I highly recommend this project – it’s easy, it’s something you’ll likely wear all the time, and this year is unbelievably soft. The pattern is free from the Purl Bee – The Sweatshirt Sweater – and the yarn is Swan’s Island Worsted, a 100% organic merino (color Seasmoke). I knit size medium (41″ chest – I wanted this to fit a little roomy, like a real sweatshirt) on the recommended US 6 and 7 needles, and I used up every bit of 5 skeins. In fact, I ran out at the very end, with about three rounds of the neck ribbing and bind-off to complete. That was okay though, because I wanted to use a contrast color there, and I happened to have Swan’s Island Worsted Winterberry in my stash, so it was the perfect match.
I followed the pattern exactly – no modifications – and I’m very happy with the fit and the feel of it. I wasn’t sure about the ribbing band at the bottom, because I don’t like bands that fit too tightly and ride up, but I didn’t have that problem with this one.
The pouch is incorporated into the body knitting, so you don’t have to graft it on afterwards, and I like having a pocket to warm my hands in. I didn’t block the sweatshirt, but I did spray block the borders of the pocket, because they wanted to curl in.
The color in the photos where I’m wearing the sweatshirt is more accurate – I try to photograph outside whenever possible, to get the best representation of what the color really looks like. It’s amazing how background and flash can completely change it!Pin It