It seems like all things knit these days are being done from the top down… or at least I’m drawn to all the patterns that have been done that way. My Ravelry Favorites list is packed with top down projects. I’ve even been tempted to purchase a few patterns… but can’t actually bring myself to buy something I feel like I should be able to figure out on my own… and would probably tweak anyway.
So instead, I’ve spent some time with Barbara Walkers’ book, Knitting from the Top, although to be honest, I think the book itself needs a bit of a face lift. The information in the book is not hard to grasp, and I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but really… crafters are drawn to ascetics and textures and this book is seriously lacking in layout department. It is in desperate need of a make-over. But if you are willing to look past its gawky, awkward presentation a wonderful world of knitting freedom awaits you inside. This is a book that should earn a place on any knitter’s shelf. Top down knitting is a great technique for the free form knitter. The ability to try the garment on as you go really allows you to just get some sticks and string and start with very little fanfare.
So where am I going with all this… I wanted to share a couple Scrappy Style Shirts I’ve been working on for my girls. Fairy was gifted with the first one and I am now sizing and tweaking my pattern for Pixie. These scrappy shirts come together so quickly and are easily customizable… I’m in love and see many more in my future. I will be sharing my pattern and notes shortly… stayed tuned.