I’m sorry, guys. There were just so many amazing photos from this shoot, I couldn’t hold myself back.
Pattern: R & R Hoodie
Mods: Eliminated the pocket from the pattern, and added ears. Details on the ears can be found on my Ravelry project page, here.
What can I say? I am crazy in love with this sweater. It turned out exactly how I was hoping. Well, almost exactly.
This was my first time sewing a zipper into a knit, and I have to say that the sewing of it was pretty easy (thanks so much for the great tips on the previous post, everyone!). I laid it flat, pinned it into place, then hand sewed it in. And I was so proud, so excited! I was at the cottage with my in-laws, the kids were sleeping, and I waved the sweater around in the air like a flag and cheered and marveled at how cute the ears were and then I tried to unzip the zipper….. and it was locked at the end. It zips all the way down, but I can’t separate the fronts.
Friends, why didn’t anyone tell me that there are different types of zippers? I bet you all thought I’d know this, that I’d be somewhat smart about it. But as someone who never sews, I bought 3 different zippers, at different places, with different attributes (thank goodness zippers are cheap), and I never – not once! – checked to see if I could unzip them all the way. I am a zipper idiot. I don’t know how to buy a zipper. So naturally, none of the zippers I bought unzipped all the way. Maybe the zippers were such a good price because you can only use them for… I don’t know, skirts? What else would you do with a 9 inch zipper that doesn’t open into two halves?
Oh well. I can still get it on and off easily. It wasn’t hard to put it on him ‘unzipped’ to the hem. And even though it was a beautiful summer morning, James seems pretty chipper in his supercute baby bear hoodie, don’t you think? I think he knows how good he looks in it.
There is still room for James to do some growing, so I’m feeling pretty confident about it fitting him through the fall and hopefully well into winter.
I enjoyed knitting this sweater so much. The yarn was a joy to work with and the pattern was awesome and so straightforward. It recently got revamped to include adult sizes, and now I’m itching to knit the grown up one for myself. But first- I need to learn how to buy a zipper. All zipper purchasing tips would be most welcome.
I feel like Oprah Winfrey when she gives huge prizes away on her show- Look under your chairs! YOU get a picture of James, and YOU get a picture of James and YOU get a picture of James! So, you know… here’s another picture of James: