Finished ~my beginner raglan~ the other day! This amazing pattern was written by Chantal/Knitatude. It is literally the perfect pattern for a raglan beginner. I've been knitting for so many years but am just now getting into knitting actual clothes. I must admit, I've been very nervous. This pattern was amazing for beginners. I truly felt like my hand was being held the whole way. Chantal included notes and pictures along the way to help clarify potentially confusing parts.
My favorite thing about this sweater (and I guess all raglans) is that it's worked in the round. I hate seaming, so it was nice to be done with the sweater when I was done knitting (except for weaving in the ends of course). I also liked that I was able to try on the sweater as I knit it to make sure it fit. Chantal was great about including directions for adjusting the sweater to better fit you as well as how to check the sizing as you go.
I must admit, I was a little nervous when I finished the yoke and it didn't seem to fit properly. Of course, the pattern included a note about this which was super helpful and eased my nerves. It was so easy to correct for this and doesn't make the sweater look weird or wrong.
As the pattern recommends, I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick 'n Quick. I've used this yarn so many different times that I knew I would love it. The fun part this time is that I discovered several different colors I hadn't seen before. It was hard to choose which one to use. I knew I didn't want a solid color or something super stripey. I love that Thick 'n quick has a lot of textured options. These are often my favorite yarn colors. I like the single color with splashes of other colors/textures here and there. This makes it feel more exciting. My only complaint about the yarn was that I forgot how stretchy it is, aka that the sweater is a little tight. It's still so cozy!
I definitely recommend this pattern for knitters nervous to try a raglan sweater! You can get the pattern here.