Wednesday, August 25, 2010

{A Question}

I'm working on my Christmas knitting.  This project is for my 7 (going on 17) year old nephew, so I wanted something that would grow with him.  I've taken this vest pattern called Vroom in the Winter '09 issue of Knitty and used it for the stitch count and for the cable.  I've taken out some of the little boy details like the contrast colours and the funny ribbing. 

Here's what I have so far:

I'm knitting it in Encore Worsted for maximum washability.  I really enjoy working with this yarn too, which is a plus.

Now for the part I need your help on.  Did you happen to notice the ruler in that photo? Did you happen to notice that this vest stretches from the 3" to the 17" marks on that ruler? That's a 28" chest measurement for a 7 year old boy.  Is this a problem? lol It looks HUGE on the needles and Mr. P is advocating that I rip it back and start again with a smaller needle size.  I loathe the idea of wasted time when I'm trying to knock out a bunch of projects. *le sigh*

What do you guys think?


  1. If you really want to be sure, have his Mom measure his chest. I measured my 7yo daughter just now. Hers is 27". My 10yo son's measured 31.5" They're both a little bigger than most kids their age. Hope this helps. BTW - Your sweater looks great so far! :o) Happy Knitting! Larri at Seams Inspired

  2. 28 inches? If it helps scale any, my chest measurement is in the upper 40s.

  3. Are you enjoying what you're doing? Then keep doing it. Will he grow into the sweater?

    If you're seriously worried about finishing the project and on a deadline... then yea, you might want to rip it out or set this aside and rework it from the beginning if you have the available yarn?

    And hi. I've only recently started following your blog :D

  4. I don't know 7-year-old boy sizes either, but I knit a pullover for my niece about six months ago (she is 12) and was convinced all along that it would be HUGE on her, only for my Mum to tell me later (when she received it) that it's a bit tight on her and that she definitely won't fit into it next winter! They grow super fast at that age, I wouldn't worry about giving him a slightly oversized sweater.

  5. If it's too big for him, simply ask his mum to feed him more often... problem solved ; )

  6. Here's a chart of standard children's sizes:

    You might also ask his mom to either measure him, or tell you what size he wears.

    Then again, while may shrink, kids don't. If he doesn't have a 26-28 inch chest now, he will before you know it.

  7. Love your sweater! Also love your banner at the top of your blog!!