Knitting Sweaters From the Top Down

Knitting Sweaters From the Top Down

Fabulous Seamless Patterns to Suit your Style

Book - 2007
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Sweaters are the ultimate showcase for knitters--but most patterns require tricky and complicated piecing. These don't...and they look fantastic, too! The seamless, top-down knitting method eliminates challenging construction, allowing knitters to focus on the individual details that make each sweater special. Not only does this guide thoroughly explain how the technique works, but it also teaches beginners how to design their own generic patterns for pullovers and cardigans in different yarn gauges. All the sweaters are organized by yarn weight, and the projects include an elegant rolled-collar pullover, dramatic capelet, and Asian-inspired top.

 

Publisher: New York : Lark Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781579908584
1579908586
Branch Call Number: 746.43 Carron
746.43 Carron
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ll. ; 27 cm

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robertamorris
Nov 27, 2018

I found this to be a very good introduction to top-down knitting with lots of flexible patterns. I can see, however, that it is not the right book for someone who avoids arithmetic and isn't knowledgable about gauge, yards/oz of different weight yarns, etc. I'm comfortable with those things and in fact regularly adapt instructions or go free-form, using a pattern only for guidance. It doesn't bother me to use a different size needle to get the right gauge, or to change the number of stitches to match my own gauge. (I knit very loosely compared to just about anyone.) I found this book to be full of good ideas.
One note: all the top-down long-sleeve sweaters have raglan sleeves. They are very flattering, but my interest was to adapt an odd-ball yarn pattern with set in sleeves. That is not ideal for a first top-down project so I'll start with something closer to the featured patterns.

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Alicorn
Feb 19, 2010

Try to remember this was not what I wanted... Do not bother to get it again

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