One more post before we leave for Asia (yay!).... This super cute (and free) sweater project is the Divi Toddler Hoodie, found here on www.naturallycaron.com
I wanted to try this pattern since I loved the texture, and especially wanted to learn how to add a hood. Turns out this was a little tricky since the pattern did not specify that you actually need to fold the hood in half and seam it up the bound-off edge. Then you attach the cast-on edge to the sweater. Would have been nice to know before I was up till 2am trying to figure it out!
In the end, it all worked out and I learned how to do a basic crochet chain stitch as well. I decided not to use the Caron yarn recommended, although I like the Spa yarn and have used it for blankets in the past. Instead, I bought some Samp'a Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton by Mirasol which I really loved. It is so super soft, and what could be better than organic for a baby? This happened to be very reasonably priced online at www.yarn.com but I barely had enough to finish the 12–18 month size with 4 balls.
This is a great pattern since you don't have to pick up and knit anything and the pattern is really fun. One thing I should mention, I did alter the texture. For:
Row 1 (RS): * P1, p2tog, yo, k1, yo, p2tog, p1; repeat from * across.
I decided I wasn't up for any extra purling, so I changed it to:
Row 1 (RS): * K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * across.
Because wouldn't we all rather have more knits than purls?
I was happy with the way it looked in the end, but probably looks a bit different from the original design.