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blessedtosew
03-08-2009, 06:38 PM
I have been knitting about three weeks alot and have gotten pretty decent at knit and purl stitches. I am wanting to try something with increases and decreases. I just can't seem to get motivated over a scarf because I don't wear them. I had thought of trying a baby item, but what has really caught my attention is this sweater.
http://www.metapostmodernknitting.com/MetaPatterns/StJames/tabid/86/Default.aspx
Do you think this would be too difficult for me to try or should I wait a little while? I just love it. However, I haven't worked with circular needles, only straight ones. If you think I should wait, can someone suggest a pattern? I really want to make something instead of just a sampler. I know of someone about to have a little girl and I thought if there was something I could do, I could give it as a gift if it turned out good.

suzeeq
03-08-2009, 06:46 PM
This is an adult pattern, you're thinking of giving it to a baby?

But it seems pretty well written out. If it's for yourself give it a try and we can help you through parts you don't understand.

blessedtosew
03-08-2009, 06:52 PM
This is an adult pattern, you're thinking of giving it to a baby?

But it seems pretty well written out. If it's for yourself give it a try and we can help you through parts you don't understand.

No...I didn't make myself too clear. I am sorry. I was thinking of either doing this pattern for myself OR doing a baby pattern to give as a gift. Can you just imagine a baby in that? :roflhard: You must have thought I was crazy. If that sweater pattern is too hard for me to knit as a true beginner, I was just wondering if someone could suggest a baby pattern.

HollyP
03-08-2009, 07:03 PM
I think if you feel comfortable trying, go for it. I have heard of and actually know people who jump right into the "scary stuff"(basically anything that is not a dishcloth or scarf) as a second project. You might as well make something you really love than make a scarf you won't ever wear. If you get stuck I am sure someone here could help you!

knitkid11
03-08-2009, 07:05 PM
If you like it try it! I thought the same thing when I wantd to do this fish hat.
Look I made it! Some good advice I was told was:

"Never look a head in a pattern. Just look at the beginning or you will think its to hard.:thumbsup: "

tourmaline
03-08-2009, 07:21 PM
I say go for it! I'm a beginner as well and have gone from a baby blanket on size 10 needles to socks on size 1 double pointed needles! This is for fun and giving yourself a challenge is part of it I think. What's the worst that will happen? You have to redo some parts or ask some questions? Part of the fun I say!

globaltraveler
03-09-2009, 08:10 AM
If you love it, go for it!

biztec
03-09-2009, 08:42 AM
Go for it!! I learned to knit last summer, did an easy hat using Noro yarn, and then went immediately into an easy sweater. I learned a lot through trial and error. So long as you don't mind ripping and redoing, you'll do fine. I will say having a book on fixing errors was helpful during the process, though. The one I like is "Knit Fix" by Lisa Kartus.

cftwo
03-09-2009, 11:50 AM
It's mostly stockinette stitch, so it shouldn't be too hard. It looks like you'll learn about increasing and decreasing, and you'll probably also learn a bit about keeping your tension even (because stockinette can show variations in tension easier than some other stitches). I'd go for it!

Sknitter56
03-09-2009, 07:00 PM
I agree with everyone else. I say go for it. Just take it one step at a time and if you get stuck, there's plenty of talented people here that can certainly help you. My next door neighbor taught me to knit 30 years ago and my very first project was a sweater. I must have knit 5-6 sweaters before I ever knit anything else. They're not hard to do if you just follow the pattern. Good Luck!
:thumbsup:

bambi
03-09-2009, 10:27 PM
It is a lovely pattern and I say go for it. You can look up circular knitting videos here and on youtube. I actually think that doing sweater in the round is EASIER than doing each piece and seaming. It also has the advantage of trying on as you go. You just get a large piece of waste yarn, put the stitches on it and try it on.

I like the pattern and may bookmark it for a TO DO project. Thanks for sharing.

Bambi

mks22300
03-10-2009, 07:41 PM
What a pretty sweater! I say, go for it! :)

newamy
03-10-2009, 09:36 PM
You should definately knit it, particularly because it calls for circular knitting. Easy, no or little seaming. The only way to go.

Arielluria
03-11-2009, 07:00 PM
When I was ready to move on and try some increasing I went for something easier that wouldn't be so daunting, I made a couple of ponchos (free pattern from Lion Brand), and it gave me a great taste for increasing, felt that I was moving ahead in my knitting AND made myself a wearable that wasn't too advanced for me. I don't know where your skills are so you'll need to determine that.

The ponchos and their pattern links can be seen on my Ravelry projects page (link below), just search for poncho if interested.

ElraTyln
03-13-2009, 11:11 PM
That sweater is really cute! I totally raveled it! I say go for something you'd actually want to wear!

SweaterGirlKnit
03-14-2009, 12:06 AM
I second all the encouraging opinions here - and would add that I knit for many, many years before I worked up the courage to knit my first sweater and now I rue the years I spent making rectangles (scarves, dishcloths, etc.).

There is nothing more inspiring than knitting something you would want to wear and realizing it's just not that hard. If you can read the pattern and pay close attention to what's on the needles, you won't have any trouble.

Plus, that sweater is amazing - can't wait to see what color you pick! (be sure to choose a decent yarn!)

Good luck!