View Full Version : Top Down or Bottom Up?

04-20-2007, 04:48 AM

The only things I've knitted so far with circular needles are some children's hats.

I wouldn't mind having a go at making a sweater but I wondered which is the best (read easiest) way of going about it.

Is there any advantage to starting from the neck and working down?- at least I'd have fewer stitches to muck up doing it that way - or starting from the rib and getting used to the pattern before needing to make increases/decreases.

Thanks Jan for that post on the sweater.

Great to get some feedback on this and please say why you prefer one way rather than the other

All the Best

Limey :??

04-20-2007, 04:50 AM
I've only knitted one sweater and one vest so far (am working now on my second sweater)...and they have all been from the bottom up.

But a big advantage of working from the top down is that you can try the sweater on and shape it as you go, guaranteeing an excellent fit.

04-20-2007, 05:20 AM
I LOVE top down sweaters. I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I think they are easier.

04-20-2007, 05:34 AM
I would say top down too ...

Oh and Limey - I kept meaning to tell you, I watched the video on Continental knitting that you sent me and now I don't knit English at all ... .thanks :thumbsup:

04-20-2007, 06:42 AM
I wanna see the video!!!Oh and I have done both top down and bottom up and I am not sure wich I like better.

04-20-2007, 07:03 AM
Hi Amanda

So glad to know that the video was a help. It was Julie (Momwolf) who put me on to it.

Blue eyes - the link is:

http://www.grumperina.com/ and then click Knitters Web Page

All the Best and thank you both for your input.


04-20-2007, 07:10 AM

04-20-2007, 11:05 AM
I think a top-down raglan would be really easy to start with. You can even make up your own pattern. All you have to do is take the measurement of your neck, multiply it by you stitch gauge, and cast on that many stitches. You need to divide the stitches into front, back and sleeves and increase before and after the stitch marker that you place there to separate them. You can choose to join in the round too, so you either get a pullover or a cardigan. Once you increase enough that your sleeves would fit around the circumference of your arm, you place them on scrap yarn and just keep on knitting. You can add fancy stitches, waist shaping, different colors ect., but I think for a first sweater it would be the easiest to do it top-down. Good luck whatever way you choose though! :thumbsup:

04-20-2007, 06:48 PM
This is a good one too
Limey I like both but prefer top down because you can try it on and it is easier to start with fewer sts.I also like it because you can see the progess faster. :woohoo:

04-22-2007, 09:42 AM
I knit mine bottom-up, and my favorites to knit are seamless yokes, raglans, set in sleeves, and drop shoulder. The last 2 are from Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Knitting Workshop.

04-22-2007, 10:06 AM
I have just started to knit from the top down and find it very easy and you don't have any seams to sew up. :cheering:
Try this one.


04-23-2007, 01:22 PM
Hi Folks

Thank you all very much for taking the time to reply - it's been a big help.

All the Best

Limey :thumbsup: