Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alex's Knit Cotswold Henley Sweater

After a failed attempt at properly fitting a gorgeous sweater for myself, I thought I'd give men's knit sweaters a go.

This was my first time knitting a sweater for a man, mostly because none of my boyfriends in the past have deserved one. (Heh heh.) Now that Alex and I are legally bonded, I figured it was safe. He legally has to love the sweater, just like he legally has to love me.

Have you ever heard that it was bad luck to knit a sweater for your boyfriend? I totally get why that's true.

Pattern: Cotswold Henley by Meghan Babin (featured in Interweave Knits Fall 2015)
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Tweed in Teal

Sweaters are a labor of love. It took me about a month to finish this one, but I was really happy with the results. I worked on it every time I had a free moment, otherwise it probably would've taken a lot longer.

The beauty of the man sweater is that there are no complicated fitting problems. You measure the chest, and you knit the sweater with a bit of positive ease. Done. None of this crazy my-bust-is-huge-and-my-shoulders-are-narrow crap.

Alex usually goes for traditional crew neck collars, but because I was knitting this one and he liked the rest of the sweater so much, I was able to talk him into something a little different. I really like the wood buttons with the tweed.

Alex is already talking to me about the next sweater I'm going to make, but I told him it might be a while. I gotta get started on Christmas presents!

It's difficult to see the texture up close when you're working on the sweater, but these pictures really show off how gorgeous the stitch is.

It wouldn't be a photo shoot without Nietzsche participating. We did have one little incident where the cat clawed at the sweater and created some not-pretty stitches, but I will continue to repair as needed until it's full of unsightly holes.

Don't be fooled. She's not giving out cute kisses or anything here. She's planning how to destroy the sweater.

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