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Limey
04-20-2007, 04:48 AM
Hi

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 :??

HamburgKnitter
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.

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

AmandaC
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:

blueeyes28
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.

Limey
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.

Limey

blueeyes28
04-20-2007, 07:10 AM
Thanks!

carmabelle1191
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:

momwolf
04-20-2007, 06:48 PM
Blueeyes
This is a good one too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY
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:

Braden
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.

jinty
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.
http://www.knitty.com/issuespring04/PATTbadpenny.html

jinty

Limey
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: