Thursday, August 28, 2014

Through the Woods hoodie

I just whipped up this hoodie for my 9 year old with some leftover yarn. It took me a few hours from start to finish. The pattern is free, extremely well-written, and easy as can be. It had a few, maybe five, cables worked in, which gives it a really nice touch. This would be perfect for a first cable project. I would rate the pattern beginner- if you use a regular cast-on and bind-off. I used some cheap Caron yarn that is called worsted, but is really a bit heavier than Aran. I used size 10 needles. It's black, so it's pretty hard to capture the cable detail in a pic. The only mod I made is for the face edge, I picked up 88 stitches instead of 96. It's still slightly ruffley, so I'm glad I didn't do more. If I make another, I will cast on 80 instead.

Here's the pattern: Through the Woods Free Hoodie

Cybele Vest

The pattern was quite fiddly and I deviated a bit, but I'm in love with the final product! Pattern is from the book, French Girl Knits, by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, and is titled Cybele. I used the super cheap Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn in Oxford. Had I known how well this would turn out, I would have used a higher quality yarn. This is a deep grey, but my phone is now taking pictures on the blue side; I think it's lost its ability to white balance. (Time for a new phone!)