Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Hoodie - Hot or Not?

Project Specifics

Pattern: Santa Cruz Hoodie from Knit2Together, size 1 year
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK ), 50% acrylic microfiber and 50% nylon. 4 skeins in #127 (dark green), 2 skeins in #125 (sage). Yarn was double-stranded.
Gauge: 3 sts/in.
Needles: #10 and #11 Lantern Moon circulars.
Comments: A super easy pattern. I love raglans because they are easy to knit either in pieces or top down. I originally wanted to convert this to a top down. But using 2 colors and double-stranding the yarn changed my mind - too messy. I also decided not to make the pockets. What kid uses pockets??

I'm not sure what to make of the hood. Hoods seemed to come back into fashion a couple of years ago but to me they're rather a bother. Most of the time they are ornamental; I simply don't like wearing them on my head, especially if there are no ties. I debated not knitting the hood for this sweater but the cuteness factor won in the end. My friend will appreciate it.

Hoods, though, just aren't my thang. If I make this for Karalyn, who also has a hoodie phobia, I'll leave it out and make a roll neck instead.

What do you think? Would you knit a hooded sweater and actually use the hood?

My resolve to knit small things is competing with the nagging urge to complete the finishing of some sweaters. Wiggles and Waves comes to mind. I've also got a cardigan that I've never shown you because I've been too embarassed with my (lack of) finishing skills. The seaming needs to be frogged and redone. You'll see what I mean if I can bring myself to take a picture of it.

In other life rose garden has exploded. Two years ago Karl and I planted three climbing rose bushes in what was then a very bare planter box. Karl even built a trellis. That spring the bushes spread like weeds because we had so much rain and ever since then we've had a lush, full rose bush trellis. Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!


ruth said...

wow, that rose picture is gorgeous!!
and the hoodie is SO CUTE! i love the colors too. you know, i never thought about the hood... but it's true, sometimes its ornamental. unless its on a rain jacket, i hardly ever where the hood at all (sometimes its a bother or it just looks awful). but for some reason, there are items where i am attracted to them because of the hood (probably just for looks alone?). but if i were to knit something and it had a hood, i'd probably skip the hood. too much work for only something that will just hang there and look pretty (or not). =P

have a great weekend! =)

Purse_Ho said...

That rose picture is FABULOUS!!!!

and the hoodie is sooo adorable. i love hoodies, personally. :) i prefer them to NON hoodies. hahaha. i like to have that insurance for a rainy or blustery day. :)

happy easter!

AJ said...

I wouldn't wear a hood myself, but I think with baby items they are just too cute to resist! :)

Lovely roses! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Macoco said...

The hoodie looks very nice! Yes, I would knit a hood and would wear it. as well. I find they come in handy on those days with unpredictable weather.

Stephanie said...

The hoodie is really cute, but I agree that hoods are mostly decorative. I've been thinking about knitting Rogue for myself and I will knit the hood, but just because I think it looks cool. Not because I ever intend to use it. Travis uses the hood on his hooded sweatshirts when it's really windy. He usually wears a stocking hat or ball cap, but then pulls the hood up for another layer of protection against the elements. I think whatever works for you. The rose is gorgeous. I'm so jealous of your growing season. It will be at least a month before anything gets green around here.

AndreaLea said...

The hoodie is so cute!