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Sep 12, 2019 12:02:12   #
kelloggb
 
Ok KPer's, I have been looking at several cardigan and sweater patterns. I have never been able to get up the courage to try anything like this, and my confidence in doing it is lacking. I have the "want to" and get really excited when I see some of the beautiful things posted here, but then I look at the pattern and just get lost and confused. I do not understand the construction, and instructions on patterns that are supposed to be "EASY"

I do not own a coat at this time, and am looking for something I can wear to work with my dress clothes, and to church, but also something that looks good even in casual wear, but must be warm also, and easy to care for.
I do not have a lot of time to have to block something every time I wash it. I have LOTS of grandkids, and you all know about sticky, dirty fingers, and little ones wanting to climb all over you. LOL

The pattern needs to be broken down in very easy to read instructions. (this really makes me feel like a simpleton) But for the love of God, I can't seem to get what some of this stuff means. I would also like your opinions on the yarn I should use, as I really am lost here when it comes to keeping it's shape, easy to care for, warm and comfortable, and all the things that go along with projects like this.

I'm sure this is clear as mud to all of you, but I want to move past the baby blankets, scarves, wash cloths, and hats I've been working on since learning to knit. It's time to expand my knitting knowledge, and I am scared to death that I will never understand this stuff. How can I start a group, teach knitting to others, an so on, if I can't even do this?

PLEASE HELP ME! I am lost.
Thank you all for your help and patients with me in advance.
 
Sep 12, 2019 12:09:57   #
mamaloves
 
Good for you for wanting to branch out. The first sweater I made was the Honey flower cardigan by Hannah Fettig. It is fairly simple and doesn't have buttons~it is an open sweater. My only advice is to make the sweater longer and the sleeves longer as they are both short. The sleeves are three quarter length and the sweater is very short. Hope this helps you. Look it up on Ravelry or just type in the name of the sweater and the author of the pattern. Good luck!
Sep 12, 2019 12:11:09   #
rotarian1
 
My only comment is 'don't overthink it'. Look for a basic pattern, use a reasonable acrylic or super wash wool that doesn't require fragile care, and just start. I find that sometimes I am overwhelmed if I read through the entire pattern - it only makes me confused - so I start with "cast on X stitches" and just take it one step at a time. Sometimes something that doesn't make sense when you are just reading it will become perfectly clear when you actually get there. Take a deep breath, and good luck!
Sep 12, 2019 12:11:11   #
fayp
 
Perhaps you would be able to understand the seeming complexities better if you could find a mentor, teacher, local yarn store class. Having a person handy who could answer questions when they come up is invaluable - you'd get instant clarity rather than more frustration. It's worth the expense to take a beginning sweater class. Really. An alternative would be an online class that is interactive with the instructor. You are NOT alone! Good luck!
Sep 12, 2019 12:11:34   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
Do a baby/toddler size 1st.
You will gain the experience of how sweater construction works without a big investment of time, effort and money.
Many (me included) like top-down patterns.
Sep 12, 2019 13:50:21   #
Magna84 (a regular here)
 
knit4ES wrote:
Do a baby/toddler size 1st.
You will gain the experience of how sweater construction works without a big investment of time, effort and money.
Many (me included) like top-down patterns.


This is what I was going to suggest! Start with a small cardigan to get your feet wet. Good luck, you can do it! We're all here to help you do it.
 
Sep 12, 2019 13:55:40   #
peanutpatty (a regular here)
 
A small cardigan for starters is a good idea. Other than that, try to find a basic stockinette cardigan pattern and just dig right in. Don't overthink it, it's not rocket science. Once you have mastered the first one you will have the confidence to try a longer version for a coat.
Good luck!
Sep 12, 2019 14:16:33   #
kelloggb
 
fayp wrote:
Perhaps you would be able to understand the seeming complexities better if you could find a mentor, teacher, local yarn store class. Having a person handy who could answer questions when they come up is invaluable - you'd get instant clarity rather than more frustration. It's worth the expense to take a beginning sweater class. Really. An alternative would be an online class that is interactive with the instructor. You are NOT alone! Good luck!


