To answer the original question: Um, one. LOL.
I picked up a knitting book (from the Visually Teach Yourself....series) from the library http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-VISUALLY-Knitting-Visually/dp/0764596403/sr=8-1/qid=1163729219/ref=sr_1_1/102-9761248-6395346?ie=UTF8&s=books
, and decideds to go for the gusto and make a sweater.
Don't get me wrong, I frogged the front panel 2 or 3 times before I got to properly knitting and picked out the pattern I wanted to replace the boring ribbing with (from the book--which covers almost
everything, but not all--that's how I found craftster). It took my months to get things done, and in the end, the pattern was STILL wonky for me (I'm really small, but the "small" sleeve pattern was too
small for my forearms, but the "small" for the body is too big! Learned to to write my own pattern for the sleeves
In the end, I put it together (with some trial and error), noticed it would never fit together as intended (it was a front and back panel and sleeves I was supposed to set into the body), and thought, whatever, it's coming together somehow (I refused
to frog 4 or 5 months of work! I ended up overlapping the wrong sides to get it to work), and no one looking's going to know the difference!
So it's a funny fit, but I love the color (royal blue) and material (chenille), and it's warm, so I'll be layering this on top plenty this year.
Thanks for the sweater customization link!
I shall use it for my next sweater (already cast and begun with more yarn that easily hides errors! LOL)