Hoody 4 Hubby

My Better Half rarely asks me to knit something for him but when he saw this hooded jumper, he had to have it.  It is made with “rare earth” (Aussie) brand dye-free alpaca and superfine merino boucle wool.  The pattern is from “Tasman Designer Yarns Homegrown Collection”.  It took me 8 weeks to knit this up which is a long time considering the simplicity of the pattern.  I think my best friend kept distracting me ;-)  I decided to knit this in a garter stitch instead of the stocking stitch for several reasons.  First, my partner likes his garments loose and large and garter stitch will stretch both length- and width-wise.  Second, garter stitch is warmer than stocking stitch.  Third, garter stitch provides a more flexible fabric.  The only problem was that garter stitch uses more wool than stocking stitch and this garment sucked up the skeins of wool.  It took 23 skeins at $8.95 each – you do the math: this is one expensive hoody!  The pattern is easy-peasy and would be great for a beginner.  The only shaping is at the front collar and a few rows at the top of each sleeve; none at the arms on front and back.  The pattern for the hood itself was completely incorrect.  I’d never knitted a hood before but I was suspicious from the first reading of the pattern.  I made the hood anyway and the pattern for the adult man’s size just barely fit our 11 year old son.  In addition, it was the oddest shape and was very obviously incorrect.  I had no idea how to make a hood.  My computer had just slipped into a coma so I couldn't ask for assistance on MWK so I figured it was time to heed JPaul's advice and just design something by myself.  I decided to just pick up stitches all around the neck line and just knit a hood.  I like the way this made for an invisible seam at the place where the hood meets the collar line.  I joined it at the top with the kitchener stitch for a seamless look.  Thanks to vt_shua’s telling me about I-cord, I made a beautiful cord for the hood.  I hate to admit that it took me a long time to figure out the one line of directions!  But, once understood, I mastered it quickly and was amazed that in no time I had a 150 cm of beautiful cording.  I’ve always hated the crocheted chains and am delighted to have I-cords as a future option.  The boucle is OK to work with but not my favourite.  Someone was remarking on the softness of the knitted piece and I asked her what she thought I was using as yarn.  She replied, in all sincerity “poodle hair?”  I guess it does have that texture.  David told some friends that when he wears it he looks like a teddy bear without the ears.  But, it’s lightweight, soft as and very warm.  Perfect for our up-coming winter.

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It looks fabulosso. I want one! 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

JPaul's picture

Nice job!  That's what I'm talking about!

If you know what you want and you understand your tools, you can make anything.  Congratulations, you're a designer!  And already designing $250 hoodies!  Haha! 

Aaronknits's picture

Your partner is one VERY lucky man!!!

Gabriel's picture

Talk about a fast knitter......my God, it seems like you are turning somthing out almost everytime I sign on.....I am so impressed/jealous! You rock!

Jordan's picture

Love it, love it, love it.  It looks like the coziest, most comfortable thing ever, and the hood's the best part--great job!

Kenny's picture

Thank you so much for sharing the properties of garter stitch.  I'm knitting a circular sweater for a friend right now..... i posted the picture, and I'm trying to figure out how to measure the length between underarms.  Do you measure exactly from armpit to armpit and give about 1/2" of slack on both ends?

When I'm calculating the arms I measure the total length from wrist to wrist - arms stretched out.  Then take off the actual width of the body already knitted.  The arm length is then 1/2 the remaining figure.

The body should be the actual underarm chest measurment ( That's taken as a full chest measurement - not just armpit to armpit) plus 2" to 4" added depending on the garment, style and preference.  Most people wear the body slack so 4" or even 6" for a bulky style is preferable.

Craig's picture

Love the texture of this piece and the fit is excellent, great job.


Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Beautiful!  It looks so soft and comfy.

The I-cord is really an interesting technique.  It reminds me of the ropes we made as children using four nails in the end of a wooden spool.

Four nails and a cotton reel.  What memories!  In the UK they're still sold in a kids kit under the name 'Knitting Nancy'!  Some tired wit still gets me these every now and again.  I'm afraid the joke wore off decades ago!

We used to make yards of cord at school with it. For no particular purpose, I might add.   "Now children, do you know what a Knitting Nancy is"  How it all comes back to haunt me.

kiwiknitter's picture

I still have my favourite grandmother's (I'm named after her) spool knitter.  It must be around 100 years old now; the wood has a beautiful patina lustre.  When I was a boy, it was the only non-woodworking craft thing my father tolerated me doing.  I made lengths and lengths of cording but I could never figure out a use for them.  When I was doing the I-cord for this jumper, it reminded me of the spool and I went to retrieve it.  I would say that the hoody now has an additional special memory attached to it.  Does anyone use the "Knitting Nancy" to make something and if so, what do you make?  I think it's much quicker to just knit the I-cord than to try to make something on the spool.


I've got knitting fever in the worsted way.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

That's the luxury-yarn sweater to end all sweaters. Beautiful work, Jesse. Glad you did some design and got the hood to work out right. The basics of "on the needle" design aren't difficult, just nerve-wracking.

By my calculations, you could get a cool $500 (or more) for your work -- in New York. That is, if you could get it in the right salons. Tempt you to go pro?

Have fun,


Kilted Knitter's picture

Great Job! Have looked into taking a class on a knitted hoody at local yarn store, but can't seem to get into the class. Looks great!

jtwist's picture

I was inspired by your hoodie to create my own in Portland, Oregon.  It was the first piece I designed totally on the needle and while it didn't come as spot on as yours (not quite roomy enough), I'm ready for another go at it-- this time with a better yarn.  Fortunately I did my test-hoodie with a fairly inexpensive yarn and can still wear it around the house, but probably not in public.  I used a fuzzy bulky yarn (11st over 10cm) that makes me really look like the bear I am.  Actually, my sweater has been nick-named "The Yeti" by my Portland knitting friends.

I agree that your husband is a VERY lucky man.  Cheers!

jeffhatchell's picture

I want that pattern!  Please share!  Thank you!