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Friday, January 04, 2008

My man is not afraid of color

I often hear knitter wives complaining that their husbands won't wear anything that's not black or charcoal gray, or maybe navy.

As you can see, I don't have that problem:

This is the sweater that he designed for himself. He chose the yarn color (it had to be electric blue), the cable pattern (from the old Harmony Guides Vol. 2), and the overall design. I made up the rest, with EZ's help. He was so excited about this sweater - he'd pet it while it was still on the needles, and just couldn't wait for it to dry after blocking to wear it. So I didn't mind staying up several nights in a row to finish it for his birthday.

The yarn is Wool of the Andes in blue bonnet. I heard horror stories of pilling, but this is holding up pretty well, considering how much he's already worn it. I tried using size 8 needles, but it was too lacy, so I went down a size to 7s, and 5s for the button band.

I actually submitted this design to Magknits, but they never responded, even after I emailed to check up on it. It's a good thing, too, because this sweater has many issues. I need to have made the neckline higher, and still might. The button band gaps, so I'll need to reknit it on smaller needles, placing the buttonholes closer to the body of the sweater. And (and this is testament to my nonchalance about my knitting) I put one of the sleeves in crooked. I realized this after I'd stayed up late the night before to knit the yoke, which was more than halfway done at this point, and I only had two more days to work on it before his birthday, so I said forget it. So one of the sleeves was put in two stitches off-center, but I can't even usually tell which it is.

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At 2:05 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Love the sweater! You have a lucky man indeed. It's always nice to have a project appreciated, and it sounds like he was so excited to get it! If you got the pattern written up, it would be awesome to include some smaller sizes for women . . . I'd make it for myself!

At 5:23 AM, Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

What a major accomplishment! The color and design are outstanding, so bright and cheerful. LOVE IT!!!

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Family W said...

Great job! Love the color. :)

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Nice sweater! My DH finally pointed out a sweater he would like and to my surprise ... it's a vest, so NO sleeves. How cool is that huh? The blue looks nice on your man. Mine even pointed out he would like blue or RED. Could have pushed me over with a feather.


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