Sunspun Fine Yarns

Father’s Day

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Oh yes, it’s on next weekend … and on the off-chance you haven’t started making/sourcing something, here are some ideas that may help. The projects are organised by time needed (ahem), with the longest running first. Rest assured that ALL are easy and work up quickly (thank you, worsted-weight yarns), with no complicated cabling/colourwork demands. Hop onto Ravelry if you’re after something a little more challenging!

Start now if you want to produce Kirsten Johnstone’s handsome Sankai and knit hard! The sweater is knit in the round until the arms, then worked flat. The rolled collar and shoulder are made in one piece with short-row shaping for a simple V-neck finish. The detailing is wonderful: the cuffs and hems are folded, so make them in a contrasting colour for a bit of fun. The colour-blocking option is pictured below.


Source: Tamara Erbacher for assemblage

Jared Flood’s Cobblestone is one of the easiest sweaters around to make and wear. The rounded garter yoke, garter side panels and cuffs bring a pleasing geometry and finish to a classic round-neck sweater. Plus, it’s knit in the round too: no seaming.


Source: Brooklyn Tweed

If you can get stuck in sleeve-land (so, so guilty) play to your strengths and go for vests. Nathan is knit in worsted weight wool, and the side ribbing detail lifts the vest from the ruck.


Source: Jones & Vandermeer

You can never have too many scarves. Make one in farrow rib or mistake rib; both yield lovely squishy fabrics and, it goes without saying, they knit up quickly too.


Source: Purl Soho’s Mistake Rib scarf


Farrow rib scarf

If the dads in your life don’t tend to wear knits, go for some posh soap with a waffly washcloth.


Or try this Tawashi knot, which is part puzzle and part scrubber.

file0_medium2Source: BonitoClub

Finally, the knitted tie. This has been known to be controversial. But here’s a tip from what’s out in the stores: the Paul Smith number below is knit in quite a fine gauge in a simple overall pattern (not garter), and kept skinny. Your choice on whether to make a tube, or to work flat. Think sock yarn or, if using something like a Zara 8 ply, go down a few needle sizes to get a dense, sturdy fabric that won’t stretch out of shape too much. The tubular/folded-hem edging in a contrasting colour is a neat touch. If you’re out of time, a knit 1, purl 1 edging for a few rows (in a slightly larger needle size than the main body) would do the job and won’t curl.


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