Before you start knitting anything according to a pattern, check whether everything really
is how you want it. There's nothing more frustrating than knitting for the wardrobe
so to speak. All that work and trouble for nothing, but with a little more effort most
mistakes can be avoided.
These start with choosing the colour. Does the suggested colour actually suit me?
What can I combine it with? Have a look in your wool shop and see what alternatives there
Then the cut and the measurements. Compare the measurements given with those of your
favourite pullover. Maybe your new one should be longer, shorter, closer-fitting or wider,
or with longer sleeves, or a different neckline? All this can be changed if you know how
(see Knitting Tip CONVERTING PATTERNS).
What's most important is checking the tension, this is the basis of
everything. Knit a sample in the patterns described and treat it like the finished garment
(stretching, dampening, measuring). If need be, knit with a different sized needle than
suggested (see Knitting Tip TENSION SAMPLE).
The models are normally described in various sizes. To avoid making mistakes, mark all the
instructions in the text and diagrams you need for your size.
Read the pattern carefully before you start and check whether you've understood
everything, and whether you think you can really manage this model. If you've any doubts
ask someone in your specialist shop they'll be able to help you. Or take a look at
our Knitting Tips there are lots of helpful explanations here.
So lt's go
Once you've arranged all this, start with the back. As a rule this is the easiest piece,
without any complicated increasing and decreasing or complex details. It's the ideal
opportunity to get to know the pattern and the yarn.
And if you notice it might be better to knit a couple of rows more or less you can still
work these in. So, while working, always check that everything is as it should be.
Even experienced knitters have their preferences and weaknesses. There are so many lovely
patterns so you don't have to be able to do everything at once. The journey is the reward.
So have fun knitting and wearing your new pullover!