Hij zond me een foto van wat hij in gedachten had, en het was een vest in patentsteek, met een sjaalkraag. Dat kwam mooi uit, want een ik wou nu wel eens een groot project in patentsteek breien.
My son asked if I could knit him a cozy sweater, to sit on the couch at home.
He sent me a picture of what he had in mind, and it looked like a cardigan in brioche stitch, with a shawl collar.
In the book by Nancy Marchant I found this sweater, 'the book exchange cardigan'. I think this comes pretty close to what my son wants.
My first assignement was to select a nice yarn. I opted for Rowan pure wool worsted. I could get the right gauge with my swatch, and it kept it's shape after washing. This is important, because brioche stitch can sag a lot, when knit too loose.
The sleeves seemed to take forever. Sewing the saddle shoulder and the shawl collar was also a first for me. After 6 weeks of knitting feverishly I managed to finish it on time. I threw it in the washing machine (as I did with my swatch) and it grew beyond believe!
I managed to bring it back to size in the dryer (checking every 5 minutes). I’ll just have to warn my son to never wash this sweater (his way)….
This is the final object, modeled by the recipient.
The sweater pills a bit, and just a tad longer would have been better... but it's perfect for lounging on the couch.
A happy knitter with offspring.