I'm torn, need help

I know that 'knotaproblem' just asked a similar question, but what people say for him might not be the same for me, so here it goes.
I don't know what project to do next. Let me fill you in for those who haven't read the last 100 or so questions I have posted :-)
I started about 6 weeks ago. Since then I had done a scarf all in garter (which I found very boring). 1 hat in the round all knit. 1 hat in the round with 2 X 2 ribbing, and a few other small things. I really enjoyed the hats and doing things in the round (but don't need another one)
I have difficulty with k2tog, I just can't seem to get my needle into that second stitch.
I also have problems with wool. I just miss strands and often split stitches as a result.

So, what next? I am torn between socks and a sweater? I don't know how to sew, so a sweater with pieces could be an issue. Plus there is the whole wool issue for me and I don't know what other fabrics still look good for sweaters. I heard that there are ways to knit a full sweater in a certain way without needing to sew (I guess it is one piece). Has anyone done this? I wouldn't mind a vest so that would avoid the whole sleeve issue.
I don't know how difficult socks get when doing the heel etc.., but these I assume are done in the round and I know I liked that for the hats. Plus the smaller needles and tighter yarn might improve my k2tog?

Any advice? I guess I am looking for something that will
1 - keep my interest
2 - improve my abilities a bit
3 - not be full of errors and be useless

MasonM's picture

I did my first (and so far only) sweater in the round. I knit it top down, in the round, with raglan sleeves. The great thing about that is that you can try it on as you go and make any needed adjustments for a good fit.

I'd recommend doing some socks as they require several different techniques such as increases, decreases, heel shaping, etc. They're great learning projects. Silver has a great sock tutorial and is how I learned socks. Just google Silver's Sock Class


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knit_knot_eat's picture

What is a raglan sleeve?

MasonM's picture

In a nutshell, a raglan sleeve extends all the way to the neckline as opposed to being attached as a separate piece at the shoulder. Most sweatshirts are raglan.

This a pic of the one I made http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2722533073_53d0e18d30.jpg


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Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog Well my friend, the first thing you need is PATIENCE and the second thing you need is A book. You can start with Elizabeth ZImmerman Knitting without tears or any other beginner's book. If there is a Knitting chapter that meets where you live go and attend their gatherings, you may also go to your local yarn store and ask for help.

Sweaters are not hard, but if you don't like to sew, your choice is a top down sweater or a sweater on the round from the bottom up can work, I don't believe you may have developed the skills in the few weeks you have been knitting to attempt a sweater, but you may surprise yourself. Don't let my judgement stop you, but don't expect perfection. Socks are not a bad Idea, The book from Barbara Walker Learn To knit Afghan is another book you may want to look at. IF you are having problems with the k2tog, you may be knitting too tight! I have been knitting for over 20 years and sometimes I have problems with the k2tog lol! When I want to learn new stitches I get and afghan book ,a dishcloth /potholder book. Some of them have very complicated stitches, and don't look at them as dishclothes,but swatches. Increases, decreases, yarn overs, make 1 stitches, you need to learn this things. You can make a sweater on the round, don't get discourage, just know it may take longer thanyou think, you may have to frog part of it, but inthe end once it is blocked it may look fantastic ! Best of Luck!

Britisher's picture

I hate to disagree with Crafty Andy, particularly as he has 19 years more knitting experience than me, but I'm not sure Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears is a good book to start with. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic book and every knitter should own a copy, but I think it'd be difficult for someone who's not feeling very confident.

I'd also note that my first project was a sweater (no, actually a cardigan) and I hadn't knitted since my great grandmother taught me to do knit when I was a kid.

As for a sweater in the round, raglan sleeves are a great idea, although most will require a K2tog to work the decreases. However, Andy is totally right that the problem is tight knitting and will resolve very quickly with practise. I've just had to use a purl-two-together-through-the-back-of-the-loop, and had a very similar problem until I'd practise.

The word of caution about starting a sweater, though: They are a big investment in time and yarn, so I guess start them once you are confident enough to fell like you might be able to get to the last row without having a breakdown.

ManMadeKnits's picture

I think the Tychus hat on knitty.com (just enter Tychus in the pattern search) is a nice one to practice short rows on AND it can be full of errors and STILL be useful.

Also see the "Satchel" pattern. This was probably my 3rd project since learning to knit and I'm STILL using it. Felting lets you make mistakes and still have an AMAZING project.

That's my two cents.

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teejtc's picture

Others have given their advice and, as always, it is wise and I wouldn't disagree with any of them :-) I'd put my 2 cents in for socks though. Specifically, if you're looking for a "quick" project that teaches you something now, how about a pair of socks made out of worsted weight yarn.

You may or may not like the finished project (worsted weight socks have a rather intense "grain" that some people find uncomfortable) but then, you might enjoy them as "house slippers" or something like that even if you don't wear them as regular socks.

You'll learn a number of helpful skills and end up with a project that's usable and different from a scarf! :-)

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