You may have noticed, I don’t do the top-down too much, this is actually the first (published) top-down pattern I’ve done. I have nothing against it, but I generally prefer the look of decreases to increases for raglans and I have always found top-down neck shaping to be really troublesome. Which is how the idea for this pullover came about- neck shaping.

The original swatch, knit in a worsted weight cotton.

The eyelets along the neck edge, which appear to be a decorative detail, create the shaped scoop neck, the double eyelets are then paired with decreases to create a motif- which reminds me of a Clearwing Moth- And it wouldn’t work at all if you flipped it around and worked it bottom up. I have grand ambitions of continuing to explore the possibilities of this method for neck shaping, but I really love this top just as it is; for its beautiful simplicity, clean lines and wear-ability.

Want to see more? The Twist Collective shop page is here, I am incredibly honored to have had a second pattern published with them. The current issue is superlative, and I am really impressed by everything in it. My personal favorites are Ruthie, Lumen, and Quintet.

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5 Responses to Clearwing

  1. Bonnie says:

    I love the pattern! I prefer the yarn you used in the swatch to the one used for
    the Twist Collective sample. What yarn did you use for the swatch and can I
    substitue that for the savannah?

    • admin says:

      The swatch yarn is discontinued, it was (I think) Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora, and would be a little too heavy for the pattern as written. The Savannah is lovely but if its not for you any DK weight that meets gauge will work.

  2. BeckyinVT says:

    Clearwing is beautiful! I didn’t realise it was top-down just by looking at it (and apparently I didn’t read the descriptions closely)

  3. Helen says:

    I just love this, seriously. I think I’m going to knit something larger than a mitten in its entirety this summer. That’s the mission. This might just be it!

  4. Indiecita says:

    I love this neckline – it’s totally genius. I can’t wait to see where your ambitions take you with this.