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« on: December 15, 2006 02:44:41 PM »

My dad has requested a handknit sweater after seeing my Central Park Hoodie. He wants cables and a crew neck. He is a very classic, conservative dresser.  I'm afraid to attempt a full-on aran and I think that would end up too heavy for him, anyway.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel like I have looked everywhere and I'm getting discouraged.

He really deserves this sweater.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2006 03:53:25 PM »

I'm in a similar situation, and I've been wanting to make my dad the Cycling Aran from Hello Yarn
http://www.helloyarn.com/cyclingaran.htm. The pattern is free; the sleeves are just ribbed, not cabled; and the cables on the body don't look too difficult, but impressive. You could modify the neck so that it's not so high. The only thing about that I dread is sewing in the zipper, but if you made buttonholes instead, it would look more classic & conservative, which is my dad's style too.
(I also have considered the Manly Sweater from SNB, but it has a v-neck and no cables.)
You could try just doing a top-down raglan with center-back and center-front cable patterns, and that way most of it would be stockinette or whatever, so it wouldn't be a full-on aran.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2006 03:55:05 PM »

a freebie: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/cameo-cable-unisex.html  (Not so "form fitting" will make it manlier.)

There are myriad in EZ's various books & newsletters - have you tried there?

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2006 04:03:45 PM »

My husband wouldn't wear the cycling aran...and he is 67 and also a very, very conservative dresser...he wears white shirts, and grey or blue pants, every day....has only deviated twice...on our wedding day, and when he went to my cousins funeral....then he wore a suit on both occasions.
My daughter used to think he wore a uniform.

But you could adapt a plain cardigan and add a cable in the front, on each side. The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns By Ann Budd has very basic patterns and how to make them in a variety of guages and sizes.

As for the cycling aran..not at all knocking the suggestion. I'm very tempted to make one for my brother in law, and for my nephew....so thanks Aunt Carrot.
By the way...I too was terrified of zippers...then I just did it one day. It was easy!
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006 04:42:03 PM »

Oh, no offense taken, diosaperdida--different people have different styles, and even when you use the same words to describe them, they don't necessarily mean the same things! I'm always having a tough time at my LYS trying to figure out what to do for my conservative mom, and the ladies there do not have the same idea of 'conservative' as I do (or rather, as my mom does).
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2006 06:52:56 PM »

Thank you guys sooo much!

I showed them both to my dad. Although I totally expected him to like the cameo cable sweater better, it looks like he will be getting a Cycling Aran. I have made no promises to have it done before his July birthday, lol. Now I just need to go find a yarn sub....
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2006 04:00:42 PM »

The Cycling Aran is sized for a 36 and my dad wears a 46 inch suit. I know he wouldn't want it that fitted. Adding that many purl stitches would make it look bad, I think?

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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2006 04:57:48 PM »

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The Cycling Aran is sized for a 36 and my dad wears a 46 inch suit. I know he wouldn't want it that fitted. Adding that many purl stitches would make it look bad, I think?

I don't know, the cables are set fairly close together... well, if the gauge is 13 sts=4 inches, and you wanted to add 10 inches, you'd have to add 32.5 sts (...right?). If you added 1 extra purl to the 2 purls already between the cables (so that first row of the cable chart was k3 p3 k4 p3 etc, instead of k3 p2 k4 p2 etc), that would be 8 extra stitches across the front and 8 across the back. You could hide the other 16 on the edges, or p4 instead of p3... or just use a different pattern altogether.
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