Recyling a vest for my younger son from third grade into a sweater for his high school senior year. Since he now is 6'3", I added the yarn I had bought at the same time for a sweater for his brother, which I never did knit. The boys chose the yarn, Marr Haven, themselves when we visited the farm near Allegan, MI.

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New York Built's picture

Shep Nachas! An heirloom for your familiy, Shep Nachas!

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

You saw right through me! That's exactly what I'm doing with this post.

Thanks so much for your post about sewing patterns, because this sweater convinced me that planning ahead might be a good thing, especially since (I suspect) the boys have stopped growing. I knit this new raglan for me, but when my son saw it, he wanted it. Since I am 5"10" and he is 6'3", I had to graft-in an additional stripe, and I'm wondering whether I should lengthen the sleeves, too. (Your opinion is most welcome.) So I looked at the sewing pattern book site last night. Don McCunn seems like a 21st century renaissance man. I might buy the book, but I was quite intimidated by the time it apparently takes to learn any of these skills.

vplane's picture

Very nice. What did you do with the basketball buttons?

I saved the basketball buttons.

New York Built's picture

Don't be intimidated. Assume the following:

Patternmaking, like all human activities, is a skill and practice is key. Of course, the first time is always going to be hard, confusing and brutish. Very few of us come to any skill with predilection on the first go-round. However, I have taught several twelve year-old boys and girls how to make thier own paper pattern, cut them out of matboard, tape them up and proudly make their first garment. One by one, they all had a magnificent light bulb realization that they could do it.

So can you. By the way, I recommend doing it with your son. He may not acknowledge it now, but later on, I sincerely believe he will thank you...I am a parent, so I know from whense I speak.

On sleeves, many garment makers of the part-time persuasion make them too short. When you get to where you think it is long enough, try it on for a fitting. HE WILL TELL YOU if it's long enough. It's for him, remember?

As my forensic physical anthropologist friends at Columbia tell me, men stop growing at the limb ends by age twenty or so. You may have to learn how to do post-lengthening of a finished sleeve or torso. I highly recommend Techknitter's blog for just such an event. Easy-peasey.

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Thanks to you and "Bill" for the encouragement. I'll purchase the book. I've already done torso lengthening (cut, knit, graft) on this sweater and another one (fisherman style with cables--much more difficult grafting) for this son. My process is very similar to techknitter's. Sleeve lengthening, if necessary, will truly be "easy peasey" since these sleeves are knit from the top-down from the armpit (and bottom-up from the armpit up to the collar, in case I have to modify the shoulder shaping. No one seems to notice the half-stitch jog at the armpit that this technique causes.) BTW, speaking of "naches sheppen", I'm proud of the way I unvented the collar. It's cast-on using the tubular method for four rows, and then I use short rows to make a trapezoid. When I graft the "live" stitches of the trapezoidal collar onto the "live" stitches around the neckline opening, it creates a crescent-like flat collar.

New York Built's picture

Good thinking on the collar. I also enjoy doing the same thing, especially with light weight yarns for summer. I cast on three additional stitches on either side of the finished trapezoid and proceed with the Contiguous technique. This is a marvelous unvention by Susiem on Ravelry.

Based upon Barbara G. Walker's simultaneous shoulder and sleeve technique, you create shoulder and sleeve cap from three stitches. Magic.

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Bill's picture

if you're at all interested in sewing patterns...I highly recommend Don's book. Changing patterns around to fit, and get the shapes you want is really very common sense...and that's how Don teaches it. You don't have to learn it all at once...just use the book as a dictionary...look up the thing you want to change.
Shapes of sleeves, fullness in the chest, etc.
I've been teaching a class in "cutting up your knitting"...and use those basic principals all the time.

ronhuber's picture

Both sweaters are very handsome. I particularly like the ribbed pattern in the raglan and the colours.

docs1's picture

So cool that you did this. Of course, now he has a keepsake which is kept "alive" because it is not in a drawer or boxed up with mothballs. I do have one of those keepsakes, a sweater a friend (and my son's godfather) knit for Alan when he was about two, but Tom is dead now for many years. So the keepsake is really for me, I suppose, because Alan does not remember Tom. Nonetheless, something really special and representative of the relationship (because it evolved and grew).

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great job recycling the yarns and giving your son a new sweater to enjoy as an adult. Congratulations.

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