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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