Friday, December 29, 2006

baby sweater!

hi folks! hope all had/ are having a lovely relaxing holiday week. i finished the wee baby sweater for my niece's christmas present... here it is draped over her christmas finery. not much detail here... yoke sweater, using the percentage system.

however! when i tried to put the sweater over her head (she's only 1 month old)... it would not go. baby heads apparently are too huge for eps... i didn't think this through when i was knitting away right before christmas. i've got the sweater with me now and i'm trying to figure out the best way to fix it... steek? cardi? mini-steek just at the neck, a la placket sweater? or just frog back past the last set of decreases (i did k1, k2tog instead of k1, k2tog, k2tog hoping it would be big enough) and knit up a bit plain? i'm pretty freaked out about steeking but if that's the best way, so be it. any thoughts?


  • I believe that in Knitting Without Tears EZ recommends larger percentages for sweater neck openings for babies and children. Perhaps you could open up one of the shoulder seams and insert a zipper?

    By Blogger Eudyptes, at 3:04 PM  

  • This is a problem with kids sweaters in general - I use a larger needle for the neck anddo a VERY loose bind off with a very large needle. It doesnt look as good but it makes the garment wearable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:31 PM  

  • i like the zip idea but i think the sweater is too little... only 17 inches around total. and i already bound off super-super-loose (i did the roll neck partly to hide that)... looks like i'll have to rip :(
    thanks for the tips!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:31 PM  

  • Meg said once at camp that EZ said to not bother shaping kids' yoke sweaters "until they are human" (until they grow into their heads, as I interpret her statement). Meg suggested keeping the neck opening for littles at 50% of K, and then running elastic through to help keep the shape of the neck.

    I'm always partial to the baby sweaters that have buttons on the sides of the necks--parents can unbutton the neck to get the sweater on, but then can button it back up and the neck opening isn't too huge. Could you still knit a yoke, but going back and forth, putting in button holes at one end, almost as if you were shifting a cardigan opening to the top of a shoulder? Hmmm...

    Good luck!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:00 PM  

  • I have had this problem before and I cut a steek in the front and made a button band - it was only about 3 inches deep, but helped me get the sweater on.

    By Blogger gwibbles, at 4:08 PM  

  • I also have the 50% neck opening for children in my Swansen/Zimmermann library, most recently in Wool Gathering #69 A Family of Raglans. Your suggested solutions sound fine.

    By Anonymous Janine, at 4:17 PM  

  • thanks so much for all the advice! good to know the 50% for next time... i think i am going to be a chicken and avoid steeking, and just rip back and do the back-and-forth yoke to put in some buttons. i'll post a picture when i'm done :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 PM  

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