I have a special treat for you today. I present, for your viewing pleasure, Mike! It's been a while... too long, since I last knit for him. But, as you well know, I am a selfish knitter. If he wasn't so darn charming, I probably wouldn't knit for him at all. And, he does make my knitting look pretty good, so there's that. ;-)
This little ditty is Sunshine on my shoulders by Annalise Dione knit using instructions for the size Medium. I did a button band in place of a zipper closure, per Mike's preference, and increased body and sleeve length to fit Mike's dimensions; otherwise, I knit exactly as the pattern instructed.
The fit is mostly good. The sleeves, however, run a bit more snug than the rest of the garment. I'm not sure if that is an intentional design element or not. It works for Mike, but I would use a larger stitch count (~10% more) if I had to do it over.
In addition to the cable and seed stitch detailing on the sleeve, there are some really nice design elements to the pattern. The saddle shoulder is a nice touch, especially in a man's sweater, to add a little bit more material over the tops of the shoulders. The whole sweater is seamed, which makes it much more durable and longer lasting than if it were knit flat. And, I'm a sucker for a self-faced collar. I love the heft of it. It's stands up on its own and doesn't look at all flimsy.
I got really, really lucky with the yarn for this project, scoring it at the most amazing estate sale I've ever been to. Seriously, it was ridiculous. I bought a couple hundred balls of yarn for $1 and $2 each. Retrospectively, I wish I would have gotten more. I was overwhelmed and concerned that I was overdoing it, but I've already plowed through a quarter of it. Live. Learn.
When I sat down to write my knitting wish-list for the 2014 fall/winter season, I threw in a couple more projects for Mike, so he'll be back around again soon. Do you knit for your partner? Do you have a favorite man-sweater pattern? Let me know below!