Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pattern Release: The Howard Hoodie!

It's official, I've released my first pattern! I did a sneak peek a couple of weeks ago, sent it off to a couple of test knitters (thanks so much for offering ladies!!), tweaked some of the language, and here it is - the Howard Hoodie!




Here's the "official" blurb about the pattern:

The Howard Hoodie is a hat and scarf all put together into one cute little package. The attached cowl keeps little necks warm, and lays nicely under a coat without adding extra bulk, and can't be easily lost like a separate neckwarmer! The hood is fastened with a button closure, so there are no ties or strings to get tangled. A rolled brim frames cute little faces, and the hat comes to an adorable elfin point.

Pattern is written for sizes 6 months, 1 year, 2-3 years, 4-5 years. Smaller sizes can be knit up in just one skein of worsted weight yarn (about 200 yards), while the 4-5 year old size will either need an additional skein or the addition of a contrasting color. Hat is worked flat and seamed with a 3-needle bind off, and the bottom scarf/cowl is picked up and knit down. Uses US size 8 circular needles (length not critical as hat is not done in the round, 16" is comfortable minimum) with additional US size 8 straight or double point for 3-needle bind off.
 I know it's terrible to think about...but it's officially September now. For those of us in the north, that's back to school time, and the official - unofficial start of fall. And for those of us in the far north, it means (snow) (....that's a whisper, not a suggestion nature!!) could theoretically fall pretty much any second now. Luckily this is a pretty fast knit. It could realistically be done in a week or so, even a weekend if one were so inclined. And IF one WERE so inclined, well, one could find this pattern in my Etsy or Ravelry shops (those with eagle eyes may have noticed that it actually went live yesterday)! Just click on one of those links, and you'll be taken to a page where you can purchase the digital download. I'd love to hear from any of you who decide to knit this what you think of it!




17 comments:

  1. What a great idea. Cute and practical, love it!

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  2. I love this idea - very cute. Cathy

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  3. That's really cute. I love the colors!

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    1. Thanks! I actually got the yarn from someone giving it away in our knitting group. I knew it was perfect for a kids' knit!

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  4. Sooo adorable. I have always wanted to try knitting....one day maybe.

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  5. how beautiful! i love the color combination and design on this one!

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    1. thank you! (and thanks for stopping by!)

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  6. That's so cute! I never did take to knitting although my grandmother tried to teach me. Writing is my craft. :)

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  7. Congratulations on your pattern release! It's a cute, makes me wish I was a knitter. I never could get the hang of it.

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    1. I think it used to be much harder to learn, if you had to rely on books or pinning down a person to help you. Thanks to videos and youtube, you can really do a lot to teach yourself on your own time, and make the person go back and do something over and over and over until it makes sense!

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  8. I love it!! I am not a knitter, but if I were, I'd make this :)

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    1. I've been hearing that so much! I think I'm going to actually list a few finished hats in the shop and see how that goes. You - and anyone else reading this! - can contact me if you are interested in one with size and color requests. :)

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  9. This looks awesome! I've been trying to increase my knitting skills! Do you think this would work well for a knitting newbie?

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    1. Absolutely! The only potentially new things for a beginner would be the 3 needle bind off, picking up stitches and the buttonhole. I've linked the last two in the pattern to helpful tutorials, and the 3 needle bind off is JUST like a regular bind off but the two needles with live stitches act as one. You'll be able to get the hang of it after watching a youtube video I'm sure!

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