Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Learning to Knit a Men’s Sweater

I’ve already knit sweaters for myself and Jeff, so I have knit a few men’s sweaters, but not like this one. There a lot of techniques that are new to me in this pattern, and I’m learning a lot already.

The design is called Learn to Knit a Men’s Sweater and was created by my good friend, knitting buddy, and foster mom to our sweet, sweet Pona, Staci of Very Pink.

Staci uses a very cool teaching and pricing model for her designs. She offers videos for free, some for basic techniques, and some specific to patterns she produces. So if you buy the pattern, you have high-quality, ready-made videos at your fingertips to help you along. It’s a great idea, and I’ve already found the videos quite helpful. Here, Staci introduces the techniques and tutorials at her Very Pink YouTube Channel:


Very Pink Channel Intro


I’m making the extra-large version, and I’m using around 16 balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather. This picture skews a bit toward the purple, but the color is really more of a slatey-blue.

There is so much to this pattern that is new to me in a sweater – top-down construction (not very common in the men’s patterns I’ve seen), an I-cord edge that is knitted as you go, and that new method of knitting the zipper in, rather than sewing it. I can’t wait to get to that part!

Three projects on the needles at once. I’m out of control.


  1. Thank you for the mention, Steven! And I think the color is GREAT.

  2. Love your blog and also a big fan of 'very pink' already. Staci has great tutorials and videos. I know your sweater will knit up great. Have fun.