Chatty Cardigan

Do you like interesting construction techniques? Love grafting garter stitch? Need practice picking up provisional cast ons?

Then Snug Too is for you!

This pattern has an interesting construction; the body is knit sideways, with the front, hood and sleeves picked up and knitted later. Knitted in ten ply it’s easy to see what you’re doing and why, making this the perfect pattern to practice a number of skills.

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I love the finished product and it was ridiculously quick to knit.

My only dislike of my version of this hoodie is the finishing – which is annoying, as it was not two weeks ago that I vowed to be better at it. Unfortunately:

  1. the thick 10ply ends look terrible woven in. They’re fine on the right side, but are prominent worms on the wrong side. Which is unfortunate as the wrong side of the hood is also a right side. Next time I will follow Ysolda’s tips for sewing in ends.
  2. the hem at the bottom isn’t very even. I thought blocking would fix this, but then when I went to block, the garter stitch stretched an alarming amount. I didn’t want to be stern with the hem and make it any larger than it already was.

Not that any of this really matters – the intended recipient (the adorable Devon, son of Selina) will only care that it is toasty and warm, as he is not yet two.

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I dubbed the pattern ‘Chatty Hoodie‘ because I had so many conversations with strangers about knitting while making it.

  • On the train from Warrnambool to Melbourne I discussed knitting with two ladies from the Darwin. They remarked they couldn’t remember the last time they saw someone knit, because nobody – seriously nobody – knits in the Northern Territory. It’s too hot, all of the time.
  • As it was the first thing my new flatmate has seen me knit, there were the inevitable questions – especially around blocking. Blocking seems weird to pretty much every non-knitter, but, as a hairdresser, he seemed to understand the interaction of fibres and water.
  • Lastly, I had a very long and in-depth conversation with lovely lad on a tram. Having given up cigarettes and booze, he now wanted something to do with his hands in social situations – he was tossing up between knitting and whittling. I hoped I convinced him knitting was a lot more practical, due to it’s lack of knives and woodchips. He asked me to slow down so he could see how stitches were made – so I did, only to be asked in a very small voice if perhaps I could slow down just a little bit more?

I sure hope all the name doesn’t rub off on the baby – but knowing his parents, I bet Devon turns into a little chatterbox!

2 thoughts on “Chatty Cardigan

  1. Hinke says:

    Hi Kate, so nice to read your blog post on the Snug jacket, glad you liked knitting it! And, one of the Snug being in New Zealand is extra special to me – the design was made for my (Dutch) sisters’ daughter when she was born there. Best, Hinke

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