help? maybe?

since i started knitting about 2 years ago i have knitted dozens of hats, scarves, potholders - but i have yet to do the one project i really want to - a sweater. the patterns i have tried turned out - well - really bad - looked like they were knitted by a slightly backwards third grader - can anyone point me in the direction of a simple sweater pattern?

Masala's picture

Hey Scott, I would suggest that you start with a sweater vest and it's probably best not to find one with buttons or zippers. The other must for any sweater knitter is the importance of attaining guage!! About finding a pattern, there are many resources on line for free patterns, I don't have any to share at this time simply because they are not at hands grasp. Also, do you have any local yarn shops in your area, if so, please give that a try. Sid

P.S. there are very qualified knitters on this website for any help and I'm sure after they have read your post they'll send you in the correct direction!

Masala's picture

Check out my blogs, I listed a free pattern website (s).

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

One of my first -and very few- sweaters was a top-down raglan. Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top Down gives good tips on knitting them and there is an internet site on "The Magic Top Down Raglan." which gives you the basics as to measurements, calculating gauge and initial cast on stitches, etc. You can either do a cardigan or a pullover so it is pretty simple to work with. Lots of luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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ronhuber's picture

I totally agree with Joe. Every so often you can run a thread through the stitches take out the needle and try it on.

Bill's picture

Ann Norling has a basic sweater pattern...very well written! You can get a top down raglan version or several other styles. Her patterns are written to allow several gauges or you can adapt to what you have. Most good yarn shops carry the patterns.

Simpawknits's picture

My first sweater was from She has a lot of top-down raglan patterns both pull-over and cardigan.

herbie74's picture

I second this. Many of the patterns are done in the round, so there's no seaming when you get done.

Bradferd's picture

I agree. My first was a top down raglan. I tried it on as I went. That way I could make sure it fit. Also, buy yourself a great yarn, one you love and go forth!

Bill's picture

"buy yourself a great yarn, one you love"
That should be the first rule of knitting!!!
...particularly for beginning knitters...

Slipped Stitch's picture

I've got my first sweater going as well. I opted for the 'Cape Cod Unisex Pullover' pattern free on the Lion Brand website. I chose it because it is a simple pattern and since it's my first try at putting a garment together I wanted my focus to be on the construction rather than the pattern itself. I'm finishing the second sleeve and then I'll be ready to put it all together...I sure do hope it all lines up well! So my suggestion is to not be too ambitious on your first go.



Britannic's picture

When I did my first sweater, I actually did a baby sweater raglan in the smallest sizing so it required the least amount of yarn and wouldn't take very long for me to complete and understand the basics of making a sweater. I found it good practice for knitting my first adult sweater about a year later. So, if you don't want to go through the effort of making a large sweater first, try making a small one first for a child somewhere in your life or to donate.