The great sweater dissection project, Part I

So, we have previously discussed J’s penchant for brand names. Ralph Lauren hand knit sweaters are a big favorite of his. But he won’t pay full price (be still my beating heart!!!) so we look for deals.

All summer long we have been looking at one Ralph Lauren hand knit sweater. It originally started out at $200 but when we first saw it, was around $150. At that price I was sure he wouldn’t buy it. He decided to watch the sweater. A few weeks later it went down to $50, and he contemplated buying it. Lovely black, white, and red colorwork (insert joke here) but I couldn’t get past the neckline. He agreed. I don’t know what it was about this neckline, if it was just too much for the sweater as a whole, or too feminine for a men’s sweater, or what, but I just didn’t like it. He agreed. I asked him if he would wear it with that neckline. He said that he probably would not. A few weeks later it was still $50 but we could take an additional 10% off. We discussed it again. We decided no, neckline issues. He said, “If it gets down to $35, I will buy it.” Which made sense. 100% lambs wool, it was very soft, and the colorwork really was nice.

Fast forward to this weekend. Where we stumbled across the sweater for $34. So we again had the neckline discussion. Nope, he still wouldn’t wear it with that neckline. I told him that it isn’t a deal if you won’t wear it. Then I had a brilliant idea. I mean, I am a knitter right? So why wouldn’t I change the neckline if I didn’t like it? What was I thinking? At $34 for 100% lambswool, I could recycle it and make it into something else. It ends up being too good a deal to pass up. So I look at the neckline and decide that, indeed, I would be perfectly capable of taking it apart and reworking it.

So begins the great sweater dissection project!

Original sweater:
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You can see that the neckline is funky. Maybe on a plain sweater it would work. But for a guy, it is still iffy if you ask me. There were also buttons, which added to the melodrama. It is just too much!

So plan is to unravel the neckline and use that yarn to make it into a plain turtle neck. 2×2 rib. In addition to that, to follow the cuffs and bottom of the sweater, I will do 6 rows of garter stitch before I start the 2×2 rib.

So begins the unraveling. It went smoothly for the most part. I had to do it in 3 parts as the split had a knitted border on both the front and back. Best part? I have 5 new buttons to use on some other project. How nice or Ralph to provide me with extra!

Here is what I had left over:
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I suspect I will need to skein that yarn and wash it. It is awfully kinked. Get on that yarn swift Nick!

In the end, I only had a few stitches to pick up at the front of the sweater, the rest of it was already bound off.
It looks better already if you ask me!
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5 thoughts on “The great sweater dissection project, Part I

  1. Good for you! 🙂 I deffo agree about the original neck. Apart from it being decidedly un-blokey, it just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the jumper, IMO.

    Looking forward to seeing your improvements.

  2. Oh I totally agree with you guys…both on not paying $200 for a sweater (okay I can see the cost being hand-knit, but my goodness I am allergic to spending that much on one piece of clothing, unless it’s a very nice winter coat or something), and on the collar. That collar is way too girly for a guy. I’m not sure I’d even wear a collar like that lol. But the rest of the sweater is very nice, I’m sure it’ll be beautiful when you’re done 😀

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