Friday, August 17, 2012

Protego Pullover

The sweater that almost did me in.  I mean really, this thing was the bane of my existence for the longest time.  I was this close to setting it ablaze.

I'm glad I didn't, cause my hubby LOVES it, and it feels really great to have made him something that he loves to wear with my own two hands.   Let me tell you though, knitting someone else a larger project that they love, can be a double edged sword.

Gone are the days when I'd show him some yarn and he'd say "Ohh that's nice, can you make me a hat?"  "Sure!" I'd answer, cause a hat practically flew off the needles.  Now, when I show him some yarn, his reply is almost always something to the effect of..."Ohh that's nice, do you have enough to knit me a sweater?" all he wants are sweaters.  Those don't exactly fly off the needles in an afternoon, ya know

The fact that I knit him this sweater from looking at a few pictures online doesn't help either.  Now every time he sees a sweater he likes in a movie, he'll hit pause, and ask if I can knit him one like it.  (Currently, I'm planning out the dark brown tweed sweater that Luke Wilson wears in the last scene of The Family Stone.)  I'll get up and grab a notebook, so I can sketch out the basic design, and make some notes.

Here's the finished Protego Pullover.  I'll spare you the pic where my hubby is shaking his butt at me.

$6.50 USD

Protego - Latin for To Protect.
This pullover definitely protects the wearer from the cold! Modeled after the one Harry Potter wears in the woods in Deathly Hallows Part 1. This pullover is knit flat in pieces, then seamed together. With the right side rows all knit, and a little texture on the wrong side rows, this pullover is an easy knit that will keep you interested. Simple enough that your guy will love it, but interesting enough that you’re not bored to tears knitting it. :-)

Finished Chest Circumference 38” (42”, 46”, 50”, 54”)

DK weight yarn of your preference, approximately 1600 (1800, 2000, 2200, 2350) yards.

US Size 3 (3.25mm) & US Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or sizes needed to obtain gauge

5.75 sts & 10.5 rows per inch (23 sts & 42 rows = 4”) in pattern stitch on a washed and blocked swatch using US 4 needles
Pattern stitch is knit over 6 stitch repeat
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: p1, k1, p1, k3

Stitch markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
9” zipper in coordinating color
Sewing thread in coordinating color
Sewing needle

Warning:  Knitting the man in your life a sweater he loves, may result in future requests for hand knit sweaters, and frequent opportunities for stash acquisition that he'll be really happy about.  Win/win no?


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