I've been doing some thinking about the sweater I will be knitting for Adam for Christmas. He really is no help when it comes to picking colors or yarn. Are you shocked?
The pattern he chose (by flipping quickly through my new book, Knits Men Want) is the Baseball Jersey pattern:
His exact words may have been, "I'd wear something like this." I took that to mean he's had a burning desire for me to knit it (whatever helps me knit, you know?).
The pattern calls for Berroco Pure Merino. I've done some internet research and have chosen these two colors:
However, I've also read some review saying that this yarn stretches like the dickens and doesn't hold it's shape and blah blah blah. Now I'm wondering if I should use it. I also read that it is unbelievably soft. I would love to make a super soft sweater for Adam but if it is going to stretch a ton then I don't want to send him off to work in a sweater that looks like his crazy wife made it.
My second choice for yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, which I've never used before, in these colors:
I've read that it pills a lot and that it is kind of scratchy. I'm not too worried about the scratchiness factor, as Adam has other store-bought sweaters that are scratchy and he still wears them. But how well will this yarn hold up? I'd love to make a man's sweater for only $30 (while the Berroco will be more than double that) but if it is going to look shoddy, then I'd rather spend the extra money.
I really don't want to spend a ton of cash, but I'd like him to be able to use it for longer than just this winter. I'm not really concerned about superwash or not since the sweater is remaining in my house and I can wash it. So I'm basically asking for opinions from anyone who has used either of these yarns. If you haven't, then do you have another yarn that you might suggest using to knit a man's sweater?