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FO: Heather Hoodie Vest

Pattern: Heather Hoodie Vest, by Debbie O’Neil, Knitscene Fall/winter 09

Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in Ocean Heather

Needles: US 10

Notes: I will confess that I was worried about a possible linebacker effect from this sweater, what with the bulky yarn and the lack of actual sleeve shaping.  Not to worry though – I love it!  I knit to a slightly tighter gauge and got a 34″ bust, which is perfect.  Since the sleeves are formed from the bust width, you want a little (but not too much) positive ease.

The yarn was nicer than I expected – I prefer it over Cascade’s bulky workhorse yarn, which gave me uneven tension and painful hands, but it’s not exactly soft.  It’s perfect for this sort of sweater.  I am hoping it won’t fuzz up too badly.  The color is really nice too – a muted teal heather, accurate in the first photo above on my monitor.

The pattern was pretty easy to follow, but does contain one major error – the cable setup row for all sizes is incorrect.  There is a correction posted on the pattern’s Ravelry page.  I chose contrasting buttons because I wanted a playful feel – this sweater is pretty sporty, and I didn’t want it to be too conservative.  I have only one complaint about the sizing – the hood is totally ridiculously large.  I didn’t bother with a photo of it up, but trust me… it looks like I’m wearing a sack on my head.  But besides that I love it – I didn’t want to take it off, even though it’s a warm day out!

29 thoughts on “FO: Heather Hoodie Vest

  1. Looks really great. I love the colour and the cable pattern is nice too – different to so many other’s I have seen. It’s certainly something I would wear a lot.

  2. The buttons look great – I also think the blue is quite striking! That hood does look awfully big. Do you think it is easy for one to modify the pattern so the hood is more wearble?

  3. Love it! Usually the chunky yarn looks bulky but yours with the cable pattern is just perfect!
    p.s. love your style too!!

  4. Very well done! I love it! The cables are beautiful and the vest has a lot of style. I don’t think that too many people will notice the large hood (unless you put it on!). And I totally agree with your choice of button. Congratulations!

  5. I love the way it came out. I cannot believe you have this done already….I may have to start disliking you! I have the magazine sitting on my coffee table, half read at this point with about 6 others. You are unbelievable and well dressed!

  6. It is beautiful and fun. I have just started this project and it is quite motivating to see a finished one look so cute. I wonder if I can figure out how to reduce the size of the hood a bit..

  7. I’ve been looking forward to seeing your completed version- it looks great! Perfect fit, great color on you, and the buttons really add to it!

  8. I love your sweater. The color looks great on you!!! May I ask what kind of jeans you are wearing? The left pocket in the pic looks like blue leather. I love them.

  9. It turned out great! Yours is the first FO I’ve seen so far – thanks also for the sizing tips on just a bit of positive ease. I’ve been warming up to positive ease lately (no more than two inches at the most) myself.

  10. Wow. Fast. I don’t know how you squeeze that in among all the students. Love the short reviews of yarn, I have been hesitant to try the Cascade because it feels kind of rough. Real cute sweater and the color looks great on you! Glad you liked “Devon” over in Ravelry. Still not cool enough to wear it but it shouldn’t be too long. This afternoon it was in the low 50s in Eastern Washington State. What’s next:)

  11. That looks so cool with the striped shirt and the contrasting colors. I would totally wear this. I love all the helpful information on your site!

  12. Hmm, you weren’t kidding about the hood. It looks enormous. The color reads a dark blue rather than teal but I like the buttons.
    I like this one but since I live in S. California it might be a tad warm even without sleeves. Though in the past I have ignored that minor detail now days I’m a little more cautious. Good work!

  13. Oh, I absolutely adore this! Its a very nice fit and how on earth did you do that hood?!?!?! Pick up and knit?? Well, whatever you did, its wonderful! And I hope you continue to make such wonderful things 🙂

  14. Lovely! I didn’t realize the Northampton also comes in bulky! I just ordered some in the light grey. I love how the aran weight feels, so soft!

  15. hey.
    love the jersey and the fantastic colour , i’ve been dying to knit this but i cannot find the pattern in south africa . Can anyone help???

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