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Mary Ann’s Color Your Own Sweater

So, here’s the story behind the “sweater that will never end.” Mary Ann is a knitter. She has also been a very good friend to me, and my family, since, well, forever. Forever meaning, before I was born.

Some years ago Mary Ann bought the book and yarn to make a Philosopher’s Wool sweater. Now, one thing led to another and she never knit the sweater beyond a cuff. Knowing how I knit for State Fair, she offered up the kit with the knowledge that I would make the sweater, exhibit it at State Fair, and forward it on to her.


Thus we come to “the sweater that will never end.” Let me tell you a little something about the Philosopher’s Wool sweaters. They are made with a LOT of ease. I am talking about at least 4 inches of positive ease. This damn sweater was so big and heavy that even knitting it on circulars needles started to hurt towards the end. I thought that I was going to run out of yarn for sure, at least in a few of the colors, but I swapped out a few towards the neck and used some different color combinations. Everything worked out in the end.


Machine sewing it? A snap. Cutting it open? Slightly worrisome until I started cutting. Then it was easy. Will I ever make another Philosopher’s Wool sweater? Not if I can help it. I just don’t like multi-color knitting like this. I like two-color and even a little intarsia or colorwork in a yoke. I just don’t like the mish-mash of color in an allover fair isle type sweater. A lovely heathered version or something soft and dusky in the color palette might be ok. However, it is not likely that I will make anything like that soon.


The Stats:
Pattern: Color Your Own Sweater from Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
Yarn: Philosopher’s Wool yarn, 2-ply
Needles: US 7 & 8 Hiya Hiya Circulars, and Clover DPNS
Modifications: the sleeves are a bit longer than called for in the pattern to accommodate Mary Ann’s arms. Really hoping that it fits.