Monday, 19 April 2010

Modification Monday: Heather Hoodie Vest

 Original Pattern: Heathered Hoodie Vest

Knitter Extraordinaire: Diane (Rav Id, Blog)

Mods:  Short-rowed the shoulder and neck shaping, bound of 4 stitches under each underarm and short-rowed cap sleeves; made a much smaller hood by reducing the width by approximately 20 stitches. 
What Makes This Awesome:  Sleeves can be a very problematic area of a sweater for many people, but picking up stitches from the armhole and short rowing sleeves is a great way to customize sleeve fit at the shoulders. Diane's mods to the hood are perfect! She had to rip back the original hood in order to redo it to the perfect size, so the lesson here is that you can definitely customize your hoods- don't be afraid to rip back and re-think what you really need. Diane's final result is inspiring- truly customized fit, and it looks gorgeous. More details on her mods can be found on her project page.

She also made a pair of great fingerless mitts based off of this pattern. The mitts look fantastic with the hoodie! Seems like a wonderful way to use up an extra couple of skeins that might be leftover from a sweater.

5 comments:

Allison said...

The mitts are my favorite part. Though a vest with cap sleeves is pretty awesome, too :) Another excellent find, Julie!

Hilary said...

Oh my gosh, I love this! The mitts are SO COOL.

knitseashore said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have been considering that pattern for fall, and I remember seeing comments somewhere that the hood was too big as the pattern is written.

mildawg said...

Very great mod! I love the matching mitts.

CanarySanctuary said...

I love this mod - the mitts are so cool :)