If you want to knit something for your teenaged kid, you know in advance there is a risk it won’t be according to the book and you will have to deal with special requirements. I can live with that and prefer knowing them before getting started.
We all love scandinavian sweaters in our family and so I promised my son to make him one. We picked out an islandic pattern called “Jón“. That was the easiest part.
Then came the adaptations.
1) The pattern was designed for adults so I reduced the size “S” by only casting on 150 stitches instead of 162 stitches to make it a size “XS”.
2) My sweet boy thought the sweater would look much nicer only having the colorwork at the bottom and at the sleeves, but not in the yoke. I kind of agree. Sometimes those patterns can be a bit over the top.
All finished, all loose ends weaved in and put together. Check.
As you know, traditional scandinavian sweaters are knit in the round. I worked the yoke in the round – that is without(!) the colorwork – but that also means there’s no difference between front and back.
3) Could I still fix it, please please please mum? Of course I can, but it’s not something I like doing especially not when the sweater is all finished. Didn’t like that part.
I made this sweater in spring and I was happy using summer as an excuse to let the fixing wait. Last sunday I decided to take it up again, and added three short rows in the back. I was surprised to see it didn’t take that much time, at least not as much as I thought it would.
He’s all happy now (so am I) and calls it his favorite sweater. I actually think it looks great on him.
Nld 4,5 mm