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mari_13
01-21-2007, 01:51 PM
I really want to dive in and make a sweater but I haven't really found any easy patterns. What was the first sweater that you ever knitted? Did you have success with it? TIA!

Mari

Jan in CA
01-21-2007, 01:57 PM
I made this pullover 3 mos after I started knitting. It's very easy!
Knitting pure and simple #9724 (http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/page2.html)

brokenblossoms
01-21-2007, 01:58 PM
A sweater for my Blythe dolls. It was just for practice and I still have a few kinks to work out for when I make the "real" one, but it turned out looking pretty cute, but it has no sleeves or buttons. Hehe.

Jax3303
01-21-2007, 02:04 PM
My very first sweater was a very basic, top down raglan cardigan for a baby. I think everyone should start with something like this, it's great and easy for learning sweater construction.

My second sweater was Starsky. (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTstarsky.html)

Jenelle
01-21-2007, 02:07 PM
I'm still working on my first sweater which is Tubey. (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTtubey.html)

Very easy, though you can get easily bored knitting the back part.

jdee
01-21-2007, 02:57 PM
I haven't made a sweater yet. I'm still a bit intimidated by them.

HamburgKnitter
01-21-2007, 03:11 PM
I made this sweater (in blue) about a month after I learned to knit - and it was very very easy. And it fits! :cheering: (That was more luck than talent, but hey!)

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/doreen/doreen.html

And now I'm working on another simple one, this vest:

http://www.dailyknitter.com/michelle.html

I got a bit adventurous on the vest, though. I'm knitting it in the round instead of knitting up the front and back seperately. It's even easier that way....and none of that boring finishing work at the end. :happydance:

psammeadred
01-21-2007, 03:16 PM
Baby sweaters are great because they're fast, easy, and don't take a whole lot of yarn. I've learned a lot about sweater construction by making baby sweaters (and people are always having babies!).

Chrissie
01-21-2007, 04:20 PM
I made the hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.....it is very easy, but I had to modify the neckline and sleeves a bit.

Lilsea
01-22-2007, 07:25 AM
I made a reglan sweater for my youngest dd. It's knit in pieces, and when I made it, I didn't check gauge and didn't know how to seam. The sweater fit her good, but I'll probably make more for the summer for my girls because I know how to seam. It was a quick easy sweater that I did within my first year of knitting :)

melissaatk
01-22-2007, 08:24 AM
I made "Tempting" from Knitty. Very easy but can get boring with all that ribbing.

Silver
01-22-2007, 08:26 AM
Even though I've knit all sorts of sweaters, I still love knitting top-down raglans because they're so mindlessly easy. I have one on the needles right now!

I use this pattern (http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html), which looks much more complicated than it is!

candicane
01-22-2007, 09:59 AM
I made Tubey from Knitty. I do actually wear it!

candice

nadja la claire
01-22-2007, 10:54 AM
I've started my 1st sweater. It's for my DH. It's cable but I'm not really working off any pattern. I'm just working 3 different cable stitched. I know that at a certain point I'm going to have to consult a pattern when I have to start the armholes and the collar. I had to stop working on it because it's being used as a prop at work for the next 5 weeks.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

knitting4babybear
01-22-2007, 11:00 AM
It will be Essential Indulgence from an Interweave Knits issue.

It actually looks really doable and it's a gorgeous sweater. It was supposed to be the Hourglass Sweater, but I bought ugly yarn (for the sweater anyway - it might make great pillowcovers!) in a fit of weirdness.

AmandaC
01-22-2007, 11:32 AM
I did Tubey too and I wear it ...

gingergal4l8r
01-22-2007, 11:56 AM
Ok, I started with the BIG SACK SWEATER, by Debbie Strollers book Stitch and Bitch the knittters handbook.

The knitting part was easy, here is where I have had the worries and why it sits in parts in a bag.

I am nervous with weaving it together.

I am usually not scared of anything, just go for it is one of my sayings all the time.
When did that change ... when I made a sweater.
The problem is though, I made a bind off mistake on my first shoulder try and did not know how to undo that part of it. So the sleeve and back shoulder corner do not line up and I do not know what to do about it.

I too am a newbie, just started in November.

So try not to make these mistakes and you should be good to go. :oops:

cgd
01-22-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm trying like heck to knit the simplest of sweaters, the knit-from-the-top one in Sally Melville's book The Knit Stitch. I've started and frogged three times and keep making stupid mistakes. I don't do well on long-term knitting projects yet. I thought at some point that my focus would improve, but it hasn't. Maybe I just need to knit some rectangles and sew them together!

