Monday, February 3, 2014

Top Down Knitting

Like just about every quilter, I enjoy a variety of needle arts, and like everyone, I am better at some things than others. I like to knit but don't consider myself really very strong in that area. While I can keep my stitches fairly consistent, I tend to knit a lot and rip out even more because I am rarely happy with the fit. When you begin a sweater at the bottom and work your way up....you get what you get.

Recently I came across "Top Down Knitting" with this method, you start at the neckline and work your way down. The best part about this is, that you can place your work onto a waste yarn and try it on as you go. So far I am really liking this.



Just as in my quilting, I do like to challenge myself. This pattern has cabling....these are my first cables .....I have discovered that they are much easier than they look!


Since taking that photo, I have gotten to an area where I will just be knitting until I get to a certain length, keeping the cable stitch pattern correct. So...instead of having the whole (7 page) pattern with me. I created a little "laminated" chart that I can mark each round with a whiteboard marker to keep my place. Once I have completed the full chart I can wipe it clean to start all over.


I simply printed the chart, glue stuck it down to an index card and then used packing tape to laminate it.

Edit:  The pattern I am using, is an Amanda Lilley Design, which I purchased it through Craftsy.... you can find it her patten here

8 comments:

Robbie said...

As usual, a wonderful project and great tip!! Thanks!!!

Diane J. Evans said...

Gosh, you think of the cleverest ways to accomplish the challenging parts -- great idea!

Diane

Clare Wassermann said...

I agree with Diane. You should be an engineer x

montana joe said...

i have always loved and enjoyed knitting...and texture was my first passion. your cables are beautiful and i just know this will be a stunning sweater when you are done!

Sunny Slope Farm said...

What a beautifully begun sweater! Can you share the pattern name/designer?

quilted fabric art said...

Once again your creativeness astounds me. Thanks for sharing this and you are doing the cable perfectly. Not an easy task or so it looks.

Jaye said...

Multi-talented! The sweater looks really nice!

Createology said...

Top Down Knitting is new to me as I am not a knitter. Looks like you are able to finish the hardest most time consuming part of the garment first and then work along with ease and confidence. This is beautiful and your cables look excellent. Knitting Bliss Dear...

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