Red Hoodie

Bill's picture

I've almost finished a Red Hoodie for my five year old (almost) grandson....but red is VERY hard to photograph! This is knitted with Cascade 220 superwash wool...and lurex thread. My grandson loves sparkly red!!!
Knitted in the round, I steeked the armscye...connected the shoulders, knitted the armscye ribbing and then blocked the whole sweater. When that was dry I sewed in the zipper. Just finished cutting and inserting fleece pockets in the I'm picking up stitches and knitting ribbing to finish off the pockets. Almost done. His 5th birthday is the middle of the month.

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QueerJoe's picture

First of all, I always LOVE

First of all, I always LOVE your knitting....this project is just great.

As for photographing red, Franklin gave me the best tip, and it works on most digital cameras...

...most digital cameras have a "White Balance" setting (or WB on my camera)...the settings are usually pre-sets for "Sunny", "Shady", "Lamp Light", "Flourescent Light", etc. ...I just keep switching this setting until I get a picture that shows the truest color for my yarn.

I know those digital camera menu options are hard to navigate, but it's oftentimes worth it for this setting alone.

Bill's picture

Thanks, Joe, I always have

Thanks, Joe,
I always have trouble with reds...and use them a lot. I'm going to experiment with my camera. Hadn't thought of trying those various settings... Probably outside in daylight is a good start... The red hoodie is in the mail...hopefully I'll get better pics of my grandson wearing it, later...

TheKnittingMill's picture

It's AWESOME Bill! He's

It's AWESOME Bill! He's gonna love it! Kudos to you and your daughter for supporting his love for sparkly red! How did you reinforce your steeks on the superwash? I have plans for a cardigan and have a DK superwash merino wool I'd like to make use of, but I'd really like to knit it in the round and steek the front. Do you think a crocheted reinforcement would hold up, or should I machine stitch it?


Bill's picture

I really feel safer with a

I really feel safer with a machine stitched could do a crochet line on top of it for looks, if you wish. Be careful of stretching, with machine stitch. I usually place tracing paper strips under and over the steek the knitting won't stretch. The paper tears away easily.
..However...I ALWAYS sew zippers by hand. They're more flexible that way.

Kerry's picture

What a fun knit, great job

What a fun knit, great job Bill.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Nice work, Bill. I imagine

Nice work, Bill. I imagine he will knock the eyes out of the other kids with a bright Hoodie and sparkly high tops. Then, they'll get jealous. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

Thanks, Joe, He picked out

Thanks, Joe,
He picked out the yarn...he loves red.
...and he's outgrown the pair of red glittered MaryJanes that he insisted his mother buy for him (when he was three)... when one of the boys said "Those are girl's shoes"...he replied "No, those are MY shoes!".
He's his own man! LOL

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

ooooohhhh...better and

ooooohhhh...better and better!! I always hate it when youngsters get their inner creative beings stifled, whether by parents or other kids. Good for him for standing up for himself. Has he shown any interest in knitting? -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

steve kadel's picture

what, they didn't have

what, they didn't have bright colors :) good job

wherever you go, there you are

scottly's picture

Impressive! Great color.

Impressive! Great color.

RickeScott's picture

Really cute! Just the sort

Really cute! Just the sort of thing I'd have liked to wear when I was a kid.

PaulJMC's picture

Lucky fella That looks

Lucky fella

That looks fantastic. I'm sure it is going to be his favorite!


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

Bill's picture

Thank you all! should

Thank you all! should see the glittered high tops!..maybe I can post a pic of those...LOL My grandson requested sparkly red high top sneakers...

Tom Hart's picture

Looking good, Bill. It

Looking good, Bill. It looks like it's coming along nicely. It definitely looks better "live" though.

ronhuber's picture

It is a beautiful sweater

It is a beautiful sweater and I am sure he will be pleased. What a great job you did on the zipper.