The Random Number Generator has done its work, and declared the winners of last week's book giveaway: Kathy P, Kay "Hot to Go" (no that's not me), Laura M, Susan "Knit A River" and Brenda "iabrenda." I've emailed the winners. Congrats & enjoy!
In the spirit of the Labor Day holiday here, I conscripted youth into the workforce over the weekend. Sixteen year old niece Maggie, who wields a mean Canon and has special powers of persuasion over her young cousin, was assigned the Mr. Boy photo shoot. I wasn't even there to primp or scold. Ralph Lauren, eat your heart out--my knitting looks as good as your stuff any day of the week. The next shoot will involve jodhpurs.
Pattern: Mr. Boy by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman
Published: Twist Collective
Size: Joseph's size. I modified the cast-on and other numbers to get a size between the boys' and men's sizing on the pattern, and I don't remember exactly how I did it because this was 3 years ago.
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton.
Photography: Maggie Bergmann
Model: Joseph Bergmann
If I had been there to primp and scold, I would have asked the model to stand up straighter, and I'd have zjooged the fit of the shoulder. But let's face it, this is how he's going to wear it: over a rumpled t-shirt, and sliding ever so gently away from the neck.
After blocking, the 3 x 3 slip-stitch rib fabric expanded quite a bit, making for a loose fit in the body.
Maybe it's just me, being the knitter of the garment and the mother of the model and all, but I find it compelling.
Over the weekend, everybody in the house tried on Mr. Boy, and there was a consistency of exclamation over the softness and comfort of the yarn. I think that as knitters, we love wool, and other pure natural fibers, so much that we forget how much the handknit-wearing public loves a soft, cottony garment with a hint of acrylic. I'm just laying that out there. Not trying to start anything. I'm still knitting my people plenty of woollens, and they will wear them. They will wear them and they will like them.
Thanks, Cristina, for the great pattern. It's my go-to male sweater, for sure. A beautiful, straightforward top-down knit, with interesting saddle shoulders, and not so much as a single stitch to sew at the underarms.
Happy re-entry, everybody. I've got another stack of books to give away later this week, so stay tuned.