WIP Wednesday: Hannah’s First Class Hoodie

When non-knitters see me knitting a sweater or wearing one I’ve made, they often ask, “How long does it take to knit a sweater?” This seemingly straightforward question doesn’t have a clear-cut answer. it depends on a number of factors including yarn weight, needle size, stitch pattern, final measurements, construction methods, and for how long the knitter put down their WIP in between sessions. It can take anywhere between one weekend and over a decade to knit a sweater! Personally, I like to crank out a sweater in a month or two because there are so many things in my queue. The First Class Hoodie from knitscene Spring 2019 is a great quick knit, thanks to the smooth yarn and simplicity of the stitches and construction.

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First Class Hoodie by Cheryl Toy. Photos by Harper Point Photography.

Designed by Cheryl Toy, the First Class Hoodie is an everyday piece that layers nicely over a T-shirt, jeans, or even leggings. The pattern starts at the bottom with a 4” lace rib stitch that is easy to memorize. The body is knit in stockinette stitch in the round, so you can stay on autopilot for this one as you catch up on the latest season of How to Get Away With Murder (affiliate link). (Just me? Okay.)

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First Class Hoodie by Cheryl Toy. Photo by Harper Point Photography.

The upper front and back of the pullover are worked separately back and forth, the shoulders are seamed, sleeve stitches are picked up along the armhole edge, and the sleeve is worked in the round from the top down with 4” of lace ribbing at the cuffs. The hood is worked separately and grafted using Kitchener stitch, then the hood is joined to the neck using three-needle bind-off.

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Hannah’s version of the First Class Hoodie. Photo by Hannah Baker.

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Close-up of the lace ribbing. Photo by Hannah Baker.

The yarn used in this pattern is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (affiliate link). It’s got a smooth feel to it and works up quickly (especially when knit on addi Turbo Rockets). The color of the sample in the issue is Golden Palm, and I picked Hawaiian Ocean for my hoodie—I keep joking that I’m going to look like the Cookie Monster.

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Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino in Hawaiian Ocean. Photo by Hannah Baker.

I’m looking forward to finishing this hoodie hopefully within the month. I may not be able to wear until the fall, so there’s really no rush, but finishing it will bring that gratification we all love when we weave in the last end.

Happy hoodie knitting,


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