I call this knitted hoody Grape Crush, which might be odd since it’s mostly green.  But the purple trim reminds me of Grape Crush so that’s the title.

You can see the progress of this cardigan here and here.

finished
This sweater knitted up fast.  If I’d put all my concentration on it I probably could’ve easily finished it in a week.  As it was, it took about two weeks from swatch to blocking.
worn_side
I learned a few things from this project.  First, I really like Sweater Wizard.  There were only a couple of directions that were a little confusing and all of the numbers came out right.  That was a relief–I was afraid I’d find myself mid-sweater with a mess on my hands because the program’s calculations were off.
worn_front
The second thing I learned was that knitting a sweater in the round rocks!  There was hardly any seaming at all to be done (just the underarms and the top of the hood).
worn_back
The third thing I learned is that I was right about the raglan sleeves being more flattering on me.  If I’m smart, I will only knit raglan sleeve garments for myself in the future.

Besides the yarn, which is yummy, the thing I like best about this sweater are the buttons.  While I was in Oregon in December, I raided my grandmother’s vintage button stash (um, hello, how much fun was that) and found all sorts of cool and kitschy buttons.  The buttons I used are just plastic, but they glimmer and catch the light almost like rhinestones (which would’ve been overkill in a project like this).  So I get some sparkle, but not so much that it’s inappropriate on such a casual garment.
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I will say that the finished piece is a bit more oversized than I had anticipated–but this actually happened during blocking.  I’m not sad about it though because it’s a very comfy sweater.  I kind of wish it had pockets though.

Finally, some success at knitting a sweater.  This one I will wear all winter, I’m sure.

4 Replies to “Grape Crush – Knitted Hoody with Raglan Sleeves”

  1. Antoinette says: August 30, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    You’re so creative, I’m sure you could knit up some pockets and add them on?
    It looks great on you. You look really good in green.

  2. Morgan says: August 30, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Holly, I love this sweater. It’s so beautiful. If you feel the need to knit another, I can send you measurements : )Jim thinks it’s very purty too. He told the cat, twice, that he liked it.

  3. Theresa says: August 31, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Dude!!! How cute is this sweater?!?!?!? It looks great. Nice work. Looks EXPENSIVE. And it also looks totally comfy. I can just imagine wearing it and snuggling on the couch with a pooch in front of the fireplace, reading a book…
    Oh, I’m soooo ready for some cold weather.

  4. Lila says: June 8, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Hi, I really liked the hoodie! 🙂 I actually want to knit myself a sleeveless hoodie with pockets but I’m really new to knitting. Would you mind uploading your sweater design here? I’d be really really grateful!

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