Ann Budd sweater pattern help

I’m using the top down sweater pattern from Ann Budd’s book. My question is this: At a guage of 5 stitches per inch, the chart says to cast on 72 stitches which is 14.5 inches when joined in the round. That diameter is barely the space around my small neck, and the cast on is not even the top of the sweater since the ribbing is done last. Can anyone explain to me how the cast on can be so small and barely able to go over my head? Am I understanding the chart correctly?

I’d knit a bit before you decide. Knitting stretches and the ribbing may be intended to be a little tighter as ribbing usually is. Anyway, knit (inch maybe) a little then take it OFF the needles to try it on. Put a long piece of smooth, contrasting color yarn on a yarn needle and thread it through the stitches. For the body you can get a rough idea with using a really long cable or multiple cables. I prefer waste yarn though.

Is it this one? If not we need a name.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/top-down-raglan---adult

Actually that link is so not helpful as far as Ravelry because the projects go to multiple patterns. However, let us know if that’s it or another.

Yes this is the book; but I’m afraid to continue since the diameter is too small and my guage is correct. I’m not sure why the cast on has such few stitches which doesn’t include the neck ribbing. The picture of the made up sweater shows a diameter much larger on the first row.

Maybe it runs small? I’m not sure of the answer. It seems like you could cast on for a bigger size and then increase till its long enough. Or make a different neck. I’m sure someone can help though.

I’ve asked for help so hang in there.

I don’t have the chart but from the gauge, that sounds right and yes it sounds small. Usually the neck seems too large but the collar (and especially a turtleneck) closes up the space.
Jan’s advice to start the sweater is good. You won’t have to knit very far to see if this will work. Do use a very stretchy cast on.
Here are two projects from Ravelry. You might try sending a message to both of the knitters who have recently finished the sweater and to Ann Budd about the neck.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Gemzones/top-down-raglan---adult
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Cesca/top-down-raglan---adult

I just looked at some turtleneck patterns with the a gauge of 18 sts/4" on the Bernat site and one ends up with 90 - 114 sts for the neck the other with 77 - 103 sts depending on the size. Unless for some reason it’s [I]very[/I] stretchy I think you’re right about it being small. Are there corrections?

Yes, I’ve looked at some of mine and the neck is about 17" or more.

Just a thought…did you knit your gauge swatch flat? Gauge can change from flat to circular and I think it tends to be tighter.

I have knit several sweaters using Ann Budd’s Top-Down book. When you start the sweater, you do not join. You will work back and forth for a couple of inches while you add stitches for the front. I love the fit of the shaped front.

Aha, Aprilbetty, genius! About how big does the opening for the neck end up being?

The pattern states to join after cast on. If I do some rounds before I join, how many of the rounds would I do first before joining? Even with this method, the cast on row is still only 14 inches, and then the ribbing is done on top of that so the neck winds up even smaller yet. If I do some rounds before I join, what happens to the part above the joining since it is not joined? I would love to knit her sweaters if I can figure this out.

The front ends up with the same number of stitches as the back, but in a ‘U’ shape (if that makes sense).

Are you using the book “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-down Sweaters,” by Ann Budd? According to my book, 72 st would be cast on for size 46" at a gauge of 6 st. per inch. It specifically says, Do not join," and then gives the number of sts to cast on in a particular pattern for each size. I posted a sweater that I just finished, that I called “Not Arlene,” a few weeks ago.

I love Ann Budd’s books because of her charts. They are so easy to customize.

I was assuming you were making the raglan style top-down sweater, but maybe you are working on another of the patterns. In that case ignore my previous post. I have only done the raglan style.

If I knit several rows without joining, and then join, what do I do with the unjoined rows? The instructions say to join after the cast on round, which leaves a very small neck opening and wouldn’t even look as wide as the picture displays for the yoke.

I’m using page, size 36, guage of 5 stitches per inch and the cast on is 72 which is very small, and the instructions state for a pull over to join after cast on. I would love to use her book but this doesn’t make sense. the picture of the yoke pullover indicates a much larger diameter, and this diameter would barely fit around my neck.

I just follow the directions exactly, and it comes out right. You must be doing a different pattern. Sorry I can’t help. Maybe somebody else can.

If you look ahead are stitch counts given for rounds later on? If so, you might be able to determine whether there might be a typo for cast on?

Have you tried contacting the author or have you checked to see if there’s any errata listed for this book/pattern?

You may have to go with a larger size and cast on for it and then adjust to fit.