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mamaedgar
« on: March 21, 2010 03:38:26 PM »

i need to learn how to knit!  i crochet like crazy, but i just can't ignore the amazing world of knitting anymore!

i've knit a couple of dishclothes so i know very very basic stuff, so now what?

I'd like to knit a sweater!  a nice easy tight fitting sweater!  So my question is, pattern?

I would like to find a fairly easy, FREE pattern.  No cables, but a few different details is cool.  I like the Silken Scabbard pattern from Stitch Diva but without the cables
http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-048


any suggestions?  thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010 06:59:06 AM »

My suggestion is, and take this with a grain of salt please, but you will learn a TON if you creae your own pattern. If you think of it as a rather basic shape (and I suggest a top down raglan) and do research on other patterns and the way they're made it's not super difficult. Top down raglans are best I think because you do it all on circular needles/dpns for the sleeves sometimes and the increasing for the arms sleeeves isn't too difficult.

Like I said, grain of salt  Cheesy
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soozeq
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010 03:16:15 PM »

I agree on the top down raglan, they're actually easier than working a sweater in pieces and seaming, there's very little sewing actually, and you can get them to fit better because you can try it on as you go. With a pieced sweater you have to knit the whole thing and put it together before you can try it on. There are some pattern generators where you put in your gauge and the size you want and it makes a pattern for you -
http://www.knittingfool.com
http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html
and a top down yoke sweater at http://www.knitlist.com/99gift/top-down-percentage-sweater.htm

If you search the Completed projects forurm, or on google for '$5 in paris sweater', that's another easy top down sweater. A lot of them were made in two colors, but you can just use one.
What the heck - here's the link http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160510.0
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2010 01:42:06 PM »

I'm a big fan of this sweater:
http://www.metapostmodernknitting.com/MetaPatterns/StJames/tabid/86/Default.aspx
Very nice fitting. Without the bow at top, it is very basic and can be easily customized. With the bow, it is not boring or too plain.
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mamaedgar
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010 08:49:31 AM »

awesome!! thanks so much guys!  i love both patterns!  I'm so excited to start!!!  I just have to figure out what size needles i have inherited!  thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2010 12:16:01 PM »

I made the St. James sweater, and found it quite easy.  If I can do it, anyone can!

I'm the exact opposite of you - I can knit reasonably well (but I agree with no cables -ever!), but I need to learn to crochet because there are so many lovely things to make, not to mention amigurami.
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