Anniversary V-neck Jersey

Last week was our 25th anniversary (there were times I thought I'd never see it) and I gave the love of my life a V-neck jersey he'd admired in a pattern book.  I secretly knitted it in Sept/Oct '05 and saved it until now.

The jersey is a lovely burgandy wool and done in a rice stitch.  I've taken a close-up photo of the stitch and put the picture in the attachments file.  That picture shows the colour a bit more accurately.  This was my first attempt at working a V-neck and I was surprised to discover how easy that is to knit.  The neckline looks so difficult but as long as one has marked the center stitch, it works up easily.  It is a Patons pattern.  I must say they do some nice men's conservative patterns.  I panicked when I looked at the photo and saw the "flaw" in the lower right hand corner.  I raced for the jersey and was relieved to find out that it was just a product of the light and that the stitches are all fine!

My partner likes his clothes to be roomy so I made this one size larger than I ordinarily would.  He likes it but I did think I heard him mumble something about "25 years of living with him and all I get is some jersey..." 

I've included the thumbnail in the attachments file as it won't load in the main body of this posting.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Sorry about the thumbnail and attachment photos; I can't get them to show here.  I've emailed Darrel for his assistance.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Bill's picture

the stitch looks wonderful...looking forward to seeing the sweater...

Please remind your spouse that the greatest gift is the love he's had for twenty five years!


Jordan's picture


Beautiful knitting!  The stitch gives it a great texture, and the neck does look impressive.  It's a classy and sharp-looking sweater.

Amazing that it was made in secret, too!


Great job.  Awesome stitch.  I'm a newbie and I've never heard of the rice stitch before.  I really like it...well done.  Congrats on "hanging there for 25 years!!!

That is a fabulous sweater. A lot of love must have gone into creating it. 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

drmel94's picture

It turned out wonderfully. Your partner's a lucky man. :-)

"Hatred does not end by hatred; hatred ends by love. This is the eternal law." - Buddha

Love it! Long-term love doesn't seem to get great marks, somedays. But it sure takes a lot of effort and commitment to achieve.

Yes, the V-neck isn't too difficult to knit -- takes a lot of attention to detail. I'm with Luke -- I would like the directions for the rice stitch, myself. It's a wonderful texture and would work well in socks, as well as sweaters, from the look of it. Can you post a chart or directions?

Again, congratulations on 25 years of committment. Have fun, 

kiwiknitter's picture

A number of members have sent me PM's requesting the Rice Stitch pattern.  Here it is:

Cast-on an uneven number of stitches. 

Row 1:  P1, *K1 tbl, P1, rep from * to end.

Row 2 - Knit.




Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Knipper's picture

Great looking.  The v-neckline turned out wonderfully.  They do take a bit of attention and, you are right, place that center stitch on a hold and go from there.  Thanks for printing the rice stitch pattern - can add to the future of stitch patterns to utilize.  It will look good in socks.  And congratulations on 25 years to both of you.