The margin between the Heather Hoodie Vest and the Slanting Gretel Tee was so slim that I decided to run two knit-alongs.
This is the forum for the Heather Hoodie Ves knit-along. This pattern appears in the fall 2009 issue of Knitscene. If you need a copy you can buy one here.
The schedule will be as follows:
1/11-1/25: Swatch for gauge and knit the back of the sweater.
1/25-2/15: Knit the fronts.
2/15-2/22: Knit the hood and the front and sleeve bands.
2-22-3/1: Complete finishing and block sweater. Then post photos in this forum!
Please note the errata for the pattern:
Set-up cable patt: (WS) P6 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11), pm, k1, p2, k4, p3, M1p, p4, k4, p2, k1, pm, p6 (8, 11, 13, 16, 18) -- 34 (38, 41, 44, 48, 51) sts.
Set-up cable patt: (WS) P6 (8, 11, 13, 16, 18), pm, k1, p2, k4, p3, M1p, p4, k4, p2, k1, pm, p6 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) -- 34 (38, 41, 44, 48, 51) sts.
Questions? Let me know!
Lets see how quickly I get to step 1: the yarn and the pattern are only on their way so far.
Would it be possible to post the required gauge? I think the yarn should be here today and this way I could do the swatch and wash it ....
Hi There Kathleen and All:
I would love to knit this hoodie, but I also really need ease up to 54". Any tips or links on how to upsize such a complex pattern?
tsbrzesny: Here's the link to the project page on Knitting Daily. Scroll down and you'll see the details. The gauge is 14 sts and 22 rows = 4" in St st; 22 st cable panel measures 3¾" wide before blocking and 4¼" after blocking.
Also, pleast note the errata on the project page:
Set-up cable patt: (WS) P6 (8, 11, 13, 16, 18), pm, k1, p2, k4, p3, M1p, p4, k4, p2, k1, pm, p6 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) -- 34 (38, 41, 44, 48, 51) sts.Thanks,
This pattern is easy to upsize because there are no set-in sleeves. You can simply add stitches to each side of the back and to the side-seam edges of the fronts.
Here's how to figure out how many stitches to add:
Determine your gauge. If you're getting gauge for this pattern, you'll have 3.5 stitches per inch. The largest size lists a finished measurement of 50 inches, so you want to add 4 inches. You'll need to add 14 stitches total (3.5 sts X 4 inches = 14 sts), so you divide those stitches by four (each edge of the back and the side edges of each front). Your added stitches to each piece will be 3.5, which doesn't work, so you have to even those out. I have more fluff in the front than in the back, so I'd do 4 extra stitches on each front and 3 extra stitches on each edge of the back.
When you're doing your cable set up row, remember to add the extra stitches to the first number you count, or your cable panels won't be centered.
Hope this helps. If you have questions, let me know.
Oh, okay! Thank you very much, Kathleen, because I read through the pattern several times and thought it would be more complicated than that!
hello I just joined , I am excited to knit-a-long withyou on this I have already started on this and have the back done
YAY! This is on my needles already - was hoping it would be the KA as this is my first. I chose Brown Sheep in the Tormented Teal colorway - GORGEOUS! Now let's see if I can keep up :).
what a shame, the yarn didn't arrive today.... I'm hopeful for tomorrow ....
I am so glad that the heather Hoodie Vest has been chosen for the knit-along. I started this project last week using Cascade 128 (Cascade Yarns) and the yarn is just flying off my needles! This is a very fast knit and I have already completed the back. Perhaps this time I will be able to keep up with Kathleen's schedule!!!!
This will be my first knit-a-long and have decided to make the Heather Hoodie Vest. Am hoping you girls will inspire me to get this done quickly, although some of you are way ahead of me. Will order the yarn choices today. Hope I get step one done on time. Let's knit!!!
I am hoping to try this but would only do it as 1 piece. Any help on that would be great!
I cant find the magazine here in Ontario and to order it from the states will take 10 days or more to get here.
Could someone please email me the pattern and I will order the magazine but I want to start the Knit a long.
I have all the other magazines by Interweave but not the Knitscene
Hi Kathleen ~ the hoodie vest looks really fun, and I'd like to participate. However, times are tough. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't spend $8 on the magazine and $6 for postage! in addition to yarn. And by the way, the magazine for the other KAL is out of stock. Could you kindly put these 2 patterns in the Interweave Store so more of us can join in?
I'd like to knit it in one piece, like a previous poster. Any reason not to? Any guidelines for translating the pattern to this approach?
HarmonyO's comments are right on.
If the idea of a KAL is to encourage knitting and provide group support - it sure helps if the pattern(s) decided upon are readily accessible to all, with little or no hunting through magazines or local yarn stores (regardless of how fun both activities are). Emphasis then can be placed on other basic concerns like getting appropriate yarn at the best possible price, arranging productive knitting time, and enjoying the project from the get-go without the frustration of locating the pattern(s).
If anyone is still searching for the yarn (LYS sold out?) www.paradisefibers.com has the Lamb's Pride Bulky on sale right now for $7.35/skein (reg. $7.95). The $ .60 saved per skein could contribute a bit toward shipping if you're buying on-line. The colour sable is all gone, but lots of brights, pastels, neutral tones and some heathered colours still available. They are known for their fast shipping.
This company also carries Lantern Moon buttons - no 1", but lots of coconut with coloured enamel at 7/8" ($3.00 each). Pricey but pretty.
Anyone else find some good deals out there ...or are using a substitute for the Lamb's Pride bulky that is working well for you?