A New Knitter’s Adventure in Top-Down Knitting

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to our Managing Editor, Allison, and her plan to knit her first cardigan. A quick recap: Girl sees Vera Cardigan sample in the office, girl falls in love with cardigan, girl asks Amy to knit cardigan for her, Amy says "No. You will knit this yourself."

And lo, a sweater-knitting addict is born.

Vera Cardigan Knitscene Winter 2011

Almost every day since she finished her second gauge swatch (that's right, I am a tyrant who made her knit a second gauge swatch when the first came out too big), Allison's come into the office to tell me about her sweater knitting progress.

"I started the colorwork part last night! It's a lot easier than I thought it would be."

"These rows are so long, I can't wait to separate for the sleeves."

"Wait, how do I separate for the sleeves?"

My friends, Allison is a master colorwork knitter in disguise. Look at how even the stitches are! And nary a blip in the pattern. I'm pretty sure I can't say the same for most of my colorwork projects.

Vera Cardigan Knitscene Winter 2011


While she's not yet in the home stretch of the knitting, having separated for the sleeves means that she'll be knitting over fewer stitches than she had been. And of course, one of the beautiful things about knitting a top-down sweater is that you can try it on as you go.

Vera Cardigan Knitscene Winter 2011


Yep. Not only is her colorwork perfect, but the sweater is fitting quite nicely so far (obviously, when it's washed and blocked, the beautiful Berroco Ultra Alpaca will loosen up a bit and even out for a fantastic fit). If you are a little jealous and maybe shaking your fist at the screen, that's totally understandable.

Have you bought your copy of Knitscene Winter yet? Started knitting your own Vera Cardigan? Knitscene Winter will only be on the shelves for about a month longer; pick yours up today at your LYS (and get $5 back from us with this coupon!) or order your digital edition from the Interweave Store.

Until next time, happy knitting!

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