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comfybev
Chatty Knitter

USA
256 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  11:06:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit comfybev's Homepage  Send comfybev a Yahoo! Message Send comfybev a Private Message
I'm looking for a simple man's sweater pattern for a very first sweater for me. The baby top I knit with all the seaming and joing of front, back, and sleeves seems too dauning when I think of doing it on a scale for my husband. I'd like to try a generic top down, knit in one piece on circular needles pattern. It doesn't matter if its boring I'm going for concepts and I'd like advice on finding one. It doesn't need to be free, I don't mind buying a book for one pattern, however the instructions need to be super clear, and super simple. I'm trying to overcome some blockage I have regarding how complicated a sweater must be.

Take care, Bev
2006 FO Count: 7
http://bwdiaz.blogs.com/comfybev/
OTN: Anouk Pinafore, Sockapaloooza socks

WonderClown
Chatty Knitter

129 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  12:11:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit WonderClown's Homepage Send WonderClown a Private Message
Barbara Walker's book "Knitting from the Top" has instructions for several different top-down sweater constructions, but it doesn't have actual patterns. She tells you how to design your own pattern. That might be more work than you're interested in, of course. I haven't seen very many ready-made top-down circular (seamless) patterns, which is a shame.

The book is a little hard to find, but I got my copy from knitpicks.com not long ago, and they had a very good price.
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  12:32:46 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
There are directions for a super simple top down pullover with a crew neck on my blog. Scroll down to the March 8 entry. This pattern can be used for any size from infancy to a large man. If you need any information about the yarn you want to use, just ask.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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NaProus
Permanent Resident

1828 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  2:07:30 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Wow, Fran, that's pretty much exactly what I was looking for, too! Thanks! And your instructions are very clear.

Of course, I'm going to be a pain-in-the-bum and ask a further question -- only because I simply can't bear the thought of knitting all that stockinette... (I'm making a sweater for my H) So long as I do my swatch in a simple texture pattern, I shouldn't really have any particular problems, right? I do have the Barbara Walker book, but I found your instructions much more intuitive, probably because I have very little experience knitting sweaters.

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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morandia
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250 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  2:17:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit morandia's Homepage Send morandia a Private Message
have you checked out this book?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0892725338/qid=1144962984/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-2386308-6325667?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
The Sweater Workshop: Knit Creative, Seam-Free Sweaters on Your Own With Any Yarn

I hate seaming too....
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orangina
Seriously Hooked

821 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  2:44:21 PM  Show Profile Send orangina a Private Message
Have you tried a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern? I made one short-sleeved sweater with one of their patterns and it was very easy. I got the pattern at a local store for about 4 dollars. I believe they are all done in one piece from the top down. It was one of the first garments I ever made. Well, these aren't free, but here's what they have for men.

http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/Men.html
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  3:16:10 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
You can use any pattern stitch you wish. Because shaping decisions are made on measurements instead of stitches and rows, the stitch pattern doesn't matter. There are only two things to check for a stitch pattern and they are: the number of stitches required around the neckline before beginning the pattern and the way you are planning to work in the increases along the raglan edge. A simple trick if you have a certain # of stitches in your pattern is to work the extra in stockinette until you have enough to repeat a whole pattern.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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steveknits
New Pal

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  3:26:56 PM  Show Profile Send steveknits a Private Message
My first sweater was a knit-from-the-top-down raglan. I got the pattern on line at http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm
It's great! Plug in all your specifics, and it spit's out a customized pattern. The nice thing about knitting top down, is you can sort of try it on as you go, and make changes as needed. My first one was simple stockinette, with a few stripes. The second one was a cabled aran, using pretty much the same basic pattern. I'm thinking of modifying it again so I can make a cardigan, although that will be knit back and forth instead of in the round. (still not ready for steeking. YIKES!) Hope that helps.
~~~ Steve
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comfybev
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USA
256 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  3:43:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit comfybev's Homepage  Send comfybev a Yahoo! Message Send comfybev a Private Message
Wow, these are all great responses. I am going to go and look at each recommendation and let you know what I decide.

Take care, Bev
2006 FO Count: 7
http://bwdiaz.blogs.com/comfybev/
OTN: Anouk Pinafore, Sockapaloooza socks
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NaProus
Permanent Resident

1828 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  6:09:05 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Thank you everyone! I really love this place.

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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