I like to knit for my son. This little hoodie is made from cotton stash. I followed the instructions for the seamless raglan sweater from "Knitting Without Tears", then left a gap for the neck opening, working back-and-forth from that point on. I worked the hood by increasing some stitches in the center back. Later I closed the hood by weaving the sides together (a skill I have taught myself from EZ's books, and I love to use it). For the border I picked up the stitches around neck opening and hood and worked a few rows in garter stitch. As you can see, it puckers quite uncomfortably.
That didn't please me too much, so I went back to look at my books.
For the next sweater, I intended to make a hood at first, too. But then I found and followed the instructions for the open collared shirt in " Knitters Almanac". The placket neck opening is nice and tidy and not difficult to work. And I loved the built-in I-cord border.
I also applied an I-cord border to my latest finished object. I have made quite a few tomtens (from "Knitting Without Tears") so far. This pattern is wonderful and easy to work. This time I used a thick wool I inherited from my grandmother. As I went along, I feared it would not be enough for the hood, which I always like to make a little wider and longer than the instructions suggest.The collar from the open collared shirt also fits, I think. I applied a contrasting I-cord border, and knitted extra little cuffs inside the sleeves in ribbing.
Sorry for my long haul. Have a good week, everyone!