Children’s heads are much larger in relation to their bodies than the heads of adults. It is pointless to spend hours knitting a sweater for a child only to find that it is impossible or uncomfortable to get it on and off.
Three important tips for making sure a pullover will pull over are
- to cast off loosely, perhaps using a knitting needle/pin several sizes larger
- to sew the neckband down without pulling the yarn too tight
- to try the sweater over a head, even if it is your own.
I recently knitted a child’s jumper and decided to enlarge the neck opening just in case…
This is how I did it using Wendy Jubilee DK with 25% wool.
I knitted the jumper according to the pattern, except that I did not knit enough rows for the polo neck, but for a round neck. Then I made up the garment leaving the left shoulder seam open.
On the front I crocheted one row treble crochet (UK terms) one row double crochet (d.c.) and finished off.
On the back I worked one row treble, then I made three button loops at regular intervals by replacing d.c. by 2 chain.
As there was now a considerable overlap, I attempted to add the buttons in a position, which meant that the shoulder seam on the fastened garment would be level on both sides.
I have learned that the other (larger) jumper I knitted from this pattern does go over the head of a thirty month old child with a large head, so my adaptation may have been unnecessary this time. The parents have the option of leaving the buttons fastened. They are the decorative ones I mentioned here. They need to be fastened and unfastened head first, otherwise the feet tangle in the button-loops.