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Friday, December 01, 2006

sherwood sweater... finished?

my sister, going thru my mom's photo albums and splitting up pics of herself and me for us to have, ended up with a larger pile of pictures of me (older sister) than she did of herself... asked my mom, "what, did you run out of film?"

maybe mom just got exasperated trying to capture toddlers on camera :)

this is actually going somewhere, i'd love yall's advice. i "finished" sherwood and popped it on the hambot to make sure it looked okay, but... well. thousand words, eh?

sherwood
sherwood sweater, knitty fall 2006
size 2, with extended body length and arms
started: october 1, 2006
finished: december 1, 2006 (?) december 2, 2006
brown sheep cotton fleece, wild orange colorway-- 3 skeins
us 5 (3.75mm) 16", 24" addis and double pointed needles

sherwood2

sherwood3*

yeah. the neck looks wrong, right? like a boatneck? i dunno, the more he wears it the more it grows on me, but... but.

more non-modelled (meaning not so blurry) pics, all unblocked...

neckfront
front

neckfront2
front, up close

neckback
back, up close

now, i did continue in pattern up the front neck instead of just ribbing as the pattern suggests (for only 4 rounds, then ribbed plain for 2), and also continued the rib pattern in the back. i preferred the flow of that look than adding ribs that didn't perfectly match up. i did work a total of 6 rounds only for the neck as written for the size, but still... it doesn't look quite right to my eye. opinions? (thanks in advance, too... you guys always have great ideas about the gamut.)

i'm thinking my options are

1) leave it be. your kid has your huge head and needs wide neck openings anyways.
2) undo the bindoff and add a few more rows in pattern.
3) undo the bindoff and add a few more rows in pattern, while decreasing along the sides of the neck to cut down on the size of the opening.

i don't think it would look okay without a tshirt underneath, plus the kid will fanagle someone into taking it off sometime, i'm sure and he'd just be too cold without that layer to strip down to. he also does have a huge head, so the boatneck is a good thing in that sense. partly i don't want to do anything with it, but i have the time...

the pattern pics look like the original may have a boatneck-y opening for the head as well, that i've knit this correctly but to my eye looks weird done. i'm just worried that as i plan to pair this with a red tshirt underneath that it will look like its falling off his shoulders..? i dunno. maybe its just pre-family jitters. whatever i decide, i'll try and score better pics this weekend after its blocked and its fate decided.

anyhow, besides that, i love it. and my kid hates it, begged me to take it off... it may never see the light of day, anyway. ergh.


previous posts on sherwood sweater
october 2, 2006
october 5, 2006
november 27, 2006
edit: reknit neck here, december 8, 2006

*what's holding baby boy's attention? a homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and iron chef. he is my son... i built this computer a few years ago just so i could install a video card with a tv tuner and remote to be able to record iron chef episodes from cable (and play 80's emulations with my wireless keyboard and mouse on the big screen tv)-- before the days of tivo and dvrs. it almost feels like me telling my kid i can remember phone calls being a dime the other day :) he may not even know what payphones are by the time he wants to make his own super calls.

22 comments:

KnitterBunny said...

From what I can see it looks good on him. I mean, you're already planning a tshirt right? And you want a bit of it to show anyway. Keeps idiots from me wondering how a tshirt neck got sewed onto a sweater, doh.

Mandy said...

I don't think you need to change it at all. I didn't notice the somewhat-boatneck until you pointed it out, and the more I scroll through the pics, the cuter and cuter it is. It's adorable.

cookie said...

He looks so cute with the cookie and the beautiful sweater! Awwww.

If I was going to mess with it (which I'm not sure you should), I'd go for smaller needles for the neck ribbing. Or the decrease idea along the sides. That would probably be the easiest, and I'm all for easy.

insaknitty said...

I agree with cookie. but I'd also want to make sure his head can fit thru there ok... cuz I don't think his head is going to get smaller. haha. :) he's so cute! and the sweater looks great too. ;)

.: tani :. said...

it definitely looks good with the altered neckline - as is. of course, little things like that don't bother me. if you MUST, then i would go with option #3, since cotton tends to stretch with wear and in my opinion would make the bigger difference in neckline non-openness. looks good!!! so does the cookie. YUM!

