Seriously, this has got to be one of the best patterns that I’ve ever knit! It’s the R&R Hoodie from Tanis Fiber Arts, and the construction is absolutely ingenious. It’s completely seamless and I love how she fashions the pockets, how she designed the hood, and the i-cord edging is the perfect edge to sew on a zipper. Plus, knit in worsted weight, it knits up quickly, doesn’t take more than two skeins of yarn, and gives me a chance to use beautiful, vibrant colors!
I first knit the 0-6 month size in Knit Wit Superwash Worsted (100% super wash merino), color Canopy. I love how deep and saturated this green is, bright without being neon. I only had two skeins (218 yds/ea) and I was worried that I couldn’t get a bigger size out of that yardage, but I had tons leftover – enough to knit a matching hat, and then some.
The second hoodie I knit in the 6-12 month size in Alpha B Yarn (100% British Bluefaced Leicester Superwash) – this was really more of a DK weight, so I sized down to US 6s. The color is Puget Sound, and I used most of two skeins (233 yds/ea). This color was a little more subdued, but I loved how it reminded me of faded and much-washed denim. The DK-weight yarn (really, I’d say it’s between DK and worsted, the dyer recommends US 5-7 needles) made for a little lighter-weight hoodie, which I actually think would be perfect for spring and fall, and I loved how the wool really bloomed when I got it wet.
Sewing in the zipper wasn’t difficult, but finding a separating zipper sure was – unlike regular zippers, I could only find them in a limited range of colors, and most of them were too heavy-duty (designed for adult jackets and coats, that kind of thing). I finally found 10″ lightweight separating zippers, and just had to make due with the colors that were available.
Although the yarn for both hoodies is superwash, I always hand wash my knits, so I wet blocked these (they definitely need blocking, especially to get the hood shaped and to get the i-cord edging ready for zipper installation).
The photos don’t do these justice – I wish I had real babies to model them 🙂 I can’t recommend this pattern highly enough – it’s the perfect go-to knit for baby gifts and it is even sized up for toddlers. As soon as my TFA yarn comes in the mail, I’ll be knitting some more!