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GrumpyGramma
01-08-2012, 10:39 PM
I'm trying to find a basic top-down sweater pattern to make up with worsted weight yarn. I've looked and looked,:wall: spent hours and hours. I find top-down patterns but most are cabled, lacy, or for lighter weight yarn...or all of the above. :eyes: I'm hoping for no seams. Could someone please help me? If you know of a link to a free pattern, could help me refining my search, anything at all, I would appreciate it so much. I think I'll head over to ravelry again and see if I can find something I've overlooked before. I just looked at who knows how many links at knittingpatterncentral and about a zillion that I googled. OK, a zillion is a slight exageration.
:wink:
I'm tempted to crochet it; that I can do w/o a pattern. I won't though, knitting just makes a nicer sweater.

Wanda Witch
01-08-2012, 11:16 PM
Have you looked at sweaterbabe.com? She has some top-down sweaters, I have knit one, no seams, a cardigan but there may be others too. Might check it out, some are free.

GrumpyGramma
01-08-2012, 11:20 PM
Have you looked at sweaterbabe.com? She has some top-down sweaters, I have knit one, no seams, a cardigan but there may be others too. Might check it out, some are free.

Thanks. I'm looking at some really nice things at that site.

suzeeq
01-08-2012, 11:36 PM
There's pattern generators at www.knittingfool.com and www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html where you put in your gauge and finished measurements needed and it works out a pattern for you. The knitting pure and simple patterns are pretty basic top down ones too.

GrumpyGramma
01-08-2012, 11:53 PM
There's pattern generators at www.knittingfool.com and www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html where you put in your gauge and finished measurements needed and it works out a pattern for you. The knitting pure and simple patterns are pretty basic top down ones too.

Thanks so much, this might be what I want. I'm printing The Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater worksheet and instructions. Maybe I'll be able to figure it out from there.



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Got the printing done, now I need to start a gauge swatch and get a new ink cartridge!

suzeeq
01-09-2012, 12:17 AM
You can always ask here for help..

Jan in CA
01-09-2012, 01:36 AM
Most of these are seamless and the patterns are well written and include a lot of sizes which is nice.
http://knittingpureandsimple.com/products-page/women/

Lighting57
01-09-2012, 11:23 AM
Posted link was faulty.
Corrected link posted below


ETA:
A corrected link.

Website name - Spud & ChloŽ

Link to top=down tutorial:

http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/2010/08/part-1-easy-top-down-raglan-knitalong/

GrumpyGramma
01-09-2012, 03:06 PM
@Lighting57: The link tells me I've encountered a bug. However, I did look some more on Ravelry and found a pattern, Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck, pretty much what I was hoping for all along. Between that and the link from suzeeq, I should be all set up to play for a while. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions sooner rather than later.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-summer-tweed-top-down-v-neck

Thanks all! I'm not sure what's spooking me about getting going on this but I'm determined to learn to do top down tops. Maybe I want the security of a pattern to follow and at the same time the feeling that I'm making it up myself. Whatever, I feel like I'm venturing into the great unknown....weird. Nice to know there are lifelines here when I need them. :muah: :grphug: :hug:

Note to self: Explore Ravelry more, find out more about what's there besides the pattern finder.

justplaincharlotte
01-09-2012, 04:11 PM
Whatever, I feel like I'm venturing into the great unknown....weird.



Sounds like an exciting trip into the wild blue yonder for GG the intrepid knitting explorer! Have fun! :muah:

GrumpyGramma
01-09-2012, 05:08 PM
Sounds like an exciting trip into the wild blue yonder

:eyes: Speaking of weird, Charlotte, how did you know I'm using "Billowing
Blues" yarn? --- Key Twilight Zone music--- :noway:
BTW, OT for this thread but I started it so I guess it's OK--I finished my Checkerboard Slippers, love them! You really need to make up a pair.

Right now I'm experimenting with various stitch patterns. I'm intrigued by the way different yarns look with various patterns. This cotton yarn is fun.

Lighting57
01-09-2012, 07:15 PM
@Lighting57: The link tells me I've encountered a bug.

