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Knitting_Guy
06-13-2007, 09:15 PM
Since I first started learning to knit I've been buying cheap yarn. Mostly acrylic and a little cotton. I feel like I'm about ready to try something with some good quality yarn.

Anyone have suggestions on some decent quality, good feeling yarn that isn't too expensive for something like maybe a sweater?

I shudder to even think about knitting a sweater but I feel like until I do I'm not a real knitter.

Jan in CA
06-13-2007, 09:20 PM
I knit my first sweater 3 mos after I had started knitting. It's much easier than you think! I did a top-down raglan from Knitting Pure and Simple. (http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/)

As for yarn.. do you want wool, acrylic, cotton...??

snowbear
06-13-2007, 09:21 PM
OK.. Will you be hand washing it or tossing in washing machine. Do you want a winter sweater or a spring/summer sweater.




:roflhard:


Sorry, imagine a 7 month pregnant daughter w/ her hubby & their 21 month old daughter asking me why do you ask so many ? ( I was finding yarn for an afghan. )

Braden
06-13-2007, 09:21 PM
Any KnitPicks yarn. High quality, low cost wool. And, you might want to consider getting a copy of The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. Then you will be able to calculate your own sweaters, knit in the round, at your own gauge, with your own yarn. You don't have to follow a line by line pattern. Plus, your Options set will get you through most of the sweater knitting, but you will need a large selection of DPN's and 16" circulars (all available from KnitPicks, so you only have to order from one company, and you will most likely get free shipping.)

I also highly recommend knitting all your sweaters in the round, from the bottom up. (it's what I do all of the time) for several reasons: You can try it on as you go, there are no seams to sew up (a big plus for me), and they always seem to get done faster.

As for yarn fiber, since you're on the road a lot, I would recommend a superwash wool, because you can just throw it in the laundry with all of your other stuff. You can wash acrylic, also, but if you can get a high quality wool for the same price as a synthetic, why not?

Hope that helps you out!

hunterjenn
06-13-2007, 09:25 PM
Yeah, I'm using KnitPicks Telemark for a sweater for my husband. Cheapcheapcheap, but not so soft. :pout: It looks REALLY nice, though! I just got some KnitPicks Shine today (:yay:) and it's SUPER soft. It's a cotton, so it'd make a really good summer sweater of some kind! :thumbsup:

Oh--just remembered, I did some hats out of Patons Merino wool, and it was quite nice to work with. You can get it at Michaels for about $5 a skein, which is still fairly inexpensive.

Knitting_Guy
06-13-2007, 09:49 PM
Wow! Ok.

Let's see here. I prefer wool, but machine washable would be excellent. I want to make some stuff for both cool weather and cold weather. I would even like to make some stuff for summer too.

Conti: Lots of info there. Thanks. I would prefer knitting in the round to seaming. I'll look for that book.

zkimom
06-13-2007, 09:59 PM
Hi Mason.

That is such an open-ended question. Asking a knitter what kind of yarn to make a sweater out of is like asking how much a house costs. Depends. Are you looking for wool? Do you mind having to hand wash or dry clean your sweater? Or is washable the way to go for you? How much do you want to spend? Yarn prices as you might already have discovered, go from reasonable to ridiculously expensive.

I suggest you find your pattern first and when you find one you like and feel you can tackle, look for a yarn to match the gauge of the sweater. I'd recommend starting with one that called for a worsted weight yarn.

Knit Picks (http://www.knitpicks.com/) is a great source for yarn. And they are having a SALE! on their already reasonable prices.

You are already a serious knitter. You will do fine. Just remember that gauge matters in sweater making more than scarves, socks and hats. If you want your sweater to fit, make a gauge swatch.

And as Ingrid says "Trust the pattern, grasshopper." (Ok -- the grasshopper part is mine :happydance:)

If you have a little time, you might want to read some of the yarn reviews on Knitter's Review (http://knittersreview.com/yarn.asp)

Best of luck on your project!

