So after having some very beautiful yarn in my chest of drawers for about 3 or 4 months and having a pattern in my queue since December 31, 2012 (WOW! Procrastination at its best!) I have finally casted on a sweater/hoodie for my Mister.
The only pattern that my darling Mister would agree to, he’s not a sweater type man you see, was this hoodie pattern that I found in a Creative Knitting Magazine a while back. Finally this summer I took him to my LYS and let him pick out some worsted superwash yarn. He only had a few shelves to pick from but he decided on Malabrigo Rios in a lovely shade of green called 037 Lettuce. The picture above is a pretty close representation of the true color. You can also view the color, along with other equally beautiful colors here.
I started my gauge swatch and realized I had too many stitches and needed to go up a needle size, but that still didn’t fix my problem. If I went up another size, the gauge was still off and the stitches were getting to be too open. Something just wasn’t right. I did some digging (ie Ravelry and Facebook groups) and discovered the weight is actually closer to a DK than a worsted!
DAMN! *insert eye rolls and a foot stomp*
So i took to the land of WWW and came up empty-handed. REALLY!? Must all men have cabled sweaters!? If it didn’t have cables it had weird collars or it was a button up/zipper at the neck. Since my Mister is a Lineman the zippers were a bad idea. Electricity+metal zipper=no bueno! He was NOT going to do buttons either. Also, there was not one i could find that had a hood! That’s all he really wanted, was a hood to pull up under his hard hat.
I was going to have to just wing this. I don’t really like this idea at all. I want this done soon (it’s getting really cold fast) and the yarn took me a few months to save up for.
Thankfully I found this article to help figure out how much to cast on and so forth and I think I will be just fine. I will use the percentages to figure my stitches and then kinda-sorta-not really follow along with the pattern.
It should prove to be an interesting project.