Am I missing something here?

I am knitting this sweater for my daughter.
http://www.bernat.com/data/pattern/pdf/instruction_217.en_US.pdf
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So the pattern calls for a 32 inch long zipper. It says to sew the zipper to the placket you made in the 3 inch opening in the front. Surely, it is not supposed to go around the hood. (The hood is done, too, only not sewn together. What would be the sense in that? I could possibly see that you might have the hood itself zip up, and then unzip to make a large collar type thingy in the back. I just don’t get it. Thanks for any help in advance.

It calls for a 32 inch long circular needle. For the zipper, it just says Zipper. I guess you measure your opening and then see what size to get.

I see no reason why you can’t leave the zipper off entirely.

it sounds like it’s just supposed to be for those few inches in the front.
weird.

Thanks for the help. Looks like the 32 inch circular needle thing passed me by entirely. That is only a 3 inch opening at the front. I have not done any sewing in a number of years, and am not sure of the availability of a 3 inch zipper. A quick check on Joann tells me that there is a 4 inch one, but I don’t know if that is the measurement of the zipper from top to bottom, which would be okay, or the zipper mechanism itself. Hmmm. I will have to visit my local fabric store and find out. Worst case scenario is that I could just leave it off, like you suggested.

I agree with SandraEllen. The cords that hold the hood in place also snug up the neckline. A zipper hardly seems necessary for a 3" opening.

However, if you really want one, use the 4" zipper. Sew it in (by hand) so the top of the teeth hit the neckline and just let the remaining inch hang beneath the opening. There is a way of shortening a (plastic, not metal) zipper by machine-stitching across the bottom and cutting away the excess, but I’ve never tried it.

Okay, I think I will just dispense with the zipper. Should I do anything to reinforce the 3 inch opening where it meets the rest of the sweater, or do you think it would be okay on it’s own?

Okay, I think I will just dispense with the zipper. Should I do anything to reinforce the 3 inch opening where it meets the rest of the sweater, or do you think it would be okay on it’s own?

It might curl if the edges are in st st. I’d wait until it was done and then add a crochet edge or knit edge if it needs it.