When I excitedly tweeted about submitting my first pattern to Knitty, I began to tweet back and forth with Amy Singer, Knitty Editor. She noticed that my name is Meridith Shepherd and started to talk about Grey's Anatomy, teasing that the design should be a knit surgical cap. (For those who aren't familiar with the show, two main characters, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd have a tumultuous relationship, which includes a wedding via post-it note. Had she taken his name, her name would have been Meredith Shepherd.)
While I hadn't made a pattern for a knitted surgical cap, I did begin thinking about designs inspired by the show, and Amy requested first shot at the men's sweater pattern I envisioned. So, I got to work on this design, and submitted it for the next issue.
When I was a newer knitter, I made my husband, Day, a sweater. It was a ribbed, zippered cardigan, the Cambridge Jacket. Looking back, he was not thrilled with his sweater, and truthfully, neither was I. It didn't fit so well, the zipper was puckered, the sleeves were a bit short, and it was itchy. I don't think he could find a redeeming quality in this sweater. (The pattern was perfectly written, and I would love to try it again sometime, because it could be so much better with my current level of experience.) He wore it a few times, but complained about it being too warm, and it sat in the drawer. After that experience, he wasn't too excited when I said I was knitting him another sweater, and I can't really blame him.
I wasn't deterred, because I knew I could make this sweater so much better than the last one. In the planning phase, I decided that close fitting would be best, because I didn't want to have a blouse-y look to the sweater. So, a size was chosen for just 1.5 inches of positive ease, a pretty close fit in menswear. I wanted a look that was modern, but simple and classic, so the ribbing at the bottom and sleeve cuffs is worked in a garter based ribbing which ties in with the square stitch pattern. The shawl collar fits in a way that doesn't sit too close to the neck, making the sweater not as warm as a crew neck might be, plus, let's face it, shawl collars are attractive.
When I finished the sweater and broke the news to Day that he was going to need to model for me, I was envisioning a reluctant participant. I was scared that he was going to humor me, and that this sweater would see many, many days in the dresser drawer. He put the sweater on, and it fit just perfectly! I was so relieved! When we finished taking the pictures, Day actually told me that he was really impressed with this sweater. It was a warm May day when we took the pictures, and the yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed DK) didn't feel itchy at all, he didn't have to pull at the sleeves to make them long enough, the shoulders fit perfectly, and he didn't feel like it was too tight anywhere. He is actually looking forward to cooler weather so that he can wear his Sticky Note Pullover.
Those of you who knit for others know how great I feel that my guy loves what I made. It is a wonderful feeling, and I am so excited that this pattern is out there for you to make for yourself, your partner, or other special guy in your life.
In my group on Ravelry, I am hosting an informal Knit-Along for the Sticky Note pullover. Since Grey's Anatomy is available on Netflix, I thought it might be fun to have a group to knit and watch with. Please join in on the fun, even if you'd rather not watch the show. I am planning to cast on a modified version for myself soon, so those working on modifications will have company too.
If you have found your way here from Knitty, welcome! I am excited to get to know more of the knitting community. I am working on several new designs and I am looking for a couple of test knitters for a women's sweater pattern. The deadline has passed, but several testers have had to remove themselves from the test for various reasons, so I am extending the test. You can see the full testing call here.