This week, I have a chat with Brooke Nico and share my Whelm Child's Hood and Capelet.
Whelm Hood and Capelet
I'm not sure if I should call this a design for a baby or a child. Our lovely model is 18 months old now, after all. This hood is not meant to be close-fitting or even particularly warm. I just thought it would be a cute layer to have when the weather is just starting to turn cooler.
I used a knit-in short-row gusset for the back of the hood, a concept I wrote out after I got tired of sewing notched gussets for my many pairs of Wooly Woodland Moccasins. It looks strange when you start to knit it, but it's really very simple and easy to work. I think it looks pretty good, too.
The hood is cast on and made sideways, in garter stitch, with a seam that is finished at the end. I used a zig-zag bind off to finish the seam on the back of the hood. A sewn seam or a regular three-needle bind off could work just as well, but I urge you to try this technique. It's fun, easy, and looks pretty darn cool. The concept is from Ethnic Socks and Stockings: A Compendium of Eastern Design by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.
Brooke and I talked about bra sizes, orphan projects and long and short rows. I had a great time.