Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

from Annalisa Chelli - 27 August 2018

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

The second piece made by the Knitting For Breakfast girls is an incredibly light almost weightless top-down long sleeved boat neck sweater with eyelets.

What we like about it the most is, it seems to be covered with loads of small flowers and it has a shininess about it that looks like dragonflies! The credit of this gleam goes to the knitting and the chosen yarn: our pure cotton Lincoln col. Mauve.

Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

Elisa is wearing the sweater along with a pair of white shorts but even full length jeans would look great on these remaining hot summer days. 

How to make a round yoke top-down sweater

This type of stitch is knitted in the round using circular needles from top to bottom. As it’s worked as just once piece it has the huge advantage of being seamless. From the neck the increases are distributed evenly throughout the yolk until you get to the sleeves that are placed on hold on a thread to then be picked up later.

The size of this piece is M.

If you want to make a bigger size, the advice is to continue increasing the yoke to the desired size, making sure you keep up with the multiple counts of the chart. Instead, to make it smaller, don’t carry out the final increases and stop before, this will also make the yoke shorter.

Materials
Lincoln yarn col. Mauve 340g – 12 oz
Circular needles no.6 US 10
40 cm and 80 cm cables
Stitch markers

Stitches
Rice stitch:
round 1: knit 1 and purl 1, repeat to the end of the round.
round 2: purl 1 and knit 1, repeat to the end of the round.
Lace stitch: see chart below

Here’s what to do:

Cast on 90 stitches with no.6 needles, place stitch markers at the start of the round and knit in round.
From the 1st round to the 3rd: rice stitch
4th to the 5th round: knit all stitches
6th round: knit 9 stitches and increase 1. Repeat to the end of the round (10 increased stitches in total).

Now on the needles there’ll be 100 stitches.

7th round: knit all stitches
From the 8th to the 20th round: follow the chart from row 1 to row 13 (to be repeated 10 times horizontally)
From the 21st to the 23rd round: knit all stitches
24th round: knit 2 and increase 1. Repeat to the end of the round (50 increased stitches in total).

Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

Now they’ll be 150 stitches on the needles.

From the 25th to the 29th round: knit all stitches
From the 30th to the 42nd round: follow the chart from row 1 to row 13 (to be repeated 15 times horizontally)
43rd and 44th round: knit all stitches
45th round: knit 3 and increase 1. Repeat to the end of the round (50 increased stitches in total).

Now they’ll be 200 stitches on the needles.

From the 46th to the 49th round: knit all stitches
50th round: knit 10 increase 1. Repeat to the end of the round (20 increased stitches in total).

Now they’ll be 220 stitches on the needles.

51st round: knit all stitches
From the 52nd to the 55th round: follow the chart for the first 4 rounds only (from round 1 to round 4)
From the 56th to the 57th round: knit all stitches
58th round: knit 11 stitches and increase 1. Repeat to the end of the round (20 increased stitches in total).

Now they’ll be 240 stitches on the needles.

59th round: knit all stitches.

Now place the sleeves on hold as so:

60th round: place 45 stitches on hold on a thread (first sleeve), knit 75, put 45 stitches on a thread (second sleeve) knit another 75 stitches.

Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

Now start working on the body, you’ll have 150 stitches on the needles.

From the 61st to the 63rd round: knit all stitches
From the 64th to the 76th round: follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 to be repeated 15 times horizontally)
From the 77th to the 82nd round: knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 64 to 82 another 2 times (to get to round 120)

Rice stitch 5 rounds.

Bind off softly.

Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

How to make the sleeves of a top-down sweater

Pick up the 45 stitches left previously on hold and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and add 3 stitches.

Now for the sleeves as follows:
From the 1st to 5th round: knit all stitches
From the 6th to the 18th round: knit 4, follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 (to be repeated 4 times horizontally) finish the round with 4 knit stitches
From the 19th to the 24th round: knit all stitches
From the 25th to the 37th round: knit 4, follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 (to be repeated 4 times horizontally) finish the round with 4 knit stitches
From the 38th to the 40th round: knit all stitches
41st round: knit all stitches and decrease 2
From the 42nd to the 43rd round: knit all stitches
From the 44th to the 56th round: knit 3, follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 (to be repeated 4 times horizontally) finish the round with 3 knit stitches
From the 57th to the 59th round: knit all stitches
60th round: knit all stitches and decrease 2
From the 61st to the 62nd round: knit all stitches
From the 63rd to the 75th round: knit 2 follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 (to be repeated 4 times horizontally) finish the round with 2 knit stitches
From the 76th to the 82nd round: knit all stitches
83rd round: knit all stitches and decrease 2
From the 84th to the 85th round: knit all stitches
From the 86th to the 88th round: rice stitch

Bind off softly. Repeat everything for the other sleeve.

It’s done!

Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

Is it or is it not a light-weight looking top-down sweater?

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