My father passed away on February 18, having worn his new sweater constantly since Christmas. His 77th birthday would have been on Sunday.
I mentioned back in December that I’d been knitting, not stitching. This was the result. A month and a half of frantic knitting produced a sweater that my father wore constantly. 🙂 I think he likes that it’s darker than the light arans Mom and I have given him over the years.
On the other hand, knitting in the evening does produce some problems. The skeins I used were all the same “dye lot” (they’re natural colored wool) but NOT the same shade. That works really well when the lighter piece is the button band, or both sleeves. Not so much when the shade changes noticeably in the middle of the back. Yet, I doubt anyone will notice it but me…
The pattern is one from Patons: appropriately, “Dad’s Cardigan.” Apart from some very strangely worded instructions and a couple of typos that changed the pattern from the way it was shown, it went together pretty easily. Find the mini-cable twist pattern instructions somewhere else, though. It’s also a pretty loose stitch count for an Aran knit. But it turned out warm and well-loved, so I’m happy. And so was Dad, which is what really matters!