With the back of my Saturday Morning Hoodie finished, it’s now on to the fronts! It certainly is not too late for any of you to join in, because with a stitch gauge of 2 1/2 stitches to the inch, this hoodie “grows” very quickly. I really like working the back of a sweater (especially a cardigan) first for a few reasons. Usually, they are symmetrically shaped and for a cardigan, you can just work the fronts to correspond the back when it comes to the underarm and side raglan shaping.
A great addition to this hoodie pattern (since it became our Winter KAL) are the detailed instructions for the right front as well as the left. Many times, knitting patterns with a left and right front won’t include full instructions for the second front, but rather tell you to just “reverse” the shaping directions of the first side. Sometimes this isn’t a problem, but this hoodie has the pocket facings (the fronts of the pockets) made simultaneously with the rest of the front, so it can be nice to have them spelled out for you.
The instructions start with the left front, and I thought I would take some pictures along the way to show how that front along with the pocket facing progresses. Sometimes a picture (or two, or three) makes the instructions much easier to comprehend.
OK, so I worked the ribbing for my left front then after a couple rows of stockinette stitch, I placed the side stitches called for on a holder. The ones on the needle are for the pocket facing (which is the outside, or front of the pocket). Then I knit on just those stitches for 9″. (To enlarge any of these photos, simply click on them.)
Then, the facing stitches were placed on another holder, and I did a “switcheroo” by placing those originally held stitches back onto the needle. Then I cast on stitches to this needle that will be the part of the left front – behind the pocket.
The front stitches are knit up for 9″, and then the stitches I had just cast on are bound off. (This creates the back of the pocket.) On the next row the stitches on hold for the pocket facing are joined with the rest of the stitches. This makes a nice, seamless join–and as long as I am careful sewing the inside of front to the facing–it will look great. (I’ll do that a little later.)
Then, after working a few more inches of stockinette stitch, I followed the instructions for the raglan shaping when the front measured the same as the back to the armhole. Of course, I will only shape on the armhole side. The pattern calls for shaping at the neck about 2″ less than the back. I found I still had to do about 3 more decreases at the raglan edge as well before it was all finished. When I had 2 stitches left, I just worked them together and fastened off.
The right side is worked just like the left, only that the pocket facing is on the right side as you can see below. The instructions give all the numbers – so it is much easier! Both of the fronts curled quite a bit, so I again just lightly blocked them with a spray bottle and let them dry.
Later, I will be picking up along the pocket edges and lightly sewing those pockets on the inside. Since this is a raglan, I’m really not able to do any seaming yet as I need to make those raglan sleeves to join the fronts and the back. The sleeves are both the same, so no reverse shaping will be necessary this upcoming week. Forward, knit!