"He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together... To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.... [However, he] was a huge feeder, and though lank, had the dilating powers of an anaconda."
"He was a kind and thankful creature, whose heart dilated in proportion as his skin was filled with good cheer, and whose spirits rose with eating, as some men's do with drink. He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate..."
"...[He] is generally a man of some importance in the female circle... being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parsons."
He had various ways of rendering himself both useful and agreeable...He laid aside, too, all the dominant dignity and absolute sway with which he lorded it in his little empire... and became wonderfully gentle and ingratiating... "
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by: Washington Irving
It's likely some combination of the season, the colors with which I chose to knit this sweater, and Mike's uncanny likeness to Irving's descriptions of his hero, that I have named this garment. Conveniently a storm rolled in during our photo session, and we got some appropriately eery snapshots.
Mike knows what he wants when it comes to clothing, and he was happy to voice his recommendations for this project during its design: It's long enough to cover his torso, entirely. He can move his arms without his sleeves climbing to his elbows. It's slim fitting, though, not tailored. The collar and cuffs are self-faced for sturdier, cleaner looking, finished edges. And, it's zippered, which makes it perfect for fall layering.
This cardigan is knit back and forth from the bottom, up. The sleeves are provisionally cast on in the round and worked in reverse so that the striping throughout the sweater can be easily maintained and continuous throughout.
While there is not a lot interesting about a stockinette men's sweater, the odd number striping incorporated into the design helps liven-up knitting; the striping occurs in rows of odd numbers, and it is sometimes necessary, during color changes, to knit or purl two rows consecutively. Likewise, the raglan decreases occur on both WS and RS rows during the course of shaping.
This is my first attempt at pattern writing. I've tried to make things as clear, concise, and understandable as possible. After some consideration, I've decided to offer this pattern before tech-editing or test knitting, because it's a free pattern. I'm open to your constructive criticism(s) and invite questions regarding confusion(s), but please, keep things cordial.
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9/29/2011 02:31:31 pm
9/29/2011 03:48:59 pm
This looks great! I love the odd row stripes.
9/30/2011 12:00:29 am
This is wonderful! I love it, thank you for making the pattern and offering it free. I wonder how hard it would be to add a hood...
9/30/2011 12:14:35 am
I love it! It looks fantastic. Thanks for posting the pattern!
9/30/2011 10:15:27 pm
Very nice, love all the colors! I wish I knew how to knit.
10/3/2011 08:13:47 am
When did Mike grow a beard?
10/5/2011 12:54:11 pm
Very clean looking. You done good! ;-)
10/19/2011 02:34:19 pm
Love the look of this. I'm an avid crocheter and know knitting basics. I promised my dad a cardigan and have not had success finding a crochet pattern. I'm thinking I might try a simple knit one-- this one looks fairly basic-- what do you think? Would it be a good one to try? He doesn't want stripes, so that would make it even easier... =)
10/25/2011 06:02:36 am
This is simply gorgeous! Can you tell us a little about the sizing? (I apologise if I missed it in the op). Even a ballpark like what size off the rack Mike wears would help me estimate materials. Thanks!
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