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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  09:55:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit irishfisherman's Homepage Send irishfisherman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got into knitting a few months ago and started to think this was easy after a few scarves haha big mistake!

I attempted this and really put me off knitting for a while even with a pattern I made a complete mess of it.

Do you need some skill to knit at this level. I'm back to knitting socks for a while.

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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  12:00:20 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's a gorgeous sweater! Start with a small baby/child's sweater with simpler cable pattern - that will help you learn cabling and sweater shaping on a small project.

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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  12:13:35 PM  Show Profile Send lucybug a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow! That is a beautiful sweater. If you haven't knit a sweater yet, there is a lot to learn in one project. You may want to start with a simple sweater -- maybe a stockinette -- so you can learn the basics of sweater construction. My first Aran project was an afghan. I only had to think about the cabling etc and not worry about the other components. Just my suggestion.

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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  6:24:19 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, there's a lot going on there--four different cable patterns that I can see and no 'resting' areas (those places where we can give ourselves a break with stockinette). WHy not try a sweater with just one cable pattern and get used to cables?

kim in oregon
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Posted - 08/04/2014 :  4:00:55 PM  Show Profile Send auntlinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When you're ready to give it a go again, here's what I like to do for patterns like this with a lot going on:

I write each row on a 5" by 8" card. Number each card, and when you write it out, separate it into sections so that, for example, you write out the first cable, then leave some blank space. Then write out the next cable, leave some blank space. Etc.

It takes forever to write out - but it's so worth it.

I usually punch a hole in the top corner of the cards and put them on one of those locking circle things (like the circle in a binder) to keep them in order. Then I keep a rubber band around it when I'm not knitting so I know where I am when I pick up my knitting again.

This might help you - it sure did me!

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Posted - 08/15/2014 :  12:45:35 AM  Show Profile Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sometimes things will go easier if you take some of your left over yarn and make practice squares until you get the feel for the pattern. Once you are familiar with each pattern you can easily spot a problem, should one rear its ugly head. The pattern is beautiful and I'd love to have it, but I don't normally buy kits. I guess I should just design my own. The site has some wonderful sweaters to choose from!

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