Christmas Sweater (Non Ugly Edition)

Happy New Year everyone! Husband and I are on vacation with family on the East Coast this week, so posting will be light, but I did want to share one of the sweaters I made for Christmas. My brother has been asking for a knitted sweater for years, and I finally gave in and made him one.

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I used the Collegiate Cardigan pattern from Erika Knight's Men's Knits. It called for a super bulky yarn, and my brother is a college student, so I needed something super thick and machine washable. Eventually, I decided on Caron Simply Soft, doubled up in color "Dark Country". It worked fairly well except that the sweater turned out really thick and therefore really warm - not necessarily the best for our generally mild climate.

The pattern itself was fairly easy to complete, just a modified seed stitch and uncomplicated cables. The hardest part was really getting both of the sleeves and sides to match patterns, but I managed it okay, I think. It got kind of stiff while I was knitting and sewing it together, but once I washed it, it had a nice drape and sheen to it.

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The back had two kinds of cables on it, and I think I did mess up on the spacing in the middle one, but I couldn't find the mistake later, so I'm calling it good :P.

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For buttons, I had a hard time deciding on a color, so these didn't get sewn on until Christmas Eve, but the brown ended up looking nice against the blue.

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My brother was excited when he opened it, and he kept trying it on throughout the day even though it was way too warm inside to wear it, so I think he liked it :).