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Topic: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P  (Read 796 times)
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« 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
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009 07:24:39 AM »


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.
« 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.

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

Thanks so much guys Smiley what exactly are stitch counters/stitch markers?
« 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.

« 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!

« 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
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009 05:31:30 AM »

What was the yarn?  Might be able to help with a sub for it.
« 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)
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