Grace Notes Pullover: Getting Started

October 19, 2022

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  • Thank you for this wonderful explanation to a beautiful sweater. What you did not talk about is picking up around the neckline for the twisted rib finish.

    • Yes, this article was about getting started. You’ll find a link in the article to Kate’s tips on picking up stitches.

  • Thank you!! I was reading and rereading on the start of the sweater. This confirms what I thought it was supposed to be.

  • What an ingenious way to start a top-down sweater! Thanks for the explanation!

  • I haven’t tried knitting a top-down sweater yet and have been nervous I wouldn’t understand what to do. This article shows me that this sweater may be a good one to start with. Thanks so much for the explanation. I’m a big admirer of Joji.

  • Just the information I needed!! Thank you!

  • Bless you, Kate! I’m swatching and simply could not visualize how this came together.

  • I started the pullover 2 weeks ago and had a few false starts finding a good gauge and deciphering the pattern. I found it helpful at first to write out the directions, line by line to get it going. After that it’s an easy way to get into cables. I am down to the “join the front and back section and was waiting on Kate’s column before going further. Looks like it will be easy sailing from this point. It’s actually an enjoyable knit.
    Because we have milder winters (I hope) I’m making it in cotton for a transitional sweater.
    Thanks Kate,

    • I wish I would have written out the instructions line by line….See my comment

    • I found I had to write out the instructions line by line for the first set of the cable also, so much going on, short rows, starting the cable, and then incorporating the cable twist. Now that I’ve got the first couple of inches under my needles it’s smooth sailing.

  • Brilliant!

  • Thanks for breaking down the process into manageable pieces- now it’s less intimidating. What a gorgeous sweater!

  • When I knit something like this – where lengths have to match, I make sure to count rows, not just measure. On this, you’d need both fronts to have the same number of rows as well as the same length. Such a pretty sweater!

  • Drop shoulder and arms: Dividing opening into quarters and portioning out the stitches to be picked up—so sensible! Thank you Kate. I have always looked for a pattern: pick up 2, skip 1 or pick up 3, skip 1, but this involves pulling out and trying for the right ratio again (and again).

    Although the pictures show a very feminine sweater, I’ve been mentally stripping away detail and thinking that it could be unisex.

  • This is a great guide! I’m 4” past the join now and in the easy part and love how it’s working up. One other tip I would add – I got disoriented on right vs left cables once I joined and had used all the same stitch markers. I made sure which was which, then daisy-chained an little lilac stitch marker for the left cables so I didn’t have to reorient every time. (For the front, it’s at the end stitch marker of the cable section) So far that has been enough – If I find I need it later I’ll add a red one for the right cables too!

  • So helpful! I have been confused and hesitant to get started – Onward!

  • I’ve made many sweaters this way. It’s been around quite a while. I agree that that fit and wearability are great.

  • Great description! Thank you.

  • Thanks for that great explanation! I’ve swatched and ready to CO. I was trying to imagine the construction, and this helped enormously!

  • WONDERFUL walkthrough! Thank you so much! I knit a lot of tops/sweaters, so I’m always curious about the process before I purchase a pattern. Thanks again!

  • I love knitting topdown sweaters, so I started this one confidently. The challenge that I experienced was that there is soooooo much going on while knitting the back and then the front – short rows, cables, increases….ARGH! It seems like I missed something every other row and had to undo. It is definitely NOT a knit where you can multi-task. I have now reached the point where I have joined the front and am knitting in the round. NOW it’s soooooo easy! My only problem know is that the cables definitely have a different “look” now that I am knitting in the round. I hope that all of that will look better after blocking.

  • Thank you so very much for this explanation. Just getting started and almost to where I reach the armhole length on the back side. Perfect timing!

  • I want to share a tip from my experience. When picking up the stitches at the top (cast on edge) for the shoulder it’s always difficult for me to figure out the beginning cast on stitch. I was off by one and fudged it by picking up a stitch in an odd place thinking that would be OK. WRONG! If you are not stitch for stitch joining the back to the front then your cable pattern at the shoulder will be off and not meet up exactly as it should. Luckily I didn’t get too far along before I realized this. If I were joining stockinette to stockinette this wouldn’t have been a problem.