The Carlton Grandpa Sweater // sewing for the boy (and a call for beards)

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!



  1. Posted September 19, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    I think it’s darling!

  2. Posted September 19, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    very sweet. it looks great on him!

  3. Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    that color is so sweet! I just made a cardigan the other day for my boy but it still needs buttons. And of course I had some of the same problem with my rib knit around the button band. I gotta get some of that tape!

  4. Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Super cute!

  5. Chiara
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    It looks great on him and you may find that some of that wonkiness comes out in the wash. Even if it doesn’t, I think you have a winner.

    • Posted September 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      Well, that’s a great thought, isn’t it?! I never thought about that, but I hope you’re right!

  6. the mither
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    double swoon

  7. Posted September 21, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Smart! I love thrifting my jeans (you can’t argue with, like, a 4.00-10.00 price tag) and then taking them in. I never knew of a way to make the waistband larger, though, so what a good idea!

    Storing this away for when I will (inevitably) need it someday…


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