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I've knit Dan a number of sweaters over the years, both pre- and post-marriage, and a few months ago I pulled the stack of not-worn-very-often knits out of his closet and had him put on a little fashion show for me. Let's just say that I've learned quite a bit about sweater shaping and design over my knitting career, but (sadly) Dan's sweaters came before all of that fancy knittin' book learning. Too-tight necks, gaping collars, short sleeves, ridiculously long sleeves, too much/little ease, every major sweater disaster was present. So, time for a New Fancy Sweater for Dan!

I love Norah Gaughan patterns, and she had just written a booklet of men's sweater patterns that were perfect for Dan's wardrobe: clean lines, detailed without being fussy, and interesting textures. Beagle has double moss stitch across the shoulders and these nice slightly-fancy ribs that run up the torso.

I'm a big fan of Wool of the Andes for sweaters - it softens after blocking with a little Kookaburra, and the heathers make the neutral colors just a little more rustic and rich.


Pattern: Beagle by Norah Gaughan (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Wool of the Andes in Bittersweet Heather, 12 skeins to make the 40" chest
Needles: Options
Nickel Interchangeable Needles
, US size 5

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Comment by InStitches70 on March 17, 2010 at 11:46am
What wonderful work! And Dan's a natural in front of the camera.
Comment by Tara Addesa on March 16, 2010 at 10:41pm
Ohhhh If Youre Looking for killer GorgeouS Mens Knits .. I Picked Up thee Best Book I think I've EveR Seen at a KP Book Sale lol of course .. Even some pretty hunky men on Ravelry were flapping about it Last Month usually If I can Find Only 1 FaB Pattern that's Considered a Serious Winner but Erikas Book is Loaded with GorgeouS Sweaters for Every Guy who's Styling lol whooops almost forgot to Leave You the Book info :) Books Called Mens Knits .. By Erika Knight don't remember What it Cost but for Soo Many Great Patterns it's Well worth whatever I paid for it at the KP Book Sale !!!
Comment by PickleSue on March 16, 2010 at 9:42am
That looks real sharp!! I wish my hubs was a sweater fella. I am going to try to get him to wear a vest. Very plain, calm, but warm. I think he will wear that in the dead of winter. :) I love Norah's patterns, too! I thought about buying that men's booklet to make something for me! I love all the patterns in there! Peggy- I have Knitting Nature, too! I think it was the first modern knitting book I bought six years ago or so. :)
Comment by Kytnbit on March 13, 2010 at 12:54pm
Thank you! I almost forgot to look for the response ;)

I'll run the patterns by hubby and see if there are any he likes - He's extremely picky. Typically looks for the most plain looking pattern with the eye straining colors. I'm working on compromizes. lol.
Comment by Lisa C. on March 13, 2010 at 6:19am
Nice sweater (and Dan isn't bad either). Hubby rarely wore sweaters in NJ and never does here in FL. Thank goodness he likes handknit socks or we would have to rethink this whole 14 year marriage, two kids and a dog thing :-)
Comment by Evelyn M. Dugger on March 12, 2010 at 9:00pm
Dan should be a professional model. The sweater is great. Maybe if I knit his in Wool of the Andes, my husband would wear them more. I'll keep trying. You do very nice work, by the way. ☺ E.
Comment by Carolyn Ponce on March 12, 2010 at 5:58pm
It's absolutely beau...oops, Handsome!!!
I'm ordering that book!
Comment by AudKnits on March 12, 2010 at 12:48pm
Lucky Dan! The sweater is perfection. A really great pattern, beautifully executed!
Comment by cellogirl on March 12, 2010 at 11:29am
Georgeous sweater for your guy--fancy details, super fit. Yep, WofA is great yarn!!
Comment by Heather Bindner on March 12, 2010 at 11:02am
I wish I could knit like that!

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