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the working boy’s sweater

Berroco’s Johnny Boy sweater in action:

In a clever multitasking move, Margery knit the original Johnny Boy sweater to fit her grandson, Noah. Reports have it that the sweater has seen heavy action ever since, has been washed (and dried) numerous times, and it still looks great. It’s knit in Berroco Sox, our all wool sock yarn in an ever increasing array of multicolor patterns.

Photo credit: Olivia Sauerwein (Noah’s mom)


13 thoughts on “the working boy’s sweater

  1. Beautiful way of using Sox. Makes the pattern look like Fair Isle. Is the button placket opening designed to face the front? He looks like he is having fun! Sweaters are more toddler friendly, for movement, as they stretch more than a jacket. This brings back wonderful memories! I used shrunk sweaters for a jacket (before felting was in) for my son, as he didn’t like the confinement of a jacket. Makes me want to knit sweaters, vests, mittens… with Sox!!

  2. I can vouch for the hardiness of the Sox. On vacation last week I forgot to pack my padded biking gloves. I made due with the Sox Jacoby fingerless gloves from The gloves were champions. I expected to wear them out on the handle bars – but no – instead, after washing on my return, they look like new. That’s the second best test next to the “kid” test.

  3. Really adorable knit. I have a question – how did she do the sleeves? I notice the striping seems to be the same width on the sleeve as it is on the sweater, and I would think with self-striping yarn that the stripes would be wider down by th sleeve cuffs.

    Will have to check out this yarn!

  4. I love it! I thought that yarn looked familar, since i have a pair of socks I knitted out of the same yarn, and I never would have though it would make such a darling kids sweater! Fantastic faux fair isling, for sure!

  5. Yes, I have the same question as Iris–how did Margery get the sleeve striping to match the striping on the sweater body. When I knitted a sweater with self-striping yarn, the sleeve striping came out twice as wide as on the body.

    And I’m impressed with anyone who can get a boy to wear something knitted–my son never would!

  6. Margery didn’t use any mysterious method to maintain the striping with this sweater. Must be the yarn 🙂

  7. The sweater is darling and so is the fella, but really makes me think how great it would be made up into an adult sweater!
    You know on those office days when the air conditioning is too cool and you need a little covering. How comfy and cheerful it would be to slip on a ‘sock sweater’ Ha!

  8. I may have picked up an knit the sleeves down from the armhole in circular. I can’t remember, but I will check tomorrow.

  9. I just love it. It’s hard to find nice looking boy’s sweaters. It’s on my list of to do projects. I too would love to know how the sleeves were knit.

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