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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :).