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Old 12-01-2006, 08:48 PM   #1
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Sweater Jitters
Many years ago, when I was in college I knitted two sweaters. The first was a total disaster, the pattern too difficult for a new knitter. The second was just fine, white red heart wool with watermelon (bright pink) and white yoke. Fine great. I just did them. Without regard that they might be too difficult, I liked the patterns and gave it a try anyway. i was disappointed on the first attempt, I remember ripping it out (what else to do with one sleeve down to here and one shoulder off over here, you get the picture). Don't remember any more on that one.

Then some years later I learned to spin on a Navajo spindle and did my own yarn and made v-neck knitted in the round vest. Wore it for years. I think I made another vest type open in the front with bought yarn but dont remember too much.

So now what is the problem. I am kind of tired of huge rectangles aka afghans/shawls/wide scaves. I want to do a vest or sweater again. I am scared that I will not fit.

I have been reading Wendy Knits and she has some simple patterns there (I have amassed a ton of patterns - for everything from afghans to socks ) so i have no shortage of patterns.

Anyone else with this problem when you haven't knitted much in the last 20 years.

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Old 12-01-2006, 09:00 PM   #2
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When I knit years ago, all my sweaters were too small because I paid so little attention to gauge. Now I am more attentive to it, and I try to knit to measurements of sweaters that I know fit me. Give it a shot--what have you got to lose?
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Old 12-01-2006, 11:01 PM   #3
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My first sweater didn't fit me very well either. I ended up cutting pieces out and sewing it so it would be smaller. That made it look a lot better, but it still doesn't look so great.
Look for patterns that have the size in inches instead of S, M, L, and be very careful about your gauge. Measure a sweater that you know fits you. That way you know you're knitting a sweater that is x inches around and that's the size you want.
You could read about EZ's percentage sweater system to make great sweaters without a pattern too.
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Thanks. Makes me feel a little better. I know one of these days I will just do it and if it doesn't fit me, well, I will find someone it will.

Well, I did not realize how late it was getting. Time for bed.


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I've only made one sweater so far and it's a little too large. I still wear it.
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Jan, I see you have a cat too. Mine is white and she loves to curl up on anything knitted. I am going to have to make her her own special knitted cat afghan.

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Jan, I see you have a cat too. Mine is white and she loves to curl up on anything knitted. I am going to have to make her her own special knitted cat afghan.

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Originally Posted by Ingrid
When I knit years ago, all my sweaters were too small because I paid so little attention to gauge. Now I am more attentive to it, and I try to knit to measurements of sweaters that I know fit me. Give it a shot--what have you got to lose?
ME too!!! Gauge is critical for items that need to fit. Also, a top-down sweater enables you to try it on as you go and adjust where necessary. Check out these pages:

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm

The second one has 9 top down patterns. You can do this!!
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Originally Posted by losnana
ME too!!! Gauge is critical for items that need to fit. Also, a top-down sweater enables you to try it on as you go and adjust where necessary. Check out these pages:

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm

The second one has 9 top down patterns. You can do this!!
You want to try that 2nd link again? It's the same as the first...

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Sorry!! Try this: http://spincraftpatterns.com/index.php?cPath=50

This is the one with the 9 patterns.
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