HPNY Knits said...

the sweater is perfect the way it is! they hate anything over the head. + they are very active, so it will not sit still. the Lopi sweater I made for my son was also begged to be taken off... its a very warm sweater, and so far its been too warm to wear. if it does get cold before he out grows it.... I'll be lucky
your Sherwood is adorable- but more so on the kid!!
:-)

DAWN said...

It looks fantastic! what a great sweater.

DebbieKnitter said...

It looks good on him, he is so cute, he could wear a toga and it would look just adorable on him ;)I do think the pattern pic is kind of odd looking on the neck and the way they "posed" it sort of hides it but it is still cute. I bet you'll tinker with it till you get it the way you want it but it does look pretty cute on him the way it is.

lexa said...

If you do decide to change anything, then I really agree with Cookie. The pattern pic necklines do look "boaty". I made the mistake on a sweater I made for my first son when he was about that age of making the neck too tight. I could barely squeeze it over his head, and I think it only got used once. Now it's destined to go to some (hopefully small-headed) Mongolian child for the Dulaan Project!

Sherry W said...

I didn't see the neck, I just noticed it was cute. :)

Rachel said...

I think it looks great! Love that orange color. And I think you're right, the original one in Knitty looks sort of boatnecky too. I personally think it looks good as is, but if you're going to fiddle with it I would third cookie's opinion about the smaller needles.

Your comment about your son begging to take the sweater off reminded me of a story my mother told me, I don't remember this at all, but she used to sew me a lot of clothes when I was little and she made me what sounded like an adorable but possibly itchy matching wool skirt and vest set when I was about 3. She put it on me and we were going to do errands somewhere when I suddenly stopped by a trash can in the parking lot, pulled off the vest and threw it in the can, and shouted, "garbage!". My mom left it there because she figured if I felt that strongly about it she would never get me to put it on again. What a little ingrate I was.

kelp! said...

The sweater turned out great! I think the neckline looks fine, especially with a shirt underneath. I agree with Cookie's advice if you're going to futz with it, though.

And I love the bright orange, very cool!

Sonya said...

Constant motion, eh? I think the sweater looks great on him. I wouldn't change a thing. He's pretty cute too, btw.

Karen said...

I didn't notice the neck til you said something. I say leave it.

Re: feeling old....I read a book recently where it made mention of taking a cassette tape and putting a piece of scotch tape over the hole to record over what was originally on it. I felt REALLY old that I remembered that and that I used to do it myself. Sigh.

kristi and otis said...

Gosh darn that kid is cute! Love the sweater...don't change a thing!

Kristen said...

When you say he hated it and begged you to take it off, was he saying, "The neckline isn't right!"?

Because if he wasn't, I wouldn't mess with it. The one on Knitty seems like it was the same, just captured from different angles and perhaps the kid was on 'ludes or something. And babies do have big heads.

Personally, I noticed what you're saying about the neckline, but I really don't know how I'd fix it (see big head issue above). I mean, the cabling probably drew the fabric in just as much as ribbing would have, right? And it's the sides of the neck that are out too far.

PERHAPS this is most easily solved by making him wear a white, orange, or red t-shirt underneath instead of blue. *shrug*

Zonda said...

Looks great! Nice work but bummer he doesn't like it!

Erica said...

I had to laugh after reading some of these comments about feeling old. Keep in mind that this happened several years ago when I was still driving around in my first car. I just needed it to get from a to b so nothing too fancy. I picked up my younger cousin for an outing (in summer) and she looked over at me with a bewildered look on her face. That particular car had the old crank windows and she had no idea how to roll the window down. That was my first "how old am I?" moment.

Chris said...

It looks great - but I bet it will look even better with a slightly smaller neck opening.

Stacey said...

It looks great! If you are really unhappy with it, you could always try smaller needles to bring it in....

Melissa said...

I think it looks great. And if his head is anything like my kids, he could use the extra room to get it in the sweater.

Cheryl said...

LOVE IT!! You've totally sold me on this sweater, I'm casting on right away!

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