Simply making everything proportionately larger did not work for upsizing Avery. Some changes and experimentation have been necessary.
The neck was a major challenge. First I knit the same neckband as called for in my pattern: corrugated ribbing with a standard bind off in the solid colour. It’s too floppy and I’m not 100% pleased with it.
Next experiment was to knit a rolled hem above the corrugated ribbing. The rolled hem mirrors the cuff and hem edgings and seemed like a logical design decision. However, there’s still the floppy factor. Possibly both necklines would work if the neck opening were smaller and used fewer stitches. It might stand up better. What I’m really not liking about these two options is that when the neckband flops forward, you can see the stranding on the wrong side of the fabric.
Short of taking apart some seams, ripping out the upper part of both the front and back and working a smaller neck opening, I thought I would try a third option first. This version folds over and is lined. Both problems are now solved. The neckband no longer flops forward and all you can glimpse of the inside is a tidy view of stocking stitch.
I finished it off the other night at our Guild meeting (in time to use it for show and tell). I handed it to Devan to wear the next morning and he was so excited to have a new sweater. He’s such a sweetheart and I’m thrilled that he’s still interested in something his Mama made for him.
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Wt Pewter and OnLine Supersocke 100 Circle-Color (1057)
Pattern: Avery by me
Size: upsized to size 8 (let me know if you’re interested in larger sizes for this pattern)