A couple of question from a novice knitter....
I'm 2/3rds of the way through my first project, a scarf in stockinette. I've had a few problems, but nothing major (the occasional rip back to fix a "buttonhole", mysterious increases...etc). My long term goal is to make myself a Cable Knit Cardigan since I've always wanted to have one and they just don't exist in my size. As my knitting knowledge is increasing, I think I may mean an Aran knit, but that project is a long way off.
So, as I'm looking at my next project, its going to be a fairly simple cable scarf. I've got a pretty good support team of knitters in my area that can help me with basics, so I'm not *too* worried how that's going to go.
That's where my problem starts. I know a sweater (even a simple one) is still way out and I need a lot of practice before I can even think about trying it. But....even patterned scarves seem like they will not teach me a whole heck of a lot of the technique I need to be able to pull that dream sweater off. I need an "advanced beginner" project I think, and I think the leap from a scarf to a hat might be a bit much all at once. This leaves me with million "baby Afgan" and "Shawls" projects I can find....and I don't think I will look right wearing either one! Any advice on what I should try after that cable scarf to get closer to a sweater? I have friends that are "normal" sizes, and I could knit something for them, but I just can't find anything for a guy that will look right on a "normal" (not model shaped) dude that is within my abilities.
And the next big question.... I am not a "model" sized man. I wear a XXXL Tall, and the that tall part is important. (Unless I want to look like a plumber, and that is *not* a good look for me...). I've figured out the tall part isn't too tough; just keep knitting in pattern. But what about oversized patterns? Are there any patterns out there for large men? I'm worried "upsized" patterns intended for smaller men will look terrible. Any advice from guys who have knitted for the larger man? Books to read, methods to follow?
Thanks for any advice!