For many years my dad has had a wish that someone would knit him a slipover. Unfortunately, no-one in the family was very enthusiastic about this challenge. Well, my mum is a very specialist knitter and only knits socks. And for many years my sister and I were only occasional knitters/crocheters who did not attempt anything too big. Poor dad, was it really too much to ask?
As in the last two years I’ve ventured out from my sock/mitten comfort zone and got into bigger knitting projects, I realised that really, there was no excuse, it had to be done. So when I saw the Dunstan slipover pattern in the issue 31 of the Knitter magazine, I knew the time had come.
I used Rowan’s Baby Alpaca DK yarn (so soft!) in colorway Chifon (212), which is a lovely subtle reddish purple. I was very pleased with the yarn choice, but less so with the pattern. The design was nice, but the instructions weren’t very clearly written. The shoulder part was so incomprehensible that I had to abandon the instructions and improvise.
But it worked out pretty well in the end and here it finally is, a slipover for my dad, presented as a Christmas gift. So finally, one happy dad.