Dad’s Cardigan

Here’s another gift for Dad, a cozy cardigan. I really liked the texture motif that continued from the cuff up the sleeve and saddle. It’s technically a jacket, and is knit with bulky yarn, so it was relatively quick to knit.


The hardest part, or perhaps fussiest, was sewing the zipper. But thanks to the class I took during Stitches Midwest 2006, I was fairly confident with the process. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I chose to use a black plastic zipper because the only metal ones I could find were brass, and I didn’t like them. If I’d had more time, I would’ve ordered online.


I changed only one thing… I used a chain stitch selvdge along the front halves because I liked how it matched the knit columns in the farrow rib. I kind if wish I had just kept the 2-stitch garter selvedge, to reduce the curling tendency. It does look nice when zipped up, though.


These pictures are all terribly washed out as I had finished attaching the zipper on the 24th and quickly snapped some photos before gift-wrapping the cardi. The color is a bit better in the sleeve progress photo below.


This design’s a keeper! (If anyone plans to knit this, there is a small error in the pattern schematic.)

Pattern: ďManís Zippered Jacket (#9)Ē by Kathy Zimmerman, Knit.1, Fall 2004 (premiere issue) Size: Menís Medium Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, 173 Willow Needles: Takumi Clover US 8 (5 mm) and Lantern Moon Rosewood US 9 (5.5 mm) circulars Started: November 5, 2008 Completed: December 24, 2008

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8 Responses to “Dad’s Cardigan”

  1. kay-from the back yard Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 9:02 am

    That’s really a good-looking sweater!

  2. Chris Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Wow, I really like the lines of that sweater!

  3. Eryka Jackson Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Great sweater! I love the accent panels! It is amazing how a simple element can add such style and grace

  4. Guinifer Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    That’s lovely. I’d like one of those for myself.

    You may have to make a zipper tutorial for me!

  5. Jeanne Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Fabulous! That’s a classy looking sweater.

  6. Tracey Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Oooh, i really like the way that cardi looks. it’s so, hmmm, manly? it’s great!

  7. opal Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    gorgeous cardi! i love the yarn and the design is so streamlined. well done!

    opal recently posted Itís a first! And some weirdness.

  8. Nicole Says:
    January 11th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great looking sweater. I love the colour. And it’s great that you were able to put in the zipper yourself – way to go!!

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