Susan

Knitting_Guy
06-13-2007, 10:03 PM
The whole gauge thing bothers me. I haven't even attempted to gauge anything yet as I'm sure I'll never get it right. I was kind of leaning towards a bottom up, adjust as you go kind of thing.

But I guess I'll have to learn to do it right some time. :rofling:

zkimom
06-13-2007, 10:12 PM
The whole gauge thing bothers me. I haven't even attempted to gauge anything yet as I'm sure I'll never get it right. I was kind of leaning towards a bottom up, adjust as you go kind of thing.

But I guess I'll have to learn to do it right some time. :rofling:


Sorry, but you won't get away without a gauge swatch, even in the round. :shrug: It will keep you from spending a lot of time and effort knitting the Jolly Green Giant a Christmas present or making a gift for one of Santa's elves. That said, you will still have to pay attention to gauge while you work on your sweater and make adjustments as needed. But you will be rewarded for your efforts if you do. :thumbsup:

Ingrid
06-13-2007, 10:18 PM
Debbie Bliss has a superwash merino that's wonderful, and often on sale. It's a worsted weight.

www.knittingfool.com has a sweater calculator for top-down raglan sweaters that works with your gauge and your yarn. So you can punch in your figures and they'll give you a pattern, rather than having to match the gauge to a pre-written pattern.

Knitting_Guy
06-13-2007, 10:20 PM
Sorry, but you won't get away without a gauge swatch, even in the round. :shrug: It will keep you from spending a lot of time and effort knitting the Jolly Green Giant a Christmas present or making a gift for one of Santa's elves. That said, you will still have to pay attention to gauge while you work on your sweater and make adjustments as needed. But you will be rewarded for your efforts if you do. :thumbsup:


Yeah, I was afraid of that. I'll just have to bite the bullet and learn to swatch I guess.

psammeadred
06-13-2007, 10:22 PM
I'm knitting my first sweater with Patons Classic Wool, and it's soft (but not machine washable!). Cascade 220 is another nice wool.

Cotton, since it's so heavy, will tend to sag under its own weight. I know we gals don't like saggy sweaters, and I would imagine guys don't either!

And what's this about you not feeling like you're a real knitter?! Mason, you've knitted socks! You're definitely there.

"I hereby declare that by virtue of knowing his way around pointy sticks and string, as evidenced by production of items of hosiery and other various and sundry items, Mason (aka Knitting Guy) is a Real Knitter."

Knitting_Guy
06-13-2007, 10:49 PM
:rofling:

Braden
06-14-2007, 12:33 AM
Yeah, I was afraid of that. I'll just have to bite the bullet and learn to swatch I guess.

With The Sweater Workshop, you can knit the sweater you want, with your gauge, with the stitches you want. You still have to knit a gauge sample, but only until you get the fabric you want, so you virtually only have to knit a small gauge sample. It's really liberating to knit your own design, rather than a line by line pattern.

The book has instructions for a stitch sampler, and you just practice different stitches. I'll run through what you go through:

-Cast on in the round and garter stitch
-Stockinette stitch
-ribbings
-increases
-stripes (knit, purl, ribbing, and raised)
-different types of raglan decreases
-4 different types of binding offs.

The book has percentages for raglans, drop shoulder sweaters, and vests. I highly recommend it.

newamy
06-14-2007, 12:34 AM
When you do a guage swatch wash it when done by what ever method you plan on washing the finished item. Sometimes super wash or handwashable wool grows and other fibers might even tighten or shrink, so you want to check that out before making a calculation. The Yarn Harlot gives quite a lecture to the reluctant swatcher in her book Knitting Rules!

Braden
06-14-2007, 12:37 AM
Exactly, never forget that integral step.

debinoz
06-14-2007, 01:17 AM
And people always ask me why I don't want to knit sweaters.........

leslie979
06-14-2007, 01:43 AM
When I first started crocheting I used all 100% acrylic. Only when I started knitting did I discover wools. Ive used merino wool and that was nice but Im knitting my first sweater with lion brand wool ease and I really like it. Its nice and soft and its I think 80% acrylic 20% wool. Its not expensive at all. I think it was maybe 3 to 4 bucks per skein.

