Everything I “invent” already exists. Does that ever happen to you? First my seamless cast-on for toe-up socks that turned out to be almost identical to the Turkish cast-on (which has existed for a very, very long time), and now my seamless, top-down cardigan with no picked-up stitches at the set-in sleeves apparently already exists. My method is slightly different, but not enough to call it original. Anyway, here is the finished product:
The basic idea is to start at the shoulders where there would normally be a seam and do a seamless (Turkish) cast-on, then knit the back, sleeve, and front at the same time, increasing for the sleeve. Each shoulder is started separately, then joined together to continue down the rest of the sweater. Here’s a diagram that hopefully will make more sense:
This was my first attempt, so there are a few things I would change for next time. First, the sleeve tops were not actually supposed to be gathered, but I was so worried the increases wouldn’t be enough that I did a lot of them. Next time I’ll distribute the increases more evenly around the sleeve. The other major thing is shoulder slope. I avoided this on purpose because it added an extra layer of complication and I wasn’t sure I could handle it on my first attempt (plus I have straight/broad shoulders, so I don’t need much shaping there anyway). Next time I’ll add in some shoulder sloping which will hopefully draw less attention to the broad shoulders. Also, I probably should have started the sleeve decreases a little earlier, just after the elbow.
I did a simple eyelet detail along each side of the button band because the construction was complicated enough to figure out! This was my first time doing twisted rib, and although I love how it looks, it took forever – I’m not sure if it’s worth the effort. My button spacing looks a bit wonky, too!
The yarn is organic undyed merino and the buttons are tagua nut. Ravelry notes here. Anyway, at least this sweater will go with everything – it’s a basic that fills a gaping hole in my wardrobe!