Sweater HELL!!!!!!!

I'm getting ready to use one of my needles to open a vein!!! Does anybody else have issues with sweaters. I am doing my first one and it is driving me crazy. I hold it up to Allan every 5 minutes and say...Can you wear this yet? It is an irregular rib with a raglan open collar (Loop-D-Loop)  I am shaping the armholes and all I can say is, Thank God for my knit shop girls...they are saving me. I have always thought of myself as a pretty good little knitter but I am losing confidence as this sweater progresses. I will probably be purchasing future sweaters off the rack!


Don't lose hope! The first sweater is always a bitch, especially such an irregular/challenging one!  like most things in knitting, once you get the hang of it, you'll never want to stop.  I hope you make it through!

I've finally cracked my latest sweater after undoing and re-knitting loads!  Don't worry, patterns are written by others trying to impart an interpretation of their design.  There is no standard and it doesn't always work. If you don't understand it, it's because it's poorly written - not because it's poorly understood. Keep at it and good luck.

ChazH's picture

Gabriel, I feel for you. When I made my first two sweaters, I thought that I must have murdered someone in a former life in order to be paying for it through such torture.  All of the pulling out, starting over, etc. drove me wild.  BUT, if you can see a light at the end of the tunnel and keep your vision strong, I guarantee it gets easier, generally speaking, every time you do it. You'll get there. Hang tough!

trucker945's picture

Give Al $5, send him to the bar, and just knit on. NOTHING will ever be the best by doing a line at a time, and holding it up and saying... "have I pissed you off enough yet?"



KNIT ON !!!!

did I mention I'm a cheap S.O.B.

I totally empathise with you Gabe. I too am on my first sweater for my b/f Mark. I screwed up the ribbing on the back 3x. I'm 2 rows into the pattern & not sure that I got it right. Could have been something to do with the drugs I was on in hospital!! Now I'm home I'll pick up the needles when I feel a bit better. If these other guys can do it so can we. One day we'll look back & think why was I making such a fuss? I hope. 


Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

ulf's picture

Keep up the good work! If I would be so bold to give you an advice it would be that if you choose between two designs and one is more easy to do, choose the one that are more easy to do.

Randy Bear's picture

Rule 1:  Your first sweater may be unwearable by most humans, but don't let that stop you.  Rule 2: Every mistake you make on the first sweater (that you learn from) is a mistake you might not make on the second sweaer.  Rule 3: If you REALLY have a problem with your first sweater, start with your SECOND sweater first, then go back and do your FIRST sweater second.  (This brief bit of amusing illogic is from my father).

In knitting, as with other things, I try to jump in and do my best without expecting perfection.  As a recovering perfectionist, I can tell you that it is very hard to do.

Don't give up, be willing to rip out work to get it right, and put it down rather than throw it across the room (it is easier to pick up rather than retrieve).