And none of the sweaters were top down. It seemed ridiculous to me.
I was thinking I might be a bit of a lone wolf on this one, and then I came across this quote in Knitting Daily:
Tammy T, on ease: My daughter's favorite tip for knitting sweaters is "Finish knitting them!" A tip that has been revolutionary for me is this: If you are a shapely lady, knit a sweater top down. I had no idea what size I needed and had trouble modifying bottom-up sweaters to fit my 12-inch difference between bust and waist measurements. If you knit from the top down, you can try it on as you go and get the perfect fit. Then when you do a bottom up sweater, you can use the top down one as a template to help with the sizing and shaping. Also, I don't know about everyone else, but I tend to overestimate my size. Even for a larger lady, wearing a sweater that hangs like a sack isn't attractive. A little negative ease is your friend!
[From newsletter titled, "Knitting Tips and Tricks, from You!" published 4/16/2010.]
Exactly. Top-down. In the round. Better fit.