Once upon a time long ago I was in the middle of a daydream of sorts… when in my mind’s eye I saw a giant white stag walk up behind me and place his forehead against my back. When he did this his antlers wrapped around me in a protective embrace. I felt so safe and comforted by this vision. It often comes to mind when I am feeling vulnerable or afraid. I’ve wanted to represent an antler hug in a sweater ever since. I give you Patronus! The protective (and surprisingly comfy) hug from your own loving stag.
This sweater has been such a labor of love… I began my first version of him in 2012! What a journey. 100’s of failed charts (curving antlers are surprisingly hard to represent!) Several yarn choice switches. 2 sweaters knitted and set aside. Attaching antlers and then ripping them off… again, and then again! A few tears… LOTS of procrastination. A dash of “i give up” followed by a cup of “no, let’s keep going!” And finally lots of jumping up and down for joy. It is finished! I couldn’t be happier with the results. Once I found the perfect yarn (Brooklyn Tweed Quarry – i LOVE THIS YARN,) and settled in on a sweater shape it was time to wrap it up! No Christmas pun intended. 😀
This is a box sweater! I always hesitate to knit box sweaters because they seem so simple from a design standpoint… but they are TRULY so flattering and roomy! The body of the sweater is a box (with pretty scoopy shaping for the neck – cause I don’t love wool right up against my neck.) This means that it fits in a way that doesn’t hug you too tightly. In fact, I’ve included 10-12 inches of positive ease. That means lots of the baggy ROOM. Just the kind of room I’m looking for when I’m shopping for fall sweaters in the men’s department! (The arms do have quite a bit of shaping though to give the right fit.) Available in sizes XS – 5X. Also! The neck is knitted like a large smooshy cowl. It is knitted loosely and with larger needles and it barely hugs the neck at all… so no tight itchiness!
I hope you will love getting an antler hug! Also I know a lot of you have been asking for videos! I want to make them SO MUCH but its gotten increasingly challenging to make them since kiddo stopped napping. Woweeeee he runs in asking for this or that about every 5 minutes most days.. so its really hard to get videos done! I promise when things calm down around here I’ll be able to make lots more… cause I miss chatting!
happy knits! love, stephanie xoxo
ps. if you like the hat its the *wolfpup hat* pattern available here CLICK.
YAY! the WINNING comment has been chosen (by random number generator) and the free pattern goes to:
Kimberly Drake says:
November 26, 2018 at 9:29 am
Love your creativity and your persistence! Count me in!
ill be sending you an email! hugs to everyone and thank you SOOOO much for taking time out of a crazy cyber monday to leave a sweet comment. i read them all and they always make me smile and im usually crying by the end in gratitude! XOXO