I made another sweater.
I know, I’m a masochist. (Or, maybe I really like making sweaters.)
This one was for my dad. He’s a pretty classy guy- he wears a suit to work and if you see him in a sweater, it’s more likely he’d wear a thin, understated merino one from Nordstrom than something I’d knit (I do lean toward cables and bright colors, after all).
But he hasn’t gotten a sweater from me yet! We can’t let that stand!
So, I got a big pile of Knit Picks’ Swish in Cobblestone, and broke out the “Knits for Everybody” book. (I love a top-down raglan.) I started making the sweater just as written- all stockinette all the time- but the smallish gauge and the simple pattern made me feel like I was knitting at a glacial pace.
So, I decided to add a little interest.
Stripes were out (Dad’s not a stripes guy), but I thought I could do a little texture. I didn’t want to add any cables, since those can mess up your gauge, and I had already started knitting.
A little poking around on Ravelry, and I found FlaxI liked the garter band down the sleeves (garter is my favorite). So, I carefully ripped back a few stitches at either shoulder and re-knit them in garter. And, because I love to embellish, I added garter panels down both sides of the body, too.The sweater turned out pretty well, and (I think) pretty classy, which is not something I usually strive for.
(Ollie thinks so, too)
Have you ever “fancied up” a pattern as you were working on it? How did that go?