Contiguous by Susie Myers


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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The Contiguous Method is available as a pdf download. Click on the link above and you can choose from 5 languages - English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and German.


The Contiguous method is a way of knitting the shoulder seams and sleeve caps of a garment from the top down.

It differs from Barbara Walker’s simultaneous set-in sleeve methods, in that this method uses one continuous row (or round) right from the start.

This incorporates the front, shoulder seam, back, other shoulder seam and other front.
BW’s method only reaches this stage after knitting about a third of the top/yoke.

This method naturally forms a nice shoulder slope.

A good way to get the feel for the method is to try the Mini-sampler KAL. It doesn’t take long, and some lucky dolly or teddy will appreciate it! And yes, it IS asymmetrical.

Once you have tackled that, there are patterns available using the Contiguous method, a list is over here.. Some patterns are free.

Or, if you are an adventurous knitter who likes to do her own thing, the “recipe” is over here.. Once you have your measurements and gauge, you can make up your own design.

Do check out the topics in the group - there’s lots of help with things like different increase types, back neck shaping, and so on.

If you use the method to knit or develop a garment, or write a pattern, would you please include the following acknowledgement:
This garment is worked seamlessly from the top-down using the contiguous sleeve method developed by Susie Myers, SusieM on Ravelry (

And please add the tag “contiguous” to your project or pattern.