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Do you remember the evening before the first day of school each year, when you laid out all your brand new school supplies, and organized and reorganized them, and couldn't wait until you could use the crayons for the first time on the clean white paper? That's how starting a new knitting project is for me every time. I usually stay up late collecting all the supplies and skimming through the instructions to make sure I'm not missing anything so I can start in earnest the next day.

The Apres Surf Hoodie from the new Summer 2008 Interweave Knits caught my eye. I'm going on a trip this summer, and I think this lightweight hoodie would be perfect to take along - to wear that is, not to knit, which means I need to get going on it!

I think Shine Sport will be a good substitute for the Rowan Cashcotton 4ply recommended by the pattern. My gauge is different, so I'll need to recalculate the stitch counts everywhere. I'm just going to work in pattern repeat increments to make it easy. Also, I'm going to convert this to knit it in the round - no seams for me (or very few anyway)!

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie from Interweave Knits Summer 2008
Yarn: Shine Sport Sand (discontinued color from my stash)
Needles: Knit Picks US 1 (2.50mm) 24" nickel plated fixed circular - yes, I am such a loose knitter, that this is the size needle I need to get 5.5 sts/1" in a sport weight yarn - aaargh!

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Comment by Tina on May 29, 2008 at 12:41pm
Hi Reedx005, I have progressed a little bit farther than shown in this blog post. But, it's been nice enough outside lately that I'm spending more time in the garden than knitting. I'll get back to it, though.
Comment by reedx005 on May 29, 2008 at 11:45am
Tina: How is your project coming? I am also making a long hoodie/cover up for this summer.They must be the thing this year! It's my first project with KP's new comfy yarn -- the pattern is the surf hoodie from the Indigo Knits book (in planetarium and pomegranite -- they are lovely colors!). The patterns in the book are intended for denim yarns, which shrink substantially, so I chose the size knowing it won't shrink. It will be great to have a big, oversized top to snuggle in, since most of my clothes are quite fitted. I love the fabric this yarn makes (so does my husband, who has his eye on the hoodie!) I've finished the front & back and am ready for the 3-needle bindoff...
Am curious how you are progressing.
Comment by Domestic Arts on May 17, 2008 at 8:01am
Perhaps we will call you lightning needles and watch the flashes as you knit this project. LOL. It will be just lovely. I feel much the same about new projects. Sometimes I just can't wait and begin the project before the last one or two are done. Getting started just helps whet my desire and often spurs me on to finish the other projects sooner. Sometimes.
Comment by Tina on May 16, 2008 at 7:50am
Hi Teish,
I agree, I think the original suggested yarn is much closer to fingering weight, but maybe knit at 6sts/1" because of the angora halo? It does seem drapier and lighter weight in the photos than mine will be. But, I had Shine Sport in the stash, and my swatch (at 5.5 sts/1") turned out nicely, so I'm going for it!
Comment by Teish on May 15, 2008 at 5:22pm
I was drooling over the pattern when I got my copy! LOL! I thought that it was more of a fingering weight yarn, though, and not sport. I definitely feel your pain about being a loose knitter. I usually have to use a needle 2 to 4 sizes smaller than called for in a pattern. There are some that I've never been able to make because I just can't get a small enough needle! Anyway, I'm anxious to see how it knits up!
Comment by Reversiblefichu on May 15, 2008 at 11:27am
I'm thinking about making that too! Can't wait to see how yours turns out.
Comment by Laura on May 15, 2008 at 10:04am
start in earnest the next day??? How do you manage to wait?

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