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« Reply #30 on: February 05, 2006 10:52:49 PM »

I've been knitting for over a year now and I'm looking to make my first sweater and my lovely boyfriend has offered to buy me all the yarn I need for it as a Valentine's Day gift! I think it's a WAY better gift than flowers or chocolate or dinner or anything! However, I'm still looking for a pattern...

I don't need something super easy...I do have the first S&B and I could make one of the two sweaters in there, but I don't feel like knitting miles and miles of garter stitch, although I guess stockingette isnt too bad. Anyway, I was wondering if you guys could suggest something that's not too hard...and maybe could be knit on straight needles and seamed?? I don't mind seaming, I'm just not a huge fan of circulars.

Actually, I was thinking about doing this one (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77414.0) I know it would be super hard, especially as my first, but I know I wouldn't get bored! lol.

Anyway, please suggest something for me! I'd love something that is pretty looking and uses affordable yarn! hehe. Thanks so much!! <3
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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2006 05:03:53 AM »

From my first-sweater false-start experiences (there were three) I have this to say: pick a pattern that you're excited about, and that you love. If you're not really really invested in wearing the finished product, like, yesterday, it's tough to be patient about finnicky stuff like gauge swatches that turn out to be really important by the time you get to the end.

I'd reccommend going through Knitty's archives, since there are a lot of sweater patterns on there, some of them quite easy and nice-looking. Keep in mind that for a lot of patterns you can substitute in more affordable yarn, as long as you still get the right gauge, and you're sure that the type of fibre in the substitution won't change the way it hangs.

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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2006 05:07:51 AM »

I agree with whiterabbit, and I also think you should do the sweater you mentioned... from Rebbecca. Cables are not as hard as they look, and that sweater is gorgeous... I say go for it. Make sure you use a color you wear often, and nice comfy yarn, because you will be wearing it alot!  Wink


« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2006 06:49:15 AM »

Hey guys,
I've been knitting for a while now, and I think I'm ready to begin my first sweater.  I want something plain, but I don't know what pattern to use.  Any ideas?
thx muchly
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« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2006 07:07:05 AM »

I must sound like a broken record but my first 2 sweaters were from the Yarn Girl's Guide to Simple Knits, and I'm a big fan of it for first sweaters.  They are all done with heavy worsted to bulky yarn so they knit quickly, and the instructions are really clear.  They do the shaping instructions row by row if you need that.  I borrowed the book from my library and ended up not buying it because I thought it would be a little too simple for future sweaters.  They have a new book that's great, Beyond the Basics.

Don't be afraid of a sweater!  It's no different than a scarf you have to seam together.  Wink

« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2006 08:24:19 AM »

This question comes up a lot. These should help:

And many many more! A basic search for "first sweater" brought up 36 pages! So if you click through those you'll get many many ideas and see quite a few first sweaters.

Good luck!
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2006 06:49:51 AM »

Thanks I enjoyed these links! Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2006 08:11:08 AM »

recommendations for an easy, beginner's sweater?? thanks!

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« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2006 08:32:19 AM »

This was a really good first sweater for me.  It isn't eaxactly a sweater but it is definitely one of my favorite things in the closet now.

Here if the original thread:

and this is the knitalong:


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« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2006 08:40:39 PM »

My big problem the first time I decided to knit a sweater was that I had no idea how to sew things up, so my first sweater was from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman - all in the round, no sewing!  Grin  It makes a really nice comfy sweater that still looks nice (I made mine a turtleneck), and is very easy to move around in.  Of course, this assumes that you're comfortable with knitting in the round...

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