times.

Edging

Switch to size 6 needles. Work the edging of your choice for 12 rows or 2″.

Bind off all stitches in pattern. (Tip: Use needle 1 or 2 size(s) larger for elastic edge.)

Sleeves

Place one arm stitches onto to size 8 DPNs.

*K in round 11 rows.

K1, K2TOG, K to 3 stitches before the end of round. SSK, K1.*

Repeat between ** 7 more times.

K in round 3 more rows.

Edging

Switch to size 6 DPNs. Work the edging of your choice for 12 rows or 2″.

Bind off all stitches in pattern. (Tip: Use needle 1 or 2 size(s) larger for elastic edge.)

Do the same for the other arm.

Neck finishing

Pick up stitches around the neck with size 6 needles. Work the edging of your choice for 6 rows or 1″. Bind off all stitches in pattern. (Tip: Use needle 1 or 2 size(s) larger for elastic edge.)

FYI:

Neck: 18″
Arm: 12.5″
Sleeve: 19″
Torso: 16″
Armpit to waist: 9.5″
Edging: free
Neck Edging: 1″
Torso Edging: 2″
Sleeve Edging: 2″

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