Thursday, 12 January 2017

Top Down Sweater

Hello there! Thank you for laughing along with me on the quilt 'issue'. I have sewn them all together and it is no where near as bad now that it looks like one riot of colour and pattern. Annnyway...

Last night I completed a top down sweater.


I started it in November 2016. It is made from Cascade Luna 100% peruvian cotton so it is comfortable to wear next to my skin without an under layer. I bought it last year on sale where your whole order was half price so it came in at £19.75. It is really for Spring and Autumn but it happens to go superbly well with my cut off Vintage wool skirt. The pattern is free from Ravelry called Francis.


It is knit from the top down and then you add the cowl neck at the end. I think the pattern is actually for a thicker yarn as mine is quite close fitting and the neck cowl is nowhere near as big and cosy as the one on the pattern but I loved the hepburn style collar that emerged so I worked with that. You can see on this photo where I did the waist decreases as well as a small ladder that appears along the sleeve because I knit the sleeves on DPN's but with wear and a wash this will ease out.




They are tiny details. Overall I really like it, it is comfortable and fits in with lots of things I already have so it is a useful addition to my wardrobe.


Because it is top down, meaning you are knitting in a spiral,I knit most of it in continental style picking the wool from the left rather than picking up a stitch and knitting it with the yarn on the right. I got a lot quicker as I did it. I can not quite get the purl stitch to flow the same yet but it just goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Time for something new... what shall I knit next I wonder? Time to go and look in the cupboard. Jo xx

15 comments:

  1. Really lovely and well done :)

    Lluisa

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  2. Such a pretty colour and it goes so beautifully with your wool skirt!

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  3. WOW, again, Jo! It fits beautifully and I hope you enjoy wearing it for years to come. Thanks for sharing! xx

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  4. Francis in a brilliant name for a pattern although frances would be better!
    Frankie
    Www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. You're a fast knitter! That looks fantastic, and in an absolutely gorgeous colour :)

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  6. It looks fabulous and goes really well with your skirt. The brooch is very pretty too! You are all handmade by you!

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  7. It looks beautiful, I really loved the brooch too the perfect match.

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  8. How fab - and I love that colour. x

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  9. Love the sweater Jo. I love it with the skirt you repurposed. Am I correct with that? Today I donated 10 sweaters I had in a bin in my closet, ones I had made years ago. Hope someone likes them at the thrift store.

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    1. I sold a load of my clothes last week which have been replaced with my handmade wardrobe - so satisfying. X

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  10. This is beautiful. I had a look at the original pattern to see what you mean about the cowl. Yours is very different but looks great, some things are just meant to be.
    I haven't knitted myself a jumper for years now, I think a little selfish knitting should be on the cards soon. I'm inspired!

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  11. That is just gorgeous! You choose such lovely colours and styles and the flower detail really sets it off. xx

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  12. Fabulous, Love the colour and fit is lovely, I have tried knitting continental style, but without a great amount of success.

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  13. That's really really lovely. A nice colour, and it fits you very well. Also - don't take this the wrong way - but: great bra! :-)

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    1. Why, thank you! That is not one of my own but an M&S T-shirt bra. I am working on a padded version of my own...

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