Pattern of the Week: Baja Hoodie

My parents grew up in Southern California, and they spent many a great weekend in Tijuana and Ensenada (at the original Hussong’s Cantina!) in Baja, Mexico. My grandparents kept a trailer in Rosarito, Baja, and we had so much fun dining at the most delicious lobster restaurant and frolicking on the amazing Rosarito Beach.

When I saw the Baja Hoodie in the Summer 2019 issue of Interweave Knits, it brought back such special memories, I knew I had to make it my pattern of the week.

Cheryl Toy’s hoodie is unisex, just like its original inspiration, and features a cool combination of stripes and patterns. It even has the iconic kangaroo pocket!

Worked in the round from the bottom up, there’s very little seaming in this project, for those of you who are fans of knitting in one piece. The Baja Hoodie is worked upward from stitches picked up from the neck edge.

Cheryl used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece here, which is perfect for this pullover. Its 80% cotton, 20% merino wool blend wears wonderfully in warm-weather patterns, and it’s available in a huge array of colorways.

I hope you’ll cast on the Baja Hoodie and bring back this 70s surfer-classic!



Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 37¼ (40¼ , 42¾ , 45¾ , 48, 51, 53¼)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 40¼ “; modeled
with 4¼ ” (man’s) and 10″ (woman’s) of positive ease.

YARN Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% merino wool; 215 yd [197 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #100 cotton ball (white; MC) and #005 cavern (black; CC1), 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins each; #385 deep sea fog (gray; CC2) and #445 jaded mermaid (green; CC3), 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins each.

NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″, 24″, and 40″ circular (cir) and set of doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 27 sts and 38 rnds = 4″ in St st.

All photos by Harper Point Photography.

Don’t miss the summer issue of  Interweave Knits!

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