This was such a great project for me. I love it and I loved making it. This was also my first time doing a KAL and the amount of help and support I received along the way was great.
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie (Knitscene Fall 2006)
Software (as Alton calls it): 8 skeins of Tahki Donegal Tweed in Deep Purple/845 bought from The Village Sheep. I used a full 7 skeins of yarn and probably 20 yards of the next skein (each skein approx 183 yds).
Hardware: Size 6 and Size 8 circulars plus a size 6 DPN for cabling. My buttons are from The Point
Started: January 25, 2007
Finished: February 24, 2007
Sizing: There was a lot of press around sizing – a lot of people were saying this was running on the small size. The pattern offers 34, 36, 40 and up. I am 5’6 and if I were knitting a t-shirt I would knit a 34, so I assumed that the 36 would be too snug. Therefore I went for the 40. This is definitely not too snug on me – I wish it were a little smaller/more fitted but I still think the 36 would have been too small.
Modifications: I knit the ribbing on the body a little over 4 ½ vs the 4 inches called for in the pattern, so that it would be a bit longer. I also only did 4”ribbing for the sleeve cuffs vs 5” called for in the pattern. I kept seeing pictures with very long sleeves and many times people were rolling them up bc they were too long. I think my sleeves are the perfect length and maybe could be about ½ inch shorter.
I love this yarn and highly recommend it. It does soften up a bit with blocking but it’s not the softest stuff you’ll ever knit. But it’s gorgeous and incredibly warm. I love the color I chose as it pops and is vibrant and bright, yet it is still a somewhat neutral color. When I went to the Point to pick out buttons, I pulled the sweater out and several people came over to see what fiber I had used and there were lots of oohs and ahhhs. While they were complimenting the yarn, and not me, I felt very warm and fuzzy.
I also had a great experience with the Village Sheep. I have limited experience ordering online but this came lickety-split, which is always greatly appreciated when you're eager to get going.