Thursday, November 08, 2007

FO: Jack's Hoodie

Thank goodness! For a moment, I wasn't sure I'd be ready for the birthday boy's grand entrance to his third year this weekend. I just hope my take on this Lion Brand hoodie (registration required) is large enough to see Jack well into his fearsome fours.

FO: Jack's Hoodie
Hoodie in Fearless Fibers worsted weight wool and mohair - "Stormy Night"
Modifications
The pattern as written calls for each piece to be knit separately. Since there is no shaping whatsoever for this sweater, I modified it to be knit in the round to minimize seaming. I followed the pattern primarily for sizing only.

The body of the sweater was knit from the bottom up. After casting on the total number (back + front) stitches in the contrasting color and knitting the (k1, p1) border, I switched to the main color and continued in stockinette. Once I reached the armholes, I let the "front" stitches rest while continuing to knit the "back" flat, slipping the first stitch on each row purlwise.

With the back at the desired measurement, I resumed knitting the resting stitches to the neck, then did the bind off and shoulder seaming per pattern.

The sleeves received the same knit-in-the-round treatment. I began by picking up the slipped edge stitches around each armhole. Next, I marked the underside of the sleeve then placed one paired decreases (ssk, k2tog) on either side of the marker after 4 knit rounds. I did these paired decreases only four times.

FO: Jack's Hoodie - cuff detail
I continued to knit the sleeve to the specified pattern length minus 1.5 inches. Next, I picked up stitches in the contrasting edge color and did the (k1, p1) ribbing, mimicking the border on the bottom of the sweater. Lather, rinse, repeat for sleeve number two.

FO: Jack's Hoodie - neck detail
With the exception of the knitted i-cord and crossover tacking, the hood was done as per pattern.

That makes three finished items now. Now I'm left with a couple of pairs of socks, a simple black scarf and a neckwarmer of my own design. At this rate, I just may have a snowball's chance of actually meeting my holiday knitting quota.

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20 Comments:

Blogger Alyssa said...

looks great! I'm sure he will love it.

11/08/2007 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Mmm! It looks snuggly and warm! I am also a fan of "why does this HAVE to have seams?".

11/08/2007 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

you are so good!!!
i just love this hoodie! i can just see a little three year old in it, and big and baggy is the best!!! really, what a lovely gift!!!

11/08/2007 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...

That really is so cute! I know he'll love it.

11/08/2007 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a darling hoodie! That young man will be stylin'!

11/09/2007 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

Go, Karen, go.

11/09/2007 03:34:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

It's a perfect hoodie for a little boy.

11/09/2007 07:03:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Good for you! That's such a NICE hoodie!
(((hugs)))

11/09/2007 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

I love this hoodie!! The yarn you used is gorgeous!

11/09/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

What a great hoodie! I adore the yarn you used!

11/09/2007 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Super cute sweater. I have been owndering about some of their patterns. I just hate that they make you register. ugh. What a great birthday present!

11/09/2007 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Quite a handsome knit! You've got an eye for color and some awesome knitting skills. :)

11/09/2007 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Very cute. I love it. The color is great! That is one lucky kid. :)

11/09/2007 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

It's a great sweater for a little boy. I think he will love it!

11/09/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

awwww! it's adorable.

11/09/2007 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

This is great! I only wished I could say I was finished with my own hoodie. Do you think his will fit me? LOL He will love this, trust me. I like that you did the trim in a different color too.

11/09/2007 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

What a lovely sweater! I would wear it, if it were my size! :O)

11/09/2007 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I like the little roll at the bottom of the ribbing, if I ever make a sweater, I think I like that look. Beautiful!

11/09/2007 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

What a darling sweater! The colors are gorgeous and it looks so cozy.

11/10/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger KSee said...

Just lovin' this hoodie.

11/11/2007 10:44:00 AM  

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