Meet Vladimir the Aggilator. Vladimir the Aggilator has a buddy named Rob, who happens to be a good friend of mine. Vlad takes Rob everywhere he goes and they always have crazy adventures and take pictures together. It's a delight to see.
Recently, Vladimir had a sad day, in which he fell and broke his leg. Like a good friend, Rob gave him immediate medical attention, and he is back on his feet and doing well once again, but I decided a get-well gift was in order, and so I knit Vladimir the Aggilator a get well sweater.
I hope he likes his gift (and more importantly, I'm glad it fits!). Below, I'll write a quick synopsis of the technique I used. Since it's probably not an exact pattern anyone would ever want to repeat, I'll write it more as a concept, explaining how I created it, in hopes that others could recreate the process.
- Find your measurements. I knew that I wanted the end result to be about 8cm in circumference and 4.5cm tall (2.5cm to be below the armholes, 1cm for the armholes, and 1cm above the armholes). I also knew that I wanted the "back" section to be slightly larger than the "front" section, as far as armhole placement, so I approximated 4.5cm on the back, 2.5cm on the front, and .5cm for each arm hole. I used these measurements to place my buttonholes and armholes.
- Cast On and Knit the First Rows. Using the Channel Island Cast On, I cast on 44 stitches (about 9.5), and throughout the entire body, I knit in a P1K1 rib, following the Cast on ridges. I chose to do this because the ribbing would give if my measurements were wrong, and the extra 1.5cm could be used for a buttonband.
- Make a Button Hole. On the fifth row, I k2tog over the 5th and 6th to last stitches, and on the sixth row, I knit 5 stitches and then did a yarn over, making a button hole for my 1cm buttons. Work 4 more rows.
- Bind off for Armholes. On the fifth row after the button hole, work 10 stitches, cast off 2, work 20 stitches, cast off 2, work 10 stitches. Work the next 4 rows only in the section before the bound off stitches.
- Create and finish Armholes. Using the other end of the yarn, attach and work 4 rows across the section between the armholes. Cut and repeat with the final section.
- Create the second Button Hole. Return to original working yarn, which should still be attached, and work across, casting on 2 stitches over each armhole. On this row, you should k2tog for the second button hole, and on the following row, yo.
- Finish Body. Work 4 more rows and bind off.
- Make Sleeves. Pick up 10 stitches around armhole and work in stockinette stitch for 4 rows. Bind off. Repeat for second armhole.
- Finishing. Weave in ends and attach buttons.
(For those of you wondering, yes, I used scraps, so this was a Cold Sheep project, and yes, that's the same Rob I made the cowl for, which he happens to be wearing!)
Doesn't he look so happy in his sweater of love? <3