The Perfect Hoodie

It's cold outside, friends! We're finally getting back into some real winter temperatures here in Colorado, which turns my thoughts to fires, hot tea, and cozy garments like sweaters. I know a lot of you are probably still enjoying time off, and what better way to spend that time than making yourself a cozy sweater? After all the gift-giving of the holidays, it's time to treat yourself.

 
Paige Hoodie by Jill Wright
 

We have so many fantastic sweater patterns available in our store (seriously, go do a search in the store and see how many options pop up), but I find myself drawn to the Paige Hoodie by Jill Wright. This awesome sweater is in the Winter 2015 issue and is featured on the cover. If you haven't seen it, take a look at the preview page!

I just love this hoodie. The stitch pattern lends visual interest, and the ribbing at the cuffs and bottom hem break up the pattern in a cool way. I also love the length–it's long enough to wear over skinny jeans or leggings, which are definitely wardrobe staples right now. The roomy hood can be worn down as a wide collar, or you can wear it up to protect your head from the elements (use a shawl pin for a super-snug fit).

  Paige Hoodie close-up

One of my favorite things about this hoodie is its versatility. You can wear it in winter with layers underneath and a coat on top, then lose the coat and add a vest instead (or wear it alone) in the spring. The relaxed fit leaves plenty of room for layering, but it's still fitted enough to be flattering.

I'm really looking forward to making this one! As you know, I'm no crochet expert, so it will probably have to wait a while. Maybe I'll have the skills in time for next winter? One small change I'd make is to add pockets. I personally love pockets in my hoodies–they're great for storing lip balm and other small essentials when you're out and about. I'm guessing it would be easy to add pockets; what do you think?

 
Paige Hoodie from behind
 

I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season! And if you've been fortunate enough to have some time off, I hope you've been crafting up a storm. Please share what you've been working on in the comments!

Happy crocheting!

Rachel

P.S. If you're still in a holiday gift-giving mood, there are plenty of great projects in the Winter issue! Try the Telegraph Sweater for the man in your life, or the Rugger Sweater or Smocked Tunic for the kiddos. 

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