Take one look at the gorgeous skirt on the cover of Kristina McGowan's More Modern Top-Down Knitting and you'll have an insta-knitting book crush. Keep reading to find out more about top-down knitting and get a sneak peek at some of the beautiful projects in the book.
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What is top-down knitting?
Top-down knitting is exactly that: knitting a project starting at the top and working your way down. If you've ever knit a sweater, you probably started at the bottom hem and knit your way up to the neck. Top-down knitting just turns that upside down.
Benefits of top-down knitting
Because it's knit starting at the top, you can make adjustments as you go -- especially when it comes to length. If you're knitting a skirt and you start at the bottom, you'll probably follow the pattern instructions and start the hip shaping exactly where the pattern tells you to. You finish the skirt, try it on, and oops, it shows off way more leg than you'd like. If you had knitted the skirt using the top-down technique, though, you could've tried it on as you knitted. If you discover the skirt is too short, just add a few more rows at the bottom.
When you knit from the top down, you knit in the round, meaning there are less seams to sew. For example, if you're knitting a sweater in the round, there's no need to sew side seams because it's worked in a giant tube that's already connected. Top-down is a great choice for knitters who detest seams and weaving in ends.
About Kristina and her influences
This is Kristina's second top-down knitting book, her first being Modern Top-Down Knitting. Both are inspired by Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top, a knitting technique book published in 1972. Barbara is on many knitters' lists of influential designers. In fact, Craftsy instructor Anne Kuo Lukito even named one of her hat patterns after Barbara.
For this particular book, Kristina decided to use all 12 templates from Barbara's book and design two garments from each template. Because of this, the book covers a wide variety of techniques you can use when knitting top-down.
More Modern Top-Down Knitting projects
Get your daily dose of knitting eye candy with this sneak peek at projects from the book.
These days, I'd knit just about anything that has a fox on it. This Fox in the Snow sweater is no exception!
The Layered Ruffle Skirt is a great example of the benefits of top-down knitting. You can adjust the skirt's fit as you knit and add more ruffles if the skirt seems too short.
You can knit anything from the top down, including hats. The beautiful stitch you see on the bottom of this Holly Berry Hat is called the Woven Transverse Herringbone Stitch, and it's from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns book.
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