Once in awhile it has occurred to me that you do not post many photo essays featuring your boys wearing tasteful handknits in glorious settings. Until this past weekend, I might have thought this was just garden-variety laziness. That you simply could not be bothered to place one of your handsome boys, handknit-clad, against a nice background, point and shoot.
Now I know better. I apologize for entertaining such unkind thoughts. Photographing little boys is a job that is best left to professionals, or perhaps the military.
Yesterday was a glorious November Sunday on Lawn Guyland. I packed the Boy, wearing his brand-new Durrow, in the car, and headed for the beach. What could be more romantic, more Joey Toller-esque, more Rowan-y, than a pale boy, an abandoned beach and a cabled denim pullover?
This is how it went:
Note the Looming Mommy Shadow. Boy is undaunted.
A yoga classic. They don’t call it the Child’s Pose for nothing.
Here we see the 4 x 2 ribbing and the nicely-grayed black denim.
Bribery? Tried it. No dice.
(Meanwhile, Miss Butter-Wouldn’t-Melt picturesquely hunted for shells and glass while remaining camera-ready in her Black Whitby.)
I tried again later, but by this point it had become a game.
A game in which I was getting my butt kicked, royally.
This is the best shot I got of the sleeve. You will have to take my word for it: it’s a fab sweater. It fits perfectly. It washes and dries like a dream. It’s comfortable, and for once I didn’t make the neck opening too wide. He wears it happily without arguing for a sweatshirt.
As a pattern, I give Durrow high marks. It was a very straightforward knit. The cable charts are easy to follow. Despite the ‘advanced’ skill rating, I think Durrow is well within the reach of a new or even first-time cabler. The only trickiness came from my decision to change the gauge and size it for a boy, without doing any math. It was pure luck that the prescribed 3 repeats of the center cable motif yielded a sleeve that is just the right length. Thank you Jodi, for the great free pattern!
Meanwhile, I return to knitting for girls and babies.