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Old 05-15-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Hello from England!
Hi! I'm pretty much brand new to knitting (my mother taught me about 6 weeks ago) and definitely brand new to this forum. And I love both! Y'all seem so helpful!

So far, I have (almost) completed two projects. I bought loads of a wool/acrylic blend - it was super cheap at my local craft store, and I loved the dark British Racing Green colour) and knitted first - a ribbed scarf, approximately 5ft long, in k2 p2, and I am coming to the end of an afghan in a pattern I kind of made up after getting my stitches wrong (it's ended up being k5 p5 on rows 1-5, k1 on row 6 and then p5 k5 on rows 7-11, all the way along). I love the pretty patterns you can make, and am so excited to finish this off over the weekend and start something new!

I have found this BEAUTIFUL free pattern online and although I know it'll take me about 2 years to make, I really want to start it! My issue is trying to decipher the pattern instructions. It is so complicated! I've tried looking for glossaries, so I know that k2tog means knit two together, St st is stockingette stitch but, when I look at the pattern, I just want to cry - I'll never be able to do that!
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome!

That is a really neat pattern. YES you CAN knit it! All you need to do is get started, and go to the "how to" section of the forum and post what you're confused about. We'll help you!
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Just note that the skinny model is wearing a sweater knit in size 2X-3X, the larger of the two available sizes. That's what gives it the oversized look. Check the measurements of the different sizes carefully to decide whether you want the sweater to fit more traditionally or whether you want to really super-size it.

If you haven't done cables or broken ribs before, take a little time to make some practice swatches before you launch into the full sweater. But yes, I think you can do it. In spite of all that texture, it's not a complicated sweater. The shaping is done by changing needle sizes, without a lot of increasing and decreasing.There aren't any fancy necklines or openings and the raglan sleeves are one of the easier sleeves to knit. So take it slowly and go for it.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #4
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Hi, Snausages..welcome to KH. That sweater is gorgeous and yes, you can knit it. Do it the same way you'd eat an bite at a time. And, any questions you have can get answered here.
I will be going to England next Tuesday! Flying into Manchester and will be staying in Derby for 2 weeks. I think we'll be going to London for a couple of days doing the tourist thing. I cannot wait! This will be my first ever time going overseas and I'm so excited. I'm taking 2 suitcases partially filled because I plan on loading up on some nice wool while I'm there. I'd be glad to help you if it were possible. But, I'm sure you can find answers here if you get stuck.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:24 PM   #5
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hi! i'm a bit of a novice too, and i've noticed that alot of pattens look more daunting then they are. i've passed up on doing things cause it looked hard only to come back to it later and realize it wasn't too bad.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:03 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys, for all your input! I'm not delaying, just ordering the yarn from the US as I seem unable to buy the recommended yarn here. It seems silly to embark on such a project and not do it properly! I'm sure after casting on I'll be on here asking for help!

Thanks, Knitasha - I guessed that she was wearing a huge size for her teeny tiny frame! I'm looking to go for the big size so it's all floppy
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:34 PM   #7
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You might be able to substitute a European yarn of the same weight and composition, although I can't seem to find another yarn online that has both silk and llama in it
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:08 AM   #8
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Hello from Derbyshire!

I'd love to help you with your knitting but I can't read a pattern yet either!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:14 AM   #9
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Another European novice knitter here just to say hello. I am also a Brit but living in Ireland.
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