Wooohooo! This FO really felt like an accomplishment.
It was my first design-your-own sweater. First knit item for my husband. First time I ever tried charting anything (although I think it could use some tweaking but from far away it looks fine). All this out of stash yarn, and what a stash buster this was! And the biggest accomplishment is that he loves it.
I couldn't be more proud!
I used the the basic pattern template from Knitters Handybook of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. I highly recommend it to anyone who's played with the idea of designing their own but is too intimidated to do it completely solo. She gives the basic patterns of the different sweater structures in childrens, men, and women sizes both in pullover and cardigan versions. You figure out your gauge then just plug it into her formulas. Honestly, it was so easy!
The photos are kind of hard to see. Black is difficult to photograph. There is 6x2 ribbing along the sides, bottom, cuffs, and neck.
He likes extra long sleeves so I reblocked and stretched them. I would say they're a bit too long but he says they're perfect and that's what counts.
I used Elann connemara Endless Summer for the black. And Sonata doubled for the Imperial logo. I don't think the gauge matched exactly but it worked out fine.
Thanks for looking.