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sourjayne
« on: October 21, 2005 01:25:56 PM »

I want very badly to knit a long (hits at the hip or lower) cowl neck sweater in a lovely soft cashmere-like yarn. I've never done a sweater before, so I'm a little frightened. My inspiration is this sweater: http://tinyurl.com/b7n5j

Has anyone seen a pattern for something like this?

Would anyone be willing to offer advice for me and my first sweater?

Should I make a practice sweater first?

Will it take me so long that I won't want it by the time I'm done with it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2005 02:27:43 PM »

someone should be able to suggest a sweater like that-- it's a popular pattern style. i have a free pdf from phildar that is similar, if you're stuck (it's french though).


i think it would be a fine first sweater, but i'd be hesistant to splurge on cashmere for a first project. it's expensive, and can get straggly if you rip it out too many times.
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sourjayne
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2005 02:39:58 PM »

I wish I could read French -- that sweater looks perfect!
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Sarah in Seattle
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2005 10:37:18 AM »

I think that freebie Simply Marilyn sweater from interweave would be very similar if you didn't do the cabling. 

http://interweave.com/knit/projects/sweaters.asp
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Bethann
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2005 11:45:32 AM »

If you are tiny, girl from auntie has a free pattern for a cowl neck sweater that looks just like that one. It's only in one size - 34" finished.

http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/clothing/trumpet/trumpet.php
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Quincy134
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2005 11:47:37 AM »

Or you could work with something like this: http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=222
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sourjayne
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2005 12:28:09 PM »

Thanks for all the pattern suggestions! Any advice for my sanity if I do begin such a lofty project?
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Sarah in Seattle
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2005 10:53:09 AM »

A few more pattern options:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTgiraffe.html
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/merinofrap_cowl.html
http://www.berroco.com/187/187_mariel.html

...and NO sweater advice from me.  Other than maybe choosing a pattern knit from the top-down.  I'm still a little bitter about my first sweater with sleeves.  She is still unfinished, and the sweater and myself are not on speaking terms at the moment...

Good luck!   Smiley
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hst
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2005 06:09:34 PM »

Sourjayne,
I don't know if this is an option but if you have a local yarn shop I would go their and buy a pattern and yarn (though I suggest not cashmere for your first).  At my LYS they will help you for free if you purchase their products.  That is how I learned how to knit, but I really don't know how common that is.  Good luck.

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