When last we met, I had some thoughts on Lucca's sweater. Well, let me tell you about the mind of a three year old. I have already tried to put a store bought sweater on him and he screamed until I took it off of him. Sweaters are really not his thing. So I can imagine knitting this sweater, and he refuses to wear it. Not gonna happen people.
So, being the perceptive mother that I am, I decided to incorporate his "Hero" into the design...and it is a vest, not a sweater.
Meet Diego. He is Dora's cousin. He works at a rescue centre saving animals...using his video watch, field journal, spotting scope, rescue pack and zip cords. He is it right now. Also, there is like little to not a one product you can find that is Diego. We have a movie and this little figure from the Dora house. I have come across a couple things on line...but come on...you create this show for the "male dora watchers" and no product...someone is missing out on a huge market.
My thoughts are this:
The vest he wears, I can knit this. I package up a whole "Diego" type gift. Knit the vest, find a spotting scope...oh yes, there is also a camera...her name is "Click"...field journal, video watch (a must have for every 3yr old), zip cord (yes, I can set that up down the stairs...why take the stairs when you can zip down like Diego!) and the rescue pack...why can't I felt that?
Project one of the Diego gift...the vest. In comes the Cora Handwork and my own little references...
It's simple. A neat hem, no zipper...he wears it open anyway...a collar and a couple patch-flap top pockets.
Now, I did this hem on my hourglass sweater...but I have found another way...a much easier way that I must show you. In the hourglass, you had all of these sts to sew to the garment at the end, very tedious work. Well, how about knitting it as you go...much smarter.
Make your facing ( in a smaller needle that the garment). Knit in stocking stitch for the length of the facing then add a purl row on the right side. Switch to larger needles and continue in stocking stitch for the same length of the facing.
Now, fold the hem in half.
Knit the next row together with the cast on stitches. (I found it very easy to pick up the cast on st with the left needle...
Then knit the two together.
This creates your neat little hem.
Here we are...a front and a back...almost there.