16 August 2010

Adonis


Adonis, the ever-youthful, handsome Syrian/Greek god and lover of Aphrodite, murdered for his beauty by another god disguised as a boar. My interpretation is a sweater made to make The Man look even more handsome. The patterned front panel is slightly wider at chest than at hip level, and creates an optical illusion of the perfect male body, by enhancing the V-shape they all dream of. The stitch pattern is simple, but one of my favorites for masculine garments, so is the shoulder design, the seamless hybrid originally unvented by Elizabeth Zimmermann (our heroine, isn't she?).

It is worked from the bottom up and is almost seamless. Worked on 3.5 mm needles in a yarn thin enough for a warm man to wear it all the time, yet durable enough for a lot of use. The yarn is lovely to work with, the one I always return to for sweaters. A forgiving yarn that makes your stitches look great. I find it's thin enough for wearing at work (which means I get to use it a lot), yet thick enough to manage to finish the project. The pattern is simple enough for watching TV, but except for the sleeves which are all stockinette stitch, things happen all the time to keep the knitter interested. Despite having a previous history of knitting mostly smaller items, I found this project extremely satisfying. I'll never be afraid of knitting a large sweater again.

Available as kit or pattern in my pattern store. You can do it!

9 comments:

Mette said...

Beautiful! You have done it again. Trying out the angle at the moment. I love your designs they are very stylish.

Monstermønster said...

Fantastisk! Den havner rett i køen over gensere som må strikkes. TAKK!

Thea said...

Gorgeous! My not so buff hubby would love the illusion created here....

Siena said...

Lovely sweater!

Tris said...

To superflotte modeller - både strik og mand ;-)

hanne said...

love it !!

Tora said...

Thank you! Knitting sweaters for men who appreciates it and actually wears it is a lot of fun!

kirsten said...

this is a great knit for your man!
i am very slack and haven't knitted anything for mine - all that effort? knitting is all about me!!

Tora said...

Thank you, Kirsten! But you should try it once, it was a lot of fun! And watching him wear it to pieces is really something special..