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Kaydee
08-29-2007, 06:48 PM
I would love to be able to knit a sweater, but really the though of it just scares me.:oo: Everytime I look at a sweater pattern it seems really confusing to me. I think the most imtimidating part for me is knitting all these seperate pieces and putting them together...do you sew them?:??

How did you all learn sweaters? What was your first pattern? I was thinking about starting with a baby sweater for my neice since that seems a little less intimidating. Any easy/cute pattern suggestions?

Quiltlady
08-29-2007, 06:54 PM
Yes, you are right to begin with an easy one. Find one without fancy stitches. Thats how I began. Personally I LOVE stitching the pieces together on any of my knitting projects. I sew so I guess thats why it doesn't scare me at all.

Give it a try!!

HollyP
08-29-2007, 07:00 PM
My first sweater ever was knit for a teddy bear. I think it was good practice. My first sweater for a person was the Hourglass sweater in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I loved that it was knit in the round. I hate seaming, well I really don't hate it but I am really not very good at it .

A baby sweater would be great practice. I knit the quickie baby sweater (http://d-made.com/knitting/patterns/Quickie_Baby_Sweater.pdf) last week for a baby shower and it turned out really well.

knitncook
08-29-2007, 07:04 PM
Look for a sweater that uses chunky wool. It will knit up very quickly and then you won't feel so intimidated. Or knit a baby sweater or a child's sweater that isn't so large as an adult sweater, but you will still learn the basics of putting them together.

Don't let the instructions intimidate you. Just do each row or each set of stitches as you get to them. Don't think about the end. Then when you have all the parts knit you can delve into the sewing them together. Take them to your LYS and tell them you refuse to have a UFO hanging around but you don't have a clue as to where to start. They'll love helping you!

Or you could be like me and knit for 30+ years and not yet knit a full sized adult sweater. Not that I'm afraid of them, but face it, that's a lot of knitting for something that is worn for such a short period of time where I live! Now if I ever get back to Oregon, THEN I will definitely start knitting sweaters. I've made the kids some when they were babies and toddlers, but never for myself.

geekgolightly
08-29-2007, 07:07 PM
I didn't like the idea of seaming, so I started with a sweater done in the round bottom up. It's in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. placknet neck sweater for kids (http://dogsstealyarn.com/archives/placket-neck%20sweater.jpg). I'm very glad I did it. If you want to knit something for yourself, there is an even easier pattern for women in that same book "the hourglass sweater" (http://anabundanceoflisa.typepad.com/lisainnewyork/images/cimg1591.jpg)and if you want to knit something for your husband, the "curse your boyfriend" (http://theanticraft.com/archive/samhain05/curseyourbf.htm) sweater is very straightforward, bottom up, knitted in the round. (you can leave out the curse, of course!)

And remember, you only have to figure out one row of instructions at a time.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
08-29-2007, 07:07 PM
i grabbed my pattern book, scanned in the pages of the pattern and printed it out, circled in BRIGHT PINK the numbers for the size i was making, grabbed my needles and yarn and jumped in both feet first and took it one row at a time.

LauraD
08-29-2007, 07:12 PM
Keep us updated! I am in the same boat with the fear of sweaters!

Stiney
08-29-2007, 07:14 PM
Don't be afraid! It's just sticks and some string. The worst thing that could happen is you finish it and it doesn't fit or is ugly...in which case, you can just rip it out and fix it!

Jan in CA
08-29-2007, 07:14 PM
I highly recommend a pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple (http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/). My first one was #9724 and it was so easy! Top down and no seams! They even have a "knitting your first top down" sweater tutorial!
http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/knitalong.html

geekgolightly
08-29-2007, 07:16 PM
pdf file for the child's placket neck sweater (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf)

Kaydee
08-29-2007, 07:31 PM
pdf file for the child's placket neck sweater (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf)

That link brings me back to KH.:shrug:



Thanks everyone for the encrouagement and suggestions! I'm definitely going for a baby sweater but I just need to find the right pattern.

