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Doesn't Dad look great?

Unfortunately, he didn't really like the sweater. So, the sweater was repatriated to my closet.

Incidentally, I designed and made the hat that Dad is wearing. It's a Tyrolean-inspired green rabbit fur felt hat, hand-blocked over a vintage wooden hat block, and trimmed with pheasant feather, roped braid, and silver eidelweiss.

I would love to knit Dad another sweater, but I think it would be nearly impossible to knit Dad a sweater that hugged him in all the right places. Dad prefers a very ship-shape, tailored fit, which is something he picked up in the Marines.

That's Dad in 1952, in his Marine uniform. I love that picture.

Knitting specs:

Natural ivory white colored fisherman's sweater with all-over lattice cable motif, knit with Tahki brand yarn, blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk. Knit with 4.0mm Clover brand bamboo circulars (because I was young and didn't know any better). 1200 grams of wool required.

This sweater is of my own design, knit in the round, from the bottom up to the armholes. Then, I divided the front and the back. I knit the front on straight needles, back and forth to the shoulders. I knit the back on straight needles, back and forth to the shoulders. Three-needle bindoff for the shoulder seams.

Then I picked up the stitches in the arms and knit down to the wrist. I did not decrease anywhere in the sleeves and therein lies Dad's dissatisfaction. I just did not want to break the pattern, as you do, and therefore the sleeves are full, which is not bad, it's just a different look.

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