Well my little pirate now has his very own skull and crossbones jumper. All that remains is to finish the left shoulder seam and neck ribbing. You would think that he would be very happy, after choosing the pattern himself, getting very excited about the motif, and asking me every five minutes 'is it finished, mummy?'. But no, he's decided to be contrary, and keeps on telling me 'I want you to give it to someone else, mummy'.
I'm undaunted though - I think his loathing of the jumper was brought on by me trying to jam it over his head to check how much stretch was in the neckline ribbing (not enough, it transpires, for my boy's head!). Now I'm toying with various solutions - maybe knitting a placket and using a button fastening, or just leaving the ribbed part open to fasten with a couple of press studs. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, please do shout out! I'm really pleased with the jumper, having laid my fear of intarsia to rest, and I'd hate to ruin it at this stage.