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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.