Krystal
01-22-2007, 08:11 PM
i'm thirding the tubey. very easy and fast knit. i currently am done the shrug part. i would be done the body but i need to finish my moms scarf first.

the best part, is sizes run large. i normally wear an XL but am a medium in tubey. Also, you can knit the medium and up sizes, sleeves on sz8 16" circs instead of dpns

there is alot of room for expirimenting, with colours and the sleaves. i opted for a 3/4 length ribbed sleeve.

becjo
01-23-2007, 10:36 AM
I took a knitting class to learn my first sweater - it is the most hideous sweater in the world! It is short sleeve and it's just a straight boat neck sweater - I can't believe I put so much time in something that was just UGLY! Oh well - I learned how to piece them together and the basics of a sweater - but MAN - It's bad. I couldnt even give it to anyone because I was too embarassed. It looked like the pattern was vintage from the 70's. But at least I can say I made a sweater!

Jeremy
01-24-2007, 09:40 AM
Even though I've knit all sorts of sweaters, I still love knitting top-down raglans because they're so mindlessly easy. I have one on the needles right now!

I use this pattern (http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html), which looks much more complicated than it is!

I liked this pattern and started to figure out the division of the stitches.When they say sleeve stitches should they be multiplied by two?E.G., if the formula says 8 should I set aside 16 or is it 4 per sleeve. Thanks.

mwedzi
01-24-2007, 09:54 AM
Silver, the link you posted for the pattern didn't work for me.

My first top was a tank top, this one:
http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2006/09/then-i-started-knitting-some-time-this.html
I got that pattern online, and made it with just a few modifications.

My first top with sleeves (short) was from Interweave Knits, summer 06. It was the Evening Star top:
http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2006/09/my-second-knitted-wearable-was-this.html

I think I decided yesterday that that was the most wearable thing I've made. The yarn is great, too. Soft enough, but not so soft that it pills and isn't sturdy.

Silver
01-24-2007, 10:16 AM
I liked this pattern and started to figure out the division of the stitches.When they say sleeve stitches should they be multiplied by two?E.G., if the formula says 8 should I set aside 16 or is it 4 per sleeve. Thanks.
If the formula says 8 sts, that's 8 for each sleeve. :)

Silver
01-24-2007, 10:17 AM
Silver, the link you posted for the pattern didn't work for me.

OMG! WOOLWORKS IS GONE!!! ACCCCK! http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4237/omgblinky3sm.gif

Jeremy
01-24-2007, 10:45 AM
Thanks Silver. Woolworks was there yesterday when I got the pattern. :shrug:

Jackie M.
01-24-2007, 11:23 AM
My first sweater was for my 2 year old granddaughter. It looked great in pieces, but trying to seam it together it was not so great. Bulky at all the seams. I never gave it to her.

mari_13
01-24-2007, 11:40 AM
Thank you everyone for your responses and all the ideas! I did try to make a sweater for son but it was too small and dare I say ugly! I took a class at my LYS and it was a waste of $60 (+book and materials!).

I think I'll probably try the Berrocco turtleneck pattern Jeannette provided first.

Thank you for all your suggestions!

Mari

Robinknits
01-24-2007, 03:05 PM
My first sweater was a disaster. I didn't understand guage well enough and it turned out big enough to fit a giant. I recently frogged it and am going to use the yarn to try a top down raglan. The pattern is more of formula so you can use any yarn and knit any size and try on as you go. I actually tried out the pattern for a teddy bear size sweater. It works!

Pattern:
http://spincraftpatterns.com/29swSuretoFit.pdf

There's a cardigan and a pull-over version.

cds11
01-24-2007, 07:34 PM
I made this sweater (in blue) about a month after I learned to knit - and it was very very easy. And it fits! :cheering: (That was more luck than talent, but hey!)

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/doreen/doreen.html



That looks like a really cute sweater! How long did it take to make? Also, would I have to use their yarn, or would I be able to pick a different brand? What should I look for when picking out the yarn? (Sorry, I'm incredibly new, I would like to try a sweater, but I'm still working my way through a dishcloth, lol)

Mer
01-24-2007, 09:10 PM
Baby sweaters are a good start, but my first one was Tempting from Knitty as well.

cds11, you wouldn't have to use the same yarn in the pattern, but you would need to find one of the same weight that has the same gauge listed in the pattern. Here's a good article (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATswatchout.html) about the importance of gauge. ;)

cds11
01-24-2007, 09:43 PM
Ooooh.. Thank you Mer!

Braden
01-25-2007, 06:23 PM
A bottom-up raglan sweater that turned out to be 5 sizes too big. Used the percentage method from www.Knitty.com