I love Brooklyn Tweed patterns, but this has got to fall under the heading “what was a thinking”?! Knitting a men’s large sweater, in fingering yarn, on size 4 needles . . . although it actually took just about four weeks – even with other projects interspersed – it felt like forever. Probably because it also involved the world’s greatest amount of stockinette stitching, which got really boring, and then for a finale, a lot of seaming – not my favorite, that’s for sure.
However, all that whining aside, I have to admit that it’s a beautiful FO. The pattern is from Brooklyn Tweed’s men’s collection, the Redford sweater. I knit it in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, color Long Johns – I’ve been dying to use this color for a long time now. I used the recommended US 4s, and knit size large (50 1/2″). The pattern called for seven skeins, but I used only six, with a little left over.
The pattern is very simple – as I said, just a ton of stockinette stitching – but I like all of the attention to detail that you always get from a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. (Although I have to say, I’ve knit a lot of top-down seamless, or almost seamless sweaters, and some of them look just as professionally finished as ones like this that require all the seaming!) You knit separate side panels, so that the sides are reverse stockinette, and then separate front, back, and sleeves.
I tried to seam the pieces together as instructed, so that the seams would show – going for that particular look, kind of like a retro t-shirt – but my seams didn’t look cool, they just looked like crappy construction. Oh well . . . I went with the traditional seaming, so that they didn’t show, and then I knitted on the neckline ribbing and the cuffs from the right side, instead of the wrong side – again, when I tried it from the wrong side, it just looked sloppy. I have no doubt that the magicians at Brooklyn Tweed did it and it came out looking awesome, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me, and by this stage in the project, I was too worn out with the whole thing to put much more time and effort into it.
This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for my husband, in no small part because of the time and yarn involved in knitting such a large sweater, coupled with the fear that he wouldn’t like it or wear it when it was all done. It looks great on him, though, so if I see him getting some use out of it, I think I’ll try another – although this time, I’m picking a design knit on larger needles!Pin It