I recently completed my first handknit sweater for Andy. While I was very proud of this accomplishment, particularly because it was my first adult sweater knit in 12 years, I quickly realized while sewing the seams that I had made a major error while completing it.
In another sign that I maybe have more yarn stashed in my apartment than is healthy, I had inadvertantly used two different types of yarns while knitting this sweater. The two yarns have a very similar medium gray color, though notably are different weights - one is worsted and the other sport weight. They are also both Knit Picks Wool of the Andes brand, so I didn't notice the difference in the labels while grabbing the skeins from their plastic bags on my yarn shelf.
The result was the sweater is that you'll notice some striping through the sweater that shows where the yarn substitutions occured. While not fatal to the sweater's wearability, it's still a pretty embarrassing oversight that is hard to cover up. At the same time though, I am not included to rip the sweater and redo the flawed parts, so it is what it is.
Otherwise, the Jared Flood pattern was very easy to follow and I didn't really make any major modifications to the pattern. The next time I make Andy a sweater though, I will try to pay closer attention to the measurements, particularly for the sleeves, because for Andy to comfortably wear this sweater, he has to roll up the sleeves, which I don't know is specific to this pattern or other men's sweaters as well. The full sweater details follow the picture of Andy wearing his new sweater.
Andy's First Handknit Sweater
Pattern: Brownstone by Jared Flood. Size S.
Needles: US7 throughout, knit pattern in the round on two circular needles.
Measurements: Post-blocking measurements of 37.5 bust circumference, 25 inches from top to bottom, 13.5 inches from the bottom of the sweater to the start of the neck shaping, and 18 inches for the sleeves from the underarm to the hand opening.