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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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Making Love: A Sweater WIP

I broke and ordered a sweater kit from Wool And The Gang. It’s just better to not resist.

Anyway, they were running a sale and I jumped on it and got this cute little cropped bell sleeve number. It’s knit up using Tina Tape. According to the pattern it’s knit in one piece from sleeve to sleeve. I like the shape, but didn’t want to do the one-piece thing. So I’m actually making two sleeves, a back, and a front and then seaming it all together. Other than that all the measurements and stitch pattern will be the same as the original WATG design.

I like having the seams in sweaters to give it stability and hold the shape. I do not like sewing said seams together. I know I’ll appreciate the extra effort once I’m done, though.

Turns out Tina Tape is a pretty nice yarn. It’s something outside of my typical yarn choices. I’ve only used one tape yarn before and that was Rewind by Lion Brand yarn. (I designed a wrap in it…. really need to photograph and post that.) As I work up the WATG “Love Thing” sweater I’m already dreaming of how this yarn can be used for casual Spring tops. It has an amazing drape and the flat yarn works up in such a way that airflow is guaranteed.

It’s currently 8 degrees outside. So I have a little time to plan out my Spring wardrobe…. 🥶

This year’s goal: make more garments for me!

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So Snuggly

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This yarn is way far out of my normal comfort zone, especially for a garment. Yup. I’m making a sweater out of this bright pink lumpy bumpy yarn. It will be a simple boxy pullover and I plan on pairing it with my pink plaid lounge pants for Netflix & Knit nights at home.

The yarn is new from Lion Brand and if you couldn’t take a guess, it’s marketed for babies. The name says it all: Baby Soft Boucle. It is indeed soft enough for a baby. There are some other colors that probably make more sense for a grown-ass adult, but go big or go home. Right?

Originally I thought about crocheting with this yarn, but that turned into a big NOPE. You can’t see your stitches in this at all. (Definitely not beginner friendly.) Knitting is working out just fine in plain old garter stitch on US size 11 needles. This also makes it a pretty speedy knit. For he moment the newness and novelty of the yarn is keeping me I retested enough to knit rectangles. Let’s hope my speed outlasts my boredom with repetition so I end up with a wearable snuggly sweater.