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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.