I might have mentioned that I was finished with Ty’s sweater a while ago, I might have even mentioned that I took FO pictures of it, but you’ve yet to see any evidence of this. Well, I completely blame Ty. Really, it’s all his fault. If his torso didn’t take up the majority of his height, he’d have been wearing his sweater for a month now. Instead, the first full day he wore it was yesterday. Pro-tip for any of you thinking of knitting your man a sweater, make it top-down. You’ll thank me later.
But finally, here it is in all it’s full length glory. And I’d say it fits him pretty damn well.
This is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover from Knitting Without Tears. It’s my first EZ pattern, and although her writing style is entertaining and informative, there are a few things I would have changed if I used this pattern again, and obviously there are things I added. I used regular old ribbing and a long-tail cast on for the sleeve cuffs and sweater bottom instead of the folded hem she suggested. I also added moss stitch on the sides and under the arms, with the sleeve increases on either side of the moss stitch panel. The cable on the front was positioned asymmetrically on the far left side, and the cables on the sleeve follow the saddle shoulder right up to the collar.
The most important thing I would have done differently would be to convert it to a top-down sweater so that I wouldn’t have to go through the painful process of lengthening it. I also would have added more neck shaping. There is more height at the back of the neck, which prevents it from looking too strange, but I’d have liked a more gentle curve at the front of the neck. I also probably would have added some short rows at the top of the back to accommodate Ty’s large shoulders better.
All in all, I am so happy with this sweater, and so is Ty. I’m sure that it’s the first in a long line of sweaters for Ty. And now that he knows how well custom sweaters fit him, he’s not been shy about asking for more. Let’s just say I won’t be surprised if one day soon he hands me a pattern and a bag of yarn and tells me to get to work.