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Free Knitting Pattern: Country Classic Hooded Sweatshirt

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: 30037
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X

Finished Chest Measurement 40 (44, 48, 52) inches Length 23, (23, 25, 25)inches

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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This easy-to-knit sweatshirt in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is perfect for a fast and fun project. 

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Country Classic Hooded Sweatshirt

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


8 stitches + 12 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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With smaller needles, cast on 42 (46, 50, 54) sts and work 6 rows Garter st (knit every row). Change to larger needles and St st. Work until piece measures 13 (13, 14, 14)" from beg or desired length to underarm.

Shape Raglan: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Work 2 (0, 0, 0) rows even. Decrease 1 st at each end of every 3rd row 0 (2, 3, 0) times, then every other row 13 (11, 12, 16) times. Bind off remaining 10 (14, 14, 16) sts.


Work same as Back, including raglan shaping. AT SAME TIME, when piece measures 14 (14, 16, 16)" from beg, begin placket. Next WS (purl) Row K center 2 sts. Next WS Row K center 4 sts. Next WS Row K center 6 sts. Next RS Row Work half of sts; attach a separate ball of yarn and work second half of sts. Next WS Row Purl to 4 sts before neck edge, k 4; on other side of Front, k 4, purl to end of row. Keeping Garter trim on 4 neck edge sts on both sides, continue shaping raglan as for Back until piece measures same as Back. Place remaining 5 (7, 7, 8) sts of each side on holders.


With smaller needles, cast on 16 (18, 18, 20) sts and work 6 rows Garter st. Change to larger needles and St st and beg increasing on 2nd (2nd, first, first) RS row. Then increase 1 st at each end of every 4th row 9 (9, 11, 11) times – 36 (38, 42, 44) sts. Work even until piece measures 171½" from beg or desired sleeve length.

Shape Raglan: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Decrease as for Back. Bind off remaining 4 (6, 6, 6) stitches.



Sew Sleeves to sweater body along raglan edges. Sew side and underarm seams.

(Notes Pickup for Hood may be easier worked back and forth on a circular needle. If desired, increase 1 st on each side of center back every 6th row 4 times.). With RS facing and larger needles, pick up and k 50 sts evenly around neck, including sts on holders. Work even in Garter st until Hood measures 14". Bind off and seam top of Hood. Optional Knitted Tie Cast on 30 sts. Knit one row. Bind off. Knot ends. Slip through placket fronts and tie to close.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Country Classic Hooded Sweatshirt Reviewed by Diane Giombetti Clue on 2013-02-28 ****
I used this pattern for my very first sweater knitting project. All in all, it was a great teaching piece: I learned how to increase, decrease, pick up stitches, and seam pieces together. However, as the pattern is written, you end up with a ridiculously huge hood that looks like something more appropriate for a Benedictine monk's habit! I ripped the entire hood out and knit it to only 8 inches instead of the 14 inches the pattern called for. Even at 8 inches it's still ample. And the hood has a Smurf-like point on it. Since I'm only a beginner, I couldn't figure out how to change the hood from round to pointed. That said, the fit was great - I made a Small following the pattern and it fits like a dream. This is a snug fit. Also, as the photo shows, the sweater is a cropped waist - so if you want something longer, just knit more before beginning the decreases for the raglan sleeves. I used Peruvia Thick instead of Lion Brand yarn. I would definitely make this sweater again but would find an experienced knitter to help me fix the hood issues noted above.

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