Category Archives: top-down

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat

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Golden Wheat

This little cardie will be cheap, cheerful, and relatively fast, made in economical Cascade Eco on 6mm/US10 needles! It’s knit in one piece from the top-down – guaranteed to be your go-to fall cardigan.  Make, wear it, love it – ’nuff said.



  • XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Finished bust circumference: 80 (86, 94, 105, 114, 124) cm/ 31.5 (34, 37, 41, 45, 49)”



  • Cascade Eco:   2 to 3 skeins (see pattern for details)
  • Pattern via Ravelry
  • 5mm/US8 circular needles (see pattern for details)
  • 6mm/US10 circular needles (see pattern for details)


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Golden Wheat COMBO

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Spring Knit-Spiration

I’m super inspired by these spring/summer cardigans designed by Heidi Kirrmaier! I’m even considering ripping back a linen cardi in the works and starting again as one of these. According to Heidi, if you purchase both patterns (either together or if you bought the other one previously) you will receive 40% off the second one.

They are worked from the top down, entirely seamlessly, and are suitable for a knitter with some experience with top down knitting. The instructions comprise only a few repetitive elements, so it’s easy to find your knitting rhythm. 

Yarn: Louet Euroflax Sport or Cascade Ultra Pima or Cascade Ultra Pima Paints
Needles: 3.5mm/US4 needles (see pattern for details)

Needles: 5.5mm/US9 needles (see pattern for details)

NEW Book – Modern Top-Down Knitting

Modern Top-Down Knitting  by Kristina McGowan ~ $35.95

Like the convenience of knitting top-down, but don’t like the frumpy old patterns available? You are really going to like this book! The contents is in the subtitle: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accesories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker. Yes, walker is the lady who wrote 4 tomes of lace charts, but she is also the mistress of top-down knitting (see Knitting from the Top).  The book offers a pile of sweaters (blessedly with set-in slevees), hats, some skirts, some jackets, several dresses, some tunics, some tanks, a wrap, a cowl, gauntlets, and slippers.  The pieces are fashion forward but also classic (McGowan is a garment designer in NYC).

The instructions on how to make short-row set in sleeves is summary, so if you are interested in the formula for that I’d refer you to Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard, where’s it’s all laid out in detail. Otherwise, Niiiiice!

Addenda Nov 18, 2010
Ad Maude suggests, Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top is an excellent resource!

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