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tnquilter
« on: February 13, 2008 01:29:14 AM »

I love to knit but I am afraid to try a sweater.  Does anyone know of a simple pattern for a beginner that might be forgiving alittle?

thanks
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008 07:28:40 AM »

You could do one like this - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226886.0 it's just 4 rectangles sewn together. You don't have to use such big needles though, it can be done with size 10s.
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AsphaltQueen
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008 11:12:21 AM »

I'm working on this one, Sirdar #8459. It's my first adult sweater and it seems to going pretty well for me (I'm using Noro yarn for the first time and I like knitting with it). It's been just ribbing and stockinette stitch so far. Should get a little more complicated once I get up to the neckline, but for now it's just stitch, stitch, stitch.


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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008 11:15:25 AM »

that one's cute, AsphaltQueen...i can't wait to see what it will look like when finished!  i'm looking for a pattern for my first sweater, too, but that one wouldn't be very good on me...  i'm looking forward to more suggestions Smiley
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AsphaltQueen
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008 11:39:56 AM »

Well, here's the next one on my list. I'll probably get to it in a few years.  Grin


If the Banff from knitty. Here's a link.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbanff.html

And that is the extent of my adult sweater-pattern knowledge.  Wink
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Riki
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008 05:19:15 PM »

I love to knit but I am afraid to try a sweater.  Does anyone know of a simple pattern for a beginner that might be forgiving alittle?

thanks
IMHO the best and most forgiving sweater pattern for a beginner is a top-down raglan and there is an excellent pattern and KAL for that on Craftster (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0) - you can try them on as you go and since it is knit in one piece there isn't the hassle of seaming. They are the most adaptable, adjustable type sweaters I can imagine - you can do either pullover or cardigan, you can add a cable down the sleeve, down the front, or wherever you want. Or just use a pretty yarn and no pattern in the knit.
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tajhia
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008 05:45:12 PM »

I was also going to suggest a top-down raglan - very easy, pretty much no seaming required, and all you need to be able to do is knit, purl increase etc....

I like this pattern - http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html because you can plug your own measurements in to it and get a sweater that fits perfectly - I have used it to make sweaters for 4 kids (age 3, 5, 7 and 9 years old) and also am making one using it for myself.... so it really does fit all sizes!  IT is also great because you can use any yarn and needles you happen to have around too.. just calculate your gauge, measure yourself and away you go..
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soozeq
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008 06:39:07 PM »

There's more sweater pattern generators at knittingfool.com and thedietdiary.com/blog that work along the same principles.
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nat12
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2008 03:56:52 PM »

Mmm, that dietdiary site is good.  It's a top down round yoke sweater, for  if you dont really want a normal raglan style. It's made on the same principles, you just increase around the whole thing, rather than just at the 'arm seam' bits that you would on a normal raglan. 
Tubey from knitty was my first (successful) sweater.  It's a very simple knit, looks pretty good on a wide range of bod's and you can customise it a bit too with colours, stripes, FI on a sleeve etc.
Are you going for an 'in the round' sweater or a flat one?
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soozeq
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2008 08:42:01 PM »

There's a lot of good knitting tips on the dietdiary. Well worth spending some time looking at it.
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