knitting progress

Couple of quick FOs… chemo caps for the daughter of a friend of a friend…
blossomhat cottonhat

The plushy one is made of Trendsetter Blossom, might be a bit big. The pinkish one from GGH Cotton Velour and Palma (from Stahl?), might be a bit small. I can always make some more.

Four more inches to go on the back of the birthday sweater.

In one of these old magazines (maybe a Knitter’s?) I read an article about fitting men’s sweaters by Lily Chin. She talks about the backs needing to be longer than the fronts… which I found out after I made the first birthday sweater for dh a few years ago. The back of that sweater rides up. A few short rows in last year’s sweater (the one with monkey long arms) helped… but could have used more. Lily Chin talks about broad shoulders, and that they cause a minor hump of sorts in the back, necessitating more length. So my question for those of you who knit sweaters for men, or men who receive hand-knit sweaters… do you have this fit issue? How do you rectify it?

Since I spent most of the weekend on the couch keeping the big bad beast of a cold at bay, I watched a lot of Star Trek yesterday and noticed the shape of the men on the show (I mean, they’re in those tighty pj uniforms, hard to miss what they look like). And indeed, they all had the shoulder bulge.

I did better with short rows above the armhole split, but I kept getting the fleck pattern off-set at the edges. Fixable by dropping the stitches back.

The kiddo is home from school sick today, same bug everybody else here has been fending off. So dh has gone to work to grab a few things. I’ve earned a whopping 14 hours of sick time, he has hundreds of hours, so he’ll be back any minute and it’s off to work with me.

9 Responses so far

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    Chris said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    Hope the kiddo feels better soon! I haven’t knit any sweaters for men, so… I do think I need to add some more short rows in the back shoulder area of my own sweaters.

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    olga said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    I have a kid home sick today too. One of my friends was wearing these funnie looking clam digger thingys and I remarked to her that they looked just like Star Trek pants, she gave this blank look and seemed faintly offended.

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    Dotty said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    I haven’t knit any sweaters for my hubby (he’s an XL tall so it would take me *forever*) but I notice that pretty much all of his store bought sweaters have saddle shoulders. The ones that don’t have a saddle shoulder have the shoulder fronts come up and over the shoulder and the seams are on the back. Hope this helps.

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    Lucia said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 11:57 am

    Grant doesn’t do sweaters as he is always warm. A typical winter evening finds us sitting on our bed watching TV. I am wearing a sweatshirt, long underwear, and four layers of covers including the big thick quilt. He is wearing boxer shorts. Life is unfair.

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    Erika said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    Speaking of Star Trek and fitting issues, I do a dead-on Riker impression! I sit up straight, face blank, and give a sharp, downward tug at the front hem of my shirt.

    Try it some time, it totally kills ‘em!

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    Sue said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    hey Lisa – just thought I’d drop by and say hi… I hope everyone recovers quickly from whatever’s got you down! Say hi to everyone for me…

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    Patricia said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    Hey, Lisa – sorry you’re sick, and your kid too. Hope you feel better soon.
    Lily Chin’s knowledge and advice re: fitting sweaters is impressive. I don’t think I want to get 25 yrs of … (vogue? IK? ) to get her article, but she’s a wizard at this stuff.
    Do you have any Berroco Plush? Makes the softest chemocaps ever. Yours are cute. Hope they do fit.
    love your blog.

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    mollybee said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

    Gosh! I’m sorry all came down the The Bug. It SUCKS! Alternating between hot chocolate
    and Hagendaz seems to help! Hang in there! (Beautiful hats and sweater!)

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    Jennifer said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    We’ve all been sick here too…for a week! I hope you’re feeling better now. The hats look great. It amazes me how fast you can whip things up!

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