Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Contiguous Sleeve Top Down Knitting Project
This is one that we designed together. It is based on the Tomboy Cardigan by Elena Nodel, but has been modified. The vertical ribbing was removed, a garter stitch waist band was added as well as a lace pattern for the bottom half of the sweater. I was hoping to make this long sleeved, but my co-designer definitely wanted to keep them short!
The yarn is 100% mercerized cotton "Saucy" by Reynolds. From a spinner's point of view it is an interesting yarn because it is cabled--three two-ply yarns were twisted or cabled together to make the final yarn. It's roughly a worsted weight yarn and it knit well on US7 needles.
The neat thing about the construction of this sweater is that it is a top down knit (the cast-on edge is under the collar), but it has set-in sleeves. By the time I got to the bottom of the sweater all that was left to knit were the two garter stitch bands on the sleeves and the collar. That was it! Top down knitting is GREAT!
I came across this type of top down knitting on ravelry. Susie Myers developed it and a number of designers are making use of it. Susie has a tutorial available if you want to try the method and make a doll sized sweater.
I love the fact that this means I can use top down knitting techniques and NOT make a raglan sweater!