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Easy Top-Down Knitting Patterns

I can’t begin to tell you how many countless hours of searching for knitting patterns I’ve spent.  I want a cardigan pattern with a simple, clean design so I can add my own interesting details like a vertical row of plait, cable or something else.  I also what the option of a crew neck or V-neck.  Oh, and it’s got to be for worsted weight yarn.  Do you think I could find something that I liked?  Hours and days and weeks of searching and not finding what I wanted.  So I walked away from my computer last night… again.

This morning I came back and something on Ravelry caught my eye.  It was THE perfect pattern I was looking for… a top-down V-neck cardigan with a simple cable with lots of ease.  Thank you Mary Rich Goodwin of OnePieceKnitting.  Long story short, I bought two of her books.  Kids to Grown-Ups Seamless Sweaters (downloadable!) and Sweaters for Everyone, Kids to Adults.  That second one is for saddle shoulder sweaters and both books are for top-down knitting.

I just can’t say enough good things about both books.  Mary is truly underestimating the value of her patterns and I am more than happy to give her a shout-out.  Click the book to go to her website.

Kids to Grown-Ups Seamless Sweaters

Get yourself a quality set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles style=.  I use needles from Knitter’s Pride and Knit Picks.  They are super hard rosewood and the threads do not strip.  By the way, those two brands can use each others’ needles and cables.

UPDATE:  I found another source of simple knit cardigan patterns at Jimmy Beans Wool.  Had I seen those to begin with, I could have been knitting by now instead of searching.

Knitting Cardigans For a Change

shapely boyfriend cardigan

I haven’t touched my sewing machine(s) in months.  Then Christmas came and I had to make room for the tree, so I put it all away.  My “sewing station” has been up for about four years in the middle of my living/dining room.  I go through phases that last several years at a time.

My new phase is knitting.  I love to wear cardigan sweaters at work and thought I’d try my hand at making one.  I am now on my sixth or seventh sweater.  I’ve completely ripped out all of them, except one.  The hardest part is finding patterns that I can understand.  It’s not that I can’t do the stitches, it’s that some are so poorly written that I have absolutely no idea what to do.  As I sharpen my skills and gain more confidence, I’ll go back and re-write them in a way that makes sense to me.

My photography skills suck, but here is one I wear a lot.  It’s made with Red Heart Black Fleck worsted yarn.  The pattern I used is called the Shapely Boyfriend cardigan.  I also added pockets.  I’m doing another one in Red Heart’s Aran Fleck, but without the hip shaping.

Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn, Black

shapely boyfriend cardigan

I learned to knit about 45 years ago when I was a teenager.  Back then it was on straight needles.  My mom had a set of Mary Maxim Canadian needles.  My personal stash of needles wasn’t complete.  Short ones, long ones, aluminum, plastic, bamboo in all kinds of hit and miss sizes.  Every sweater pattern I wanted to do needed some size I didn’t have, so I broke down and bought a set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set.  I just LOVE them.  BTW, they also work with needles and cables from Knit Picks.  I picked up some extra Knit Picks cables and they fit my KPD needles just fine.