Last July I started a sweater for the husband. I thought "he's small, it's worsted weight, how long can it really take?"
It took until today. Hubris, man.
The sweater is Hugo, by Veronik Avery, from the fantastic BT Men collection. Jake looks fabulous in it.
I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in the Button Jar colourway. The pattern called for 9 skeins for his size (I made the 41 1/4"), but I followed the directions as written for tall sweater and ran out of yarn. I was lucky to be able to get a skein in the same dyelot from a friend, and all was well, but keep it in mind if you want to make this pattern. The yarn was delicate, and too breakable to seam with (I used sock yarn), but it is so lovely and light. It softens incredibly with washing, as well. My only real complaint is the amount of sticks and hay spun into it, but they do contribute to a rustic, authentic experience. It would have been satisfyingly rustic sans sticks though, just saying.
The fit is spectacular (and I think he looks quite fetching in it). Hugo is designed to emphasize shoulder width through its construction, encouraging a masculine silhouette. It's rare to see a men's pattern that takes aesthetics into consideration to that level. It also has sizing options for regular and tall men, and instructions on fitting if the gent in question has a narrow waist and wide chest. Other than using the tall version, I made the pattern as written.
Most importantly, it's done and I can make something for me now!