My Beau

I went to my LYS today and got buttons to put the finishing touches on Beau. The Pontiff went along to help select the buttons. Fortunately, we both agreed on our number one choice, so there was no fighting.

He’s REALLY happy with his new sweater. He keeps saying it looks like something you’d buy in a nice store. And that it feels and fits great.


I agree. It really helped that he gave me a sweater that he thinks has a perfect fit. I was able to knit the torso and sleeve lengths to match, and block the whole sweater to the same dimensions.


The buttons are more blue than they appear in this photo:

Buttons for Beau

Pattern: Beau, from Vintage Knits.
Size: Small
Yarn: Cascade Eco+, blue, 2.2 skeins
Needles: US 8 for body, US 6 for ribbing
Ravelry: Project page

Modifications: Not much. The body and sleeve lengths were shortened, and I also cast on 2 fewer stitches at the cuffs so that the ribbing would match when seamed. I increased two stitches on the first row after the ribbing to get the correct number of stitches. Oh, and one small mistake – when I did the back, I only made the ribbing at the hem half as tall as it should have been, but we agreed that it looked fine, so I left it alone and made the front to match.

I think this is an great pattern for men – it’s fairly plain, but still has some interest to it. It’s easy to knit, and works up quickly. The recommended sizing gives about 6 inches of positive ease, which I think is just about right for this sweater, especially if it will be worn over a t-shirt.

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11 Responses to My Beau

  1. Carrie says:

    Looks great! WOO!

  2. Cayenne says:

    Very nice. Congratulations on finding and knitting a sweater your man will wear. I have yet to reach that milestone. =)

  3. Nora says:

    Very handsome, indeed! How do you like the Eco Wool?

  4. Anne says:

    It looks great! I knit D a similar sweater eons ago, which he still wears. Bet The Pontiff gets a LOT of years out of that one too!

  5. margene says:

    A perfect fit and very nicely knit! L looks fabulous in Beau and I’ll bet it feels great, too.

  6. Stitch-n-Snitch says:

    It looks great! 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    Plus it looks fabulous on him – and he looks pleased. 🙂

  8. He’s looking pretty pleased. Nice fit, too. Good knit!

  9. Cookie says:

    Just lovely!

    The sweater is nice, too. ;^)

    Doesn’t he realize that you don’t knit crap?! Silly man.

  10. Anne B. says:

    Extremely good outcome to another sweater project!! They both look great!

  11. Norma says:

    Oooh, I love it. I wish I had gone with this for the sweater I made for my friend. It was my original choice, but he then asked for “how about just a plain v-neck,” which sounded like he thought this one would be too … something. I don’t know what. That v-neck turned out nice, but I think this one is more fun. I love the casual yet polished look. And the Eco+ wool looks fab! The color is wonderful.

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