Jan, that tutorial is great! Its like Silver's tutorial but for sweaters!

cecile77
08-29-2007, 07:31 PM
Knitting sweaters are fun! You just take a deep breath and follow the pattern, piece by piece. We are always here to help you, too. When you're finished you get to show it off to the world. :)

losnana
08-29-2007, 07:38 PM
i grabbed my pattern book, scanned in the pages of the pattern and printed it out, circled in BRIGHT PINK the numbers for the size i was making, grabbed my needles and yarn and jumped in both feet first and took it one row at a time.

I always highlight the numbers for the size I'm doing too; it just eliminates one chance for error. Sweaters knit in the round are great. I really don't like seaming, perhaps because mine never look very neat, and I hate to ruin a perfectly good sweater by practicing. I'm sure you'll do fine. Sweaters are a lot of knitting, but just take it one row or round at a time.

Pat in Ca
08-29-2007, 08:10 PM
I have pattern # 9724..but have been too nervous to start..what yarn did you use?

suzeeq
08-29-2007, 10:37 PM
The link should be - http://www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf

Top down pullovers are pretty basic, easy, and have no seaming if you do sleeves in the round except for the underarms.

As everyone says, just follow the pattern one row at a time and you'll get there.

SusanMarie1956
08-29-2007, 10:43 PM
I'm with Kaydee,

They scare me also.

Eekee
08-29-2007, 11:34 PM
I'm working on my first sweater, a cotton stripey cardie for my 5 year old. It's really cute and been easy so far.

I've made some changes to the pattern. (I've never been good at following directions, and I stink at conforming. ;) ) I'm knitting the body in one piece, working back and forth on circs up to the armpits, then knitting the back and two sides back and forth on top of the body. And I'm going to pick up stitches and knit the sleeves down in the round, instead of knitting them seperately and seaming them on.

Anyway, there's lots of ways to do it, and I bet if you think about it, you can make almost any pattern your own.

(Of course, I still might end up with a beautiful, cotton piece-of-crap, first sweater, so take my advice with a big grain of salt!)

Lieke
08-30-2007, 02:52 AM
Well, my second project was a sweater. I just did it. It's not much harder than a hat for example. Just follow the pattern and you'll be fine.

AnnaT
08-30-2007, 06:51 AM
I would love to be able to knit a sweater, but really the though of it just scares me.:oo: Everytime I look at a sweater pattern it seems really confusing to me. I think the most imtimidating part for me is knitting all these seperate pieces and putting them together...do you sew them?:??

How did you all learn sweaters? What was your first pattern? I was thinking about starting with a baby sweater for my neice since that seems a little less intimidating. Any easy/cute pattern suggestions?


I was scared of sweaters, too. But now I see it's more endurance than anything, especially if you do a stockinette stitch sweater like me. :nails:

I started my first sweater this summer. It's To Dye For from SnB and is very, very easy--or it would have been, if I hadn't changed the gauge. I am doing it in a smaller gauge and learned a lot about gauge, measuring, etc. because of this. The algebra involved in calculating the frequency of the sleeve increases and decreases wasn't fun. I could hardly pass basic algebra 20 years ago. I've done the back and 1/2 a sleeve but have put it aside right now to make a present for my mother. It would have been so much easier to just follow the pattern, to have gotten the same yarn and needles. But the actual knitting is simple and nothing to be afraid of.

I also know nothing about seaming, but have been studying up on it for when the big day finally arrives. I didn't spend a lot on the yarn in case it does turn out to be a complete embarrassment. But it's my first and I am not going to let that bother me. I'll just wear it around the house if that's what happens!! :p

Well, anyway, most knitting instruction books have a section on seaming and how to choose the best type of seam for whatever it is you are trying to do. That's what I've been studying. I have to go now, but will post some links on seaming for you later.

