i made this sweater for my father’s birthday last year. i have knit him a few sweaters over the years, and this one was a bit of a technical challenge with all of its cabling and backwards cabling. i made several mistakes, but it turned out nicely anyway. the pattern is paton’s “street smart,” which i believe might be out of print now (hope it isn’t since this is really a great pattern). i followed jarod flood’s modifications (adding zipper and some shaping); you can find them here, along with better pictures than these here)! jarod also has a new line of insanely great yarn called shelter. the wool is sourced from a farm in new hampshire and i can’t wait to get some on my needles! my dad lives in new hampshire, and he doesn’t care much about things like street smarts or being hip and urban. he cares about keeping his bones warm during the winter chill, and this sweater serves his purpose.
when my pops unwrapped it, his eyes welled up with tears and he declared it “very snazzy.” that means: success! my dad is an exceptionally kind, exceptionally interesting person, deserving of many good sweaters. (it’s possible i might be biased.) his birthday is tomorrow, & i’ll write some words about him in this space, because he is too good not to share.
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