Tuesday, October 20, 2009

zippy sweater

It's under 70 degrees in lovely north Florida, which means only one thing:  bust out the woolens.  I finished knitting this zip up hoodie just in time for our bracing winter season.  It's a little big on him, but there's no way I'm spending a month knitting something that can only be worn for one year. No sir. 

I feel like the hood needs a pom pom or something.  While my kid still tolerates being dressed like a gnome, I am not passing up any opportunity for gnomification.  

Attaching a zipper to a knit is a pain in the rear.  I'm not 100% thrilled with how this zipper looks, but I can live with it.  My only advice is to keep the stitch length long for easy unpicking, use lots of pins, and--this is the key--close the zipper before attaching it to the second side (that will help you keep things lined up, which is key where stripes are involved).  Also, it's apparently impossible to shorten a separating zipper.

This is the pattern, but I did the hood my own way to boost the elf factor and maintain the stripe sequence.
This  is the yarn (very good price, let's hope it doesn't scratch/pill/felt too much).


Barefoot_Mommy said...

wow... I can never even committ to finishing up a scarf...I am so impressed with your sweater!!! And it's always fun to gnomify your kids. Calvin is going to be the Roaming Gnome for halloween this year. I already made his hat!!!

Not Hannah said...

I LOVE that you like turning your kid into an elfish little gnome. He's absolutely adorable.

Karen said...

I figure all too soon he'll be wearing football jerseys or some such hideous crap. And thanks for the compliments on the sweater and the boy!