Shortly before the wedding I started a sweater for K. I bought the yarn for this sweater in 2006/07, and it sat, untouched, even unopened in the shipping box in which it was sent. I knew which sweater I’d make, I had it all planned out, but really, I stalled on the knitting bit for years. Can’t imagine why… oh, right – I’m used to baby sweaters, kids sweaters, and sweaters for moi, who tells folks that I’m 5 feet tall on a good day. K is over a foot taller than me, which obviously translates into a lot more knitting in order to produce a garment that fits. Well, I bit the bullet anyway. The sweater is the Men’s Zipped Raglan from the oh, so erroneously titled Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I knit the smallest size in chest measurement, the largest in length, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. Raveled here.
Chugged along on the body for a while — the knit is 4×4 rib so it’s pretty straightforward. Made it up to the underarms, at which point I started the sleeves in, oh, June. The sleeves. Almost killed me. First, the recommended cast on for the smallest size were huge. I got a few inches in and looked at their circumference around K’s (bony) wrist and knew it was no good. Riiiiiip. So now I had to recalculate the stitch count and increases, all in the 4×4 ribbing, not to mention the fact that the pattern in the book was off so I had to adjust things so the ribbing wouldn’t look wonky once it joined up with the body of the sweater. Did I mention K’s arms are long? Like when I had a sleeve that would fit me, I still had 8 inches to go?
Yep. and this was just the first sleeve. Once it was done, I went to join it to the body and….it didn’t work right! I almost had a heart attack. But fortunately, after some frantic figuring, I simply turned it inside out and voila, it would work. I probably would have quit right there if it hadn’t worked out.
Once I finally had the other sleeved done and attached, it didn’t take all that long to finish up the yoke and collar. While I definitely didn’t finish by his birthday, the sweater was all knitted up. Did it fit? I was a little worried — my guy is skinny, but was it too skinny for him? A little blocking later and a big sigh of relief, it would fit just fine!
But K. can’t wear it just yet – I still need to find a zipper and sew it in. Turns out it’s hard to match brown to brown when browsing the internet…I’ve got to get myself somewhere where I can match up the swatch and get the right color (and then do something with the one I bought that isn’t right!). Hopefully soon…I want K to be able to wear this now that it’s finally Fall here in DC!