After all the yarn breaks and frays that I moan about in an earlier posting, I finally finished my son's Christmas sweater. He chose the color and the plain stitching. It's only 4 days late, so not too bad. The challenge was making sure that the 20+ breaks/frays and ends of skeins were all woven in so they can't be seen. I am happy with the results. This is my first long-sleeved garment. I was able to join the yarn breaks in the areas under the armpits, so at least there they wouldn't be as visible as they might be dead center of the front or back.
My wife and son are so giving. I am so spoiled. For Christmas, they gifted me with a beautiful set of Addi click circular needles. They also bought me some additional cords, connectors, a couple intermediate-sized needles, and a cool collection of 101 Stitches on individual cards with pics and pattern, similar to a calendar.
My wife wanted a simple, plain cardigan with no short sleeves and no buttons. She requested grey so that she can wear colorful shirts underneath to jazz it up as her mood changes.
The pattern is Tweed Cardigan by Rebecca L. Daniels of Interweave Knits.
Even with the Christmas deadline approaching, I had to take a break from the coffee-with-cream sweater for my son and knit up a simple hat for a co-worker's son with a bit of color to it. I used Plymouth Yarn's Encore Tweed, worsted weight yarn that is 75% acrylic, 22% wool, and 3% rayon. I think that should stand up to whatever a 5-year-old can use it for...and it can be washed and tumble dried. His mom will love that.
I have made it through all the trials and tribulations of the yarn I was moaning about in an earlier posting and am now at the bind off point of the sweater's torso.
Hello men. I have made some nice progress on my son's sweater now. I am at the bottom of the torso and am ready to return to the smaller needles for the 2x2 rib stitch. Then I will begin on the arms, which shouldn't take too long. Hope you like it. I looks tight on me but it will be looser and a bit baggy on him, which is what he wants.
Recently there was in interest in the lopi sweater featured in a book by handknitting.com in Lopi Book 31, #13.
I think it was Trevor who wanted to know if he could get the book/pattern mailed to his region of New Zealand. Sorry, Trevor if I have mixed you up with someone else.
I haven't finished my wife's or my son's sweaters and I certainly can't work on them while we are all in the same room. They are both Christmas presents. Since I need to do something with my hands while we were spending a lot of time together this Thanksgiving weekend, and since I have 15 skeins of beautiful yarn (55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal Tweed) from Knit Picks, I thought I would begin my next sweater, this one actually for me! I am using Staci Perry' pattern simply called "Learn to Knit a Men's Sweater" and found on her site VeryPink.com. See link below.
Happy Thanksgiving a few days early. Here is a free pattern I found in case anyone wants to knit a cute little tiny turkey for Thanksgiving.
I've attached the pattern if you don't want to copy and past the above URL.
I am making a raglan, top-down sweater for my son and it's going very well. I am at the point where I will join the sleeves and continue with the body of the sweater. Right now, it's all just stockinette stitch, which is fine as my son likes things done simply. I thought, however, that I might add a bit of interest by adding some sort of a repeat. I won't have time to start this over, so I am doing a bit of research first, beginning with you all. Any suggests for a repeat that might look nice beginning where the sleeves are joined?