I’ve gotten some emails about this pattern. In order not to repeat PM replies, I’ll talk about the pattern here. I used this one as a base because I’ve only done one td baby sweater before and never done a hood. First time for that. I detest patterns. I will work one if I really like a pattern, but will usually try to figure out some way to make it easier to do next time, taking measurements as I go. I’m an unconventional knitter. I’m a knitting instructor’s worst nightmare. I never knit the technically correct way. I’m always making modifications, which I did with this one. I don’t like being chained to a pattern and like to do things in inches. My typical mitten pattern: Knit cuff for three inches. 2 1/2 inches to afterthought thumb, 5 inches straight knitting, and 1/2 inch for decreases. I often figure out my gauge, the measurements I need, and go from there. I think some knitters would call me a designer. I do my own thing. If I don’t like something, I change it. I was talking to somebody about a pattern, a balaclava. For the face opening, it has you binding off, casting on more stitches the next row, then later on picking up stitches. I told my knitter friend that I would do this like an afterthought thumb, putting those stitches on waste yarn and working the live stitches later. Anyway, you get the idea of my knitting skills.
This baby sweater pattern had a v neck. I didn’t like it so I made it a round neck. The original top down sweater pattern had the stitches marked off in sections, 1,8,14,8, and 1. I changed it to 7,8,14,8,7. I knit this with the increases at the appropriate spots and kept measuring across the back of the sweater at the underarm bottoms from seam to seam as I went. I times this by two for the front also. I increased until I got the proper chest measurements, which was 21 in this case for a 6-12 month size. I then knit straight until I got to the proper length, which was 10 inches from the underarm. I picked up stitches on the arms and knit them in the round, doing the decreases mentioned here, until it was 5 1/2 inches. I knit front button bands. I picked up stitches for the hood and knit it (with a 5 stitch garter border) until it was 7 1/2 inches tall, then did a three needle bind off to join the top.
This would probably make sense to someone like Olha, who I think does the same thing I do. To anyone else I say, break the pattern chain. Dare to do your own thing. Life’s too short to be chained to a line by line pattern.