top down knitting

i am ready to take the plunge

any recommendations for top down knitting? there seem to be a few and i wanted to reviews from the men on which ones you liked best


Bill Carl's picture

I made my self a Sweater using Knitting Pure & Simple Pattern 991.
Neckdwon pullover for men.
It was real easy to follow. Turned out great.
You can find this pattern at local yarn shops, or on the internet.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I use Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top and an internet site concerning top down raglans that gives sizes and approximate lengths to measure. There is also a chart of average yarn amounts for each size, based on yarn type. I never remember the name as I have it printed out in my knitting journal stack at home.

ETA: Found it. "The Incredible, Top Down Raglan Sweater" by Pamela McCreedo. The link is through the pattern section of WoolWorks.
Yet another edit: "The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater" [I should know better than try to rely on my memory on some things.]

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donbucknla's picture

I vote for Knitting Pure & Simple.

Bill's picture

Ann Norling has a simple multi-gauge pattern. Most LYS carry her patterns...

Tallguy's picture

The old standard is by Jacqueline Fee "The Sweater Workshop" available on Amazon

And of course, there is always EZ.

thairapist's picture

I used Barbara Walker's book for years but one of the problems i had was that i wanted to actually design my own sweaters and it is tough to put a stitch pattern into a raglan sleeve.
I know use Knitting The Old Way which has been a bible to me. It teaches you all the different ways to make a sweater. I basically knit from the bottom up. When i get to the sleeves i put three stitches on a holder and make a 5 purl steek for each sleeve. Then i run a couple of lines of machine sewing over the steaks and slash them open. Then i pick up the stitches and knit the sleeve to the cuff. Very easy.