Now that Andrew’s birthday has come and gone I can share details and pictures of his super-secret birthday sweater. Well, it wasn’t entirely secret. Jessica knew which sweater I was knitting for him, she just didn’t know what colour it was going to be.
I fell in love with Arshile months ago so when I saw the booklet in my LYS I immediately snatched it up and purchased yarn; an added bonus was discovering Abi, which by the way, despite numerous issues, turned out perfectly.
(One of these days I am going to have to get model shots of all my sweaters—the laid-out-flat-on-the-floor poses just don’t do them justice but it’s hard to take pictures of yourself!)
Back to Arshile…
I really loved the gansey-style textured stitches and I am a sucker for a hoodie.
The pattern called for knitting it flat and seaming but I couldn’t see why it couldn’t be knit in the round so I adjusted the pattern and cast on after taking off for Miami back in September. It turned out to be perfect travel knitting—the pattern was straightforward and just mindless enough that I could knit and look out the airplane window at the same time. I worked on it a bit on the way home but mostly I just slept.
It didn’t take long to finish once I got home and settled in.
Once blocked, all I had to do was wait for the big day…
With Andrew so mobile these days, it’s hard to get him to stand still for a picture but I managed a quick one.
and then another.
After that the photo shoot went downhill when I tried for one with the hood on and he proceeded to jersey himself in his effort to get it off. However, I am happy to report that he has gone on to wear the sweater multiple times since without incident.