Easy Does It Top Down by Wendy Poole

Easy Does It Top Down

February 2023
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
810 - 1380 yards (741 - 1262 m)
XS (S) M (ML) L (L/XL) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) (Up to 61" 157cm Finished Bust)
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This pattern is available for £5.00.

Key Features

Easy to knit Top Down.
10 sizes up to 61” (157cm) finished bust.
YouTube Videos for techniques help.
No back neck shaping to deal with.
Focus on preventing underarm gaps.
Faux side seams and sleeve seams.
Nice stretchy cast off/bind off.

This pattern has been designed as an “Introduction garment” for knitting a Top Down sweater and is both ideal for newer knitters that want to knit their first top down adult sized garment, or as a quick knit, for a more experienced knitter. The sweater is knitted in the round, starting from the top down in 4 sections.

1: Casting on at the neck, joining in the round, working the rib.

2: Knit the yoke and divide for the for the body and the sleeves.

3: Knit the main body and stretchy cast off/bind off.

4: Pick up sleeve stitches and prevent underarm holes and knit sleeves.

XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL/L, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
To fit bust size from 35”-36” (89-91cm) up to 55”-56” (140-142cm).

Finished Bust Sizes
41”, 43”, 45”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 57”, 59”, 61”.
!04, 108, 114, 121, 127, 132, 137, 144, 151, 157cm.

14 stitches x 20 rows (Stocking Stitch) on 6mm needles

Suggested Yarn
James, C, Brett, Marble Chunky.
3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6 x 200gram balls.
Neutral shade used: MC80
Pink shade used:MC108

Suggested needles
Circular needles 5mm and 6mm. 40, 80, or 100cm length, ( 16”, 32”, or 40”).

I have beginner friendly YouTube Videos that include all the knitting techniques you need to knit your sweater and you can find them either through my website at www.wendypoole.com or directly on my YouTube Channel https://youtube.com/@WendyPooleDesigns

I personally adore knitting Top Down Sweaters and at the end there are just a few ends to sew in and you’re finished! However it is fairly common with Top Down sweater knitting, to get 2 little holes in the corners of the armhole (when picking up stitches around the sleeve). So in this pattern I do cover this in depth and explain how to work the first 2 rounds of the sleeves and prevent holes from developing, plus have a YouTube video to help you.

This pattern has been written with some basic abbreviations, plus some of the instructions are written in full grammar. This is to help newer knitters, that may find a lot of abbreviated instructions a little daunting.

There is one design in the pattern and you will receive 2 versions of the same pattern and a list of tutorial links.

  • The first version with tips and photo hyperlinks to tutorial videos, as you progress through the pattern (ideal to save on your laptop, tablet, or phone).

  • The other pattern is laid out in a more classic format and a more slightly more printer friendly option.(Good to print off and keep in your project bag).

  • There is also a separate list of links to the relevant tutorial videos, (handy to save on a mobile device and have to hand).