I have so many ideas running through my head as far as designing and knitting OPP’s (Other People’s Patterns). My mojo is in overdrive right now. I thought I’d take advantage of that and get a head start on Holiday knitting! If any of you know me at all, you know that I knit for very few others. Most of my handknits are for me. Somewhat selfish but it’s hard to find appreciative people! But I digress…
The minute I saw this Through the Woods pattern I knew it would be perfect as a gift for my friend Lauren. She is having had a baby this month and will probably be out strolling around Central Park with him this fall and winter. (She had the baby while this post was still in draft form! YAAAY! Congrats, L & R!) She hates wearing hats since she thinks they don’t look right on her so she usually freezes instead. This hood and cowl combo seems like a perfect solution to me.
The pattern is a very simple knit (I can hear you all groan out there saying that I ALWAYS say that!). But I SWEAR that it is!! The main cable part is knit back and forth in rows; you seam the hood; pick up sts around hood and knit that ribbing; pick up sts along bottom edge and knit that part; then pick up and knit for button bands. See?? EASY PEASY!
In my humble opinion, the hood is a bit small. Esmie is 12 and you can see that it fits her almost just right. Lauren is petite so it will fit her, too. I did get gauge. So if I were to knit this for myself, I would probably have to knit the hood larger, probably just by making the main piece longer by a few inches and adding a repeat or two to the cable pattern.
After taking these pictures of Esmie modeling for me, I think she needs one for herself this winter, too. I’m probably biased but my girl is rocking that hood with her orange tank top!
Through the Woods
- Source: on Knit Picks and on Ravelry
- Size: one size fits all (I would say most)
- Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Creme, 60% wool, 40% silk; used 6 skeins (744 yds of yarn held doubled = 372 total yds)
- Color: Natural
- Needles: US 10.5 for main hood, US 3 for button bands (yes, you CAN knit bulky weight on size 3 needles)
- Cost: yarn was a gift; 5 buttons @ 75c each.
- Started: August 5, 2010
- Finished: August 14, 2010
- Mods: used double stranded yarn.