Knitting, SweetGeorgia

Are you ready to knit your first sweater?

Neck and raglan sleeve detail of knitted sweater pattern worked in superwash worsted for beginner knitters

I love a good shawl as much as the next knitter, but sweaters? Goodness, there is something empowering about finishing a garment of your very own. Whether it’s the time put in or watching all the little details come together, the result always, always, always gives me an immense sense of pride. And maybe you’re itching to take that step into a new direction, ready to knit your first sweater?

knitted swatch and sketch of Flannery raglan sweater pattern

When I was dreaming up the sweater to use for our Knit Your First Sweater course, there were a few MUSTS it had to include: It had to look good on as many body shapes as possible. It had to be COMFY. It had to be simple and straight-forward so that new sweater knitters could focus on the foundational practice and not have to worry about also following stitch patterns. And it had to have a v-neck because I love v-necks. Ha!

And so Flannery was born! With a relaxed silhouette, easy raglan sleeve construction, and comfortable fit, first-time sweater knitters will love the skill-building success and a cozy result. I knit the sweater in Superwash Worsted yarn (shown here in Lilac) for warmth and faster knitting.

Knitted raglan sweater in superwash worsted for beginner knitters

So, how do you know if you’re ready to knit your first sweater?

Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Can you cast on, knit, purl, work the basic decreases (ssk and k2tog), bind off, and pick up stitches?
  2. Do you have enough yarn for a sweater?
  3. Do you have the desire to learn new skills?

If you answered yes to ANY of those questions, then you are READY! 

I distinctly remember my first sweater. It was a crew neck sweater with set-in sleeve caps (much more complicated than Flannery’s raglan sleeve construction). It was a steep learning curve back when there weren’t online resources for me to learn from. Pollyanna puffed sleeves and a sloppy neckline that didn’t fit over my end. Disastrous is putting it mildly. Haha!

We all have our sweater horror stories. Knitting a sweater, whether pullover or cardigan, can seem daunting, I know. It can look like there are a ton of steps and places to mess up. But listen – we will break all those big things into tiny, manageable pieces. I will work with you through every single part. Literally! In the course (where you get Flannery for free, by the way), I walk you through reading the pattern, choosing your size, casting on, knitting, shaping, construction, seaming, finishing, pattern reading, abbreviations, the WORKS. You aren’t alone in learning something new. And when all is said and done, you get to wear your Flannery and look like twinsies with me! Grin.

Flannery sweater pattern is now available for individual download on both Ravelry and our website at

About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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