Definitely not sweater weather.

I’m slogging on with this man-sized sweater. The great news is that it’s turning out exactly as I imagined it! The bad news is we don’t have our air-conditioning window units put back in the house for the season and it’s a bit sticky in the evenings.

matt's cardigan-2

I’m still pondering whether or not to write up the pattern for this sweater. I’ve never created a sweater pattern. I made a few notes for myself about sizing, but I would definitely love some test knitting. Ideally, I do think test knitters should be compensated. I’m of the same mindset described in this Yarn Harlot post. I don’t know what I would be able to offer for compensation, aside from stash yarn fairly little cash. I’ve also heard that technical editing can take the place of some of this and is quite a bit cheaper. I plan on charging for the pattern, if I put it out in the world, and I want to put out a great product. I’ll keep pondering.

matt's cardigan-3

When I walked back in the house after taking photos, I left some yarn behind. Seymour never misses an opportunity to wrestle with a yarn ball.

matt's cardigan

The shawl collar is actually going much faster than I thought it would. I seamed most of the sweater already, except for one side seam and the sleeve. I got tired of seaming and decided I would rather do the rest of the knitting.

Speaking of finishing… I have some little baby sweaters to finish and post!

18 thoughts on “Definitely not sweater weather.

  1. Oh dear, oh dear, getting tempted to offer to test… My boyfriend loves this style of sweater, and I’ve been promising to knit him something forever. On top of that I’m a huge fan of Cascade 220 Heathers… And I’d love the challenge! (In terms of compensation, while I do totally agree with Yarn Harlot as well, I would happily do it for free for a blogging friend like you. Well, I guess I wouldn’t say no to stash yarn, haha. I am a knitter after all… :D)

    • Hmmm. Well maybe we could do that! I still have writing to do, but I wouldn’t plan on releasing the pattern until August or so, in time for early fall.

  2. sometimes knitting something you like and getting the pattern before anyone else is compensation enough. that being said I am with Fridica and would be happy to help out.

  3. Sounds like a good timeline (often I choose not to volunteer for test knits because they usually want it done very quickly and I’m scared I won’t be able to meet the deadline, but this sounds very reasonable)…

  4. I’m still sort of a baby knitter in that I’ve only made one garment, but I’d love to help out with a test knit. how else will I get the sweater skills for NaKniSweMo? and Hollis’ birthday is in October, how convenient. ^^

  5. This is beautiful, I always wonder about men’s cardigans. They sometimes seem a bit effeminate to me but this is wonderful. I’m wondering if I should believe in the sweater curse or branch out and knit one for my bf?

  6. Mmmm, I love it! I especially love the shawl collar. It looks like a pattern I invented for a dog sweater a while back. Although, this is much better than mine was. I am looking for a men’s sweater pattern for my boyfriend. Sweater curse or not, I am itching to cast on a men’s knit.

  7. Mmmm, I love it! I especially love the shawl collar. It looks like a pattern I invented for a dog sweater a while back. Although, this is much better than mine was. I am looking for a menโ€™s sweater pattern for my boyfriend. Sweater curse or not, I am itching to cast on a menโ€™s knit.

  8. That sweater is lovely. Not the style for my guy so much as for me. I could knit it in his size and then promptly steal it like I do with many of his sweatshirts.

    • I agree, I think the sweater is beautiful! My cardigan love has no gender boundaries, and my Manfriend is not really a cardigan wearer, so it all works out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Such a pretty (in a manly way) design! I’ve only knitted two sweaters before, but I’ve been looking for a pattern to knit my husband, and I would love the pattern once it’s finished. I’m tempted to volunteer as a tester, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be a quick knitter because I have a toddler of my own and you know how that is!

  10. I love this and hope you are able to release the pattern at some point! I’m not thinking of my boyfriend, but rather myself… is that bad?!

  11. i love the cardi… haven’t tried such a large project yet, but maybe i would once you decide to make the pattern available for purchase ๐Ÿ™‚ looking forward to it!

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