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Topic: The dreaded boyfriend sweater: Leo, Fall '04 Knitty  (Read 711 times)
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« on: August 01, 2006 06:43:49 PM »

So the boyfriend is getting a sweater, and since he is picky (like most boys), he wants something machine washable and wearable. He likes the simplicity of Leo, so, when I finally settled on a nice, non-acrylic, machine washable yarn (Knitpicks' Swish Superwash, at an agreeable price), I bought the yarn and needles and am all set.

Or so I thought. When I started knitting it, it occurred to me that the composition of the yarn I am using is very different from the yarn specified in the pattern, which, in addition to being expensive and highly unavailable in my neck of the woods, is 50% silk / 50% wool Sad I get gauge fine (well, enough), I am just worried that it will turn out to be a suit of wooly armor when knit up...the swatch I have doesn't seem -that- stiff, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Should I go ahead and try to knit this as the pattern says, should I try to tinker with the gauge, or should I just find a different ribbed sweater pattern altogether? Also, I'd love to hear from people who have knit this pattern, as I can't seem to find any knitalongs online!

« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2006 07:02:38 PM »

OH I love that pattern.  No advice though!!

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2006 07:29:17 PM »

Hmm, the recommended gauge for the sweater pattern is 6 stitches per inch, or 24sts=4 inches, and the yarn you chose has a recommended gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch, or 18 stitches = 4 inches. The Knitpicks website considers that yarn worsted/heavy worsted and the recommended yarn sport weight. It seems like a big difference to me.

If it were me, I would probably try to tinker with the pattern to fit the yarn you bought. You don't want to knit the whole sweater only to find that the fabric of the sweater is uncomfortable. But it's a great pattern, so I am rooting for you to stick with it!

Good luck, and be sure to show us the finished results Smiley


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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2006 07:49:22 PM »

I can't help you... but how is the Swish? I am planning on ordering some soon.

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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006 08:29:39 PM »

Thanks all Smiley At least I've learned to think twice before subbing whatever yarn. I think I will try and tinker with the pattern, and maybe try to integrate it with other patterns for ribbed men's sweaters (though I can't seem to find very many that meet his standards of wearable; a lot of them are too fiddly).

cnp71201: The Swish is great, no complaints with the yarn itself, got a nice sheen to it and looks like it won't be too prone to any nasty pilling Smiley

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