This thought process got me thinking about relationships and marriage and perhaps the days of yore before airconditioning and the perfect 23 degree automatically cooled room. Lets say a man did traditionally do all the wood chopping, just for arguments sake. He would wonder off into the woods, axe in hand, with perhaps some bread and water. His intention is to keep the family warm and what a good husband/father/ uncle/ whomever he is for it. But just as I pictured said lone man in a freshly snowed forest a thought crossed my mind. Who keeps him warm? But I know the answer. Someone had knit him a sweater, hat, scarf and mittens with love knowing he would be the one to brave the cool climate in order for the comfort of everyone else.
Now I understand, what goes around comes around. Mum was implying that I need to find a man who needs me to knit for him while he goes out to 'chop wood' to keep our family warm. I wonder if my mother in law ever said to my husband as a young boy "You need to find a good woman who can knit"!?
Pattern: Shawl Collar Sweater
Designer: Patons. Book 1266. Jet Mens
Needles: 4.5mm and 5.0mm (to obtain gauge)
Yarn: Merino/Angora mix (No Brand Name - bought from Hokitika Sock Factory)
Let me tell you what is good about this pattern: Patons have been around for a long time and clearly know how to write a pattern. In other words, it's fair to say that what is written has been tried and tested. With this particular pattern, I was aiming to make a handsome, fairly traditional sweater and the whole book delivers on just that. With a 2/4 "easy" skill level, the set in sleeve, basic cable is a good place for the advanced beginner to jump into a new ball game. As with any knitting project, complete a proper gauge swatch so you can choose the right size needles to attain the proper sizing. The cable pattern can take a few goes to get the hang of but you repeat it at least 7 times on the front, back and both sleeves! You have lots of time to work it out!
Extra bits you should know before casting on: I suppose the downfall of a big project is well, just that! This sweater was a big project to take on. There are five separate pieces that eventually all need to be joined. Although the seaming and joining is explained, it is brief and assumes that you know how to do a shoulder seam. It does however have a reference to the much needed mattress stitch used for binding sleeves and sides. I used the old crochet seam/bind off technique for the collar which makes for a nice clean line, should the inside of the neck be noticed. There is a lot of help on the internet in the form of video tutorials that can get you out of knitting brain freeze should you require help! You will need to know how to knit, purl, cable (a few varieties but all are explained) and follow a 20 row cable pattern. Also, knowing how to put the whole thing together really helps!