Raffaello mohair: soft and warm luxury (knitting pattern)

  • Raffaello mohair: soft and warm luxury (knitting pattern)

    Mohair. It attracts and fascinates everyone and in all seasons. It is soft, pleasant, its knitwear surrounds us with its fluff, and sets us in a cozy, elegant and romantic mood. When thicker Italian-made Raffaello mohair appeared on our shelves, it was obvious that a sweater made from this yarn was only a matter of time. When I started knitting, this yarn was completely mesmerizing. The funniest thing is that even when knitting only in the evenings, the knitting increased very rapidly.

    Various yarns are constantly arriving in our shop. Some of them I "knit" in my mind, others - with you, our kientsi, at the beginning when matching the colors and seeing your knitting in the photos. However, there are such threads that you can touch yourself. Often it is out of curiosity, you want to try them personally and form an opinion about them. In some cases, the thread is SUCH that I don't have the willpower to just leave it lying on the shelf. You definitely want to hold it in your hands and enjoy it. Especially on cold autumn and winter evenings. 


    • Quality. These are threads from the collection of the Bulgarian manufacturer, made in Italy, the quality is excellent! Half of the yarn consists of the highest quality kid mohair, the other half - synthetic fibers, so they do not diminish the thread and do not reduce its value during knitting. The yarns have a wide palette for different tastes, the knitting increases quickly, and the quality is felt with every knitting eye. The knit is elastic and holds its shape perfectly.
    • (Not) biting. In this case, it's quite a subtle thing, many of us react differently to mohair. Wearing Raffaello's high-neck sweater is a bit hair-tickling, but I can very easy wear it close to skin. Yarn do not felt at all through the blouse. Personally, I like to touch them and wear knitwear, but I fully understand that the "tickling" may not be suitable for more sensitive people. So the conclusion: soft enough, but still mohair.
    • Needles. The yarn is thin (50g/250m) but full of fuzz, so I think 4.5 - 5.5mm needles work best. If you knit a country or some other boot that is less form-oriented, you can try thicker ones.
    • Colors. Please note that some Raffaello balls are dyed with short color sections, and others with long color transitions, so your knitting will be printed accordingly. A color with long transitions was chosen for my sweater. How the specific shade you like is painted, you can really see it from a closer and closer look at the photo of the ball.
    • Warmth. The knit is very warm! Very light (airy) and very warm. This is always a great feature for me.


    ​General features:  

    • Size: Loose M or 38/40 size.
    • Model. The sweater is made really quite short and really quite wide. According to this number of stitches, the sweater can be made about 10 cm longer, and then it will be suitable for a really wide audience and for almost all models of trousers in the wardrobe.
    • Number of yarn balls: 5 pcs. (more precisely, 240 g of yarn is knitted).
    • Knitting density: 10 x 10 cm = 18 stitches x 32 rows.
    • The principle of knitting: we knit the back and front in separate parts, sew them together, knit the neck after gathering the eyes and knit the sleeves after gathering the eyes. 

    The back part of the sweater

    We put on 100 stitches for the back. It will definitely be wider than a standard sweater. It will be very fashionably loose for size S, loose for size M, more fitted but not tight for size L. And then, very simply, we knit 16 rows in rib stitch (2 knit, 2 purl) and 134 rows in flat knitting (knit from the good side and purl from the wrong side).

    The shoulders and the neck part of the sweater are divided as follows: 30 stitches shoulder - 40 stitches neck - 30 stitches shoulder.

    Shoulder line

    After knitting 134 rows in flat knitting, at the beginning of the 135th row and begin to bind off the shoulder (see the picture/pattern in the picture below)

    30 shoulder stitches and this time we have to drop very slowly and "gently" if we want a nicely fitted shoulder without any hanging corners. So we decrease a little bit like this: we bind off 2 st at the beginning of the row (the knitting decreases by 2 stitches) and we knit the last two stitches together going back with the wrong side at the end of the row (we knit those two last stitches with the right stitch, hanging them on the front of the needle from left to right) the knitting decreases by 1 more eye), so after knitting back and forth in total, we bind off 3 shoulder stitches. And we do this until we bind off all 30 shoulder stitches. 








