Archive for June 24th, 2013

…Of wounden gold, she offered, to honor him, arm-jewels twain, corselet and rings, and of collars the noblest that ever I knew the earth around.


The desire for collars must go far back in human evolution because for the life of me, I do not understand why designers continue to construct collars on baby sweaters for babies that are 3 to 6 months old. No matter how sweet and rounded the collars, 3 to 6 month olds do not have necks.  There is little separation between round head and body. Therefore, the collars end up in baby’s face, up around it ears, and uncomfortably bolstered beneath the baby at the base of its skull when it is lying down.  Babies are in lying positions a lot at those ages.

The neck starts to form as a distinct part separating the head from the body at around 9 months. At 12 months, the neck clearly separates the head from the body. So why do designers continue to size patterns with collars for 3 to 6 month olds? I don’t know. However, I can tell you the photographs that go with these sweaters show them on children much older than 3 or 6 months, children with well-defined necks and heads.

I think making a pattern available in smaller sizes when it is clearly meant for the older baby is unfair to the novice and semi-experienced knitter who wants to feel great when he/she sees his/her sweater on the baby.  It is really a matter of trust. When a knitter buys a pattern, he/she trusts that the designer is telling the truth: His/her knitted effort will look and fit like the picture of the project.  The best advice I can give the novice and semi-experienced knitter is if you are looking to knit for a 3 or 6 month old, look for sweaters with the following necklines:  round neck with shoulder fastening, v-neck, or square neck with/without shoulder fastening.  Cardigans are great projects for all size babies.

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