An intermediate project

I think I have a good grasp of knitting and purling now. I have completed hats and scarves using garter stitching and straight stockinette and some scarves using Gansey patterns and borders. I was interested in doing some larger projects, and something other than scarves and hats. I mean, as nice as it would be to have matching hats and scarves for any color I might wear, knitting the same thing over and over again would get boring.

So I am looking to start 2 new projects:

(1) The Ireland Souvenir Scarf designed by Linda Daniels (Northampton Wools) for a trip that she and some knitters took to Ireland back in 2007. This is going to be a good challenge for me. It is another scarf, but it has yarn overs, bobbles, cables, ssk, and a few other things that I have to ask the ladies at my yarn store about. I will let you know how it turns out.

(2)I want to make my first sweater...not in the round. I want to knit it in pieces and then put them together. Does anyone have a good sweater pattern or have some suggestions about where to look for interesting sweater patterns that are not too girlie? Most of the sweater patterns I have seen have been for women or just straight stockinette.

Let me know.


knit4brains's picture

First, I would strongly urge you to try making a sweater. Between the required shaping, the importance of the right gauge, and the finishing techniques, you probably will gain the most experience from this project. That having been said, you'll be taking on a lot of new challenges, and therefore I wouldn't think something relatively simple would necessarily be a bad thing. (The phrase "biting off more than you can chew" comes to mind). Keep in mind that when it is a success, it will be only the first of many sweaters and the next one can always be more complicated.

As for a pattern, although you could just do a search on "Men sweater pattern", I would suggest going to your LYS (local yarn shop) and let them guide you in finding something that fits your needs. They may also be able to provide you with some guidance should you run into difficulties along the way. Good luck!

StuartWS's picture

There are some great books out there for men's sweaters/knitwear. You can search amazon or even the archives here at MWK for discussion about them. I'm fond of a book called "Men in Knits" because I made my first sweater from it. It's called the Basket case jacket sweater. I found it a good first sweater because it's made from a chunky yarn so it's easy to see what the shaping is doing and it knits up pretty fast for a sweater. I also have a couple sweaters from a book called "Knitting for Him" in the queue. There all pretty conservative, but that also ends up meaning not too difficult to knit.

Mnjack's picture

I think you should look at the web site Drop Design. One of our fellow knitters told me about it and I was absolutely blown away by the beautiful FREE patterns. You pick the one you like and down load it. My next project is going to be their design 26-4. I have never knit with cotton before so expect this to be a challenge, plus the design is complex.

They have any sort of sweater you could want. Just go to Drop Design and look at what they have.