There are many ways to knit a sweater, but there are two most common methods. These two methods of construction are top-down (knitted from top to bottom) and bottom-up (knitted from bottom to top).
The knitted jumpers from top to bottom are knitted starting with the collar and down to the hem. Generally, he knits in one piece.
Knitted sweaters from bottom to top are knitted from the hem and often knit into pieces to the neck.
Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and we will try to examine three elements: cutting, finishing and ease.
When we knit a sweater, our main goal is that it fits perfectly to our size. Too often, unfortunately, we found ourselves with store bought sweaters that were not designed to fit us: too big, too small, too short or too long! By making your sweaters, you have the opportunity to create clothes that fit you perfectly. Let’s see how the top-down and bottom-up methods manage the cut?
Sweaters made from the collar have a major advantage: you can try them as you go. This means that you can make adjustments when you knit. Need to have longer sleeves? No problem ! Do you want the body to have a different shape? It can be done!
The problem with this method is that it can be difficult (see impossible) to add mesh at the chest without making the sleeves gigantic. Thus, knitted sweaters from top to bottom, are always very tight at the top of the bust.
Knitted sweaters from bottom to top have the advantage of being knitted in pieces. This means that the shape of the final knit resembles that of the sewn project. The pieces are knitted to fit the body exactly as you wish.
The problem with the bottom-up method is that you have to finish the project before you can see how it fits. This means a lot of planning from the start and a lot of attention during the knitting process. Once sewn, it’s always difficult to go back.
Sewing knit pieces is definitely a step that most triconautes prefer to avoid 😉 Yes, it takes time to sew, but sewing gives structure and durability to the project.
If you prefer to have the fewest finishes to make, this is clearly the method for you.
Most knitted sweaters from top to bottom are knitted seamlessly, unless you add a button band or a special collar, all you need to finish your sweater is to fold the stitches.
The disadvantage here is that knitted sweaters from top to bottom lack structure. The weight of the sweater will rest on the collar in large part, which may cause the sweater to deform over time due to gravity.
Knit sweaters from bottom to top often require a lot of seams before they are finished. Since most knitted sweaters from bottom to top are knitted in pieces, you should finish all the seams to see if everything went (and knitted) as it should. Nevertheless, if everything went well, you will have a fitted sweater that will last a long time.
This is one of the determining factors when you choose the method of making your sweater. If you start, your goal is simply to finish the sweater, so you want to have the least difficulty possible.
The top-down method is certainly the one that is most suitable for beginners. It allows you to try your project as you go. Likewise, you can easily make adjustments and correct errors in progress. Finally, there are very few finishes that are required on this method.
The bottom-up method is perfect if you have confidence in your ability to make similar knitwear and if the idea of making many seams does not scare you 😉
Of course, nothing is absolute. I started knitting with the bottom-up method and that did not stop me from succeeding in my knits or finishing them. Only you can determine what suits you best and if it is not a method, it will be the other.
And you, what method of construction do you choose and why? I would very much like to have your feedback on this subject 😉