A Team Manatee jumper (or maybe a cardigan)


The challenge for day 2 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is to come up with an idea for a mascot project. You don’t have to make this project, but you know I think I might, or at least something inspired by the idea!

If you go over to the Spud & Chloe web site and check out the the colourways for their Sweater yarn do you see, among all those vibrant colours, a beautiful medium grey colour called Manatee. I’m not sure I’m so drawn to the wool/cotton blend yarn, but the colour would be perfect for a work jumper or cardigan, something to go with everything.

I was having a knitting discussion online one Sunday morning a while back when the talk turned to saddle shoulder sweaters for men. I’ve knit set-in sleeve and raglan sleeve pullovers but haven’t attempted a saddle shoulder version yet. We all thought saddle shoulders looked pretty handsome on men and Miss M. and I resolved to make one this year — if not exactly at the same time it would at least be a “somewhat knitalong” so we could encourage each other through the year.

It turns out I have quite a few saddle shoulder designs in my pattern stash, including some from vintage pattern books like this one. What guy librarian doesn’t need a saddle shoulder cardigan?

1-cardiganFrom Columbia Minerva Book 763, Hand knits for men. Published some time in the 1960s. Perfection!


2 responses to “A Team Manatee jumper (or maybe a cardigan)

  1. Those vintage patterns are the best. Yes — I agree. A grey cardigan is occupationally appropriate. I’m wearing one right now!

    Thanks for pointing out this yarn — Jeff is always complaining about 100% wool, and I’m resistant to knitting him anything in 100% cotton. This might be a good compromise!

    • I was wearing my grey tweed cardigan yesterday, but it’s too warm to wear inside! Something in a nice DK or worsted I think. So, I should watch out for a photo of Jeff wearing a grey cardigan sometime soon?

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