My Winter Knitting Olympics 2010 challenge was to knit Steggie for Jake. Even though I finished the sweater, it wasn't technically done until this last Thursday, beyond the qualification period for a gold medal.
But, I am so happy to have finished it!
And that it fits! (no pointy hood either!)
And that Jake actually put it on!**
Pattern: Steggie, from Knitty, by Julia Farwell-Clay. Smallest size.
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Taupe, Black and Cherry Red.
Needles: Addi's US7, circular 24". My gauge was a little off from that of the pattern, but I went with it to get a cardigan that would be a bit smaller in order to fit Jake better.
Alterations: None except for the hood. I did not want a pointy hood, so I decided to change how the hood was knit. Here's what I did:
I picked up and knit as per pattern for one inch. From there I split the hood stitches in half and worked each side separately. Using how the saw-toothing edging is applied on the sleeves, I did the same method on the hood (one side of the hood with red and the other side of the hood with black) and started immediately when splitting the hood stitches. After knitting for about 4" more, I started decreasing by one stitch on the hood split side, two stitches in from that edge, every other row. On the right hand side of the hood I did a right-leaning decrease, on the left hand side of the hood I did a left-leaning decrease. I continued like this until I realized the hood was going to be way too big!
So I ripped out the hood, keeping the saw-tooth edging stitches intact and live on waste yarn, and still attached to the remaining hood stitches. This happened to be two triangles on each side. I determined that decreasing for 3" would suffice, making the hood a total of 8" long. After completing the other side of the hood, I did a three-needle bind off per pattern.
The live saw-tooth edging stitches were easily sewn onto the ridge caused by the three-needle bind off.
One additional thought is that you probably don't need to make the same mistake I did making it necessary to rip out the hood keeping the edging stitches live and intact (it was a serious mess!). I think it is possible to stop knitting the hood stitches (keeping them live and waiting for a three-needle bind off) while continuing on with the saw-tooth edging stitches to get it as long as you need it to attach to the top.
Impressions: So super cute!! Although I finished it outside the Olympic deadline, I am really ecstatic that I got it done in three weeks - a feat in itself. I knit the smallest size for Jake (he's 21 months) and it's just a little too roomy. He doesn't seem to notice or care and he'll grow into it in no time!
**Steggie has being lying around for days waiting for a modeling shot, but Jake simply would not put it on when we asked him if he wanted to wear it. DH made it his mission Sunday evening to have Jake wear it. I'm not sure what kind of convincing it took, but Jake put it on and wore it!