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After hitting my (amended) goal of 13 sweaters, I still had more than a month left in the year. I decided to push myself to see just how many more I could squeeze in before I say hello to 2017.

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My husband ended up loving his Dreams of Aran sweater so much, he has been wearing it nearly everyday. With the thought in mind to knit him a more rugged sweater that he can wear while chopping wood, or working on the car I landed on Adirondack by Elizabeth Morrison.

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It’s a looser fit, with a broken rib pattern. I chose a marled yarn to make it even more durable- Lionbrand Fisherman’s Wool in Oak Tweed. If he marks it up with oil or dirt, it’ll be barely noticeable.

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As I did with his sweater before, I followed the directions for the size Medium, but knitting to the length suggested for the Large. I only made a few changes: I made the ribbing at the bottom hem, sleeve cuffs and collar a 1×1 rib, and I decreased 4 times around the collar to make sure it ended up a bit tighter.

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Because this was my husband’s Christmas gift I had to work in secret, which always slows my work down. However, I still think I made good time, finishing this sweater in 4 weeks.

SinceΒ I was making great time, I thought I would really go for it and tack on one last sweater. I decided to start another Rocquaine. So far I’m about a third of the way done, with just about a week left in 2016. If I can finish it, that will make 15 sweaters for my Year of the Sweater! Wish me luck!