There are many ways to knit a sweater (probably as many as there are ways to knit!), but one of our favourite construction methods is knitting from the bottom up. All of the sweaters in the Heart on my Sleeve collection are worked this way, as well as many other TCK sweaters. If you are looking for a tutorial on a bottom up cardigan check out our Antler tutorial here.
To make a pullover from the bottom up, you knit with 3 tubes (2 sleeve tubes and a body tube), then you join them all together for the yoke. Sounds simple right? It is! Here are some photos to help you on your way.
Before the yoke join:
Your sweater will look like three tubes; two sleeve tubes and a body tube.
Your sleeves will have the underarm sts on one piece of waste yarn and all other sts on a separate piece of waste yarn. Before starting the joining round you must put all sleeve sts except the underarm stitches onto needles (so they’re ready to be worked).
For the Heart on my Sleeve sweaters you will also have one set of underarm sts on hold for the body (this is the right underarm).
Joining it all together
How do we join these all up? Different sweater patterns may vary (it will depend on where the beginning of round marker is located), but here is how it works for all of the Heart on my Sleeve patterns:
- Knit across a little less than 1/2 the body sts (this is the back)
- Place underarm sts for body on waste yarn (this is the left underarm)
- Knit across the sleeve sts (this is the left sleeve)
- Knit across the remaining body sts (this is the front). The right underarm sts from the body are already on waste yarn.
- Knit across the second set of sleeve sts (this is the right sleeve)
- Place marker (this is your new beginning of round, located at the back right shoulder, between sleeve and back stitches).
Steps 1 and 2: Once you have knit across half of your body sts (minus the underarm sts) you will place underarm sts on waste yarn.
Step 3: Next you will knit across the sleeve sts.
You will repeat this process (knit across body sts, then knit across sleeve sts) once more. Then re-place your BOR marker. This method locates the BOR between right sleeve and back stitches.
Once joined, you will still have 2 sets of sts on waste yarn at each underarm, to be joined with a Kitchener stitch once the yoke is complete. Check out our tutorial on those pesky underarms for details on how to seam them together.
This is what the underarm looks like while you complete the yoke.
Voila! You are all ready to knit yourself a yoke. I worked the Ironheart yoke, a lovely bit of garter and lace.
More bottom-up sweaters from Tin Can Knits: