Not wanting a repeat of last year I started my Christmas/New Year's knitting early this year. Of the 10 people I knit for 5 are already finished. July is dedicated to finishing more. Wouldn't it be great to finish all Christmas knitting in the summer? The best part it's super secret knitting.
This is a good time to pull out the photos of last New Year's sweaters. Icelandic sweaters from The Best of Lopi knit in Encore Worsted.
The patterns call for a bulky weight yarn not worsted. I did a little math and cast on the size with the right stitch count and then knit the length to fit.