My apologies.
I don't know what happened.
I tried the link after I posted this morning and it worked without that warning.
But not now.
Below is a link to the website.
That way you can check it out without going through Ravelry.
I have no idea what went wrong with my link above.
I'll go back now an remove it.
If it messes up again just search for the website on BING.
I think you will like it a lot and I found it very helpful.
This will take you to Part 1 of the tutorial.
There are 4 or 5 parts posted on the website.
They can be found about half way down the page using the last link below.

ETA:
Website name - Spud & ChloŽ

Link to top - down tutorial:

http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/2010/08/part-1-easy-top-down-raglan-knitalong/

http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/2010/10/easy-top-down-raglan-pattern-guide/

GrumpyGramma
01-09-2012, 07:26 PM
@Lighting57: The link tells me I've encountered a bug.

My apologies.
I don't know what happened.
I tried the link after I posted this morning and it worked without that warning.
But not now.
I'll send you the website link later.
That way you can check it out without going through Ravelry.

Thanks. No apologies needed, that stuff happens. I mainly mentioned it so that you'd know about it not working. I trust you noticed that I found a pattern I want to try even though the link went kaplooey on us, so you still did me a favor. :p Serendipity. I'd given up on finding a pattern and there it was!

PS: Oh, yeah! Thanks for the links.

justplaincharlotte
01-09-2012, 08:07 PM
:eyes: Speaking of weird, Charlotte, how did you know I'm using "Billowing
Blues" yarn? --- Key Twilight Zone music--- :noway:


:roflhard: I guess great minds really DO think alike!:roflhard:


BTW, OT for this thread but I started it so I guess it's OK--I finished my Checkerboard Slippers, love them! You really need to make up a pair.

I'm so glad they turned out well for you! :cheering:I just added them to my "to knit" list which has more items than I have inches in my waist. :lol: Some reprioritizing may be in order, that and maybe a diet! :ick:


Right now I'm experimenting with various stitch patterns. I'm intrigued by the way different yarns look with various patterns. This cotton yarn is fun.

Isn't it amazing how a stitch pattern can completely change how a yarn looks when it's worked up??:inlove:

suzeeq
01-09-2012, 09:36 PM
Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck

Yeah, that's a good pattern, I downloaded it a while back so I can take a look if you get stuck.

GrumpyGramma
01-09-2012, 09:48 PM
Crossed Fingers Crossed Fingers Crossed Fingers I think I'm ready to cast on.

:notworthy: Thanks to all who offer confidence until I can find my own. I like to think i can someday do the same for others.

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 04:22 PM
I'm leaving the post from before (below) as is, the answer to the question still interests me and will be of use in the future, but there has been a chance of plans! I showed what I have done to my daughter, she likes it, but not as a pullover, she wants a cardigan. I'm going to check my button stash and see what I have that would work with it, otherwise she has to find buttons so I'll be looking at buttonhole options.

New Q: Is there any strongly persuasive or compelling reason for working the button and buttonhole bands:
a) as I continue working the front from side to side
b) picking up and knitting after the sweater body is done
c) working it separate and sewing it on
d) other method(s)/option(s) I'm not yet aware of

Original, unedited post follows.
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OK, so I cast on and started, frogged; cast on, restarted, frogged; cast on, restarted....I don't know how many times. :teehee: I changed down to smaller needles this last time and think I'm finally on my way. I've discovered the working of this is much the same as crocheting a top-down and I'm feeling more confident.

So :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: You can always ask here for help..
I have to decide which cast on to use when joining the front together. The blog says: Using the backwards loop cast on method, cast on the number of stitches to join the Fronts but maybe others have different suggestions? In case it matters (and I think it might) I'm seriously considering a crocheted edging on my modified crew neck...I spaced my first increases farther apart (every other knit row instead of every knit row to make it a little lower). Which cast on would you use, anyone?

The quote is from http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/2010/08/part-2-easy-top-down-raglan-knitalong/ Part 2 - Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong.

All good intentions were cast aside and instead of following a pattern, I find myself making it up as I go along. *sigh* I may well end up ripping it out and actually following a pattern. Til then, I'm having fun. :mrgreen:

suzeeq
01-11-2012, 09:12 PM
Backward loop Cast on can be okay for just a couple sts, but it can be loose and loopy unless you knit into the sts very carefully. I like a knit cast on - it's a little sturdier and easy to pick up sts in for the neckband. If you're not going to pick up sts, use cable cast on. But if you're going to do a cardigan, you don't need to, you just leave the front open.

