Saturday Morning Hoodie Knit-Along, Part 3: The Fronts – Left, Right, Forward and Reverse

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!

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  • Dutchgirl

    Thanks for the clear explanation and photos! Looking forward to continue with my pockets. I'm making this hoodie with fun fur. Needless to say it looks very different from the original, but I just wanted to try this since I have so much fun fur!

  • fireyicevamp

    I completely agree with Dutchgirl: These pictures really help me understand the pattern. This morning I got the pocket facing made for the left front and began the part for behind the pocket; definitely thought I was completely messing up the pattern, but it looks the same so far! Hopefully I'll get a ways during my lunch break and this weekend...Maybe I should sit and wait for my car to get worked so I can knit instead of going on errands...

  • Edna Dippre

    Pictures really do speak a thousand words! Thanks for providing them!
    On another note:
    My yarn just arrived yesterday!!! I'm "a bit" behind... lol. Had a ball here to make swatch while waiting for it. My gauge was 3-1/2 on size 13 with one strand of Jiffy yarn. Tried size 15 but still too small & I am a loose knitter.
    My husband didn't like the loose stitches with the 15s, as he wants it for outdoor use over his clothes, so I made a swatch with 2 strands together on size 13 & it's a perfect 4 x 4 now. He likes it much better that way so it's a win, win... It isn't heavy at all so shouldn't droop. I had ordered enough yarn to make one for both of us so I will have more than enough to do his with 2 strands. I'll just get more later to do mine.
    Not sure why the gauge was so far off since Jiffy is a catagory 5 bulky weight yarn too. Any idea why?

  • Christine

    I agree, the more pictures the better of complex moves! Let's you know yours is not a complete disaster!

  • White5415

    Thanks for the great pictures. Just got my yarn today, wool ease chunky. I had to go to a size 15 needle to get my guage. Do I go up to a 13 needle to do my ribbing, or do I still use 11 needles? Ruby

  • Katluverb

    I'm using Jiffy, too and had the same problem with getting the guage. I ended up with 15 needles and Jiffy plus a strand of worsted. It is working out beautifully - so far.
    I have 2 questions:
    On the back, the decrease for the raglan worked well except that in the part where the decreases were in every row the right side has a column of stitches where the decrease was that are somewhat deformed looking. I think they will be ok as they will be at the seam but I want to know for the future if this is normal or should I have done something differently.
    Secondly, my yarn choice was made as this was the yarn in local stores that I could get enough skeins and could match dye lot numbers. I noticed some sites warn they can't guarantee dye lots will match. Will dye lots be guaranteed when ordering from Lion Brand?

  • Linda Lacy

    The pictures are fantastic and I can't wait til I get caught up!
    I got started a bit late, but, am now halfway through the back. Unfortunatly I could not find any Woolease Chunky in my local stores so I decided to go with the Homespun and since this is my first time using it I have a question. The gage worked perfectly for me on the 13s but, the ribbing seems a bit too stretchy and loose. I'm not going to do a tearout on this piece but wonder if there is something different I can do on the fronts., Thanks for any feedback :)

  • Mabel

    I love this!! I've never done a knit along before, but find the comments and the moderator's comments invaluable! The pictures are wonderful!! I would like to know where you got your blocking board as I just use my ironing board and that's a bit difficult! I am woarking on both fronts at the same time....it's a little tricky but I am almost to the raglan decreases and it is working very well. Am looking forward to the next segment of coments....:-)

  • Mabel

    I love this!! I've never done a knit along before, but find the comments and the moderator's comments invaluable! The pictures are wonderful!! I would like to know where you got your blocking board as I just use my ironing board and that's a bit difficult! I am woarking on both fronts at the same time....it's a little tricky but I am almost to the raglan decreases and it is working very well. Am looking forward to the next segment of coments....:-)

  • gordie

    Hi Heather,
    I've gotten a late start, and am working on the back. I'm a little confused about the directions for decreasing for the Raglan shaping.....when you say decrease 1 stitch every row 6 times and every other row 13 times.....does this mean the right side is decreased 6 times and the wrong side decreased 13 times???? Thank you for your help and for this great pattern.

  • Note4helen

    This is my first knit along and it is great. The pictures are a real help and I'm now working the sleeves. I like to do them at the same time just to get my measurements even. I'm working with the baby yarn and I love the effect.

  • Thejohnsonclan

    I'm done!!! It only took me 7 days! Wow - this chunky yarn works up quick. I am usually a loose knitter so I was surprised that my gauge was spot-on. It blocked to the exact sizes on the pattern. I surprised my husband with it and it came out really cozy & nice. I wish I'd made it a bit longer (he is tall) but it's okay.

    As I said, my gauge and finished size came out exact. I made the 2nd men's size which called for 9 skeins but IT ONLY TOOK ME 6 SKEINS! I had to order online to get the yarn. When I finished the sweater, I was going to return the extra but it was going to cost me $6 to mail $13 worth of yarn. I think I'll get a 2nd color and make a striped one for my 14-year old son who wants one.

    For Gordie's question -- "decrease each row" would mean on the knit row and then also on the purl row. For "every other row", I did all of the decreases on every right side row. This worked out well.

