Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Good One for Dad

Yippee!! I did it! I knit a gift sweater that fits. My father requested the following:
  • royal blue color
  • a pullover
  • but one with a placket so he could loosen the collar if he gets too warm
  • no drop shoulders!
  • sleeves that hit the wrist bone (the sleeves on store-bought sweaters are always too long on Dad
And here's the result:
Pattern: It's on the Tab (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
Needles: 4 mm and 5 mm
Modifications: raglan sleeve shaping, button band instead of tabs

I knit the small size and it fits like a medium. I did get gauge. I think the discrepancy is that a drop shoulder design is often knit baggy, but Dad didn't want a loose and floppy fit. He's quite happy with the way this turned out on all accounts. He and my mom came for a visit today and my Dad put the sweater on first thing. They stayed for lunch and to play cards and he wore it the whole time he was here. That's a good sign!

The buttons are kind of fun. They're replicas of the American buffalo nickel. My dad used to collect them when I was a kid.

It's weird that I keep finding buttons like this for my Dad. Last time there were moose on his buttons. This time, the first store I hit had these buttons. I don't know what it is with my dad and the ungulates. I don't care. I love my Pop and my Pop loves me!


  1. Woohoo! Don't you love it when a plan works? Glad he was pleased - it was a very fine sweater, indeed.
    Love those buttons!

  2. Anonymous4:17 pm

    Fabulous sweater for you Dad. Congratulations, Laurie. He looks so very pleased!
    Elly in Nova Scotia

  3. Beautiful sweater; wonderful smile!

  4. Gorgeous sweater - lucky Dad!!

  5. That photo from the back -- what an absolutely perfect fit! And with all those cables, too. The collar looks perfect on your dad, very flattering. He's lucky to have you, and you're lucky to have him. Bet he wears that sweater until it's too hot out, then dons it the moment the weather cools off again.

    Good work, Laurie. Wish I could make a sweater fit that well! --syl

  6. Oh yeah, that's a winner. What a fabulous smile from your dad in that last pic. Good job!

  7. Beautiful sweater for your lucky dad. I'm with him on the raglan sleeves. I find they fit better and look better as a result. Especially with cable patterns.

  8. And by the look of the smile, he loves the sweater too.

  9. Your Dad looks quite handsome in his new sweater! Beautiful work.

  10. Gorgeous color! It looks great with his silver hair.

  11. Holly L.7:28 pm

    What a cutie! Great job on the sweater, and nice find with the buttons. They're cool.

  12. good job, well done!!!great photos. the sweater is a perfec fit

  13. Looking Good! Great sweater and a great fit! You're a lucky Daughter and he's a lucky Dad.

    ...and I love that royal blue color.

  14. Anonymous4:19 am

    What a wonderful sweater you've made!
    Esther in Ottawa

  15. Dad looks great in that sweater.

  16. What a beautiful sweater! And your dad is charming and handsome modeling it for us!

  17. Your dad -- and his new sweater -- both look great!! Love the buttons.

  18. It's perfect! It looks great on him too.