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Project: Northern Neuk Sweater

Pattern: East Neuk Hoodie

Yarn: Cascade 220

I finished my Northern Neuk! And just in time, too, because it seems like every day we just get more and more snow and things have remained resoundingly chilly. But my Neuk keeps me cozy and warm, just like a thick guernsey-style sweater should.

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I enjoyed working on this sweater, even though it uses up a pile o’yarn. The yards feel like they go by quickly when working the different charted patterns. Almost everything is worked seamlessly, with just the sleeves having to be fit in afterwards, so I enjoyed learning how to make the front pouch and the hoodie without too much sewing! I also really like the asymmetry at the bottom hem – because bums need to be warm, too. But I think my favorite bit is the beautiful peek-a-boo of patterned stitching on the back that moves into the hood. I like the idea of having a little surprise of unexpected texture on the back, giving it a bit of interest so all the fun isn’t just on the front.

My row gauge was a bit off from the pattern, so I had to make small adjustments to how tall I worked the pouch and the hood. But other than that, I didn’t make any other modifications to the pattern and it came out fitting nicely. Perfect amount of positive ease so you can toss it on over another shirt, but I’m not completely lost in an oversized sweater.

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My only complaint with this project is the shaping of the hood. I don’t like it at all. The top of the hood is no way deep enough to be worn easily, so it sits far back on your head. And the body of the hood just feels oversized and slouchy (I told Andy I feel like a Jedi knight with my robes on because of how the hood falls around my face). The hood fits better when the buttons are done up, but it still just doesn’t feel deep enough to be worn comfortably. I had never made a hood before, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out until the whole thing was finished, but I would recommend increasing the depth if you know what you are doing. As it is, I wasn’t planning on wearing the hood much, so it’s not too much of a disappointment for me.

20 Comments on Northern Neuk

  1. That sweater came out awesome! I love that color, too. It’s a bit of a bummer about the hood-do you have any leftover yarn for a matching hat? 🙂

  2. Looks gorgeous! I was just about sold on knitting the pattern for myself until you mentioned the hood. Do you think there’s some way one can just add to rows of the hood for a less shallow effect, given your exp on the pattern?

    • I think if you spaced out the hood decreases a bit, it would created a deeper hood that would fit better on the head, but it may take some playing around. You may have better luck, too, if you can get your row gauge to more closely match that of the pattern. I still recommend this pattern to knit!

    • Exactly. I’m not a giant fan of wearing hoodies, so it’s not a big loss. And the sweater could be easily modified to just not knit the hood at all.

  3. this is THE BEST!!!! and how great you didn’t finish it in July (when most of my sweaters get finished!!!) Enjoy wearing it…..you look terrific in it!!!

    • Thanks, Steph. I keep looking at my list of “to-knit” and see all these sweaters and think, “When am I going to get to these?! There’s only so much winter.” But lately it feels like winter forever.

    • Thanks, Holly. The hood is a bummer, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I never really wear hoods to begin with. And the rest of the sweater is great.

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