A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Do you know about all of these Craftster features?
Total Members: 302,587
Currently Running With Scissors:
591 Guests and 24 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P  (Read 452 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
ludicrouslouisa
« on: April 09, 2009 09:45:26 PM »

Like the alliterative title?

Ok...I'm not a brilliant knitter, I won't lie. But I have knitted socks..I know perl and plain, I know how to knit cables, how to decrease, slip and pick up stitches...I'm also reasonably patient. However, I am not super brilliant at knitting patterns so I need to get better at that..

And since it's beginning to become rather chilly here in Australia, I am seeking advice from the knitting crowd for...

Is there a pattern for a jumper (sweater) or a cardigan that isn't really hard..OR totally hokey? Is there anything you can recommend?

PS I'm female and 17 and fairly slight. 

Any advice you can give will be a great help Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged
taliajd
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009 07:24:39 AM »

Hello,

I could recommend a couple of different simple patterns for you, but there are soo many beautiful ones to chose from, and as I don't really know what style you'd like to work with, here is an awesome website chock-full of wonderful (free) patterns for everything you can imagine: http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php   Under the women's clothing section, there are tons of patterns for sweaters, cardigans, pull-overs, etc.

This is a wonderful one listed under the "pull over" section: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Knitting/Projects/Apparel/WR1655+Easy-Weekend+Pullover.htm...it's very simple and pretty.

From personal experience, the biggest difficulty is the time needed to finish the project (that  and I always underestimate the amount of yarn needed). The patterns are generally pretty straight forward...they mostly involve different combinations of the knit stitch, purl stitch and then increasing and decreasing. My recommendation: some sort of counting device (like a stitch counter) to help keep track of everything.

Best of luck...let us know how it comes out.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
soozeq
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009 10:53:24 AM »

There are also some fairly easy ones at knitty.com and thedailyknitter.com . Just look for a pattern you like and go for it. You have all the techniques you need, the patterns tell you how to use them. If you can knit socks, you can knit a sweaters, it's just more stitches, but since you'll be using larger yarn and needles, doesn't take a lot more to make it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

sue
ludicrouslouisa
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009 08:37:38 PM »

Thanks so much guys Smiley what exactly are stitch counters/stitch markers?
THIS ROCKS   Logged
soozeq
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009 06:59:36 AM »

I don't think I've heard of stitch counters, just row counters. Stitch markers are rings or removeable safety pinlike rings that go on your needle. They're used to mark off different sections of a pattern especially a lace pattern, to remind you of where to increase or decrease. If you have to cast on a lot of sts, they can go on your needle every 20 sts or so to help you keep track of how many you've got.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

sue
talmina
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2009 07:57:57 PM »

Heheh, I know what you mean about it getting cold in Canberra, it's not often you find another Canberra knitter online.  I have the same problem with being fairly slight, though I have found a few things that would fit me on Knitty, sticking to the Tangy and Mellow stuff for ease.  Otherwise I find the ladies in at Stitch in Time in Phillip, to be quite helpful when I get a chance to go in there, though it does depend on your style too, most of the patterns they stock are a bit more on the conservative side.

My first sweater was one out of a Vogue Knitting mag a few years back, though I found the yarn I used a little scrachy so it hasn't really been worn much. It was incredibly warm though!

THIS ROCKS   Logged
ludicrouslouisa
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009 05:21:00 AM »

at the moment I'm knitting a fair isle vest. It seems to be working out really well Cheesy there was this cable jumper that I wanted to knit but a) it was "experienced with cables" and I'm only a little experienced..I worked out it was probably just time consuming and when you got the hang of the pattern it wouldn't be too hard....so I was going to do that BUT..the really nice coloured yarn was discontinued and they didn't have enough in stock for it..so I went with the fair isle to use the lovely blues.
cables will be next! The pattern of the one I was considering was a bit daunting though..do you have any good designs for a cabled sweater or cardy? Thanks everyone
THIS ROCKS   Logged
talmina
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009 05:31:30 AM »

What was the yarn?  Might be able to help with a sub for it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
ludicrouslouisa
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009 06:58:10 PM »

The yarn is Jo Sharp double knit (if I recall...8 ply 50g balls)
And the discontinued colour was Teal, and Orient
But there were no more in the yarn shop, I got the last (5 balls of teal, 6 of orient)
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
What to Wear to Color Yourself Beautiful!
Miranda Kerr Delivers 4 Enviable Looks in Just 24 Hours
How To Rock The Sheer Runway Look
Sarah Jessica Parker Mixes Prints Like a Pro With Checks and Polka Dots
Street Chic: Winter 2013 London Fashion Trends
Latest Blog Articles
Spotlight on: Book Making & Binding
@Home This Weekend: Magical Fairy Garden
DIY Summer

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.