So for a cardigan button band -
a) as I continue working the front from side to side
b) picking up and knitting after the sweater body is done
c) working it separate and sewing it on
d) other method(s)/option(s) I'm not yet aware of
- c is really a PITA and either a or b will be fine, whichever you prefer. I don't know of a d, but I'm sure there's a couple more...

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 09:37 PM
But if you're going to do a cardigan, you don't need to, you just leave the front open.

I was thinking the knitted cast on might be a good choice. I might need to cast on some stitches for the fronts anyhow, I'll have to see how it works out and whether she thinks she wants me to change it. She might want it more squared off.

:roflhard: Honestly, they get into their 30s, are married, responsible parents, etc., etc., and all of a sudden they think they know what they want! :roflhard: :rofl:

I think I'll do the front bands in garter stitch, I found smallish buttons to use so the eyelet style buttonholes should do fine. My gauge is 5 st per inch, 3-4 sts should do for band. That's what I'm thinking.

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 09:48 PM
So for a cardigan button band -
a) as I continue working the front from side to side
b) picking up and knitting after the sweater body is done
c) working it separate and sewing it on
d) other method(s)/option(s) I'm not yet aware of
- c is really a PITA and either a or b will be fine, whichever you prefer. I don't know of a d, but I'm sure there's a couple more...

OK, finally, a knitting term abbreviation I had to go track down, took a bit of effort, certainly worth it. :yay: I absolutely agree...been there, done that, don't see the point really. :thumbsup:

~~~GG happily sporting an expanded knitting vocabulary.

suzeeq
01-11-2012, 11:28 PM
Wellllll, it's not really a knitting term, but it's used a lot by people who knit.

Antares
01-12-2012, 02:27 PM
So don't leave us all in suspense. What does it mean?

suzeeq
01-12-2012, 02:28 PM
Pain in the A......

GrumpyGramma
01-12-2012, 08:06 PM
So don't leave us all in suspense. What does it mean?

It's a phrase that describes me to a T! :aww:

That's not to say that suzeeq used it in reference to me. She didn't. Just don't want any misconstrued interpretations here.


So anyhow, I've stopped increasing for the front of the sweater and now it's just one row after another of stockinette :zombie: for a while, I won't be such a PITA till I get to putting the sleeve stitches on holders. Unless I realize I really made a mess of the neckline and have to figure out how to correct it. :shrug:

Not knowing how long it will end up being I decided to pick up and knit the front bands because then I should have a better idea of the spacing for the buttonholes. If I get tired of working on it maybe it will be a really, really short sweater. :eyes:

suzeeq
01-12-2012, 09:18 PM
Oh no, you haven't been the pita and I don't anticipate you being one. Working the buttonbands separately and sewing them would be though. For most people, some wouldn't mind....

ABC's Mom
01-16-2012, 07:47 PM
I'm trying to find a basic top-down sweater pattern to make up with worsted weight yarn. I've looked and looked,:wall: spent hours and hours. I find top-down patterns but most are cabled, lacy, or for lighter weight yarn...or all of the above. :eyes: I'm hoping for no seams. Could someone please help me? If you know of a link to a free pattern, could help me refining my search, anything at all, I would appreciate it so much. I think I'll head over to ravelry again and see if I can find something I've overlooked before. I just looked at who knows how many links at knittingpatterncentral and about a zillion that I googled. OK, a zillion is a slight exageration.
:wink:
I'm tempted to crochet it; that I can do w/o a pattern. I won't though, knitting just makes a nicer sweater.

The cardigan sweater I just posted on Whatcha Knitting is a simple top down from Pure and Simple. No seams at all!!!

fatoldladyinpjs
02-04-2012, 11:01 AM
Just a word of caution with the Knitting Fool generator. I used this for a baby sweater and it turned out a bit large even with the snug size. They might take into account wearing ease. You can start out with this pattern and take measurements as you go. This would be from seam to seam across the back. Multiply it by two for total chest measurement. If it might be large, eliminate one or two of the last increase sets the pattern calls for and knit it straight after that. The illustration showing the percentages was a great help. You could try making a baby or doll sweater to see how this turns out before you do a large project with good yarn, if you've never done top down sweaters before.