I am currently knitting my second sweater because I love this pattern so much! If you are wanting to knit a top down sweater, especially for the first time, this is a great pattern to start with. The pattern is very straightforward, there are no short rows, the increases are simple, and it’s fairly quick to make due to the thick yarn and large needle size.
Here’s a quick post about the sweater and how I made mine!
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This is a seamless yoke sweater, meaning you start by casting on the stitches for the neck, increasing until you reach the chest, then knitting the body and then the sleeves. The increases create pretty eyelets on this sweater.
This is a size inclusive pattern which includes instructions for sizes XS-5XL. The pattern includes a schematic on the last page to help you choose the right size for you. I have a 34″ bust, so I went with the size S and I like how it fits not too loose or tight.
The pattern designer used Lion Brand Chainette to design this sweater, which is a worsted weight (4) yarn. I thought it looked similar to Wonderfluff from KnitPicks, which is a thick worsted/aran weight yarn I have used before and had in my stash. So I gauge swatched and it worked perfectly! Remember, no matter what yarn you choose to use, always make a little swatch and check the measurements to insure that your finished sweater will fit correctly.
Click here to find the yarn I used. It is the color Beehive Heather, and now I am working on one in Kale Heather which is a dark teal/forest green depending on the light. I think Cobblestone Heather would make a really cozy sweater, too!
The pattern calls for size US 10/6mm needles, which I met gauge with. I used my Knitter’s Pride Ginger interchangeable set to knit the yoke and body, and ChiaoGoo Shorties to knit the sleeves.
I did not block or steam this sweater at all! The yarn looked fine without either one and I didn’t want to ruin anything so I just left it as is.
The arm length for my size was too long for me, so I tried it on a few times while knitting the arms and made it the right length for my body. This is pretty normal since everyone’s body is unique! I always do the same for the body of sweaters and try it on with jeans and decide where I want it to hit before starting the bottom ribbing.
I have nothing negative to say about this pattern! I absolutely loved it from start to finish, and think it’s a great pattern and super flattering sweater. Let me know if you give it a try!