Summer Striped Hoodie
Bring on the bright colors for summer! This classic, unisex zip-up hoodie features bold stripes, diagonal front pockets, a separating zipper, and a pull cord in the functional hood. It would work great for playdates or breezy days at the beach, and your little one will love the soft and comfy feel of the cotton/acrylic blend yarn!
This pattern includes some clever construction techniques for a flawless, classic look. The diagonal pocket stitches are set aside on holders while the pocket linings are cast on, worked with the body of the sweater, and cast off again. The pocket stitches are then picked up and worked separately. Finally, the pocket stitches are joined to the body for a seamless, hidden finish. The linings will be sewn to the underside of the body after the sweater is fully constructed. The hood is worked all in one piece featuring a special joining technique that creates a seam on either side of the center panel. The hood also features a casing and buttonhole eyelets for a cinching cord, made to match using the I-cord technique. The sweater body is worked in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are worked in the round to the armholes, then joined to the body. Sleeves and body are worked as one with raglan shaping, moving seamlessly into the hood. In other words, despite the intricate construction elements, this sweater has minimal seams to sew after knitting is complete. I provide notes on Kitchener stitch to graft the armhole stitches as well as the I-cord technique to create the hood cord.
This pattern includes five sizes: 12-18 months (25" chest), 18-24 months (26" chest), 2-4 years (28" chest), and 4-6 years (30" chest), 6-8 years (32" chest).
5/12/2006 Errata: I have uploaded a new version of the pattern which includes detailed instructions on sewing in the zipper and creating optional zipper facings. For previous purchases, the new instructions read like this:
Sew in Zipper
Pin zippercarefully into place along front edges, with crocheted edging close to zipperteeth but not so close that it will snag when zipped or unzipped. I like toleave between 1/8? and 1/4? of space between zipper teeth and crocheted edging.When pinning, be sure to match the stripes carefully on either side of thezipper. Once zipper is pinned in place, unzip and, using needle and thread, sewcrocheted edging to zipper tape on RS of hoodie. You may also choose to whip-stitchthe edge of the zipper tape down to inside of sweater, being careful that thestitches do not show on RS of sweater.
Optional Zipper Facings
For a moreprofessional look and to avoid scratchiness from the zipper tape, I suggestcreating zipper facings on the inside of the sweater. The clean look and feelwill be worth the effort! After zipper has been sewn into place, unzip and turnsweater sideways with WS facing. Using yarn A and larger size needles, pick upand knit 58 (64, 68, 72, 76) st along innermost edge of left zipper tape,approximately 1/4? from the tape edge and parallel to the crocheted edging.Turn and purl across row. Work two more rows in St st. Cast off all st.
Using needle andthread, sew this facing over zipper tape on WS of sweater, leaving between 1/8?and 1/4? between facing edge and zipper teeth to avoid catching in zipper.
Repeat along rightzipper tape.
Sizes Included: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 6-8 years
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Yarn Line: Comfy Worsted Yarn
Fiber Type: Cotton
Needle Sizes: <p>Size 6 (4mm) and Size 7 (4.5mm): 32" circular needles and DPNs and size F (3.75mm): crochet hook</p>
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