After completely rewriting the wandering, highly unnecessarily chatty twenty-five (25!) page “Wonderful Wallaby” pattern into a one (1) page Neo-Norsk pattern, I must have felt I needed more challenges. Testing both the pattern and my rewrite, I knit three wool sweaters for the men in my life: Son-in-law H, Thor and Grandson O. Discovering pattern inconsistencies and sloppy styling throughout (oy vey ist mir!) meant I was continually ripping out rows, restyling and editing my Neo-Norsk rewrite. (I wasn’t a happy knitter.) In any event …
Grandson O’s sweater had a hood and a placket and cried out for a closure. Dritz makes a two-piece toggle button. It is, simply, awful: The ends of the toggle chord are wrapped in a bit of masking tape and then glued to the (faux) leather toggle base.
Thor didn’t want a placket (no problem), but he did want a hood. However, he has an allergic dermatitis creation to wool (as well as alpaca and llama – not to mention an anaphylactic reaction to angora, poor guy).
Easy resolution! I knit a lining for the hood out of a DK weight bamboo-silk blend. (I would have knit a lining for the cuffs but that wasn’t necessary as he always wears a long sleeve shirt.) I stitched the lining down at the base of the hood, at the top seam of the hood and along the hood edges. Then, using the blue wool yarn and stitching a few stitches in from the edge, I created the tube through which I ran a cord.
Son-in-law H’s sweater had a placket but no hood. (My daughter said H is “too old to be wearing hoodies.” :) I didn’t dare tell her I knit Thor a hoodie.) I looked through books, websites and videos for ideas about toggle closures and knots. (Here are two you might find interesting: (1) A short “how to” on basic knit loop closures by Eunny Jang, and (2) a very detailed demonstration on making Chinese knot buttons.)
As you can see from this picture, I knit a simple toggle closure out of a two-stitch I-cords using the same yarn as the sweater. (I wanted to try making a Chinese knot button but the yarn is was too textured to work well.) The I-cord was too thick to work with the wood toggle button I selected for his sweater.
Hopefully there’s enough young boy left in my son-in-law to like a horn button adoring his sweater!