It’s done! It’s Finally Done! (insert maniacal laughter here)
After trying this sweater at much too small a gauge for my patience level, I ripped and restarted. The pattern is awesome and it creates such a flattering fit! Especially for a man, I think. The lines created by the ingenious shoulder saddle really accent a man’s arms and chest, in my opinion.
Pattern: Seamless Hybrid
Source: Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Cascade Eco + wool, just barely less than 3 skeins (~1400 yards)
Needles: Sizes 8 & 10US
Started Jan 26 and Finished Feb 22, 2008. The reason it took me as long as it did can be summed up in one word: Fear. I wasn’t entirely sure I could pull off a successful sweater without any hitches and so avoided knitting on it occasionally. (Yeah, that avoidance sure is a crazy thing) I’m so glad I decided to finish it, and even more happy that the hubby is happy with his new sweater. I may get adventurous later on and shorten the sleeves… This is the second time I’ve made the hub a sweater with arms that are too long… what does that mean?
I opted to use the same color for the hems rather than the contrast only because I’m cheap. Honestly. I adore how the hems look when a different color is used, but I didn’t have a suitably-gauged alternate color in my stash and didn’t want to spend $18 for one hank of the Eco+ just for the hems. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so cheap, but the hubby is happy with the end product and that’s really all that matters, right?
The only complaint I have now that the hubby has tried this on after blocking is this: The front of the sweater is ‘pouching’ out in the front, rising up a bit instead of laying flat on the body. I’m not sure why this happened and it’s not a huge big deal, but it’s kinda irritating.
(I need to correct the little holes there in the neckline, as well)
I’m still chugging along on the Big Bad Baby Blanket and have also started a little gift knit for a friend’s daughter. With luck, I’ll have more FO posts in the coming weeks.
Oh, I almost forgot… Remember the Central Park Hoodie from last year? Well, I do… I love that sweater, but it always seemed to be falling off toward my back because of the weight of the hood, so I finally sewed a zipper in. It’s not seamstress-quality, but it’s not too bad and it certainly does the job!