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Home : Patterns : Playdate Hoodie

Free Knitting Pattern: Playdate Hoodie

Lion Brand® Recycled Cotton
Pattern #: 80959AD
Rating: ****4.1 (based on 19 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

6 months (1 year, 18 months, 2 years)
Finished Chest: 18 3/4 (20 3/4, 22 1/2, 24 1/2) in. (47.5 (52.5, 57, 62) cm)
Finished Length: 8 (10, 11, 13) in. (20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) cm)
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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 482-125: Recycled Cotton Yarn: Pebble Beach
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Recycled Cotton
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*Recycled Cotton (Article #482). 74% Recycled Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 2% Other Fiber    ; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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•  482-125 Recycled Cotton Yarn: Pebble Beach
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2 buttons, 3/4 in. (19 mm) diameter

Playdate Hoodie

Lion Brand® Recycled Cotton


20 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). 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.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 46 (51, 57, 62) sts.
Rows 1-6: Knit.
Row 7 (RS): Knit.
Row 8: Purl.
Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 (10, 11, 13) in. (20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) cm) from beg. Bind off.

Cast on 24 (26, 28, 30) sts.
Rows 1-6: Knit.
Row 7 (RS): Knit.
Row 8 (WS): K8, p16 (18, 20, 22).
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 6 (8, 9, 11) in. (15 (20.5, 23, 28) cm) from beg, end with a RS row.
Shape Neck
Next Row (WS): Bind off 6 (6, 8, 8) sts for neck, finish row – 18 (20, 20, 22) sts.
Continue in St st, dec 1 st at neck edge every row 2 (3, 3, 4) times – 16 (17, 17, 18) sts. Work even until piece measures same as Back. Bind off.

Cast on 24 (26, 28, 30) sts.
Rows 1-6: Knit.
Row 7 (RS): Knit.
Row 8 (WS): P16 (18, 20, 22), k8.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 3 (4, 5, 7) in. (7.5 (10, 12.5, 18 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Buttonhole Row (RS): K4, yarn over, k2tog, finish row. Work even until piece measures 5 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2, 10 1/2) in. (14 (19, 21.5, 26.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Rep Buttonhole Row.
Continue in St st until piece measures same as Left Front to neck shaping. Shape neck as for Left Front, reversing shaping. Bind off.

Sew shoulder seams. Place markers 4 (4, 4 1/2, 5) in. (10 (10, 11.5, 12.5) cm) down from shoulder on Front and Back. From RS, pick up and k38 (38, 42, 46) sts between markers. Work in Garter st (k every row) for 2 in. (5 cm).
Dec Row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 36 (36, 40, 44) sts. Continue in Garter st, rep Dec Row every 6th row 4 (4, 6, 8) times more – 28 sts. Work even until piece measures 6 (7, 8, 9) in. (15 (18, 20.5, 23) cm). Bind off.

Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
From RS, pick up and k56 (58, 60, 62) sts evenly spaced around neck edge.
Next Row: K, increase 18 (18, 22, 22) sts evenly spaced across row – 74 (76, 82, 84) sts. Work in Garter st for 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) in. (17.5 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm). Bind off. Fold bound-off edge in half and seam for top of Hood. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.1 (based on 19 reviews)
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Playdate Hoodie Reviewed by LUCILLE E BAUM on 2009-10-12 *****
A wonderful, useful item. Have made two for my grand daughter and people always comment on her cute sweater. I hate seaming, so made the fronts and back in one piece, split for the armholes, and used a 3-needle bind off for the shoulders; then did the sleeves with double pointed needles. Also did a 3-needle bind off for the hood.

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