Tutorial: how to make a top-down sweater

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.


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.

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.

How to make a round yoke top-down sweater

MATERIALS
Lincoln yarn col. Mauve 340 g / 12 oz
Circular needle n° 6 EU / 10 US
Cable 40 and 80 cm / 15.7" and 31.5"
Stitch markers

Lincoln - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Etoile
1 pc. € 10,25
Lincoln - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Eyeshadow
1 pc. € 10,25
Lincoln - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Mauve
1 pc. € 10,25
Lincoln - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Antilles
1 pc. € 10,25

GAUGE
10 cm x 10 cm / 4" x 4"
14 stitches x 24 rounds

KNIT STITCHES USED
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


SIZE
M

Note: 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.

Here’s what to do:

Cast on 90 stitches with  n° 6 EU / 10 US, place stitch markers at the start of the round and knit in round.


From round 1 to round 3: rice stitch
round 4 and 5: knit all stitches
round 6: 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.

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

Now they’ll be 150 stitches on the needles.


From round 25 to round 29: knit all stitches
from round 30 to round 42: follow the chart from round 1 to round 13 (to be repeated 15 times horizontally)
round 43 and to round 44: knit all stitches
round 45: 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 round 46 to the 49 round: knit all stitches
round 50: 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.

Round 51: knit all stitches
from round 52 to round 55: follow the chart for the first 4 rounds only (from round 1 to round 4)
round 56 and 57: knit all stitches
round 58: 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.

Round 59: knit all stitches.

Now place the sleeves on hold as so:
round 60: place 45 stitches on hold on a thread (first sleeve), knit 75, put 45 stitches on a thread (second sleeve) knit another 75 stitches.


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

From round 61 to round 63: knit all stitches
from round 64 to round 76: follow the chart from line 1 to line 13 to be repeated 15 times horizontally)
from round 77 to round 82: knit all stitches

Repeat from rounds 64 to rounds 82 another 2 times (to get to round 120)

Rice stitch 5 rounds.

Bind off softly.

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 round 1 to round 5: knit all stitches
from round 6 to round 18: 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 round 19 to round 24: knit all stitches
from round 25 to round 37: 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 round 38 to round 40: knit all stitches
round 41: knit all stitches and decrease 2
round 42 and 43: knit all stitches
from round 44 to round 56: 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 round 57 to round 59: knit all stitches
round 60: knit all stitches and decrease 2
round 61 and 62: knit all stitches
from round 63 to round 75: 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 round 76 to round 82: knit all stitches
round 83: knit all stitches and decrease 2
round 84 and 85: knit all stitches
from round 86 to round 88: rice stitch

Bind off softly. Repeat everything for the other sleeve.

It’s done!


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

If you enjoyed using Lincoln yarn to create the top down sweater, then we suggest also reading the tutorial for a Wavy Striped top down sweater with silk ribbons.

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