    There was one mistake in the pattern where you do a decrease or something and then it says "purl to end" but it was actually a knit row. Follow your gut and knit instead - stay in stockinette! :-)

    One other thing - I think the moderator was saying this but I'm not sure. I knit the pocket facings then cast on the stitches and knit the front. Then, I used kindof a "3 needle technique" to join the facing to the front with knit instead of having to go back later & sew it to the wrong side. It came out really smoothly. Also, when picking up stitches for around the entire edge (at the very end), I just picked up stitches through both the front and the facing instead of sewing the facing down and then picking up stitches.

    Happy knitting!
    Sue

  • Carriebutler

    I have finished the left front side of the sweater and now I am working on the right side. I am so glad the directions were provided in the reverse, this is my first sweater and I would have been totally lost. I do have a question on working on the front right side. I am at the Raglan and Neck Shaping. The first line says "Next Row (WS): Bind off 5 stitches for raglan edge, k to end of row. Are you supposed to bind off 5 stitches and purl to the end of the row? I wanted to check before I go on.

  • Madeline

    This photo's were so helpful when I got to the pockets! I'm still catching up myself, working on the second front piece at the moment. I'm using two strands of worsted weight wool for mine, and the gauge matched up perfectly! I'm so excited to finish this, I'm definitely going to be doing more knit alongs in the future, it's so nice to be able to read others comments and concerns.

  • Kathy2200

    I am working on the back & starting to decrease. What method are we supposed to use? I started with 2tog on each end , then went to the slip stitch method. I can..'t get the two armholes to look alike. Need some help here.

  • IMLilie

    Finally got my yarn in last thursday -- I have finished the back and am working on the lft front. The pictures here are very helpful!!

  • Cpenrosa

    I also am behind, not having much time for my knitting and not getting supplies right away. I too, am usually a loose knitter and had to go up to size 15 needles to get the gauge with the Jiffy yarn. The pictures are wonderful. I am not that far yet but will be soon!

  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2011/02/17/saturday-morning-hoodie-knit-along-part-4-the-nature-of-raglan/ Saturday Morning Hoodie Knit-Along, Part 4: The Nature of a Raglan | Lion Brand Notebook

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  • Jessica

    Hi All!
    I started late as well. But this pattern is so easy. I now have my back, fronts and sleeves done. I fell behind on blocking so I still need to block a sleeve. Can't wait to get to the sewing part. I did use a knit 1 at the beginning and end of each raglan. I am hoping my seams will look as good as yours.

    Thanks for the hints.

  • Jessica

    Hi All!
    I started late as well. But this pattern is so easy. I now have my back, fronts and sleeves done. I fell behind on blocking so I still need to block a sleeve. Can't wait to get to the sewing part. I did use a knit 1 at the beginning and end of each raglan. I am hoping my seams will look as good as yours.

    Thanks for the hints.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VIOXBX7YNBSZJVYVXDY7E6ETSA Patricia

    About 3 weeks ago I discovered the Saturday Morning Hoodie pattern and decided to make it in man's size L for my adult son's birthday. I ordered the Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky in the Walnut and it is knitting up very quickly. Then today, while googling the pattern name I discovered this KAL!! How wonderful. I have completed the back and half of the first front piece. This is the first time I have done pockets so it was a challenge but after looking at your photos, I am pleased to see I did it correctly. I did not know about the updated pattern so am happy to have that. When we get to the finishing, I am hoping there will be some ideas about various ways one might do the hood (So it is not too oversized) and other options for buttons besides the loops. Seeing various photos of the completed sweater on various internet sights makes me know too enthralled with the loops.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VIOXBX7YNBSZJVYVXDY7E6ETSA Patricia

    I downloaded the updated pattern, but I see they also made some changes to the numbers of the back raglan shaping. So I guess I should go with the old numbers since my back is finished already.

  • Doris

    I was waiting for my yarn to be delivered and due to the big blizzard it just came in late last week. Over the weekend I completed the back and am now on the left front - and I totally agree - the pictures will be a great help. I have never made a sweater for an adult so this is a first for me. I can't wait to get the left side done so I can see how the pocket worked. I am really enjoying this knit along.

  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2011/02/24/saturday-morning-hoodie-knit-along-part-5-now-the-hoodie-has-a-hood/ Saturday Morning Hoodie Knit-Along, Part 5: Now the Hoodie has a Hood! | Lion Brand Notebook

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  • Koutnik Susan

    This is the first time I have used "tweed stripe" and I really want the two fronts to have matched striping. Same with the sleeves when I get to that point. I am going to 'attempt' to do both fronts at the same time starting with fresh skeins for each front. I am hoping this will help the yarn's 'self-striping' to match up. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

  • Edna Dippre

    Somehow I missed Part 4 last week. I looked for it on my Lion Brand newsletter where I usually find it but it wasn't there. So I just got Part 5 today. My sleeves are almost done so I hope I'm not too far behind!
    Had to stop working on it for 4 days due to tendonitis on my left hand & wrist! Part of why I usually crochet now rather than knit. But it's almost done! On to find Part 4 now.

  • Eli Lashley

    I've knitted the 2 fronts at the same time and also the sleeves at the same time to combat the problem of measuring. On the "Hoodie" I've decided to make button holes for a more finished look. If you do decide to knit a sweater from the bottom up, in one piece, it's wise to decrease the stitches by one at the front sides and 1 stitch each side of the back or the sleeves might not fit in to the armhole. (no side seam). I've enjoyed this project and hope to do more with everyones help.
    Eli