I have knit the hood. I decided to go ahead and bind off the stitches along the back of the neck (the pattern calls for them to be left live) for more stability. After weaving in the ends there is a stable line of bound off stitches that goes from one shoulder, across the back of the neck and to the other shoulder.
After toying with the idea of learning to graft to make the hood seam I decided, screw it, and did a three needle bind off. I did not continue the center back cabling up the back of the hood since I don’t think I’ll be wearing it up all that much. I did knit the hood an inch or so longer (one more cable repeat, to be precise) than the pattern called for since it was obviously too short at 11.5 inches. The hood took a long time to knit, there is a lot of fabric there, so I had to be pep talked into keeping going on the hood after I started reasoning that I will rarely be wearing the hood up anyhow.
So, now I’m planning the button band. I read that lots of people wished they had used more than six buttons, and I also heard that people wished they had put one button higher up near the neck and one just at the bottom. I bought eight buttons but I’m considering going back and buying extra and perhaps using ten. Would ten be heavy as well as overkill? My gauge is loose, so the sweater has come out long. I have room to stretch it around me, and it looks fine when I do this while trying it on, but I’m worried the stress between the buttons will mean I get those little gaps. Anybody have any advice here? Will picking up stitches for the button band created a rigid enough edge to allow the sweater to close gracefully? Or should I add as many buttons as aesthetics will allow?
Alternate plan: I could knit many buttonholes, say every other purl rib, and sort out the button problem later on.
I’ll be reworking my button band swatch since the last one did have a suspicious curve to it. I have to ask, how is it that the CPH pattern can get away with telling you to knit 14 inches in one part of the pattern and then turn around and give you an exact number of stitches you need to pick up for the button band later on? Looking through Ravelry you can see how it’s caused trouble for people where the button band is too short for the sweater. I’m extra worried my button band will pull up since I cannot fix it with blocking.
I don’t have high hopes that this sweater will be wear-out-of-the-house worthy, but so far it’s dreamily soft and fuzzy and warm and will do quite nicely to wear while slouching around the house.