February 23, 2004

Knitting for protection

Rogue was put aside for a night so that I could use my knitting skills for a more urgent cause. First, some background.

Meet Bear.


Bear is an old, dear friend. Over the years he has, like all of us, suffered the depredations of Time. Unfortunately, he has also had to endure the depredations of a more active and destructive foe - Tigger. Tigger enjoys kneading Bear’s back, so much so that he will spend 10-15 minutes at a time kneading, purring, and drooling gently. This has resulted in some unfortunate hair loss on Bear’s back, and the losses are increasing. (Here is a close-up of the damage) I can’t bring myself to deprive Tigger entirely of his comfort, so I decided I needed to protect Bear somehow. Immediately, of course, I thought of a sweater, or, more accurately, a vest. I pulled out some leftover Patons Classic Merino, cast on a somewhat arbitrary number of stitches in the round, and (using a very clumsy method to make the armholes, about which the less said the better) produced a little top-down vest for Bear, which increased gently from his neck to his waist.


However, Bear is somewhat uniquely shaped, due mainly to his sitting position. His back is much longer than his front, and it is his back that needs the protection of the vest, as does the back of his head; but, of course, the vest shouldn’t cover his face on the front. So I thought of using short row shaping to create an extension for the bottom, and I picked up stitches along the top of the back and added a short-row “hood” flap on the top as well. In the end, the back of the vest looked like this:


I’m very pleased with it, especially since it’s the first time I’ve ever made something up without any pattern at all. If I were to make another sweater there are a few adjustments I would make, including leaving off the ribbing on the top of the back so that when I pick up the stitches for the hood it is more seamless, but overall I think it turned out well and will perform its function admirably. The only question now is whether Tigger will still enjoy kneading a wool-sheathed bear. He generally seems to like woolen items, so I have high hopes.

And now, rescue accomplished, I’ll get back to Rogue!

Posted by Aven at February 23, 2004 12:42 PM

Great job with your first design! I hope it works for both Bear & Tigger.

Posted by: Patty at February 24, 2004 10:44 PM