|works fine for dolls, too|
An enduring quality of knitting basic socks is that the process is blissfully brainless except for a couple of places to think a little bit. Pulling together my samples, I came across a bunch of sweaters and tops – for myself, for 18” dolls, and for smaller teddy bears – all from the same ‘round and round’ pattern concept that is pretty brainless, except for a couple of places to think a little bit.
|Schaefer Lisa 3, a lightweight yarn|
I start with a narrow band of single crochet rib for the neck – skinny for a simple neckband, wider for a collar. Making the strip long enough to be a pullover and the front will be low enough that it won’t rub my neck. The sweater is identical front and back. Mark 4 points for where the increases will be, then continue in a coil until the yoke is as big as desired. Then joining front and back, adding a few stitches for the underarm and skipping the sleeve stitches, continue in a coil with no more increases for the length of the body. Going back for each sleeve, rejoin yarn and stitch in a coil for each sleeve. And that’s really about it.
|Persio bulky weight yarn|
Of course, there are Measurements That Matter: bust, sleeve length, upper arm. The actual numbers vary depending on the measurements I start with. The initial increase points can just be set up in quarters along the starting long edge, but for a more fitted top, the sleeve sections are smaller than the front/back sections – and there’s arithmetic for that. I usually mark the underarm point and do a double decrease every 4th round to taper the sleeve. Decrease 10% at any lower edge if you want it to look trim before finishing off.
Using sweater yarns and a simple pattern stitch (like the one below), the focus is on the yarn/texture/color. The results have been consistently satisfactory.