Wednesday, 30 June 2010


November 2009

I haven't done a great deal of knitting for men, but I have noticed that there seems to be something about masculine taste in general which could very easily be completely at odds with the interests of the hand-knitter. The ones I've spoken to about it, at least, seem to have such plain taste that knitting for them can very easily become dull as ditchwater if you let it.

Marie Wallin's Apersett thankfully avoids this problem - mainly by being such a chunky knit that it's basically finished before it ever has time to get boring. The little textural details help enormously too.

I converted this to be worked in the round so that we could try it on as we went - if we had had to wait until it was finished to get an idea about whether there were any sizing issues, I suspect we might have fallen out spectacularly. I also thought seams would just add unnecessary bulk, given how chunky this yarn is.

We also tweaked the design a little to make it what we thought was a flattering as possible. This meant missing out garter-stitch panels on the shoulders and garter-stitch stripes on the inside of the sleeves.

Pattern: Appersett by Marie Wallin from Rowan Purelife - the British Sheep Breeds Collection
Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky
Amount: 9 skeins
Colourway: Dark Grey Welsh
Needles: 6.00mm and 7.00mm
Size: 42"
On ravelry: here

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