Kaydee
08-30-2007, 09:20 AM
(Of course, I still might end up with a beautiful, cotton piece-of-crap, first sweater, so take my advice with a big grain of salt!)

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

I think I'll get some inexpensive yarn to start incase I have problems.:teehee:

Chel
08-30-2007, 09:49 AM
Katie,
I look at it like this...

I knit because I ENJOY the process of knitting. The rhythm is relaxing... ending up with a FO is just a bonus. Like so many other things in life, its the journey, not the destination that matters.:yay:

Having said that, its YARN! :happydance:Whats the worst that can happen? You make a mistake and have to start over? :shrug:Oh DARN! MORE time doing something you love... The pattern is confusing? :??Take it step by step...you already know we are all here to help you and usually questions are answered within minutes.

Go ahead...jump in... :woohoo:

We expect to see a FO by 3pm today.:tap:

:teehee:

suzeeq
08-30-2007, 10:54 AM
You don't have to use algebra to calculate sleeve increases in a different gauge, just use plain math. The pattern says to inc every xth row, figure out how much that is in inches (usually one or 2 or in between) then figure how many rows per inch you're getting and then you know how many inches apart the incs should be.

AnnaT
08-30-2007, 01:25 PM
You don't have to use algebra to calculate sleeve increases in a different gauge, just use plain math. The pattern says to inc every xth row, figure out how much that is in inches (usually one or 2 or in between) then figure how many rows per inch you're getting and then you know how many inches apart the incs should be.

Oh, my goodness. No wonder I had a lot of trouble with this. You make it sound so easy. I thought it was algebra. I was trying to replace my number of rows in an inch with the pattern's number of rows and somehow come up with a magical new number of rows between decreases. How's that for idiotic? Why???? No wonder I could hardly figure it out. Sorry if I misled anyone. :wall: :doh::eyes: Now I am going to go back and look at my notes and see if I was right.



Kaydee, here's some links I have saved on seaming:

Knitty: seaming sleeves into a garment (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06TT.html)

knitty.com (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html)

Knit Picks Knitting Room Seaming (http://www.knitpicks.com/content/index.php/cat/seaming/)

Knitting Library (http://www.needlecraftuniversity.com/libknit.htm) (scroll down to "Seaming" section)

Hope this helps.

Kaydee
08-30-2007, 02:59 PM
Katie,
I look at it like this...

I knit because I ENJOY the process of knitting. The rhythm is relaxing... ending up with a FO is just a bonus. Like so many other things in life, its the journey, not the destination that matters.:yay:

Having said that, its YARN! :happydance:Whats the worst that can happen? You make a mistake and have to start over? :shrug:Oh DARN! MORE time doing something you love... The pattern is confusing? :??Take it step by step...you already know we are all here to help you and usually questions are answered within minutes.

Go ahead...jump in... :woohoo:

We expect to see a FO by 3pm today.:tap:

:teehee:

Well its just about 3pm so my sweater is done! jk:teehee:

cookworm
08-30-2007, 11:19 PM
Katie, I am STILL scared to do sweaters, even after knitting for three years now! :zombie: But I knitted three newborn sized sweaters of Sally Melville's "Einstein Coat" (from her book "The Knit Stitch) and one toddler sized one, and I have to say, it's a VERY easy and non-intimidating pattern/process. Only garter stitch is done (no purling), and there is practically no seaming--just picking up stitches to join new pieces. All you have to seam up are two top arm seams, and you're done, and even those seams are easy to do and turn out nicely, because there's a nice slipped stitch border. Honestly, I highly recommend Sally Melville's "Einstein Coat", and I would try it out in the smallest size you can so you don't have to knit forever and ever. One of these days, I will venture out to try a "traditional" sweater...I think I would be able to do it if somebody would sit next to me and show me how to transition from piece to piece, you know?

