I knit top down sweaters all the time and I love it. But after the excitement of knitting the yoke, there are all those rounds/rows of knitting to go for the body. Miles to knit, to paraphrase from Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. What is a knitter to do?
Here is one solution. You are in luck if your top down pattern has a set of stitches cast on at the underarm during the Divide Round/Row. These cast on stitches are a gift to you. They are the perfect place to add a stitch pattern to break up all that stockinette stitch.
You must have a couple of stitch patterns that you love that you could work in here. You can also search through your stitch dictionaries for patterns you can use as a panel of stitches.
Let’s start with some easy stitch patterns:
Then you could move on to working twisted stitches. Why twisted stitches? They don’t change the gauge of your knitting so you can just pop them in.
Cables are great too but you have to watch how much they pull the fabric in. Two stitch cables work really well.
And the last suggestion is to find a lace pattern to work down the side of the body. This is always a very attractive option.
So what do you think? Could you do this on your next top down? Have you taken a step away from a pattern and given this a try?