Big Baby Head

I am knitting a size 1-2 pullover for a little guy who has an 18" head. Is there a bind-off that is stretchy? I have re-done the sweater neckline twice and it looks sloppy with a loose bind-off. The neckline has a six row ribbing followed by six rows of stockinette that are to curl. The sleeves and bottom have the same finish. Thanks.

You might have to start with a large neck and do fewer increases? :think:

I understand that there are techniques known to certain South American tribes that could shrink that head. :shrug:

I doubt Mama would approve!:rofl:

:rofl: Gee, thanks. Can’t do much about the head size. I have the ribbing loose enough. It’s the bind off that has no stretch. Isn’t there a way to knit it off with stretch? I am not a very advanced knitter.

Take a look at Silver’s sock class, the toe up socks tutorial. She shows a stretchy bind off there that might work for you.

most baby sweaters button at the shoulder to accomodate their large heads. could you do something like that?

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]Try using a sewn bind off. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]I have found it to be very stretchy if you resist snugging up the sewing as you go! :teehee:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

I don’t know if it’ll help or not (it’s not an advanced technique or anything), but I use a larger needle for my bind offs to make them more stretchy. Sometimes I use a needle just a size or two larger, othertimes I’ve used needles twice the size of the regular needle–it just depends on how stretchy I need it to be, the yarn used, etc.

I have a larger head than “typical” so I can identify with this situation.:oops:

I was going to suggest the sewn bind off as well.

But I really dont think you need to worry too much about it. 18" isnt a big head for a size 1-2. My 8 mo. old’s head is at the top of the growth curve, nut he has a 19" head. And he fits in 6-9 mo. size, no problem. Who told you that 18" was a big head for that age?:shrug:

This little man will get a sweater afterall. Thank you all very much for your suggestions. I followed everyone of them except for the S.A. solution. After ripping (re:unknitting) each one of them, I found another solution. I am paying someone to finish this #$@&! sweater. On to the next project.