I have been asked a lot about offering suggestions on first sweaters to attempt, so I thought I’d bring back my Sweater Knitting: What I Have Learned series to help with that! I’ve picked these patterns because I’ve knit them before, I think the instructions are clear and easy to understand and you can use a range of yarns in varying price points to get a gorgeous sweater. And another note about yarn: buy what you can afford. Don’t feel pressure to use a specific brand or type, buy what you can afford and what you like. I’ve made sweaters out of acrylic brand and out of some insanely expensive yarn too. I love them all. Alright, now on to my suggestions.
A Clean and Simple Sweater
I think a top down raglan is the best way to start with sweater knitting, because once you separate for the sleeves, you can try it on to see if it fits! Jane Richmond’s Ladies Classic Raglan Pullover is easy to follow and is knit in worsted weight yarn so it will work up pretty quickly. I knit this sweater for my cousin in a lovely pale pink Patons Classic Worsted Wool that was suggested in the pattern, I picked it up on sale at Joann’s.
A Quick Tee
It’s officially spring, so why not think about a knit you can make and wear through the summer? How about the Six Point Tee. I’ve made this tee twice (version 1 and version 2) and have been thinking about another for this summer (if you’re interested in knitting this together, let me know!). It’s a bulky weight knit with minimal finishing, perfect for a newbie that just wants to get the hang of construction without worrying about sleeve island.
A First Cardigan
And if you’re not one for pullovers, think about making the Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan. I made a colorblocked version with a lighter weight yarn but this is a worsted weight pattern that has fairly simple construction and will introduce you to picking up stitches and making a button band – they sound more intimidating than you think. I love the simple shape of this one and see myself making another one for the fall.
These are three starter projects that I’ve made and would recommend for ease of use. PLUS because I’ve made them I can answer questions if you have them along the way! Has anyone else made any of these? Or have any other patterns you think are great for a first time sweater knitter? Share in the comments.