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« on: January 12, 2009 07:24:35 PM »

For Christmas this year I wanted to do something special and appropriate for my Dad.  He has terminal prostate cancer and is always cold so a sweater seemed like a great option.

I used the Smokin' pattern from Son of a Stitch n Bitch.  I knit it in the smallest size.  I changed the pattern so that I could use thicker yarn (Wool Ease Thick and Quick) and bigger needles (10mm).  To change it I just made a swatch and did a lot of math.  This part of the process worked out really well.

On Christmas Eve as I was finishing the sweater I managed to run out of yarn (the button band/collar took more than 1 ball, and that was all I had brought with me), so panic ensued (and by panic I mean real true panic attack panic... and resizing the collar about 10 times until I could squeak it out).  I managed to make do by making the collar narrower, which actually worked out well, and my Mom found some old grey yarn in her stash for me to sew the button band/collar on to the sweater with.  Oh and due to the yarn shortage I did not make pockets for the sweater. 

All in all I think it was a success, according to my Mom my Dad hasn't taken the sweater off since Christmas except to sleep, and to wash it once (to get some renegade maple syrup out).  So I have officially replaced Mr Rogers (as my Dad's previous cardigan was known.

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 08:52:49 PM »

It's really nice, you should be very proud. I can't think of a better way to show your love.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 06:08:26 AM »

The sweater looks great!  Good job =)  What a great gift.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009 06:15:06 AM »

Thanks Em_britton, and Nven.  I am really happy with how it turned out, especially considering the unplanned, last-minute modifications.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009 08:42:55 AM »

That is a great example of what learning a craft can enable you to do; give someone close to you a real symbol of your love for them. It's wonderful.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009 11:49:16 AM »

Very nice! I love this pattern, I'm thinking of making one for my brother. It looks different than in the book, but still wonderful! No wonder he wears it all the time Smiley

How did you make the body section? I was confused because the pattern says to knit it on circular needles, but it is not a "tube"... help?!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009 01:31:29 PM »

Very nice! I love this pattern, I'm thinking of making one for my brother. It looks different than in the book, but still wonderful! No wonder he wears it all the time Smiley

I used larger needles and thicker yarn, that's the main reason it looks different, and I'm sure it fits differently than intended.

How did you make the body section? I was confused because the pattern says to knit it on circular needles, but it is not a "tube"... help?!

What you do is you knit the whole sweater at once, so you use a circular needle, but you knit back and forth on it as if it were straights.  You never join it in the round, you just knit it flat.  This method allows you to knit the whole sweater at once as it would be too big to fit on straights. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010 06:57:44 AM »

I'm sorry about his condition, I lost my grandfather to the same thing. I'm sure it is a real comfort to him.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010 11:15:01 AM »

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