Pattern: Central Park Hoodie, Knitscene Fall 2006
Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Ara, 11 skeins
Size: XS (32)
Needles: US 4 and 6
Mods: Shortened the sleeves by 1/2 inch, added 1.5 inches of length to the body.
Since this sweater has no shaping, I was expecting something sort of boxy and shapeless, but I am pleasantly surprised! I knit the 32″ size and it came out to be a 34″ sweater with my gauge, so there is about 1/2″ of positive ease here. It fits exactly the way I wanted. It isn’t tight (I can button that other button, but I know that I won’t wear it that way) but it is fitted just the way I like my sweaters! I will not wear long sleeved shirts under things, and this is perfect with a t-shirt or cami under it. I am not a master of layering. The sleeves are perfect for me in both length and size, but I have super skinny arms, so be aware that the sleeves on this sweater are on the tight side. There are no photos with the hood up because I know I will never wear it that way. I love hoodies, but I don’t love wearing the hood… isn’t that odd? I used my new button method (backing buttons) again here, and they turned out so well! The pattern does not specify a button size, which I did not like, but I used 7/8″ buttons, and they seem to work ok. You could probably go up to 1″ but not much bigger without a different buttonhole. I didn’t need the top button, and I may remove is (or not – it looks ok, I just won’t use it.)
I loved the yarn, and after a wash it is not at all itchy. It also softened up and started draping nicely after the wash, so be sure to wash your swatches if you use this yarn! It also comes in a DK weight, and I can’t wait to try that someday. It was more pricey than I usually go with my yarns, but I think it was totally worth it. I would not try to seam with this yarn, as it breaks really easily then. It does spit splice nicely, which is great when you’re using this many balls of yarn! The color is hard to photograph, but the photo above is close. One thing I really like is that the tweedy bits are different for each color. I hate it when tweedy yarns try to use the same tweed colors no matter what the yarn is.
This sweater has a lot of finishing, especially if you think of the hood as “finishing” (I do!) There are a few hood mods I have seen (kitchenering it together, knitting the border in one piece) that I did not do, since I know I won’t be wearing the hood up.