This year I am knitting a sweater for my boyfriend Lou.Â We have been dating for 5 years this February and as he is a big fan of anything wooly it is high time he had his own sweater.
It took me a while to realize that he wanted a sweater.Â I have always shown him the popular men’s knitting patterns like Cobblestone and the Saddle Shoulder Aran Cardigan and had him look through Son of Stitch and Bitch but he never seemed to like anything enough for me to make it so I thought he was only humoring me and didn’t really want a sweater.
However, this year Lou started collecting wool shirts and wool pants for winter (see below).Â It was then I knew he secretly wanted a sweater and I just hadn’t found the right one.
This fall I went on a short road-trip up North and while I was gone I left Lou with a big pile of men’s knitting pattern books from the library.Â When I returned he had selected the pattern for his sweater from this book:
This is a really interesting book.Â There are archival photographs of people wearing sweaters and then charts for the stitch patterns in the sweaters.Â Lou asked for a sweater based on this one:
Once we had the pattern figured out it was pretty straightforward to match up a yarn and get started.
I am using Peace Fleece in Baikal Superior Green which is a nice dark blue/green.Â I’ve had some gauge woes so far (this sleeve has been frogged) but now that those are sorted I think the rest of the project will go pretty smoothly.
Shooting cactus in Tucson last March
Finally the Official Blog Photographer will have a sweater of his own!