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« on: March 23, 2007 10:01:51 AM »

Has anyone made a sweater from The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits? I'm a new knitter, and the book says that the patterns aren't hard. I've found several that I would love to try. What do you think?

« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007 01:20:16 PM »

I have that book -- got it as a gift when I first started knitting.  I made a basic v-neck sweater (I can't remember the name of the pattern): it's the one out of Zara?  I used a different yarn, but the sweater came out well and was a very easy knit.

I almost never wear it, though -- it's so bulky and warm, and is a little boxy for me.

I think the book is good if you're starting-out.  The patterns are very, very simple (not much shaping).  I will say that their technique instructions for reverse single crochet are the only ones that made sense to my brain when I needed that technique for another pattern.

« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2007 03:02:00 PM »

I've started several but never finished any from that book - my fault, not the fault of the book. I have done three toddler sweaters from their kid knits book. Very easy and finishable in a few days. They were a really great place to start from, sort of an easing into sweater knitting.
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007 07:25:13 PM »

I made my husband a sweater from their first book.  I used Debbie Bliss Soho and it turned out great.  I like all their books.  I am planning on making a few things out of the beyond the basics book.  I think their patterns are very easy to follow and are good for basic, wearable items.

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2007 11:58:41 PM »

I've heard rave reviews of these books from my customers at the LYS; they seem to have very easy but elegant patterns which are great for first-time sweater knitters. I say give it a shot!


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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2007 06:38:28 AM »

I made a cardigan from in as my first real sweater (ie has sleeves!) and I wear it all the time. I had the mistake of knitting it in Manos Del Uruguay, which is pretty, but piles very easily. It's warm, cute, and I found the pattern very easy to knit.

I did find the sweater short, so I picked up and knit a few extra rows on the bottom.

Overall, yes the patterns are a little boxy, but big yarn makes bulkier knits for the most part. Smiley I say get it. Its a great way to make a sweater in a weekend!

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2007 09:53:34 AM »

Thanks! I'll have to get some yarn and give it a shot.

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