I did it! Three wearable sweaters for the Summer Sweater Knitalong! Actually, I only did it because it looks like there’s going to be an extension, but still… yay!
All of the cheering is appropriate because I’m wearing my Indian football tee. Don’t I look completely natural, here, as I cheer, silently, for myself with dog hair on my freshly blocked sweater? Oh well, after re-knitting this to correct my mistakes, I feel like I made a winning touchdown.
I grew up in a football family in a Texas town where allegiance to the high school football team is akin to cult membership. So, of course, I wasn’t into football. I only remember going to a couple of games in high school. But now I live in a band geek kind of family and find myself wedged between screaming fans in the stands at every home game. Of course I ask dumb questions and find I’m watching the band throw a rubber chicken around and the people fussing around me more than the game, but it’s fun.
Since it looks like my son will be going the same marching band route, I thought it was time to have a football sweater. When I saw Allyson Dykhuizen‘s Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits I knew the Knickerbocker Tee would be mine.
This sweater makes me think of my eighties school photos- painter pants, Puma knock-offs, and a raglan shirt that says something like “You toucha da shirt, I breaka ya face” across it. My mom was horrified by that class photo, but I think she’d approve of this sweater.
I love the raglan t-shirt look and short row hem. It appeals to my tomboy sensibilities.
I’ve mentioned that I botched this once already by having a sloppy gauge. It was finished- I mean totally done- and I washed it just to find it was ginormous. It’s a real tale of misery so I won’t rehash.
This time around I think I did it right:
I knit a size 32″ knowing my gauge was off and that it would grow with washing,
I moved down to size 0 needles to actually, really and truly, be off by half a stitch every inch,
I stopped every few rows and checked my gauge like a freak,
I was careful not to knit too tightly on the hem row where the folded edge is knitted together with the next row so it wouldn’t pucker,
I used a different type of increase: k1, m1l, knit to 2 sts from the end, m1r, k1,
I followed the short row wrap directions exactly rather than just fudging it so it looked nice and neat,
I worked jogless stripes on the arm,
I added an extra inch and a half to the length of the body because Stroll Sport seems to be springy and I didn’t plan to block for length at all,
and I did not, in any way, stretch this thing as I washed and blocked it.
It did grow a bit, but by knitting an extra small size that barely fit me, I ended up with more of a small/ medium. I considered using duplicate stitch to add school initials, but opted to quit while I was ahead. I can always add them later.
My feelings about the Stroll Sport yarn are complicated. When it works, it works really well and I can wash and dry this sucker. But when I don’t anticipate a little growth, it flops hard. If any of you know the secret to easy knitting with this superwash yarn, please give me a clue because I’m about to use another sweater’s worth of Stroll Tweed for Ravello.
I will be indulging my inner 7 yr old tomboy (as usual) and wearing my football tee with purple and white Pumas if we can just get some cold weather…