Originally Posted by haywardbookworm
So in your opinion, would they both be too difficult for a first sweater?
That said, there are some beginner sweater knitters who are able to do amazing things their first time out! 'Naturals' so to speak...so I wouldn't tell you you can or cannot. You might!
But if I were teaching either of these two sweaters at the LYS,
I would classify the class as Advanced
and you wouldn't have the skill level to join this class. I wouldn't take your money. Not fair to you, or the other students in the class.
You'd be amazed at the first sweater I ever knit back in 1971. The only knitting experience I had up til then were slippers and scarves,.and pretty darn plain designs. But I was fearless, and knew how to read and follow directions! This aran pullover was perfection, except that my size XS pullover turned out to be a size 2X!
Yeah, Gauge Nightmare! I didn't know the first thing about gauge and swatching!
I bought my yarn and the needle size recommended, and off I went! I was a very relaxed, loose knitter for years! On subsequent sweater projects, after I learned about the importance of gauge, I'd typically have to size down from a US8 to a US5, as an example.
If you are good about reading directions and following the process, and using resources that are available to knitters today via Knitting Help and YouTube videos, you might be able to knit either of the designs you have your heart set on.
Whatever design you decide on, pay attention to gauge, and don't start out as a lazy knitter who won't swatch! It's a good, solid habit, not one to be skipped over, especially with garment knitting.