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Crafter of the Month: A Striped Boyfriend Sweater


We’re excited to introduce a new series on CrafterNews: Crafter of the Month!

Our authors love seeing readers make projects from their books, and so do we. Kally Aronis made an adorable striped pullover based on a pattern from Boyfriend Sweaters, and we just had to share.

She’ll tell you how she modified the pattern as well as tips if you decide to make one for yourself.

I found out about Boyfriend Sweaters by Bruce Weinstein in an event posting at Knitty City, a yarn shop in New York City. I thought the concept sounded interesting because I like wearing oversized sweaters, yet the idea of making them more feminine was very appealing. So my knitting friend Alexis and I headed to Bruce’s book signing and we had a wonderful time. I was able to try on the sample garments, and it was fascinating to learn that by making slight tweaks in ribbing length or color the same sweater could look completely different.

When I got home and started looking through the book, the Colorblock Jersey with its saddle shoulder construction jumped out at me. The idea of using two rectangles for the front and back also made it a great project to knit on the subway because I didn’t have to worry about shaping.

Since the front and back pieces struck me as being perfect blank canvases I decided to add some stripes. I used Cascade 220 wool instead of cotton (as the pattern suggested) for added warmth on cold, snowy New York days. My goal was to finish the sweater in time for Bruce’s book signing at Lion Brand Yarn Studio. And I did! I was able to show it off proudly at the event.

This sweater an excellent quick project and it’s a lot of fun to knit. A piece of advice when making the Color Block Jersey: Don’t try to watch TV and seam it at the same time. Mattress stitch, measuring tape, and suspenseful shows don’t mix!

Boyfriend Sweater by Kally Aronis


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