I have looked for other knitters in my area, and while I know there has to be someone, I've had no luck with that. I may be able to find a class on line that I could afford, as the nearest yarn store is over 75 miles from me.
But it is a great idea. Thank You.
Sep 12, 2019 14:18:34   #
kelloggb
 
knit4ES wrote:
Do a baby/toddler size 1st.
You will gain the experience of how sweater construction works without a big investment of time, effort and money.
Many (me included) like top-down patterns.


Thank You for this advice. I thought about doing this, but for some reason, my brain kept telling me it's not the same. LOL Not sure why. I will look at some Top Down Baby patterns.

I truly appreciate your advice.

Bobbie
Sep 12, 2019 14:30:24   #
sigridsmith
 
I would go with something like this: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumnal-cardigan

I haven't knitted it but I think the style is great either for work, church, or home. There are other patterns like this so maybe somebody knows one that is clearly written, if not this one.

Edit: Actually, somebody posted another nice one a couple of minutes ago: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/girlfriends-cardigan-anke
Sep 12, 2019 14:42:15   #
fayp
 
kelloggb wrote:
I have looked for other knitters in my area, and while I know there has to be someone, I've had no luck with that. I may be able to find a class on line that I could afford, as the nearest yarn store is over 75 miles from me.
But it is a great idea. Thank You.


There's an online thing, I think it's called Meet Up and it can help find people in your area with similar interest for a 'meet up'. I hope you find someone or some thing to assist you. You really can do this sweater thing. Start small (child), simple (no buttons) cardigan, basic stockinette stitch or garter stitch, soft washable yarn in worsted weight (acrylic or super wash wool). Take it slow, one line at a time. If you can, get on Ravelry. There's a ton of information about easy patterns, other people's experiences and suggestions. And, of course, we're here to help as well.
 
Sep 12, 2019 17:31:40   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
rotarian1 wrote:
My only comment is 'don't overthink it'. Look for a basic pattern, use a reasonable acrylic or super wash wool that doesn't require fragile care, and just start. I find that sometimes I am overwhelmed if I read through the entire pattern - it only makes me confused - so I start with "cast on X stitches" and just take it one step at a time. Sometimes something that doesn't make sense when you are just reading it will become perfectly clear when you actually get there. Take a deep breath, and good luck!
My only comment is 'don't overthink it'. Look f... (show quote)

I couldn't have said it better. Baby steps!
Sep 12, 2019 17:35:38   #
kelloggb
 
fayp wrote:
There's an online thing, I think it's called Meet Up and it can help find people in your area with similar interest for a 'meet up'. I hope you find someone or some thing to assist you. You really can do this sweater thing. Start small (child), simple (no buttons) cardigan, basic stockinette stitch or garter stitch, soft washable yarn in worsted weight (acrylic or super wash wool). Take it slow, one line at a time. If you can, get on Ravelry. There's a ton of information about easy patterns, other people's experiences and suggestions. And, of course, we're here to help as well.
There's an online thing, I think it's called Meet ... (show quote)


I am on the Meet Up site, but can't seem to find something close enough. seems those meetings are many miles away and at this time I am not really aloud to be driving after dark. The Headlights coming at me, or in my mirrors completely blind me and puts me and those around me in a dangerous situation.
I truly appreciate your help and suggestions.

Bobbie
Sep 12, 2019 17:38:23   #
beaz (a regular here)
 
I have this one saved-it is garter stitch so it should be easy
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/red-hot-sweater-jacket
Sep 12, 2019 17:47:57   #
fayp
 
kelloggb wrote:
I am on the Meet Up site, but can't seem to find something close enough. seems those meetings are many miles away and at this time I am not really aloud to be driving after dark. The Headlights coming at me, or in my mirrors completely blind me and puts me and those around me in a dangerous situation.
I truly appreciate your help and suggestions.

Bobbie


Well, hang in there, Bobbie! Where there's the will a way will be found!
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