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Nov 9, 2012 17:45:19   #
JoyceLofton
 
I knitted a sweater for my granddaughter. It is a very simple pattern, but I have struggled with knitting it since the very beginning.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kkc-blocksAndStripesPullover.html?noImages=

First I bought more expensive, nicer cotton yarn. Then I found I could not get the gauge unless I went from an sz 8 needle to a 5. So, since I had invested in so much yarn, I revamped the entire pattern to make it fit. I finally finished knitting all the pieces and Im in the process of assembling. I sewed the shoulders and put on the rolled neck. Now I'm worried that the sweater may not fit over GDs head! My GD lives in LA and I can't try it on her. It did go over a 15 lb, exercise kettle ball. I can take out the neck and shoulders and rework a so the neck hole is bigger just in case, or I can finish it off and take my changes. Finally, my question. If I finished it and it did not fit, is it possible to just take out the rolled neck, make a larger neckline by using the sewing machine to sew the outline for a bigger neckline, (I think this is called steeking) cut it larger, then pick up and knit a new rolled neck. This way I wouldn't have to take the entire sweater apart. It may fit her, but if it doesn't, I'll have to take the entire sweater apart, or my other back up plan would be to do the steeking thing if it would work on cotton and not on a sweater that is knit in the round. Am I as clear as mud? My first sweater, ugh! but, I'm learning. Any ideas of how to proceed.
 
Nov 9, 2012 17:50:44   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
I would leave one shoulder seam unsewn and put a few tiny press studs there!

I never use cotton because i cannot get the tension correct, because there is no stretch in the yarn.

cheers
Nov 9, 2012 18:01:29   #
JoyceLofton
 
cakes wrote:
I would leave one shoulder seam unsewn and put a few tiny press studs there!

I never use cotton because i cannot get the tension correct, because there is no stretch in the yarn.

cheers


Yes, I'm finding out from reading that cotton might not have been the best choice, tho that's what was called for and she is sensitive to wool. I also read that bamboo yarn can be whimpy and stretchy. Kind of limits choices. Maybe a combo like Cotton/acrylic.
Nov 9, 2012 18:02:34   #
JoyceLofton
 
cakes wrote:
I would leave one shoulder seam unsewn and put a few tiny press studs there!

I never use cotton because i cannot get the tension correct, because there is no stretch in the yarn.

cheers


What are press studs? Snaps?
Nov 9, 2012 18:02:57   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
I agree with Cakes. You could leave one shoulder undone, an either put press studs there, or even crochet around the shoulder seam and put buttons and loops.
Nov 9, 2012 18:05:29   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
Press studs in OZ , perhaps snaps elsewhere!
 
Nov 9, 2012 18:05:48   #
JoyceLofton
 
scottybearNSW wrote:
I agree with Cakes. You could leave one shoulder undone, an either put press studs there, or even crochet around the shoulder seam and put buttons and loops.


Good idea. I don't know if I am good enough to figure out how to do that. Maybe I can find a pattern that tells how.
Nov 9, 2012 18:07:43   #
JoyceLofton
 
cakes wrote:
Press studs in OZ , perhaps snaps elsewhere!

Thanks. I figured that out after I looked where you live. I thought maybe they were something new I should know about lol.
Nov 9, 2012 18:18:47   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
JoyceLofton wrote:
scottybearNSW wrote:
I agree with Cakes. You could leave one shoulder undone, an either put press studs there, or even crochet around the shoulder seam and put buttons and loops.


Good idea. I don't know if I am good enough to figure out how to do that. Maybe I can find a pattern that tells how.


Try Youtube. They seem to have videos for everything. You would just do a row of DC (your SC) I think then turn and go back. On the button side just do more DC but on the other side, you would put loops about every 3 or 4 DC (depending on the length of the shoulder seam).
Nov 9, 2012 19:00:01   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
cakes wrote:
I would leave one shoulder seam unsewn and put a few tiny press studs there!

I never use cotton because i cannot get the tension correct, because there is no stretch in the yarn.

cheers


I agree with all this. Under no circumstances would I try steeking. One of my granddaughter's had a largish head and I always left one shoulder open and put buttons and button loops there.
Nov 9, 2012 20:21:08   #
JoyceKnits
 
Before I send a sweater to the grandkids, I make sure it fits over my own head. Then I know it will work for them. On an embarrassing number of sweaters, I've had to frog the rolled neck and do it again picking up more stitches and casting off with a much larger needle.
 
Nov 9, 2012 22:29:33   #
Peggy Beryl (a regular here)
 
Is it possible for you to have the child's mother measure her head circumference for you? Then you could try pulling it on over a melon or ball of that same size.

Maybe all this concern is totally unnecessary.

Otherwise, all else failing, the button/snapped shoulder sounds like a sensible way to go. My only thought about this style is that it often does not lay on the shoulder correctly and the owner just will not wear it often.

Joyce also has a good idea--putting it on over your own head. In Joyce's avatar, it looks like she does V-neck sweaters. A good way to go for next time!
Nov 9, 2012 22:40:13   #
Normagw
 
You can always google the average head size for the age of your grandaughter snd then measure the sweater neck opening.
 
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