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Marie743 04-07-2013 07:36 PM

Ann Budd sweater pattern help
I'm using the top down sweater pattern from Ann Budd's book. My question is this: At a guage of 5 stitches per inch, the chart says to cast on 72 stitches which is 14.5 inches when joined in the round. That diameter is barely the space around my small neck, and the cast on is not even the top of the sweater since the ribbing is done last. Can anyone explain to me how the cast on can be so small and barely able to go over my head? Am I understanding the chart correctly?

Jan in CA 04-07-2013 09:26 PM

I'd knit a bit before you decide. Knitting stretches and the ribbing may be intended to be a little tighter as ribbing usually is. Anyway, knit (inch maybe) a little then take it OFF the needles to try it on. Put a long piece of smooth, contrasting color yarn on a yarn needle and thread it through the stitches. For the body you can get a rough idea with using a really long cable or multiple cables. I prefer waste yarn though.

Is it this one? If not we need a name.

Actually that link is so not helpful as far as Ravelry because the projects go to multiple patterns. However, let us know if that's it or another.

Marie743 04-07-2013 10:02 PM

Yes this is the book; but I'm afraid to continue since the diameter is too small and my guage is correct. I'm not sure why the cast on has such few stitches which doesn't include the neck ribbing. The picture of the made up sweater shows a diameter much larger on the first row.

Jan in CA 04-08-2013 01:14 AM

Maybe it runs small? I'm not sure of the answer. It seems like you could cast on for a bigger size and then increase till its long enough. Or make a different neck. I'm sure someone can help though.

I've asked for help so hang in there.

salmonmac 04-08-2013 05:40 AM

I don't have the chart but from the gauge, that sounds right and yes it sounds small. Usually the neck seems too large but the collar (and especially a turtleneck) closes up the space.
Jan's advice to start the sweater is good. You won't have to knit very far to see if this will work. Do use a very stretchy cast on.
Here are two projects from Ravelry. You might try sending a message to both of the knitters who have recently finished the sweater and to Ann Budd about the neck.

GrumpyGramma 04-08-2013 04:52 PM

I just looked at some turtleneck patterns with the a gauge of 18 sts/4" on the Bernat site and one ends up with 90 - 114 sts for the neck the other with 77 - 103 sts depending on the size. Unless for some reason it's very stretchy I think you're right about it being small. Are there corrections?

salmonmac 04-08-2013 06:00 PM

Yes, I've looked at some of mine and the neck is about 17" or more.

Jan in CA 04-08-2013 06:46 PM

Just a thought...did you knit your gauge swatch flat? Gauge can change from flat to circular and I think it tends to be tighter.

aprilbetty 04-10-2013 05:25 AM

I have knit several sweaters using Ann Budd's Top-Down book. When you start the sweater, you do not join. You will work back and forth for a couple of inches while you add stitches for the front. I love the fit of the shaped front.

salmonmac 04-10-2013 05:30 AM

Aha, Aprilbetty, genius! About how big does the opening for the neck end up being?

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