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Surviving The Boyfriend Sweater Curse

The sweater is done! I’ve never made a dude a sweater before, so this is kinda huge. Really huge is the fact I finished and it fits just like he wanted it to. I admit that I procrastinated a little. I’m not typically superstitious, but this boyfriend sweater curse idea has been floating around on the outskirts of my little crafting world ever since I first learned to knit. I think I heard about The Curse before I could even maneuver a purl stitch. So, when I agreed to not only knit Rick a sweater but design it too I knew I was on risky ground.

Rick showed me a few photos of cardigans he liked. Number one on the list was the sweater on the cover of the Empire Records DVD. A slouchy open cardigan walking the line between hip and old man. Hipster, old man chic. I chose Knit Picks City Tweed HW immediately. I’ve worked with the yarn in the past (It was actually one of the very first yarnlines I designed in! You can see it in my Shake the Barley Hat & Mitts.)

Now that the sweater is done, Rick got to experience a Fiddle Knits photo shoot for the first time. I think he had fun modeling! Part of the deal of him modeling was he got to select which photos to use. These are the ones that passed his inspection.

My next step is sizing. Rick is wearing what I would consider a men’s medium. I’ll be working all the sizes to CYC standards. Hopefully I get to focus on this part soon and can get the design out to pattern testers. I’d like to get the design up ASAP! I feel like it’s been in the works forever. In reality I began some time in the Fall.

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Settling In

I moved! In the last week Rick and I have been settling in to our new apartment. It’s good to be back out on Eastern LI. We’re mostly unpacked. Mostly. All my yarn and needles are still in bins in the craft closest. But I have a set of circulars and a few projects unpacked that I can work on! Of course, the yarn I have out and available I didn’t want to work on. So I got some new yarn. Woe is me.

Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Yarn

Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend in “Whipped Cream”. I cast it on as soon as I brought it home. It’s becoming a bottom-up raglan. Yet another design in progress that I’ll need to photograph and write up so I can release it.

I’m hoping that now, being back out east, I can get back into the swing of semi-regular photoshoots with my sister. With me being in more photos as well. Because I want to make some sweaters in my size!

This current design in progress (DIP?) began with inspiration from a Japanese knitting stitch dictionary my dad gave me for my birthday. I’m using the stitch on the hem and probably will incorporate it into the sleeve somehow. However, the majority of the sweater is worked in plain reverse stockinette stitch in the round. Yes, I know. There are lots of you knitters out there that hate lurking over and over and over again. I’m not one of those knitters. Purling has never bothered me. In fact, sometimes I even like it better than knitting. There. I said it.

If you’re not a purl fan like me then you can flip your work (after the hem detail) to knit the sweater inside out until you get to the sleeves. This lets you knit ever round instead of lurking endless inches. Work as your mood strikes you. Or heck, change the pattern entirely and make the right side in regular stockinette. I’m a big proponent of changing up patterns to make them work for you. So what if it was written on way? You do you!

Lion Brand yarn Comfy Cotton blend