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Old 12-10-2005, 11:36 PM   #1
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the ultimate woman's v-neck sweater pattern?
Ok, here's a challenge for all you knitsters: I'm looking for the ultimate woman's v-neck sweater/pullover pattern. All I require is that it be relatively easy to knit, no fancy bells and whistles and cables attached to it unless the bells and whistles are there for shaping, and that it [the pattern] be able to handle different types of yarn and needle sizes. Oh, if possible, no boxy, square types need apply; I'm all about form fitting, ya know?

Why the challenge? Well, I'm at a point in my knitting career where I'd like to do something fast rather than complicated. With two little ones running amuck in my house, I can barely manage a 1x1 rib pattern without losing count. I'd like to be able to memorize a pattern then just switch it up a bit with different yarn/needles so I don't get too bored. Call it a search for the safety pattern. Why sweater? Because they're more versatile and timeless than a shawl/shrug/wrap.

Do you think it's possible? Can such a pattern exist? Or are all the easy knit sweater patterns unflattering and boxy throwbacks to the 80s?

Any takers? Gosh, I'll even PAY for one, folks! LOL! Thanks in advance for any suggestions/recommendations.
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Old 12-11-2005, 12:42 AM   #2
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:00 AM   #3
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That's the book that I shall be using of which was recommended to me by my true Knitting Yoda...she knows from which she speaks bc she's been knitting for many, many years, knits beautiful sweaters and has never seamed one...all are knit in the round, as is described in the book Hilde mentioned
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Knitting Pure & Simple patterns are just that. Simple. And, knit from the top down with minimal finishing (NO seaming!!). It would be easy enough to add waist shaping if you wished!
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Old 12-11-2005, 12:07 PM   #5
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you guys fully rock!
Thanks so much for the input, folks! I was actually eyeing The Sweater Workshop but needed more input before I invested in yet another knitting book. Will be going to the local bookstore to pick this up asap. Will also check out Knitting Pure and Simple while I'm there.
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thanks alot Hildie - all I need is to drool and covet another patten book!



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Old 12-11-2005, 01:27 PM   #7
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That looks like a good book, Hildie! It mentions DPN's though..can they be done on circs?
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You can view some of the pages here. FYI, the odd looking hourglass kind of shaped thing is actually the sampler that you knit while reading the book, the book is as titled, a workshop on knitting sweaters in the round. By the time you have finished each 'class' and the sampler I am told that you should have no problem with knitting sweaters, tops in the round! It's an EXCELLENT book, I've not yet done it bc I've got lots of projects & things that I want to complete before beginning garment knitting, but...I think it's GREAT!! Very detailed.
Another friend also recommended this site
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They recommend DPNs for the sleeves, but I think you could probablly do them on circs if they were small enough...

Knitting Pure and Simple is a set of patterns, not a book. I'm doing one of their cardigans, and it's very easy. It's been sitting for a while because I have to get all the christmas knitting over with, but EVENTUALLY I'll get back to it!
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yep, I got that...
As soon as I did a search on Knitting Pure and Simple, I realized that they were patterns and not a book. Still, I actually loved several of the pullovers shown on the website and I went and bought 4 patterns: two cardis, a poncho and that classic pullover I wanted. Am still asking for the Sweater Workshop book for Xmas. Wheeee! Now if only I can finish this darned Anthropologie-inspired shrug. I've had to frog it twice now. Ah, well...third time lucky? At least it's something to do while I wait for my sweater patterns to come in...
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