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.
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.
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.