Happy Halloween!

IMG_6610Happy Halloween from Baby Freddy Krueger!

Hello Friends!  Long time no talk, eh?  My nephew dressed as Freddy Krueger in a little sweater I made him, was too good not to share!  I’ve tried to post a couple times recently but after having such a long absence, I needed something worthy of a triumphant return.  This fits the bill.  Big time!  He’s the cutest little Freddy Krueger ever!

If you’ve been a long time reader, you might remember when I knit this sweater a couple years ago…The Baby Freddy.  I knit it well before I knew I was getting a nephew.  I hit the knitter’s jackpot though…it just happened to fit him perfectly in time for Halloween!  Wooo!

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I worked up a quick crochet hat when I saw the sweater fit so perfectly and now, he’s auntie’s little serial killer!  LOL.   The cutest little Freddy Krueger ever.  I might be biased…I think he’s cute even when he’s not wearing my hand knits.

I’ve already started thinking about next fall…maybe a little Dude sweater or a Ferris Bueller sweater vest?  I’m all about the baby sweater cosplay!

Before I get to that though, I’m doing a little knitting for myself.  It’s WestKnits fall MKAL time.  I really like this year’s design.  I’ve got two versions on the needles currently.  This means you should be hearing from me again soon.  It’s been slow going but I’m looking forward to making some good progress this weekend!

I’m loving the solid green & grey but I’m really looking forward to the brioche section with the speckled version!  Stay tuned for progress, hopefully it won’t take four months this time :)


 

FO Friday – Freddy, Jr.

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My little Freddy Krueger sweater is done and I love it!  The thought of an inappropriately dressed toddler cracks me up!  Of course, this could just be a christmas sweater.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be the scariest sweater of all time.

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The scariest part of this sweater:  it’s acrylic!?!?  It’s sort of a no brainer for a kid sweater but I thumb my nose at standards and convention.  Kids can wear wool too.  There was a time when acrylic didn’t exist…kids had to wear wool.  I think everyone should wear wool.  Wool is magic.

No need for ranting though.  Acrylic was just what the doctor ordered here.

This time, I wanted very specific colors and they were most easily found in Berroco Comfort, a 50% acrylic/50% nylon blend.  I really enjoyed working with it.  It’s very loosely spun, so I suspect some people call it splitty.  Mostly, it’s soft and drapey.  I enjoyed it.

I’ve even wished I was doing an adult size because I kinda wanna wear this!  It’s just too good not to.

And it’s ready just in time for the  Prospect High Arts & Crafts Faire!  Next weekend, in Saratoga, Ca.  It’s my first craft fair so I have no idea what to expect!  I’m feeling well prepared though!  If you’re in the area, c’mon by and say hello!

The Freddy sweater will be for sale, along with my Etsy stock and lots of shawls that haven’t made it online yet!  If nothing else, I’m having fun doing inventory…turns out, I have a ton of knitwear that’s never seen the light of day.  Something for everyone…the sheer volume guarantees it!


 

The Freddy Problem

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Turns out the Freddy problem isn’t much of a problem at all.  Thanks to everyone who had sizing suggestions last week!  I read all the links, measured carefully and promptly decided to ignore what appeared to be facts.

My armhole depth was theoretically, long enough.  I ripped back and added a few more rows anyhow.  I think the appearance was throwing me because it’s a bit wider than the standard garment.  That was by choice.  I hadn’t thought of the downstream effects though.  Now the sleeves are going to look a bit skinny, in comparison.  Oh well.

It think it’s all good.  It still looks like a sweater.  It’s not as though I’ve added a third sleeve or a second neckline.  So…I press forward!  It’s gonna be so cute!

Armhole Depth

I picked up the Freddy Krueger sweater again.  It’s a very basic raglan shaped, stockinette stitch sweater.  I’m not following a pattern, just making it up as I go.  It should be a no brainer.  Naturally, this means I’m over-thinking it.  Or am I?

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It looks okay at first glance.  Upon closer inspection though, I think the armholes need to be deeper?

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I know for myself, a 9″ raglan line gives me a comfortable armhole depth.  I, also, know, that given my gauge, I typically have to work a few rows even before I divide for the sleeves, when working from a pattern.  I’m wondering if I should have done the same thing here.

I have no idea what the proper measurements should be for children’s sizes though?  This particular measurement doesn’t appear in many patterns.  I tried to do some research.  I found one pattern with a schematic that went as far as indicating the measurement, labeling it with an abbreviation for easy reference and then failed to give any actual measurements??  Seriously? Why do all that work and not follow through?

Anyone have suggestions?  I’d love some sort of size chart to refer to but a quick eyeball from toddler parents is just as good.  I’m aiming to fit a 2 year old.  I think that armhole is too short.  I think I need to rip back and add at least an inch before the sleeve divide.  I don’t think I can mess it up by making it larger.  I wouldn’t want a baggy armpit on an adult sweater but given the mechanics of dressing a child, a bit extra is even a good thing.

What do you say, knitting blog hive mind?  Are we in agreement?  I’d rather rip back and get it right than have a cute sweater that doesn’t fit.  :)

Freddy, Jr.

Who’s inner 5-year old doesn’t want to live in Opposite Land?  It’s been FO after FO all week, so it’s entirely fitting to end the week with a new cast on.  Yay Opposite Land!  Anything to keep me from finishing my mini mochi crochet shawl, that Rockefeller I started way bay when, the hitchhiker I impulse casted on last week, or even that project who’s bind off is half finished.  I could do just half a row, and have a beautiful, beaded, purple, cashmere shawl but no, I’d rather start something new!!

New is so exciting!  I love new!  Especially when it’s something fun.  Something ridiculous.  You may have noticed how much I like knitting ridiculous things.

570C44E9-093A-4ACE-BB39-F74C19434ED4 Like a Freddy Krueger sweater for a little kid!  It’s just such a good idea, it has to happen.

The yarn was sitting right *there*.   As if that was an accident?  Clearly, it was meant to be.

 

I’m staying true to the look of the original sweater but I’m changing the construction. This is a no brainer as a top down, raglan, pullover.  The original is a very fine rib, machine made I’m sure.  I’m going stockinette, again, no brainer…in the round, just knit away, making an occasional stripe.  Yeah, I got this.

 

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An inch of ribbing, go up a needle size, start the raglan increases.  It’s perfect.  Who says patterns and gauge swatches and measurements are important?  Not me!  At least, not yet!  Happy Friday :)