Purl Rabbit Raglan Sweater


Brrr!  It's cold here at Purl, but Rabbit is bundled up in a warm merino cardigan.  This cozy Koigu sweater is a miniature copy of a classic raglan cardigan; great practice for human-sized sweaters, only more cute!

If you are interested in the quilt that serves as a backdrop for Purl Rabbit, you can find the Bento Box Quilt Pattern at



Download the Purl Rabbit Raglan Pattern pdf. 



This pattern starts with the sleeves to minimize loose ends to sew in later.

Visit our Knitting Terms for a key to technical terms used in this pattern.



6.5 stitches = 1 inch



Cast on 20 stitches, leaving a tail of yarn about 8 inches long to use for sewing up sleeve and underarms when you are done.
Knit 6 rows (this will create 3 garter stitch ridges).
Row 7:  Knit.
Row 8:  Purl.
Repeat rows 7 and 8 until sleeve measures 4 inches from cast on edge.  Purl Rabbit has extra long arms, so if the doll you're knitting for has arms that are a different length, measure from the doll's wrist to his or her underarm to get the proper measurement for your sleeve.

Bind off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.  
Place 14 remaining stitches on a stitch holder; set aside.    

Repeat for second sleeve.  Set aside.



Cast on 60 stitches

Knit 6 rows (this will create 3 garter stitch ridges).

Row 7:  Knit.
Row 8:  K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.
Repeat rows 7 and 8 until piece measures 2 inches from cast on edge.



Row 1:  Knit.
Row 2:  K3, purl 10, bind off 6 stitches, purl 22, bind off 6, purl 10, k3.


Row 1:  Knit 13 stitches, place marker, knit across all 14 first sleeve stitches, place marker, knit 22 back stitches, place marker, knit across all 14 second sleeve stitches, place marker, knit to end.
Row 2:  K3, purl to last 3 stitch, k3


Row 1:  *knit to within 2 stitches of marker, k2tog tbl, slip marker, k1, k2tog, repeat from * for next 3 markers, knit to end.
Row 2:    K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.

Repeat these two rows 4 more times.



Knit 6 rows even, bind off.



Use tail of cast on yarn to sew up sleeves and underarms.  Weave in ends.  

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8 Responses to Purl Rabbit Raglan Sweater

  1. Sherry says:

    Hi There! I love your Purl Rabbit patterns! Can you tell me the name of this quilt pattern? I can’t wait to get started! Thanks! Sherry

  2. Ruth A. says:

    I love knitting and this looks like the best project for those little leftover yarns from various work. Thanks for posting this and I look forward to starting this!

  3. celia says:

    Do you have insts. for adult sizes,in the Purl Rabbit Reglan Sleeve sweater?

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Celia-

    This pattern is not available in any other sizes. Please check out our sweater gallery for all of our available sweater patterns:

    Thank you!


  5. Felipa says:

    Hello, I had a quick question about the sleeve pattern.

    The pattern states, after knitting four inches, to bind off 3 stitches on the next two rows, so would I bind off three stitches knitwise, then three stitches purlwise on the next row?

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Felipa-

      Yes, that’s the right idea. You should bind off in either knit or purl, depending on the side.

      Thanks for your question!


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