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Jul 23, 2019 11:39:07   #
Adelaide
 
HELP- I recall another member complaining about top down sweaters etc. (can't find the post) but in an effort to keep my "old brain" active I decided to try and learn this technique, thought if I could learn to knit socks I could learn this.......well i've spent almost the required 10,000 hours trying to learn, no luck and would welcome any suggestions about both learning this concept and how to do it!can't even get beyond the M1R & M1L of the yoke, HELP, should I even care to learn this??????thanks, adelaide
 
Jul 23, 2019 11:53:39   #
Sunnydaze (a regular here)
 
Are you making an adult sweater? I tried the top down and chose a baby sweater for my first project and luckily it went smoothly. Loved not having seams to sew. I just followed the pattern so sorry I can't be much help. Hope someone can give you some hints on your trouble spots.
Jul 23, 2019 12:03:48   #
crafty4231
 
M1R means make 1 stitch on the right (usually there is a marker and you are making a stitch on the right side of the marker)
M1L means make 1 stitch on the left side

hope this helps.
Jul 23, 2019 12:17:54   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
 
I'm not sure what is giving you the problem on top down sweater. I personally love that method--probably depends on how it is written, but I find the ones by Diane Souchy very easy to follow. I also do the baby sweaters in that method--a quick and easy project.
If you use Ravelry, search for top-down ( or seamless). There will be many sweater patterns available, both cardigan and pullover. Usually reading through it helps to see if there are some tricky techniques needed. Most are pretty straight forward knit and purl throughout. As someone else suggested, start with a baby size--and go from there. Good luck!
Jul 23, 2019 12:23:21   #
knitwitgalaxy
 
I have been knitting for over 60 years & only learnt about top down about 5 years ago.

I love this method. Little coffee bean pattern free online is my favourite.

Well worth trying , good luck
Jul 23, 2019 12:29:20   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
crafty4231 wrote:
M1R means make 1 stitch on the right (usually there is a marker and you are making a stitch on the right side of the marker)
M1L means make 1 stitch on the left side

hope this helps.


Not quite. M1R and M1L are make one increases which don't leave a hole and slant left or right.
https://www.purlsoho.com/create/make-one-right-m1r-make-one-left-m1l/

Do one of these https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nevis-top-down-v-neck-baby-cardigan-jacket first.
 
Jul 23, 2019 12:37:43   #
Adelaide
 
thanks for all of your help, I don't want to make a baby sweater, sorry if this is disappointing but I want to make an adult sweater, however I don't think this technique is for me- although i understand the lingo; M1R and M1L don't know if this effort is "worth" the final result; thanks again for all of your advice, but I need to decide if the 10,000 learning hours is worth it! don't feel sure that i've even got 10,000 hours remaining in my life and I was hoping someone could help me either shorten the learning curve or tell me that it was time well spent, thanks again, adelaide
Jul 23, 2019 12:38:27   #
Dorsey (a regular here)
 
My first topdown was the February lace cardigan. And had never done lace or topdown before, and while I learned a lot I did make a few mistakes. I learned the value of lifelines. If you just follow the pattern directions, you will be successful. Forget bottom up directions, and it will work out.
Jul 23, 2019 12:43:00   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp_tBBM30dc

This video starts a top down raglan baby cardigan at the cast on. I watched enough to know that she starts with the cast on. Whatever size you make the concept is the same. Your pattern will be different of course. If you knit a pullover (I'm working on a pullover now, just getting going) you join to work in the round. When you join depends on the neckline. I'm doing a sort of scoop neck so at this point I'm still working flat.

Round yoke sweaters are a little different. What pattern are you using? Is it raglan or round yoke? There is help and hope!

If you're doing a round yoke it's a little different.

ETA posts were added while I was looking for a video tutorial.
Jul 23, 2019 15:37:31   #
crispie
 
agree.... start with newborn size and get the concept while making a gift/charity item, etc. The rest becomes much more manageable
Jul 23, 2019 15:43:00   #
Adelaide
 
thanks,i give plenty to charity and wanted this to be a learning project for my brain- not a do good effort, thanks for your suggestion, adelaide
 
Jul 23, 2019 15:45:22   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
It makes a huge difference if your pattern is a good one. A poorly written pattern can make a project impossible. I find top down much easier so you need to be more specific on what problem you are having. Which pattern are you trying to follow?
Jul 23, 2019 16:46:49   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
MMWRay wrote:
It makes a huge difference if your pattern is a good one. A poorly written pattern can make a project impossible. I find top down much easier so you need to be more specific on what problem you are having. Which pattern are you trying to follow?

these would help us help you.
Jul 23, 2019 17:25:08   #
targa416 (a regular here)
 
Sorry you’re having difficulty with this. You seem to have a specific project in mind and seem to know exactly what you want and don’t want to make. If you could be a little more specific about what specifically you’re having trouble with, we would better able to help you (sorry for saying specific so many times!). For example, what do you mean when you say you can’t get beyond M1L and M1R. What do you mean? Have you tried knitting a small swatch employing that M1 technique without the complication of working on a sweater?
Jul 23, 2019 17:34:32   #
vonknit (a regular here)
 
I really don't understand this question at all. I am not demeaning the OP.... but what is the difference in knitting up or down?? I find them both the same... The only problem i can see is if a knitter is stuck in the old way, and has no idea about construction of a sweater, and is confused if the item knitted is a different colour than in the pattern!! [Yes, there are people like that.]

Knitting is still pulling a loop through another loop. I honestly don't understand what is so difficult about knitting a sweater, no matter which direction it is. Honestly don't.
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