Anyway, you can buy cheapie Red Heart Sport Weight yarn from Hobby Lobby to do the newborn sized sweater if you wanted to just to try it out, and the whole project (just yarn cost) would be under $10, if you didn't want to invest a ton of money on yarn. True to what Sally says, when you finish it, you'll feel like a genius when it's done". And one of the nicest things (in my opinion) is that the sweater looks SO NICE on the inside because the stitches are picked up; like the equivalent of a sewed garment with serged/overlocked seams--very neat and professional. It's certainly not an intricate sweater with lace and cables and things on it, but hey, to get your feet wet and give you some confidence to tackle something more complex down the line, I think it fits the bill nicely! Just my humble opinion...hope that helps!

Kaydee
08-31-2007, 08:07 PM
I decided to just dive in and start a sweater.:happydance: I'm making this (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/70038.html) one in pink for my niece. I've almost got the back done (although its easy since its just a square). It has seaming, but I figure I'll have to learn sometime so why not now?

StefannyJo
08-31-2007, 09:57 PM
I think I might be brave enough to try that! I finally finished my first pair of socks (terrified of that!) I am addicted. This sweater seems pretty simple. GL I can't wait to see the pics!

ChristinaKnits
09-01-2007, 12:41 AM
you all should come and knit Wicked (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item/2367447/3974522.htm) with me...it's my first sweater too and I was so scared and now I am so excited!!! It is sooooo easy!! Top down with no seaming :)

EssenceRose
09-01-2007, 07:08 AM
I was exactly the same. I knit for YEARS before I finally attempted a sweater (just recently). I started with a baby sweater for my daughter. It was just a nice simple pattern from www.seansheep.com It actually turned out OK and although I haven't yet done another one, I'm not as chicken to attempt one as I used to be. It was just enough to give me my confidence. Good luck!

Kaydee
09-01-2007, 10:46 AM
you all should come and knit Wicked (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item/2367447/3974522.htm) with me...it's my first sweater too and I was so scared and now I am so excited!!! It is sooooo easy!! Top down with no seaming :)


That's a nice pattern! I'm going to have to put that on my list to remember.

cookworm
09-01-2007, 03:48 PM
Katie, I thought of another pattern you might want to try to knit for yourself when you're ready for an adult-sized pattern.

"Tubey" (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTtubey.html) is really cute and the process looks pretty easy, and there's no seaming! I haven't made it yet, but it's on my "gotta-try-it-one-of-these-days" list! Congrats on casting on your first sweater, too--you can do it!!! :cheering:

DreamWeaver
09-01-2007, 04:03 PM
I've tried knitting a sweater, I just never got around to seaming it ^_^;; I think that knitting sweaters is pretty simple (more simple than socks away) it's just this it's so giganticly huge that we often got daunted by it. I think it's good to knit it in steps. Like set aside an hour a day to just knit the sweater. That way you'll get somewhere without blowing your brains out from boredom :mrgreen:

Kaydee
09-01-2007, 11:04 PM
Katie, I thought of another pattern you might want to try to knit for yourself when you're ready for an adult-sized pattern.

"Tubey" (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTtubey.html) is really cute and the process looks pretty easy, and there's no seaming! I haven't made it yet, but it's on my "gotta-try-it-one-of-these-days" list! Congrats on casting on your first sweater, too--you can do it!!! :cheering:

Thanks for that one, that is definitely one that's going on my list!

PugMom
09-04-2007, 02:14 PM
I'm loving the top down raglan sweater pattern -- it's a really simple, no seam sweater, and I've gotten great fit from it. Here's a pic of one I did:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7d626b3127cceb9c230b2466a00000026108AZsWzVqzYtE

I'm on my 4th one right now, and you can make them all look completely different. This one pictured is made with a self-striping yarn.

Craftster has a knit-along that includes a pattern on the first page, and it's really easy to follow.

ChristinaKnits
09-04-2007, 02:18 PM
wow, that is gorgeous!!! I'm headed over to check it out! Thanks!

suzeeq
09-04-2007, 02:19 PM
Way cool! Which yarn did you use?

