Sweater Design: Questions about percentages and lace
Hi. I started Cosmic Pluto's Top Down Sweater and am really happy with how it is turning out. It's a quick knit despite the fact that I am using double-knitting and 4.5mm needles. I thought that the yarn that I originally bought was going to be chunky and it turned out to be double-knitting, oh well, those are the breaks.
I would now like to start designing my own top down seamless sweaters and have two questions:
1) What are the percentages that I should start off with for front, back, and sleeves? I found Barbara Walker's book unintelligible and Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system is from the bottom up and I prefer to make things from the top down so that I can see how they are progressing.
2) How would I make an allover lace pattern while knitting all of the increases and decreases that would need to be made in your average sweater pattern? I hope that this question makes sense, I would like to stay in pattern while still making the increases and decreases. Please don't refer me to Barbara Walker's book as I found her directions for this impossible to understand as well.
Thanks in advance to those who respond.