Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On Your Mark, Get Set, Starting Jared Flood's Urban Aran Cardigan

I'm excited to finally begin knitting the Urban Aran Cardigan as done by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. This is the beginning of the back.

I'd been looking for a sweater to knit my hubby for a while and this one turned my knitting crank.

The pattern is from Patons and originally designed for a woman. Jared Flood turned this pullover into a zippered cardigan modifying the pattern to suit a man's physique.

While he talks about his modifications on his blog, they are not detailed in terms of exact changes in shaping and how to accomplish them. You are kinda on your own for that, although there is a Ravelry forum that offers some advice.

I decided to knit a woman's medium. My first modification is to add 2 inches to the length to accommodate hubby's longer torso. I'm adding 1 inch before I start the diagonal side cables. Then, I 'll add the next inch once they are complete. I didn't want to move these diagonal side cables too far down the torso of the cardigan, or they might loose their design effect.

I'm a bit worried about the width. I'm  hoping the cables will draw the knitting in and narrow it.

Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!


Lisa said...

That sounds interesting...I like the color yarn you're using. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

WonderWhyGal said...

I hope you are able to figure out the design modifications. So far everything I've done has been simple and I didn't need to worry about modifications. Good luck.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

Good luck! I can't wait to see the final result - the beginnings looks beautiful.

M.E. Greene said...

That's going to be yummy! My husband is so picky about letting me knit for him... it drives me batty!