Holly Knits

Cardigan or Pullover


Cardigan, pullover, cardigan, pullover, which shall I choose?

It’s like music to our internal souls,

Rhythm we knitters dance and understand.

A repetition that motivates and gives us direction.

Patterns on the shelves,  designers desiring our attention.

Each calling to be chosen for the next exciting project.


Cardigan, pullover, cardigan, pullover, you know how I want to choose you.

Do I need a work horse, a hearty cardigan for my Spring look,  I ask?

Knowing its versatility in zipper, button, or hook.

“I keep the breeze off your shoulders on cool summer evenings,” it sings

“In bulky weight I can be your jacket, coat, outer layer that can serve you as you need.”

Or, do I need a more casual look?


Cardigan, pullover, cardigan, pullover, it is time I make a choice,

Pullovers, pullovers, pullover; styles galore.

Round neck, v-neck, scoop, and boat

“No need to fuss with me.  I come short, long, baggy, or lean.

And, many on Ravelry see me in stripe

I’m what you chose to take on a Friday night.”


Each has their advantage, a place in a wardrobe and in a knitter’s queue.

Each has their shortcomings, when the weather does not cooperate.

Cardigan, pullover it is always nice to have the option,

Look in your wardrobe to make that wise decision,

Cardigan, pullover, cardigan, pullover which shall I choose?

Cardigan, pullover, maybe I’ll knit one of each.

Top Down vs. Bottom Up

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Today I am thinking about the direction one knits a sweater.  It’s on my mind because I am near finished with a top down knitted cardigan and the process of knitting in that direction is not as familiar to me as knitting in the direction from the bottom to the neckline.  Also, I hear knitters exclaiming how they would never consider knitting in the direction that they are not familiar with. Seems a bit closed minded to me.

For years, in publications I followed, designers of knitwear wrote directions in a pretty prescribed formula.  Typically, for a sweater, after gauges were knitted up and a secure knowledge of stitches to the inch, rows to the inch were known, knitters would be directed to start at the bottom edge of the back section, complete it and set it aside.  Then, a knitter would knit one front side, reverse all shaping and knit the other front side and then finish by knitting the sleeves from the cuff up to the cap of the sleeve.  I, myself have knitted sweaters in this bottom/up direction for pretty near thirty years.  Not until I joined Ravelry and read some of the patterns and comments that were made there did I realize that knitwear designers of more recent times were designing sweaters to be knitted from the top down, starting at the neck’s edge, continuing in a downward direction from the yoke, shoulders, holding live stitches on each side for sleeves, and continuing to the hemline.  The idea of knitting in this direction continues to feel different for me, however I am gaining experience in this construction.

From my view, I see these advantages and disadvantages of each method.  Here are some overarching comparisons:

On Seams

Top Down – no seams.  Bottom Up – One knits in sections, therefore you need to sew them together in the end.

*Seams stabilize a knitted garment and can hide yarn ends by weaving those ends into the seams.  While seams stabilize, they add extra work in the end and need to be done neatly for the garment to hang right.  This know-how is an extra skill a knitter needs.

On Construction

Top Down – Can try on as you knit as it is knitted in one piece.  Bottom Up – Cannot try on as it is knitted in sections as described, above.

On Style

Top Down – Typically are with yokes.  Bottom Up – Variety of styles are able to be knitted.

Here are some examples of former projects knitted from the top to the bottom and as I think of them and reflect on the wearing of them, none of my thoughts ever have me going back to the direction in which I knitted the garment.

snake cabletunic with back detailsummer hoodieThe light pink cabled top clearly has a yoke, and the orange tunic and the light blue hoodie have a very similar construction with raglan style little puffy short sleeves.

The below are knitted from the bottom up, a much more natural way for me to think of knitting only because I’ve done so much more of it:

Spring coat rib bibchocolate cardi with bobble collarYou can see the variety of necklines, shapes, and styles.  Each of these had sections knitted separately, then sewn or crocheted together in the end.

Even though I am more comfortable knitting in, what I perceive a more traditional methodology, I am enjoying discovering the advantages of knitting in this other direction.  What say you?

Welcome, Widget!


Just a short post to welcome a new widget onto my site!  I am thinking I may call it Fit for Fashion as I am wanting to somehow introduce to readers that this blog may include some upcoming posts on running or biking or some kind of outdoor play.  I’ve chosen a photograph to post in the widget (taken a year or so ago when hubby and I were along the Niagara River biking) to motivate my spirit and endeavor towards this matter.  The photograph might have been taken when I was recovering from a broken bone in my foot.  At any rate, as I gear up for the next phase of my life, and as I realize the importance of staying fit through the years, I know that I might want to write about these adventures, here.  So, with that, I am welcoming Fit for Fashion widget and to prove to all of you readers that I am serious about fitness, I have attached my RunLog underneath!  Feel free to track my progress and when I am ready, I will post my fit for fashion goal(s)!

These are some of my numbers from local races from the past ten years. Think I’ll keep them handy to inspire me for the next ten!

from my running past


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