When I showed this little sweater to my bro-in-law tonight he said “it looked very Carlton-esk.” You know, Carlton as in All-the-Right-Moves. Not exactly what I was going for, but hey–I’m all over that vibe.
This little Grandpa sweater was actually pretty tricky, because this rib knit was beasty. It just wanted to stretch and ripple and do it’s own thang thang. One thing that I find really helps when sewing with super stretchy rib knits, is to use a light weight fusible knit tape along the seams (finally found the PERFECT tape here). I also busted out the quilter’s tape (a very thin masking tape) for the sleeve bands and buttom hem, but as you can see, it still stretched and rippled quite a bit. I used my own my precious Ottobre once again (6/2010, #27), which is actually the handsomest little vest, so I just added sleeves. The construction was very basic, it was just a matter of managing that stretch rib that was a real sale. To me it still looks kinda home-spun, but after I tried it on the Bub and saw how that color brings out his moony blue eyes, I swooned and called it good.
Also. I would like to put together a post revisiting my free crochet beard pattern (it’s been updated with the kind help of a reader), and I would love to feature all of your versions of it! So if you’ve made this for yourself or as a gift, share some photo love, and (if I get enough) I’ll feature you here!