Sunday, January 30, 2011

top-down sweater

Although I've been a "serious knitter" (that sounds really dorky!) for a long time and I've made a lot of different types of garments, I mostly learned what I know by working from patterns.  Which, in some ways, is a great because I've been exposed to a lot of different stitch combinations, techniques and designs.  The bad thing is I've always felt there was a part of me that lacked an important understanding of how to modify these patterns for different sizes, body types, yarn weights, etc.

I sat myself down a few months ago and decided that it was time for me to really learn basic sweater construction.  I've had a lot of design ideas floating around in my head for some time now and resolved to teach myself some of these basics before making the leap to putting my own patterns down in writing.

So, here is my very first top-down custom fit sweater.

It may look a little boring, but it is probably the most satisfying project I've ever done.  I had absolutely no directions I just... made it.  And it fits!  Really well!  I wear it way more than any of my other hand knit garments.


  1. This is really impressive. Not boring whatsoever!

  2. It's beautiful!
    Simple but not boring at all.

  3. What a versatile and comfy sweater! The thick yarn makes the ribbing so sculptural.

  4. Oh my goodness! I'm so very impressed. It looks like the perfect everyday sweater!

  5. I'm getting ready to take on knitting my first sweater and this sweater has got me really inspired! xo