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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 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cute Sweater/Cute (grand)Kid! Great job on both Margery!

    April 22, 2008
  2. 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!!

    April 22, 2008
  3. I am so smitten with that Johnny Boy sweater but then I really love the stripes and patterns on the little ones :^)

    April 22, 2008
  4. What a guy – and the sweater looks great too!

    April 22, 2008
  5. Andra #

    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.

    April 22, 2008
  6. Iris #

    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!

    April 22, 2008
  7. 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!

    April 22, 2008
  8. much sweetness:)

    April 22, 2008
  9. Carol #

    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!

    April 22, 2008
  10. norahgaughan #

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

    April 23, 2008
  11. 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!

    April 24, 2008
  12. margery #

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

    April 26, 2008
  13. Sarah #

    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.

    May 4, 2008

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