Scrappy Shirts from the Top

Scrappy Shirts from the Top

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.


Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. That is so cute. Will you also include the recipe for the doll’s sweater she askes hopefully 😉

  2. i look forward to this pattern very much! thank you in advance. love the first picture of your daughter with her doll.

  3. I’m a new, but intrepid knitter and this pattern has really piqued my interested. Please, please post the pattern soon. It is super cute!

  4. oooh, cannot wait for you to post this. I am new to knitting, but it finally clicked after trying for 10 years (have no idea why, I blame it on 2 weeks of shut in snow).

  5. Beautiful! I love your colours… And this book seems very interresting… especially because kids always seem to grow in lenght and with this method, you can then ‘adapt’ the shirt easily 🙂 == I will try to find it in Canada… Thanks… Muriel

  6. I really lover your shirts , ik would be so great when you share the pattern , beautifull shirts
    My fingers like to knit some 😉

  7. i love knitting from the top down (LOL – the book could benefit from a make over)! your sweaters are adorable 🙂

    thank you so much for leaving a comment – funny thing is that i am testing both wordpress and blogger, and i think i might go with blogger. oh desicions! but i must make one soon, for i am ready to begin blogging again 🙂

    i am almost finished with the first applique block that i have ever tried from your site (the bear) and it is sooooooo cute and i am having a lot of fun making it. thank you for having an awesome template to follow!

    🙂 kim

  8. I am looking forward to the patter for that cute top! I have a little granddaughter and her dolly I made for her that would love it. Thanks…

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