Transforming Plain to Stylish for Valentine’s Day

Every Valentine’s Day I give Thor something I’ve designed and knit with him in mind.  I felt I had to make up for his birthday sweater out of yarn that quickly pilled miserably.  So last month I raided my stash for some good yarn.

I came upon many skeins of Mountain Mohair (40% fine western wool Targhee, 30% medium wool and 30% fine mohair).  Mountain Mohair is produced by Green Mountain BlueGenetianSpinnery, a worker-owned cooperative in Putney, Vermont, USA.  Mountain Mohair is worsted weight (2oz/140y).  This yarn is very warm and wears well.  I had many skeins in Blue Gentian – a color I knew would look great on Thor.

Cuff

Cuff

Thor loves cable, but with Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, I had no time to design and knit him heavily cabled sweater for him by February 14.  Instead, I designed and knit a simple raglan made elegant by the high quality of the yarn and set off by simple faux cable (twist) ribs.

Hem

Hem

(I washed and blocked the sweater and am waiting for it to finish drying.  The strong light in the kitchen has washed out the blue in these pictures, but the sweater looks very nice in person.  Truly!)

Thor asked for a kangaroo pocket.  It was easy to knit one in.  He spends a lot of time in front of computer

Edge of Kangaroo Pocket

Edge of Kangaroo Pocket

Neckline

Neckline

screens every day and, as we keep the temperature low in our house, his hands tend to get cold.  He can warm his hands in such a pocket.

The need to customize sweaters for excellent fit cannot be overstated.  Because Thor has large shoulders that are slightly rounded in the back, I put in some short rows on the sweater back so that it won’t give the appearance of “riding up” in the back.

Raglan decrease merging into the neck

Raglan decrease merging into the neck

He also has very long arms, so calculating the rate of increase from cuff to where the sleeve joins the sweater was also important.  I spread the increases over a longer slope to create a finished look to the sleeves.

Faux cable over the raglan decreases

Faux cable over the raglan decreases

I worked the typical raglan decreases on either side of the faux cable and then carried the raglan cable into the neckline.  The result was quite nice.

Though the sweater will not be a surprise for Thor tomorrow – he endured too many measurement and fitting sessions for this sweater – I’m making something else he doesn’t know about.  🙂

Excellent yarn, good fitting/design and minimalist accents transforms a simple sweater into an understated, elegant garment that the wearer will turn to often.

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Transforming Plain to Stylish for Valentine’s Day

  1. What beautiful and skillfull kniting! I love especially the little cables on the cuff, what agreat idea!Love your blog, warm greetings form Ohio, Johanna

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  2. I was impressed how the apple filling turned out after 3 months in the freezer! The apple pieces were darker but I think that was from sitting in brown sugar & spices all that time. After I defrosted, I mixed in some potato starch as a thickening.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing the picture of this on the model. Love the accents you’ve used and simple and stylish works for me every time 🙂

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  4. kiwiyarns says:

    What a loving way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I bet he looks great in his beautifully knitted sweater. Your apple pie sounded great too. I might have to take a leaf out of your book and do some freezing of apples come the season!

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  5. Yes – as soon as it’s dry. 🙂 I will have Thor model it outside in natural light. It’s a lovely color!

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  6. Lucky Thor is now working his way through his Valentine Day apple pie. 🙂 My favorite apples for pie are Arkansas Blacks – which have a very short season. (One can find them November-December.) So a few months ago I cut up and seasoned a bunch and froze. Yesterday I defrosted the bag in the dishwasher so he wouldn’t see it (we never the dishwasher). Then while he was in his office this morning I threw together a pie. The man can eat one in 24 hours. Now why is it, pray tell, that if a woman the same did that she’d turn into a blimp but men can stay slim?! >

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  7. Rebecca says:

    Wow, that is an impressive commitment to Valentine’s Day. Lucky Thor

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  8. He really appreciates whatever I knit for him – and takes care of them too! And that man has so many pairs of fingerless gloves I’ve knit him – and I’ve offered to make him others! I was in his study the other day and there were two pairs sitting on one of his desks! I don’t know why he doesn’t wear them! They would certainly go a long way to warming his hands. 🙂

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  9. Thanks for the high praise … It wasn’t really that difficult (though keep in mind I learned to knit knit over 50 years ago). The sweater is wrapped up in towels blotting (I find that speeds the drying), and I’ve unwrapped it twice already this morning just to admire it. 🙂 And I’ve knit Thor several pairs of fingerless gloves … he just forgets to put them on or something!

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  10. Susan says:

    DANG, you are GOOD!!! I am ‘lazy’ and hate to reinvent the wheel 🙂 I DO get the cooler temps in the house, I too have one very cold right hand. Happy Valentines day to you both

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  11. Libby says:

    This looks great. I hope he appreciates it. I only wish I dared do my own designing. Perhaps some fingerless gloves would also help keep his hands warm? (I have knitted several pairs lately!)

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  12. hookednewknitter says:

    The details of the sweater look lovely- will you post a picture of the finished article?

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