So you know how only yesterday I was advocating the pursuit of small achievable goals in your Christmas knitting? It’s going to look like I’m reneging on that piece of advice today, but I’m really not. I promise.
In an ideal world, my daily blogging would be all about my Christmas preparations and all the gifts that are getting finished and lots of progress updates. But no. It’s another busy week and I’ve not had chance to do much knitting and no time at all to photograph anything. My brother’s cardigan is now 11″ long. Which is good, but not great. The odds of me getting it done, along with all my other gifts, are slim to none at this point, but it’s way too early to give in yet. For now, denial is my friend and I will keep knitting away and see how far I get.
Whilst knitting a man’s jumper on 3.75mm needles in December is indeed foolhardy, don’t let that make you think you don’t have time to tackle a sweater. You really do. Honest. You just need to make a more sensible pattern choice than mine and have a little gumption to carry it off.
I’m sure you’ve all seen Aidez, the cabled cardigan that’s very popular on Ravelry. It may look huge and complicated and impossible to finish in time for Christmas morning, but it’s actually much easier than it looks.
It’s knit using bulky yarn on 6.5mm needles, so progress is satisfyingly speedy. The cables are ingenious and simpler to execute than you might think. Admittedly, I made mine when I was on holiday, but it only took me 10 days.
I highly recommend following a lot of other Ravellers, and knitting it all in one piece from the bottom up. It goes really quickly and saves you all that seaming. I had never adapted a pattern this way before, but it was much easier than I thought it would be, and there are loads of helpful project notes you can refer to.
The sleeves are comfortable, but quite fitted, so you might want to consider knitting a size up on the sleeves, and lengthening the armsyce with an extra couple of rows. If the cables are all a bit much for you, or not to your taste, or you think it will save some time, you can easily take some of them out or substitute another stitch pattern. As an added bonus, the pattern is free, so you can save a few pennies into the bargain.
So if you’re debating whether or not to cast on a sweater, I say go for it! After all, you have nothing to lose but your sanity.