Whenever someone is sick, hurt, upset I show my love by cooking or knitting. When we found out our goddaughter Paige was going to have surgery and it’s going to leave her with a wound on her head and I decided I needed to knit her something (I also cooked her family food so they didn’t have to think about doing anything when they got home). I wanted to make something she could wear to keep away the fall chill butI didn’t want to knit hats because of bandages or an open wound so I decided that only a hoodie would do. After reading lots of pattern notes and reviews I decided on the R & R Hoodie.
Everyone who knits this hoodie for children says it stays up and that’s what I wanted. The added bonus was that this pattern comes in sizing from baby to adult, so if I want to make one for myself later on I can! For the hoodie for Paige I decided on a pretty magenta of the Caron Simply Soft in my stash and a little bit of a warm burnt orange to a pop with the i-cord trim and I used an 11 inch cream colored separating zipper. If I’m knitting for kids there has to be color.
It’s a bottom up construction (never my favorite because I feel like attaching sleeves is awkward) and I wanted to push myself by adding in a zipper. A zipper looks intimidating but it actually isn’t at all. I read Knitted Bliss’s post about her finished R & R Hoodie with adorable bear ears and that lead me to a great tutorial on adding in the zipper from Tanis Fiber Arts. This is one of the many reasons I love the knitting community, we like to share and teach so everyone grows. It’s the absolute best. I feel like I have a village of people helping me get better at my knitting.
I was super happy about the finished project. I mean look at those little pockets! What is she going to put in them? A pacifier? Maybe a little teething biscuit? LOL Either way it’s adorable. I didn’t try the sweater on Paige when I visited over the weekend to see how it fits. I’m hoping it fits with some room to grow (I knit the 6-12 months size) and I’m hoping the zipper makes life a bit easier on her mama and the hood keeps her warm without sticking to her wound. I definitely love the construction of this and how the finished project looks. If you look through all the project pages on Ravelry you’ll see so many different colors and variations on the pockets and contrasting i-cords and zippers. It makes me want to make one for myself…eventually. Right now I’m just plugging along with everything else I want to make this fall.
So have any of you made this hoodie? If so, share your project page in the comments I’d love to see what combination you’ve come up with!