My “I Knit For Folk Art” Sweater

tableI am a middle child.  The sister between two brothers.  My older brother is a master folk art craftsman.  For several years, in between carpentry projects, he has worked to add fish to this table he built.  Rainbow trout, bluegill, perch…and a few others I’m not enough of a fisherperson to positively identify.  Four on top and one on each side.  He decided he was ready to part with his creation and gave me this table for the Long Lake cottage.  I wanted to make something for him in return.  At my urging that he should select a sweater he’d like to wear, we settled on a fisherman knit cabled sweater. Very fitting because he is also an avid fisherman.

It’s a WIP (“work in progress”) for now.  The weather will be warm before it’s an FO (“finished object”).  There’s been a lot of frogging  so far (“rip it, rip it”).  But I am pleased with this fun, challenging project.  I’m using a free Paton’s pattern published under a name so clumsy it doesn’t attract much attention:  “Dad’s Cardigan.”  In a way, the clumsy name is refreshing.  Anymore, knitting patterns carry some truly odd names  that tell little about what it is.  “Dad’s Cardigan” suits me better than “George” or “Humanity” or “Intolerable Cruelty.”  Unfortunately  Paton didn’t proofread this pattern as well as one would hope, but the experienced will figure out the errors before too much damage is done.  I’m posting corrections on my Ravelry project page as I knit along, starting from the simple (that it’s unlikely there are patterns for two different size smalls), to the more troublesome (three of the abbreviations within the cable panels are incorrect).  See Noreen1009  on Rav.

I plan for this being an awesome warm sweater.  But I think my fiddling with sticks and string is no match for this beauty of a table.  Thank you big brother!


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