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Date: 6/25/13 4:09 AM

So I haven't been sewing for very long (about a month or so) and I am very attracted to knit fabrics. I would love to learn how to sew with these and I have read most of the articles and other information on this site about them. I just wanted to know what kinds of patterns I should look for to ease my way into sewing with knits. I know the best way to learn is by trial and error, I just need a real simple pattern.

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Date: 6/25/13 9:21 AM

Might I suggest taking a class. There are two knit classes offered here on PR with Sarah Veblen. I haven't taken them myself, but others here on PR will attest to the fact that she is an excellent instructor. The classes are a bit pricey with the kit, but you'll learn a lot about the different types for a lot less than sewing up what you can get at Joanne's.

If that's too pricey, you might want to check out Sewing Fashion Knits offered on Craftsy. I don't have this one either, I have the other knit class. I've heard that many people who were disappointed in the Sewing with Knits class were happy to see Sewing Fashion Knits. It has more of the information about knit fabric and fibers that people were looking for.

Not affiliated, I've just had some good luck with online classes.

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Date: 6/25/13 11:56 AM

Did you check the pattern list in the knit sew along thread at the top of the beginners' forum? That gives you a few choices, and you could find tips on those patterns reading through the thread.

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Date: 6/25/13 12:00 PM

Kwik Sew has a large variety of knit patterns and great instructions. My first knit projects were kids' pjs. The nice thing about starting with a sleepwear pattern is that they are still wearable even if less than perfect.

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Date: 6/25/13 12:37 PM

LynnRowe posted a comprehensive
Knit Sewalong for Beginners
That is a pinned topic at the top of the Beginner's section of the Message Board.

She is about to launch a second knit Sewalong and has made a pattern recommendation. I'd recommend you get whatever pattern has been recommended and participate in the Sewalong.

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Date: 6/25/13 9:09 PM

I second the suggestion to try a Kwik Sew pattern if you're just starting out (in sewing or with knit fabrics). They spell things out more than the Big Four patterns usually do.

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Date: 6/26/13 8:28 AM

Go on line to "nancys notions" She has a book and dvd on sewing knits for beginners.

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Date: 6/26/13 10:10 AM

This is an excellent book on the subject. Nancy covers all the important details about sewing with knits.

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Date: 6/26/13 6:23 PM

Why don't you look at the KwikSew pattern range.
Go first for a track pant/top option. They are both good basic patterns to start with.
Just look for a firm-ish medium weight knit, (for trous, think ponte) or other sweat shirt type fabric. Just follow the recommended stretch from the back of the pattern envelope.
That should be good to get you started and be an easy enough project to keep up the enthusiasm!!
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Date: 6/26/13 8:11 PM

There are three separate classes on Craftsy on sewing with knits. I like the Craftsy platform and the price is reasonable. They also have frequent sales.
A simple t shirt is a good way to start. Lots of people like Kwik Sew knit patterns and they have very good instructions for beginners with instructions actually appropriate for for knits.
Avoid very thin and very stretchy knits to start with. There is a very nice video tutorial on the Threads magazine website on how to sew on a neckband.

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