sweater patterns that are knitted without seams

hallngardenJanuary 20, 2005

Not sure if I make myself clear. I love to knit sweaters that I can knit the entire sweater without seams. My favorite patterns are from 1960, the old 2 skein , knit in a day with large needles. I start out at the top and after casting on for the sleeves , leave these on a holder, then I continue with the fronts and back. After completing the entire body, I go back finish the sleeves. For some reason, I don't find many patterns like these, most are knitting the fronts, sleeves,back, and then joining. Thanking you in advance. Hallngarden

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Below is a link to a pattern generator that allows you to plug in the guage and size of sweater you want to make, and it will produce a generic pattern you can print out and use. I've used it a couple of times, and it works well for me.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Top-down raglan sweater pattern generator

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 1:17PM
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Crazyknitter, is that too cool or what. Thank you so much. Hallngarden

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 1:37PM
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That's pretty much the way I do it....but I shape the neck by knitting and purling back and forth working short rows, after the neck ribbing for about 1 1/2 inches. The number of rows depends on the gauge.
I also don't cast on extra stitches at the under arm...but make the raglan line a bit longer.
It sure is wonderful to be finished with a sweater when you bind off the second sleeve.
I also do a cardigan the same way, and knit a button band when I knit the body of the sweater.
Linda C

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 6:23PM
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There are two great books that I bought a couple of years ago and taught myself to do sweaters in the round.. takes two circular needles, and is fun to do.. a bit of concentration at first, but, then.. it really works!

The books by Mary Goodwin (you can find them online here at Amazon.com) are really good.. "Seamless Raglan sweaters from the top down" or something like that!

GOod luck! Pat

    Bookmark   January 25, 2005 at 9:20PM
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    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 11:36AM
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Thanks for pointing this book out, Pat. It's currently not available at Amazon, but it can be pre-ordered so they send it too you if one becomes available.

For the children's one there are currently 3 used & new available from $147.00 (!!) Wow. Must be good.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mary Goodwin Book

    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 11:53AM
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Wow, Wendy.. that's amazing! I have both the books.. the adults, and the childrens...Mary has a site somewhere, and you can always order it from her..

Or.. let me know.. psdumas@comcast.net and I'll send you a copy of what you want.. they are fun sweaters to knit!


    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 6:58PM
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Again, that is one crazy price on that Goodwin Children's knitting book! I can't believe it..

Anyway.. here's Mary's email (from the original book I have) I believe she still is at this location.. hopefully)


Also, she's written a new book, at a better price of $14.95.. you can find it at Jimmy Beans Wool..

Good luck everyone! again. 147 bucks for a knitting pattern book???? that's nutz! :-) And, if you would like me to send you some copies (I know this isn't kosher) but, I will... ssssh... :-)


    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 7:15PM
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here's Mary Goodwin's website.. that book is a normal 14.95 here...no stinkin' $147.!!! :-)



    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 7:18PM
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You can find patterns for circular seamless raglans in any size you like here:
polo neck raglan (shown on man).

and here:
crew neck raglan (shown on woman).

They are pattern generators, so you enter the gauge for your own yarn.

Here is a link that might be useful: the knitting fiend (blog)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2005 at 11:04PM
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I am looking for a 2 skein, knit in one day, sweater pattern that uses large needles. I had one in the 60's but lost it. Would you care to share your pattern?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 11:03PM
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I almost never knit sweaters with seams. I find that with some creative adapting, I can usually modify a pattern for seamless knitting. About the only thing that will mess it up is the sleeve, I do sometimes still have to sew that to the sweater, but I still modify the patterns and knit them in the round.

Any raglan style sweater will be seamless, of course, and I knit a lot of T-shaped cardigans and pull-overs that have slits for the sleeve tops, so that I can just pick up my sleeve stitches around the armhole and knit them from the top down. These are going to be boxier than the extremely fitted (tight) sweaters that have been popular in recent years, but I find them more comfortable to wear over other shirts and blouses in the winter. I knit sweaters for their snuggle value--not to be in fashion. 8^)


    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 12:13PM
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