Knitting_Guy
06-14-2007, 07:14 AM
Thanks everyone. Looks like I still have a lot to learn.

kblue
06-14-2007, 07:19 AM
I agree with the previous posts. You should probably find a pattern first then find a yarn to match the guage. Sometimes when I buy the yarn first and then look for a pattern I either can't find a pattern, I like, that matches the guage or if i'm lucky enough to finally find a pattern with the right guage i don't have enough yarn and i have to buy more which might be from a different dye lot (if there is one).

I don't like swatches, but they are a must if you're going for a sweater.

Nobones
06-14-2007, 07:20 AM
The most important think I have learned in knitting is swatch, swatch, swatch! You really can't leave it out when knitting garments, I learnt this the hard way, tried to to a tank top, and the neck was was WAY to small, along with arm holes. Now I always swatch!

Like you I've only ever used cheap yarn, even the stuff for the dressing gown had acrylic in it! The only posh yarn I've bought is for my swap victim.

Hope you get something nice, looking forward to seeing pictures of that sweater. It's great to see you you knitting and posting again. I hope you're doing well.

Ingrid
06-14-2007, 07:52 AM
I just wanted to add that Plymouth Encore is a good first-sweater yarn.

marykz
06-14-2007, 08:02 AM
I just wanted to add that Plymouth Encore is a good first-sweater yarn.
I second that- and it comes in a widerange of colors and is easy to work with. (i.e. frog and reknit) and it wasn't very expensive, even at my LYS....

suzeeq
06-14-2007, 09:25 AM
I just started working with Wool Ease and though it's mostly acrylic, there's also wool in it and it's very nice. And machine washable....

sue

BostonBecca
06-14-2007, 09:36 AM
I'd look at Swish Superwash from KnitPicks, it has great colors and is superwash and wool and worsted. Just an FYI, I find that this works up in a nice fabric at the lower end of the guage range they give, so expect to use around a 7 needle with this yarn if you knit on the tighter side.

syndactylus
06-14-2007, 09:52 AM
sometimes you can also get really cheap bags on ebay.
I got a whole one of jaeger matchmaker merino for my first sweater for $20.
good luck!

Sanibelle
06-14-2007, 10:04 AM
I would strongly recommend that you find a LYS and walk around the store and touch and feel the yarn. Plus, the LYS will then help you find a pattern and get you started. In the event that you have a problem, they would also be able to help you. Sometimes it is easier when you are dealing with someone face to face.

JMO

Jeremy
06-14-2007, 10:56 AM
I just wanted to add that Plymouth Encore is a good first-sweater yarn.

I would second that. I'm currently knitting my first sweater with it and its working out fine. I'm using this (http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html) free pattern which was suggested by Silver. Its working out great.

suzeeq
06-14-2007, 10:59 AM
At http://www.discountyarnsale.com/cat_by.cfm you can buy bags of nicer, inexpensive and expensive yarn by the bag very cheap. There are 4-10 skeins per bag, depending on the yarn.


sue

Braden
06-14-2007, 04:00 PM
KnitPicks Swish Superwash is a great first sweater yarn. It starts you off on the right foot, knitting with wool and other natural fibers.

Aliann
06-14-2007, 04:03 PM
Woohoo! Thank you so much for that link, now I know where to get my Lion Brand in bulk instead of paying through the nose for one skein.:muah:

Knitting_Guy
06-14-2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks for all the great information everyone!

I get the point re: swatch.

I was looking at the Superwash on Knitpicks and I think it might be what I want to start with.

I'd love to visit a LYS but we don't have one where I live and it's very hard to find one with big rig parking :LOL:

Braden
06-15-2007, 02:29 AM
I'd love to visit a LYS but we don't have one where I live and it's very hard to find one with big rig parking :LOL:

:roflhard:

Ronda
06-15-2007, 08:06 AM
"I hereby declare that by virtue of knowing his way around pointy sticks and string, as evidenced by production of items of hosiery and other various and sundry items, Mason (aka Knitting Guy) is a Real Knitter."


:roflhard: