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Somebody asked me about my cardigans. Let me answer the question here.
The person wrote "the raglan cardigan," and I assume it's one of two Toshiyuki Shimada's designs which I recently knitted.
Both of the patterns are from this book: (ISBN4-529-03992-7, link to Amazon.co.jp)
It seems like people who live outside of Japan can get the books from Amazon Japan (amazon.co.jp) or YesAsia.com.
"Am Kamin" is almost the same as the original pattern. There is a KAL group "Crossed in Translation," why don't you join them?
The original "Herbstlied" is on the cover of the book, but I modified it to a raglan cardigan. I think I can't publish the actual pattern here, so I'll just explain briefly how to convert a set in sleeve to a raglan with "Herbstlied."
1. You can borrow the raglan shape from "Am Kamin." Knit the back of the body and both of sleeves as "Herbstlied" pattern, until just before armhole shapings.
2. Up from the start of the armhole, see "Am Kamin" pattern and do some calculation according to your gauge. To show raglan lines better, knit 4 stitches at the end in the stitch pattern F, and
do decreasing in the next 5sts with purling decrease at the 5th stitch by purl 2 together. Knit the rest of this part as in the pattern.
3. Stitch patterns for the fronts of the body: From the center, 9 sts in stitch pattern F (this part becomes a band), then stitch patterns D, E, D, A to the end. Knit like the back of the body and do neck decreasing.
4. The collar: Pick up and knit 100 sts from the neck. Knit 28 rows in F. Then knit 6 rows in stockinette stitch. Bind off.
5. I used 16 balls of 100m/50g yarn for this cardigan. The sweater in the book requires 14 balls.
If you compare the two patterns and do the calculations, it should be fine.
I think the original sweater is much more sophisticated. Please refer to the book and compare them.
I'm sorry that the explanation above is brief, but I hope it helps.