    Neck in the back

    When you see that your shoulders are almost finished, and there are only 2 times left to bindoff when knitting forward, in other words, after binding off the shoulders 8 times, returning with the wrong side back, we divide the knitting in half, collect the eyes of the left side on a large stitch or a thicker auxiliary thread and work only with the right side of the knit.

    In the picture above (click on the picture to enlarge) you will find the neck drop and shoulder knitting in the back

    • returning with the wrong side of the knitting, we drop or collect 10 neck stitches, finish the row, knit the last 2 stitches of the row together for the shoulder. We turn the knitting;
    • we bind off 2 shoulder stitches, we knit a row to the end. We turn the knitting;
    • returning with the wrong side of the knitting, we bind off or gather all the remaining 10 stitches, finish the row, knit the last 2 stitches of the row for the shoulder. We turn the knitting;
    • We bind off all the eyes of the shoulder as much as is left.

    Now we collect the stitches of the left side of the knitting from the yarn or auxiliary thread back on the needle and finish the left side of the knitting in the same way.

    The back of your sweater is complete.

    The front par of the sweater

    We put on 100 stitches on the front in the same way, we knit 16 rows in rin stitch (2 knit, 2 purl) in the same way and then 114 rows in flat knitting. All the difference in knitting will be only at the top, due to the significantly more deepened neck.

    We will deepen the neck through a fairly significant number of 20 rows (counting only rows knitted forward). A more deepened neck will "lie" more nicely, the collar attached to it will not "climb" up, it will not create a wrinkle and there will be no feeling of "stifling", and it will be really comfortable to wear such a knit.

    As mentioned above, we knit 114 rows of the front part  without expanding, narrowing or counting. When knitting the 114th row, we divide the knitting in half on the wrong side, collecting the eyes of the left side on a large thread or auxiliary thread.

    We will not describe how to knit a neckline in the front, because it is easier to look at the diagram below. When knitting the 114th row, we start deepening the neck, bind off 3 stitches, we knit the entire row to the end, turn the knitting and knit the 115th row forward from the right side. After knitting, we turn the knitting and while knitting the 116th row, we bind off 2 neck stitches and knit the row to the end, etc. i.e. We repeat everything according to the scheme. 















    The shoulder will be binded off in the same way as in the back, the shoulder drop will begin when knitting the 135th row forward.

    Note: Please note that after knitting a little, we will not lower the neck from row 134 on every wrong side row.

    According to this scheme, the recessed neck is comfortable, wider, not completely attached to the neck. You can see how it turned out in the photo of the actual sweater.

    Now we do the same with the left side of the knit and we have a finished sweater front.

    We sew the shoulders. We gather the eyes of the neck and fasten the collar. When knitting, simply measure the knitting and make a neck that is most comfortable for you. I knitted an approximately 10 - 11 cm (measured when folded) high golf.


    • 94 stitches are cast on my sweater for the cuffs.
    • The sleeve is really very wide (about 22 cm wide when folded, i.e. about 44 cm around). But that's the idea, the highlight and beauty of this sweater.
    • When the sleeve stitches are gathered, knit straight approx. 38 cm.
    • Then, one of the the last rows of the even pattern, it is narrowed exactly twice from the right side, i.e. across the entire row, 2 stitches are knitted together into one (47 stitches remain). Let's go back to the wrong side.
    • We narrow one more time in the following order: 1 knit, 1 knit, 2 knit together; again we knit 1 knit, 1 knit, 2 knit together and so on until the end of the row; we're going backwards.
    • Now we knit 16 rows in rib stitch (2 knit, 2 purl). Bind offall stitches.

    Knit the other sleeve in the same way. We sew everything together. Your Raffaello sweater is complete! You can dress up, enjoy the fluffy warmth of mohair and feel really special :)

    Raffaello threads and their wonderful colors can be found in our webshop here. The sweater is simple and looks very charming, so if you are interested and you are already stroking these fluffy balls in your mind and planning a new knitting by "pushing" the almost never-ending row of knitting, enter the code MANORAF and you will get a 10% discount on these yarns :)

    We wish you a pleasant experience with Raffaello threads. they are really worth your time and needles :)

    Best regards,


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