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Old 02-25-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Feeling bad about my knitting
I started my first sweater a week or 2 ago and I finished up until the shaping of the armhole. Well, I didn't get very far and I just couldn't understand what the directions were telling me to do.

AND it's a beginner sweater so I thought it'd be an easy one to do. Boy was I wrong. I'm so dejected feeling it's not funny. (Could be the hormones too ) I just decided to put it far away, under the couch. As I read through it it seems simple yet complicated.

So then I thought I'd go through my other books and find something else and I found this cute sweater tank (I'm thinking no sleeves!!!) Well as I read through that one its just like the other one. Bind off here, decrease here then increase after the first stitch blah blah blah.

I realize this is more of a feeling sorry for myself, but I just want to be able to do a sweater, just not a complicated one. But a pretty one.......

Sigh, I'm going to find some chocolate. Yeah, it's that time of the month (sorry boys )

If anyone has any advice for a not beginner anymore but not advanced either I'd really appreciate it. I know that I can ask any question I need, but typing a new question every time is annoying me and I'm sure those wonderful people helping me.

I'm off to the freezer for some ice cream......bye
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:57 PM   #2
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just take your time, and read over the instructions carefully, and I mark the pattern as I go. You should also look at a list of abbreations, and see what they mean. If you could post the section you were having trouble with, I could help you...
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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I'm sorry your first sweater didn't turn out as you hoped. Don't frog it yet tho. Save it after a few more projects and tackle it again.


I am still afraid of sweaters that require shaping, so I chose to do the Tubey sweater. (If you want to try a no seaming no shaping easy as pie sweater, DO try the Tubey. It's a really attractive pattern just knit up in tubes. The link in my sig has the details from my adventures with it.)

Hang in there, maybe people on here can offer some tips to finishing up that challenge!!

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Old 02-25-2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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I was looking at your other post about the sweater pattern, and though it may be called a beginner pattern, it sounds like quite a complex stitch pattern. You might be best off to try a plain stockinette sweater first while you're getting used to the concepts of binding off and increasing/decreasing. It's a lot to keep track of if you have a complicated stitch pattern AND are trying to learn how to interpret knitting patterns.

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Old 02-25-2007, 06:11 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by knitqueen
I was looking at your other post about the sweater pattern, and though it may be called a beginner pattern, it sounds like a pretty complex stitch pattern. You might be best off to try a plain stockinette sweater first while you're getting used to the concepts of binding off and increasing/decreasing. It's a lot to keep track of if you have a complicated stitch pattern AND are trying to learn how to interpret knitting patterns.
Exactly. I just read through the pattern myself, and it is complicated for a beginner.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:11 PM   #6
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I know exactly how you feel. Everyone talks about how easy socks are and I was fine until I got to the heel. I tried and tried and tried but I just couldn't get it so I said fine I just won't have a heel on this pair. So I'm just going to make tube socks this time and wait for Silver's ML toe-ups tutorial. As far as sweaters go I'm still working on my 1st one and I haven't even gotten to the arm holes so I might be joining you at the ice cream and I've got GS cookies to go with it if I get REALLY desperate

Don't despair!!! I'm sending you and happy xxx vibes.



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Old 02-25-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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Re: Feeling bad about my knitting
Originally Posted by bailsmom
Sigh, I'm going to find some chocolate. Yeah, it's that time of the month (sorry boys )bye
***backs away slowly***
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:12 PM   #8
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Re: Feeling bad about my knitting
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Originally Posted by bailsmom
Sigh, I'm going to find some chocolate. Yeah, it's that time of the month (sorry boys )bye
***backs away slowly***


Thanks, I needed that.
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Happy to be of service...
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:21 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. You sure know how to make a girl feel better. Well, the chocolate ice cream helped quite a bit too.

As far as the pattern goes, it went smoothly and then when I hit that one decrease row, yowser, that one threw me for a loop. What I mean is that I did the decrease fine, it was the 2nd row and the whole RS/WS nonsense, well I finally did it my way and it worked fine, but the fact that these 'authors' assume that the knitter knows what comes next - and on a beginner pattern - is craziness. I thought for sure it was a typo or something, but to find that out just sent my mind into a blur.

I'm just tired of doing blankets and scarves. I've done a pair of mittens and a few dog sweater and those came out fine, but they also didn't leave any of the pattern out either.

Sigh, so much to learn
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