From D&G's Fall 2008:
And what size needles? rolling pins?
Is it just me, or does it make him look like a "Ken Doll" that someone knit a sweater for out of, I dunno, sport weight yarn? The thing with the really chunky yarns is that they tend to be VERY softly spun, almost roving, and PILL MISERABLY. Within 3 wearings it looks like you polished a houseworth of hardwood floors with the garment.
Kind of reminds me when knitting first became "re-popular" here in PDX and women were buying all these novelty yarns and knitting very loose-drapey scarves which inevitably ended up looking like a rag found in the gutter and draped around the neck.
I saw this sweater in GQ and loved it too. Rowan also has a thick yarn they call "Biggy Print" and another called "Chunky". They also publish a book call "The Next Big Thing" with several patterns similar to the one from D&G. I have knit the Major" and the "Seth" sweaters. They turn out beautifully even though the yarn is not quite as thick as the sweater you have pictured.
Most D&G models could wear a sack and make it look fabulous...
Much as I love the look of the sweater I don't think its wearable for the majority of guys... so not point me investigating further :o(
Lion Brand has some free patterns on their website that call for their Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and their "Speed Stix" which is a size 50 needle (25mm). One such pattern, "Weekender Jacket", uses three strands of the yarn held together, and the gauge is 4 st × 4 rows over a 4 inch square. IOW 1 stitch to the inch. Judging from the photos, it has a very similar gauge as the sweater in question. And I can't help but think it makes the model look like a Barbie® in a "homemade" sweater. It's awful.
Brown Sheep has Burly Spun which is 100% wool that might drape that much. It is 130yds per skein (don't know weight) and kints at 2-1/2 sts on US 13. I would bet going up to a US 35/36 which is readily available from most LYS's would give you a much softer hand and prob about 3/4-1 st per inch. The yarn pictured is a single ply yarn as is the burly spun.
For a yarn that is softer but not quite as bulky i would consider Misti Alpaca Chunky which is a 2 ply at 108 yds/100 grms and give 3-1/2 sts on US 10...You could put that needle to a 13 or so but remember Alpaca acts like cotton and will tend to sag, but feels like budda!
There are also a couple of Cascade yarns that might work Lana Grande (2 ply) 2 sts/in on 17-19 and Magnum 2 sts/in on 15.
hope this helps some
I wonder if wearing something with huge stitches like that would make me look thinner or at least not-quite-such-a-big-boy?
Brent Troth Clearwater, Florida
I suspect it would have the oppisete effect - just as turn-sideways-and-they-disappear guys can wear a puffy quilted parka and just look great - but larger guys ? uh-uh.
I think Mmario is right, large details/patterns usually don't work with big guys. I had these wide-wale corduroys I was in love with in high school and looking back, I wish one of my friends would have told me to junk them, I looked more like a "wide whale". I do kinda love the D&G pullover, maybe I'm just a fashion zombie.
There is a woman who is making the Fiber Festival and Stitches circuit who manufactures "Extreme Knitting Needles" and has written a book of patterns for them. I bought a set of the needles and the book for a friend who was house and cat sitting for us while we were on vacation. I will check with her about the manufactures name and contact information.
That sweater is beautiful! And, yes, the drape is luxurious!
If it was roving, I'd think you'd have to felt it or it'd have to be longwool combed or otherwise it'd fall apart.
I wonder if it's got some alpaca in it? It looks like it drapes well.
That doesn't really look like yarn...more like VERY loosely twisted roving, and the I think the needle size would be more like broom handles than rolling pins.
But just think how quickly you could knit these up!
I was thinking roving as well. Maybe something like Berroco Peruvia Bulky would work? My squinting isn't working, does this seem to be gray stitches on a black or charcoal background somehow?
Multi-stranded chunky - and I've seen needles that would probably give you about that size stitch.
Be a reall quick knit, you have to admit.
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