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Daddy's Request

Many, many years ago, my father “requested” this sweater after pressure from me to knit something for him. Unfortunately, I needed to learn a lot more about customizing patterns. The size was way off. The sweater was subsequently stuffed into closet exile. Several years and some experience later, I pulled it out and finished it up. The knitting on the original grey sweater isn’t the best, but I love it because it reminds me of my Daddy.

This sweater is knitted in the round from the bottom up with a stranded colorwork yoke. The body and sleeves are worked separately in the round to the armholes and then put together on one needle. The remainder of the sweater is knitted in the round with a series of decreases that shape the yoke. The cardigan version contains a set of steek stitches in the front as a placeholder for the front opening. This steek panel is cut open and stitches are picked up for the front button and buttonhole bands.

Daddy's Request

  • Finished sizes:

    Woman (W) A:32 [B:34, C:36, D:38, E:40, F:42, G:44, H:46, I:48, J:52] in.

    Woman (W) A:81 [B:86, C:91, D:97, E:102, F:107, G:112, H:117, I:122, J:132] cm.

    Men (M) D:38 [E:40, F:42, G:44, H:46, I:48, J:52] in.

    Men (M) D:97 [E:102, F:107, G:112, H:117, I:122, J:132] cm.

    About sizing: Sizes listed are actual chest measurements. See schematic for finished garment measurements. The pattern includes approximately 3" of positive ease for a close fit. For a looser fit, try selecting a larger size.

    Gauge: 4 in. (10 cm) = 18.5 sts and 28 rows on larger needles in both stockinette and colorwork


    Yarn: Worsted (Aran) weight yarn

    Main color - W 900 [975, 1050, 1100, 1225, 1275, 1375, 1450, 1550, 1575], M 1150 [1250, 1325, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700] yds.

    W 823 [892, 960, 1006, 1120, 1166, 1257, 1326, 1417, 1440], M 1052 [1143, 1212, 1280, 1372, 1463, 1555, 1560] m.

    4 contrast colors - approx. 100-150 yds/91-140 m each

    Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) and US 6 (4mm) needles for preferred method of working both large and small diameter knitting in the round (2 circulars, Magic Loop, or double pointed needles) or to obtain gauge.

    Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders or lengths of waste yarn, tapestry needle.


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