Boy is there something new in store for you dearies today! Our Dad gets to be featured on the blog (being the subject of this post, or more like the model for it, rather than being a photo-bomber)!
This past fall, I decided that I wanted to knit Dad a sweater as his Christmas present. I had already bought myself some Cascade 220 fingering yarn for a sweater, and when I liked the general feel of it, I went ahead and purchased several balls of it in a Charcoal gray to make Dad his sweater. Yes, I know that sounds like a lot of money to spend, but Jessica pitched in, basically funding the project while I did the work. 🙂 Now obviously, since this project is being posted for the first time at this late day in the month of January, I didn’t finish the sweater in time for Christmas. I didn’t finish it, actually, until last week! So you all are seeing the sweater “hot off the press” so to speak.
I ended up not following a pattern for one simple reason: there were no patterns to be had! Do you know how impossible it is to find a men’s sweater pattern designed for fingering yarn? IMPOSSIBLE! So, using my handy-dandy 1949 Good Housekeeping Needlecraft Encyclopedia as a guide, I set to copying a favorite sweater of Dad’s, knitting up the whole sweater (aside from the ribbing) on size 3 needles.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in Charcoal-Yarn.com // Needles: Size 1 & 3 14″ Susan Bates Quicksilver // Pattern: made up and copied off of Dad’s favorite sweater // Stitches used: Stockinette, 2 x 2 ribbing, and moss stitch on the saddle shoulder
Of course, making up your own pattern on the go, almost by necessity, you will have errors. And I certainly did! I started out by knitting the back, but by the time that I was at the armholes with that piece and held it up to Dad to see how the fit was, it was about two inches too big! So, I adapted my plans by binding off eighteen stitches at the back for the armholes, and only two stitches at the front(I had to cast off a total of 20 stitches, divided between the front and back), thus moving the side seam forward approximately two inches on each side, and compensating for the extra width on the back. I also cast on fewer stitches for the front piece. Then of course, there was the issue of me not knitting the front neck deep enough. Woops! Thankfully I got to turn that mistake into a fun saddle-shoulder type detail.
In total, this sweater took me approximately two months to finish. There were points, however, where I thought it would never end! But then, suddenly, it was done, and that was it. Dad had his new sweater, and I could finally start knitting my sweater! YAY! So, “late” merry Christmas Dad! I hope you enjoy your new sweater!
Have you ever knitted a men’s sweater, or just any sweater?
Have you ever knitted with Cascade 220 Fingering Yarn?
What do you think my next knitting project is going to be?
Have a blessed day dearies!
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