It’s an ongoing battle in my house to get Jerry, who is five, to bundle up. Every morning when he gets dressed he always, always puts on shorts. I’ve told you about this once before, when I finished Jerry’s Pirate Sweater. He actually wore that sweater a few times, and it still fits him but the sleeves are a little short and he says it’s too scratchy.
Too scratchy? TOO SCRATCHY?!? How can wool be too scratchy!!!??? Sigh. I’ve never told him that wool is scratchy, lest he begin actually believing that. Secretly, I blame his radical new complaint on the outside influence of cartoons and kindergarten. But it’s probably not some rogue kindergartener or anti-woolly cartoon character who is passing along this nonsense to Jerry. I guess that he might actually feel the scratchiness himself and being five, he’s able to verbalize it quite well.
I was not going to take this lying down, so I devised a plan. More precisely, I designed a vest. Genius! No scratchy wool on his arms. Not too warm, but warmth-providing. With skulls! He’d have to like it if the vest had a skull on it, right?
Vest pattern: Improvised based on my previous experience with vests.
Skull Cable: Free online chart from Hello Yarn.
Background stitch pattern: Based on this picture.
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, color 8063, less than one skein.
Gauge: 4 sts/inch, using size US 9 needles.
Size: 32″ chest circumference, 18″ from hem to shoulder.
Start: Nov. 10
Finish: Nov. 14
The answer to that last question is yes, he does like it. But there’s another question: Does he want to wear it because it has a skull on it? NO. Because it’s scratchy. The neck back, which I did not apply any shaping to, rises about an inch above his t-shirt, therefore allowing wool to come in direct contact with his skin.
My first plan of attack is to apply by hand some fabric to the inside. I’ll try to make it look awesome on the inside, and undetectable from the outside. Or Ann, from my knitting group, suggested wet blocking the vest again and softening the neck back with hair conditioner. Has anyone ever tried that? I could also unravel and try shaping the back of the neck, but I have serious aversion to spending another four days on a project that only took four days in the first place.
I love this vest! I love the color and the fit and the skull and the ribbing and everything! I really thought that I was making something that Jerry would also love, so it’s a big let down that he won’t even put it on for a few blog pictures. I failed. We can talk with our children until we’re blue in the face about the wonderful attributes of wool, but a scratchy neck is a scratchy neck.