first thing is to choose a image. I recommend an easy image with few different colours for beginners. the more colours, the trickier the image. for the sweater I started with some tetris-stones. to be able to explain a little bit more, I will go for this link sprite.
enlarge the picture till you can see the pixel clearly. pick the tweezers-option in your image editor and select each colour and mark it. I took this picture with me to buy the correct yarn.
you may also mark your soluvlies mesh pattern, it makes things easier. especially with complicated patterns
then start the embroidery :D
here see the progress of my jumping link
the reference and my helpsheet. make sure to trace ALL the outlines. don't forget anything. here you can see how I failed : I forgot the last line of links head.
start to stitch. start with the outlines. finish one colour then continue with the second and so on. if you finished one colour doublecheck your reference. make sure every cross is at the right place. it is very annoying to find mistakes later and mostly impossible to fix them easily
he is jumping from the L-shaped tetris piece. I think this sprite comes out very well :3
thanks for reading and have a crafty day