to knit or not to knit

Now that we have moved north, Peter is lobbying hard for a handknit sweater. In California, it never got quite cold enough for him to wear sweaters on a daily basis. I have only knit one sweater for him, and I knit it nearly 15 years ago.

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There he is wearing it yesterday at dinner. It’s kind of bulky. Anyway, I don’t really want to knit him another sweater. He’s an XL to an XXL, and he is 6’2″. That’s too much yarn and too many stitches! Go to a store, mister! I told him I would consider his request but refused to make any sort of commitment.

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20 Responses to to knit or not to knit

  1. Dana says:

    what about a vest?? would Peter wear a vest?

  2. Krista says:

    I suppose bulky yarn in one of those cute little half sweater things that are so popular with the girls is kind of out of the question…

  3. Kathy says:

    Get the pattern, buy the yarn, then teach *him* how to knit!

  4. christina says:

    I can understand your trepidation – I also have a rather large husband and I’m sure it would take me years to knit a sweater for him. :-)

  5. Laura says:

    Melanie Falick’s book, Weekend Knitting, has a nice fast and easy sweater pattern for men (or women) knit up in a chunky or bulky in the round. I knit it for my husband (6″, 250lbs.) in a week and he wears it over t-shirts. He was happy to have me knit him a sweater, so it was worth the large size!

  6. rebecca says:

    if you knit him a sweater, what might you request in return…hmmm, that could be fun

  7. Wanda says:

    Umm, so the last time you knit him a sweater was over 15 years ago? Don’t you think it’s time to make him another one? Besides, most knitters complain about having a hubby that doesn’t wear sweaters, doesn’t want anything knitted for them and instead you have the opposite problem, one that does want you to knit for him. One sweater, it’ll take you awhile and then you can say no more for 3-5 years if you find so distateful. I’m looking forward to making one for my partner, although he isn’t nearly as large as your hubby.

  8. Daphne says:

    Oh man. I know. Even a nice raglan on 9s takes forever for mens. And the bulky sweater on 15s took me 1,000,000 years b/c I couldn’t locate just the right pattern, tried to design it for him, got the gauge all wrong, had to rip multiple times and untwist all the yarn… ayayay. But he wears it now on the cold days (and during his illness last week). For more normal days, the raglan from Last Minute Knitted Gifts is nicer, and I like to borrow it, though it is giant on me.

  9. Chris says:

    It is an awfully nice sweater ….

  10. Sharlene says:

    Chunky yarn! Fewer stitches that way. :)

  11. Sharlene says:

    Chunky yarn! Fewer stitches that way. :)

  12. Jenny says:

    Peter seems like a real peach, so he deserves a sweater knit by his sweetie-pie! How about something different to make it more interesting for you, like an Adult Surprise Jacket, or how about modular knitting? If you did one square at a time it might not seem too bad, or better yet!! Have all your faithful blog readers each knit a few squares for you!

  13. libby says:

    aha! another piece of data to support my theory…that is – tall (and big!) men prefer short(er) women – which leaves us tall ones up here enjoying the breeze….i agree with the others – that he asked asked, and that he would wear it, is putting his best foot forward, so i’d knit away for that man. as creative as you are, seems like you could come up with something f-u-n, instead of boring…..libby the lurker

  14. katie says:

    Yeah, my hubbo is 6’5″ and 220 lbs…I’m not about to knit him a sweater. Even socks would be tough since he wears a size 13.

  15. Kay says:

    Speaking as one who has knit a sweater for her 6 foot 7, not-wispy hubby, it’s not that bad. Pick something you like, in a yarn you like, in a soothing stitch pattern that you can watch t.v. to, and just do it.
    xoxo Kay

  16. carolyn says:

    tell him you will only do it out of big huge chunky yarn. and then you can make that one from weekend knits, the one that’s shown in light gray? rowan big wool or tahki baby would be the right gauge and you’re using huge needles then. whip that baby up in no time. of course Refined Pete may not want a big chunky sweater but then he is definitely out of luck!!!!

  17. my husband has been lobbying for one for years, and he’s a big guy too — well, tall at 6’7″. i made the mistake of committing to it, and he picked one of from patterns for guernseys, jerseys, and arans, but i’ve been putting it off and puttting it off…. got to get to work! :-)

  18. Cruz says:

    Did you see the fabulous blue sweater that Amelia of Knitter Natter made for her husband!

  19. The Skirt says:

    I’m with Dana – a vest is easier (no second-sleeve fatigue), and vests are very, very cute!
    I’m planning to make the Drunken Argyle vest from Knitty summer ’05 – but using the pattern for the back, which is understated and elegant, for both the back and the front. (The Trouser is a fussy one!)

  20. john says:

    What a happy looking husband.

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