I usually imagine that I'm going to knit both kids a new sweater to wear for Christmas card photos and Christmas Eve mass every year. The reality is somewhat different, in that usually only 1 kid has a new sweater, and it's not necessarily done in time for the photos.
This year was no different. Ollie's "new" sweater is still just about an inch of knitting on a knitting needle (I did finished his O-Sharay pullover earlier in the fall, but shortly thereafter threw it in the wash by mistake and felted it), but I did finish a new sweater for JJ--not in time for photos but theoretically in time for Christmas.
I bound off his sweater about 2 days before Christmas, washed it and laid it out to dry. But alas, come Christmas Eve, it didn't fit over his head!
In my hurry to finish, I had skipped the folded collar in the pattern in favor of a simple ribbed collar, and my bindoff was too tight. Christmas morning found me ripping out the bind off and redoing it with a stretchier technique--and this time, it fit! So instead, he wore it Christmas Day.
The pattern is Winter Cocoa by Andrea Sanchez, which I knit in Knit Picks Swish DK. I knit the size 6 so hopefully it will fit for 2 seasons. The stitch patterns were easy to memorize, the only real struggle being working short rows in seed stitch. I know for sure I messed it up in a few spots, but the yarn is so dark you can't really tell--hurrah!
That stretchy neckline really looks a bit sloppy, though, so I think I'm going to rip it out and just do the folded collar as instructed.
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