1.17.2009

The Dad With The Dad Sweater

So I finally gave my Dad the long awaited sweater.
Good news! It fits!




...And he likes it! What a wonderful ending to this project!


I am so very pleased by how the sweater turned out! The design is very nice and very wearable. Its not too "fancy" or "silly looking" as men's sweaters can often be. This pattern, paired with the Kathmandu Tweed yarn, makes for a wonderful rugged looking cardigan.

This was my first time working saddle shoulders. I really like the look of them and I think that this sleeve construction lends itself well to a masculine sweater. Hardly any men like a set in sleeve and this is a nice variation to the classic drop shoulder style.



This pattern ended up using 18.. YES 18.. balls of Kathmandu Aran Tweed. The pattern for this cardigan is a Rowan pattern called Man's Zip-up Jacket. I found it for free online over the Summer, but unfortunately the pattern has since been taken down. :(
I'm so glad that I found it when I did!
I am so happy with this project! And also sooo proud of myself for sticking with it even through the trying times.
It was so worth it!!!

27 comments:

Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow! That sweater looks absolutely perfect! You would never guess that it was hand-crafted--which, ironically, is the goal, isn't it? Good job!

knitaholic said...

Wow!! That turned out really nice! Good job! I'm in the middle of knitting my first sweater and I can't wait until I'm as good as you are!

Ashley said...

Wow! That came out so nice! Love it!

skinner studio said...

Alana, it looks great and your dad sure looks handsome sporting your latest creation.

Gingerbread said...

It looks so good a perfect fit, and how did you get him to model it for you. Usually they don't like photos being taken. best wishes Julie.C

Ruth said...

It's a wonderful sweater, and it fits so well. What a great job you did.

sasalyn said...

It looks great. I'm sad that the pattern isn't available anymore. I'd probably make one myself. If you ever come across the pattern again, please let us know.

SweetDreams said...

Oh WOW! That is Sweater Perfection! I love everything about it... AND it fits :) I don't know your Dad, but it really does seem to be a perfect match for him.
You really outdid yourself with this one - Congratulations!

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comette said...

That is one kick'n sweater!!! And it is sooooo him! Great job Alana!

AudKnits said...

The sweater is fantastic! The care you put into it shows in every detail. Great photos,too!

haileysmomscat said...

Wow - the sweater looks great! You did a really great job, and nice work sewing in the zipper. I'd love to try doing that but sadly I have terrible sewing skills.

Maria said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on such a beautiful accomplishment.

luneray said...

That looks absolutely perfect on him. Looks like it'll be something he lives in. :)

Bummer that the pattern has been taken down.

Cathi said...

Looks great!

gnk said...

Yeah!!!! You perservered and created a wonderful gift for your dad. It's very handsome.

Congratulations.

Gemma said...

Just perfect! Well done!

Rachel said...

Congratulations on finishing the sweater! It's a gorgeous knit, and I'm so glad that it fit your dad perfectly. Great job!

Poethead said...

The sweater is awesome! Nice looking dad, as well! I'm sure he was thrilled.

jillian said...

It's perfect! Handsome, rugged, perfect fit, classic design. Perfect!

madonnaearth said...

That looks great on him; perfect fit! I love the way the stripes go from skinny to solid around the zipper. And he looks happy too! Awesome!

Yvonne said...

Well,this was worth the wait! He looks dashing and handsome and super-happy with his sweater on :)

Does he know he's famous, being on your blog and podcast? hee hee!
Great job!

Ryan said...

How sweet!! It's lovely sweater... I found many different types of wonderful stuff for men at Paul Fredrick...

Li said...

wonderful! your dad is so lucky. this is why i don't knit for men. they are just THAT much bigger. i'd never have the patience to finish! great photos.

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

The sweater looks great and your dad looks very handsome in it!

knittyteacher said...

I love the length of it. The zipper is just perfect. I am glad that you used the metal type since it gives it the right touch. Yeah! I am so glad you were able to post a picture of it along with your dad wearing it.. Congrats!

Suzanne said...

After listening to you talk about The Dad sweater, it was really so nice to see The Dad in it. It fits very, very well. You did an incredible job with all that ribbing.