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 Spinnery, 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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.