I used to knit a lot of stuff when the kids were small. I would make sweaters and hats and so on, and then, when they were about ten or so, they completely stopped wearing anything I made. So it was really surprising when Kid 2 ran downstairs, wearing this sweater.
I originally made it to be an oversized hoodie, so when she put it on, it became a clingy, fitted sweater with shorter sleeves. It was once much loved – you can see the wear and tear – and despite me pointing out the holes, she wore it to school and then called me from the bus so I could officially confirm to all her friends that yes, I had made the sweater and no, we didn’t buy it. And then came the following Facebook post: “Everyone wants my mom to knit them a sweater. Get your own knitting mommies!”
After that, of course I decided to make more sweaters, so I picked up some bulky yarn at Michael’s. Back when I made the reindeer sweater, I was so used to making them, I didn’t bother with the pattern beyond the color changing chart. I don’t remember how to actually structure a sweater anymore, so I decided on a simple bulky yarn hoodie. I went to Ravelry, snagged a pattern, and tried to follow it.
This is what it looks like now.
I like it in theory, but two things. 1) It seems a bit heavy. Like when I knit it and the weight is on my right hand, it’s heavy. I’m not sure I have achieved the countered lines I wanted. 2) It has a hood, and the hood/neckline construction isn’t making sense to me.
This might be a super cold weather sweater. If I finish the damn thing.
Update: Russian knitting method. Ignore the long pre-explanations and just watch what he does.