The "Uber-sweater" Project

Imagine you were going to have to create the sweater to end all sweaters. A real guys' sweater, in a really big (super) bulky/chunky yarn, meeting the following criteria:

  • 100% natural fibre, preferably wool;
  • Tension of 2 or 3 stitches to inch;
  • Reasonably felt-free;
  • Earthy or dyed colours;

From the above, it's obviously going to be a heavy garment, that's part of the concept.

What yarn would you select? Have u knitted something like this before? Was there a pattern that lends itself to the creation of the sweater to end all sweaters?

Looking forward hearing what you'd make of this.


QueerJoe's picture

I like this question. First of all, I would want the wool to be lofty so that it it was bulky and warm, but not so heavy that it couldn't be worn. I'd use something like Cascade 109 Bulky.

I'd go as simple as I could with both the sweater and the color.

Raglan roll-neck in a charcoal gray. The raglan sleeve would reduce the lump of extra underarm fabric that most fitted sleeves would produce in a bulky yarn and the roll-neck would be a nice neat and simple way to finish off a classic sweater.

Britisher's picture

I think that's a really good recommendation, particularly to avoid unnecessary bulk at the arms. I'm finishing the yoke on my first raglan sweater just now, it'll be easy enough to do again and will get extra use on the Knit Picks Options I bought a few weeks ago. Good idea to make it a rollneck too, so long as the chosen yarn isn't like wire wool.

Unfortunately, Ann Budd's "Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns" - which is great - only goes down to 3 stitches / inch, so will need to improvise once a swatch is done, or find an alternative pattern.

Charcoal grey is a great choice too. It's not easy to find Cascade yarns here in the UK, but I've seen at least one site that sells some.

Many thanks for your suggestions.

YarnGuy716's picture

You may also want to look at which has a sweater wizard script that let's you enter you gauge and dimensions, then calculates a pattern based on the percentage method. A good alternative to the Ann Budd book, which I use a lot.

Britisher's picture

Excellent, many thanks, I haven't seen before, so really handy to have that one for reference. As it happens, I've done a bit of dynamic website programming my spare time, and was thinking how an automated on-line pattern calculator could be developed. Someone got there first, which has saved me some time, and leaves more more time to get on with he "uber-sweater" project.

PaganCub's picture

with that said, is there a pattern for a guy who wears roughly a size 4x who also needs the arms and bodice length longer than normal...say, 10-15% longer...and a wider neck too

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Britisher's picture

Haven't seen a specific pattern for your preferred size, but regarding length of arms and body, most patterns should cope with extra rows worked below the sleeve shaping and to increase arm length. You'd just need to make sure any pattern repeat or any shaping is accounted for. Someone with more experience of this please let me know if I'm wrong.

MMario's picture

wwell - as soon as you said "bulky" I tuned out . Bulky has about as much appeal to me as poison-ivy yarn.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Britisher's picture

Ah well, it looks like some of us are "bulky" men, and some of us are "lace" men :-)

albert's picture

You might check out Bartlettyarns Fisherman's Bulky at As for the felt-free feature your'e looking for, I think that would have to be a treated machine washable wool.

Britisher's picture

Thanks, you kindly directed to Bartlettyarns in reply to another post, and I've checked them out. The yarn is certainly in the running.

superi's picture

Look a Jared Flood's Smokin' jacket in Son of a Stitchin' Bitch


Britisher's picture

Cool, thanks, don't have that book, but will check it out next time I'm in a knitter-friendly bookshop.

crmartin's picture

Funny how a simple typo can change the meaning of a sentence.
"Son of a"