PugMom
09-04-2007, 02:29 PM
Thanks! I used Martifil Stripes for that one. The one I'm currently knitting is with Caron Simply Soft that I had laying around, and that's what a lot of people on the knit-along used. I'm really liking how it's knitting up, actually. The great thing with this pattern is that you can use ANY yarn you want -- if you go with something other than worsted weight with the Craftster pattern, you will probably have to adjust the amount you cast on and the needle size you use, but after that it's smooth sailing because you try it on as you go to see when to separate the sleeves.

I've used Martifil Stripes, a cotton/ecospun yarn, Yaeger, Red Heart (which I won't use again because I hated knitting with it, but at least it's out of my stash now!), and now Caron Simply Soft, and I must say that they've turned out great with all of them. Here's a picture of the ecospun turtleneck:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7d626b3127cceb9c230d7c73f00000026108AZsWzVqzYtE

I don't have pictures of the others yet.

suzeeq
09-04-2007, 02:31 PM
Niiiiice. I'm partial to top down raglans myself.

Kaydee
09-04-2007, 03:22 PM
Pugmom, your sweaters look great! I especially like the red one, very pretty colors!

cookworm
09-05-2007, 12:44 AM
:inlove: Pugmom, those sweaters are just GORGEOUS!!!! What a beautiful fit that sweater is, too!

Kaydee
09-05-2007, 09:01 AM
So here it is, my progress so far on the sweater. It was a little rough at first but I think I'm getting the hang of it now. Its only seamed together at the shoulders right now, and after I knit and seam the arms I'm supposed to do the sides. All of this seaming will be good practice.

Songbirdy
09-05-2007, 09:24 AM
You are doing fantastic! First effort not showing at all!

IT took me over 2 years before I was ready to seam my first seams. Then when I did it... well, I did all the projects at once and after a few rough seams I got the hang of it and I've never looked back!

Way to go!

LauraD
09-05-2007, 12:06 PM
you all should come and knit Wicked (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item/2367447/3974522.htm) with me...it's my first sweater too and I was so scared and now I am so excited!!! It is sooooo easy!! Top down with no seaming :)
I LOVE that sweater!!! I may have to try that as my first!

Pat in Ca
09-05-2007, 10:45 PM
Pugmom.. I love your sweaters.. which pattern did you use for the red sweater? How did you change it to turtleneck? I PM'd you with questions!! Thanks..they are both so beautiful and so wearable!!
Pat

PugMom
09-06-2007, 10:03 AM
Pat in CA - I responded to your PM, but just in case anyone else is wondering, HERE'S the link (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0)to the knit-along that I followed.

Kaydee - your sweater is looking great!

threesmom
09-06-2007, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the link Pugmom! I've been wanting to try a top down, and seeing yours finished is inspiring!!

Great job Kaydee!!! Your first attempt looks far better than my first attempt at sweaters - I did a bulky one for my dd, and I think it was the first thing I did after simple throws. Good luck with it!!

cookworm
09-06-2007, 02:39 PM
WOW!!!! You are doing AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so adorable!!! :inlove: I can't believe it's your first sweater!!!! One of these days, I'd like to try this (http://www.knitpicks.com/Best+Baby+Sweater_PD30952221.html) sweater--I loved it when I saw it, but I think it's beyond my grasp right now (oh, maybe I can manage the garter stitch cuffs! :oops::teehee:)

Kaydee
09-06-2007, 03:07 PM
One of these days, I'd like to try this (http://www.knitpicks.com/Best+Baby+Sweater_PD30952221.html) sweater--I loved it when I saw it, but I think it's beyond my grasp right now (oh, maybe I can manage the garter stitch cuffs! :oops::teehee:)

That's a beautiful sweater!!:inlove: I bet if you read it through step by step you could do it!

SusanMarie1956
09-06-2007, 10:35 PM
That sweater caloled Wicked is so good! PRETTY!