The Octodude (Knitter’s Dude sweater) is finished! I had to wait a day to get some buttons because the ones I bought at the yarn store were 1.25″ and I needed 1″. I didn’t think to check when I was making the buttonholes on the band, so I had to see what I could get locally.
The Knitter’s Dude sweater, modified
My Ravelry project page is here. I made several modifications which I have listed in my project notes. I wanted a different colourwork motif than the pattern had, so I found an octopus graph and incorporated that. I also wanted to keep the “oceanic” theme and changed the other colourwork sections to waves instead of Greek key.
I added length to the body/torso (before the yoke) and the sleeves because most patterns are too short for me in those areas. The sleeves ended up being a bit long, so I have folded back the ribbed cuffs and am happy with that. I can fold them down if my hands get cold!
The sweater is knit in the round, then steeked to make a cardigan. I’ve done steeks before (for armholes on Dale of Norway sweaters) but it has been more than a few years. I did some googling and got my sewing machine out.
eeeek! Cutting the steek.
After picking up and knitting the button bands and collar, I was able to find some really cool grosgrain ribbon to use to cover the steek ends.
hand sewing the steek facing
I spent a lot of time doing the detailed finishing work. I trimmed the steeks down close to the stitching to reduce bulk, then sewed the ribbon on top.
isn’t the ribbon awesome? I love skulls as much as I love octopus!
I sewed on small clear buttons on the inside of the button band to reinforce the buttons.
the buttons I found locally. I might swap them out for some to match the burnt orange stripes, if I find the right ones.
I used Cascade 220 Heathers for this project. It’s a great “workhorse” worsted weight yarn. I have enough left over to make a hat. For now, I’ve cast on a quick hat using Vanna’s Choice that will go into my donation box.