There is nothing that gets the blood pumping quite like a crowd-sourced deep-dive pattern search. I’m not kidding: when the readers of this blog get the bit in their teeth, they bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan. [Insert additional clichés/old commercials as desired.] I was idly musing about knitting a granddad sweater this year, but now that I’ve gone through so many possibilities, I’m bemoaning how much chenille intarsia stands between me and my granddadigan. (Must. Stay. Strong.)
I’m limiting the list to ten for the sake of expediency, but there are so many good ones. To see them all, just wallow in the comments to my September 7 post. (And feel free to add to the comments any granddads that were missed.)
Here we go!
One. Big Sister, by von Hinterm Stein. Big Sister has the notched collar I was looking for, and divine pockets in just the right spot. It’s a bit bigger in the body than the Charlotte Rampling sweater I’d admired, but (a) I love a coatigan (I know you do too), and (b) looking through the projects, it’s clear that the coaty-ness factor varies a lot depending on the choice of size. I’m grateful to all who suggested this design, as von Hinterm Stein is new to me, and there are so many good sweaters by this designer. (The fact that the sample is in Plucky Knitter Scholar only adds to the allure; such a photogenic yarn, and I love things that are hard to come by.)
Two. Funky Grandpa by La Maison Rililie. This one has the combo of slender sleeves and boxy body that people are recommending. This combo is the secret to some of my favorite Eileen Fisher garments, I think. The contrast is flattering. I like the v-neck, and the stashbusting bravado of all those stripes. And since our dear Cara Davis has successfully knit four versions of La Maison Rililie’s Blue Sands Cardigan (bonus: also an excellent loose-fitting cardi with pockets), I feel great confidence in this pattern.
Three. Trailhead by Véronik Avery. How did I miss this one, by one of my favorite Brooklyn Tweed designers? The swing shape reminds me of the vintage Pendleton jackets I covet, and the details–pockets, sleeves, cables– are perfection. The stand-up/fold-back collar is the same as on the Ranger cardigan I knit so happily earlier this year. (Ranger is another excellent granddad cardi–a classic–but for me, I’m not sure about the raglan sleeves. Set-in is my go-to.) (Notice how I’m sneaking in bonus granddads to keep within my count.)
Four. Go-To Cardigan by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. This is a lovely office jacket. So smooth and flattering, and in one of my all-time favorite yarns, Rowan Felted Tweed, which is so light and drapey, and a dream on the needles. I’m deducting a point for the lack of pockets, but then again, pockets would interrupt that smooth line. Is it too elegant to be a granddad? Am I overthinking this?
Five. Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. The focus here is cables. (Are you picking that up?) I love this super-dense allover cabled fabric. The shawl collar and the way it looks on Joji are big selling points here. As commenter Milissa pointed out, there is a gorgeous scarlet version of this sweater in Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ yarn Birte.
Six. Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns. People just keep knitting this one. It is so good. Again, for moi, given my strong-which-is-not-to-say-bulky shoulders, I have a slight suspicion of the raglan sleeves, but nearly 600 people have made it on Ravelry, and it looks good on everybody. Do I dare a zipper? Dare I don’t? Do words have meanings? Can a person go blind from excessively looking at cardigans and copying links and taking screenshots?
Seven. Linney by Amy Christoffers. The slim but skimming fit is what I’m looking for, and excellent pockets like these corrugated ones. People have made Linney short and long and everything in between. Amy Christoffers is a real sweater maven, and I love the idea of a Linney in a workhorse yarn like Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
Eight. Uniform, build your own cardigan, by Carrie Bostick Hoge. She means it when she says “build your own cardigan.” The knitter can vary the length, the shape, and the neckline of this cardigan, for very different sweaters. The jackety version pictured looks very “Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years” to me. Just the thing for Kate to wear to an intense lunch at the caff with her bewildered husband.
Ten. Boyfriend by Lori Versaci. Proportion is everything. This short and boxy cardi, with texture on the front panels, looks like something you’d want to put on day after day. The v-neck makes it look cooler (ventilation-wise), and less bulky than a traditional menswear cardigan.
Thanks to our kind commenters for taking the time to dig these out and share. There are so many good granddad cardigans out there–many more than just ten. I’m finding it hard to make up my mind.
P.S. Some dad dancing to help get your sweater cast on: