I’m embarrased to admit I started this sweater in January 2019 for a February 2019 birthday gift to my husband Jordan. By winter 2019, it still wasn’t done — just needing the neckband ribbing done. I was feeling unconfident about the neckband and asked my expert knitting boss if she would finish it, and she did. All I had left to do for the last YEAR was weave in the ends. She even seamed it for me. The weather cooled off last week and our seventh anniversary was approaching. We’re on a pandemic budget (happy to still be working, but pay cuts nonetheless) and I figured I could get this done in time and present as an anniversary gift.
I was inspired by this fingering weight lambswool sweater from Brooks Brothers.
I used a wool blend DK weight yarn from Silk City Fibers and knit on my midgauge Silver knitting machine.
I drafted the pattern using my Garment Designer software from Cochinelle and made a goof. The neckline was done as “wide and deep” because I thought, “oh, scoop”. But, it’s too wide and definitely too deep for traditional men’s look. Jordan’s wearing it with a white undershirt and says that makes it wearable for him. I’m on the fence, but in one thousand years would never go back and try to knit up the neckline. I rarely fix for sewing and I absolutely do not for knitting.
I chose the “saddle sleeves” and I’m very curious now about the draft. I’m not familiar with this style and never saw this sweater on a model. So I’m unclear how far should the front come down on the shoulder. Here it reads a bit drop sleeve to me — but not at the font. I don’t know if that’s the look of it, or if I have his personal measurements off.
Either way, he’s happy so I’m happy. Which is great because I don’t know what I’m doing for myself when it comes to knitting. Jordan needs and asks for so little as gifts. So making for him is the one thing he wants, wears and I can do. I on the other hand have barely retained anything I’ve knit for myself. I think I might not like chunkier knits on me. I definitely like them a bit more fitted too. I’m still committed to machine knitting, but perhaps need to try on more styles and figure out what I like. If I just am a men’s sweater, socks and hat knitter — I would be okay with that too. Might even help me stop buying yarn!