View Full Version : what does raglan mean?

05-10-2009, 12:48 PM
I feel stupid asking this but I looked it up and the definition was "a loose coat with raglan sleeves" What the heck is raglan?

05-10-2009, 12:55 PM
It's a type of sleeve seam. . .the seam come from under the arm at an angle all the way to the neck. Like this: http://www.billiardshirts.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=182&zenid=429e08943ccda3474d8e8ac34f98a3eb

05-10-2009, 12:58 PM
I'm not sure of the origin of the word, but a raglan garment refers to seams that go at a diagonal from the neck to the underm, rather than with set in sleeves. Seamless raglan garments are knit either from the neck down or bottom up and have increases or decreases along the raglan 'seam' for shaping.

Here's a baby sweater knit with raglan shaping
This is an adult sweater that shows the details well http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=222 and at

of troy
05-11-2009, 10:50 AM
the name comes from Lord Raglan, who lost his arm in the Crimean war--Lord Cardigan (who gave us the term cardigan) was also a (general?) in same conflict..
Lord Kitchener (of kitchener/grafted seams) was just a Ltn... (he was a general in Boer war or WWI )

(Florence Nightingale started first nursing service for army in this war, which also gave us the poem, "Into the valley of death road the six hundred" )

strange how 1 war gave us so much (real professional nursing, and several knitting terms.. (but raglan's and cardigans can be made from cloth, too, not just knit!)