Sunday, September 07, 2008

I realized about halfway through this that it was going to be a long haul. Usually the kids's sweaters kind of fly by and I can get on with the next project. But not this one.
Fine yarn, small needles, long length and long sleeves, and then -
The Hood.

The hood technique was fun though. I found it in a Sirdrar booklet and it allowed me to avoid the elfin pointy look.

You cast on left side sts, pick up the back ones, and cast on again on the right side. The numbers are roughly even thirds. I went a little farther so there would be an overlap at the chin. Then, knit up the whole panel and cast off the sides at about the top of the head. Continue to knit the middle section till it meets up at the forehead with the others and seam.

And then, ta da.

You might notice the COLOR at the hood edge - once the sweater was done and she tried it on, she cried "Its itchy! Around my neck!". ugh. But I had some leftover Lorna's Worsted from a previous project that's soft as can be, so we made a little buffer - and now all that plain brown has a pretty detail :-)

hopefully she'll wear it.


Batty said...

I love that colorful edge! It makes an otherwise plain brown sweater more interesting. All that hard work paid off, it's a beautiful piece.

Carol said...

Very nice. I'm glad it got a little pretty detail in the end.

Hilary said...

So cute! I love the rainbow-colored detail. Non-itchy *and* pretty!

Longhorn Diva said...

Great idea! I'll have to try this hood sometime. And thanks for your nice comments over on my blog, too, Thea. :) I'm also glad to have found yours - your projects look lovely!