The “Pretty Ways” Cropped Hoodie

I really really wanted to participate again in June, but my first skirt idea using some stashed wild floral fabric fell flat when I didn’t have enough yardage to do what I wanted.  Drats.  So, then I went rummaging through my patterns, and was reminded of this downloadable freebie from YSR (your style rocks.com) that I had come across a while ago when searching for a hoodie pattern. This pattern happens to be a cropped hoodie.  Yes!  Cropped is in!  Once that decision was made, it all came together.  I’d had this pale yellow t-shirt from my grad school days that I tried to tailor, but at that point, I still wasn’t confident with knits…

So, I hit the books and researched knits and elastic fabric, and lo-and-behold my “stretch” needle came back out!  The stash grey stuff is an interlocked knit (a thin drapey double-knit) and the t-shirt is knit jersey.

The Factoidals

Fabric: grey interlock knit (Ribas y Casals), and an ol’ yellow RISD t-shirt
Pattern: Our Own Pretty Ways – Style A (free w/registration on YSR)
Year: contemporary
Notions: snaps, fusible interfacing, some elastic
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: this week
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: about 8 EUR (for the grey knit)

Modifications to the pattern…

I didn’t have a ribbed band for the bottom edge, so I just used t-shirt.  I used 2 colors for the hood grey/yellow.  I omitted the drawstring – my eyelet/grommet maker was malfunctioning and wrecking the fabric I tested so I passed for now.  Instead of hook and eye closures I used snaps.  The sleeves were a bit droopy for me, but I’ll live with it.  I tried applying an elastic band w/contrasting yellow, but it just wasn’t working.  The shape just isn’t meant to be gathered…at least not yet by me. :D

I do feel that knit fabric is way more forgiving than I expected it to be.  I’m really pleased with the results!

Author

adriprints

Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.

14 Comments

  1. Hi Adri. Love the hooded top, looks very comfy and chic at the same time. You’ll have a lot of options, those colors and be mix and match with a lot variations.

    • I’m liking the hooded top as well. I wore it all day yesterday and the knit fabric is nice to wear… I wish I’d snagged more of it.

  2. Very hip! I love the color scheme and the hood option. Great designing!

  3. I love how you put the pattern in the hood … another stealable idea!

  4. I love this so much….a trendier version of a shrug. WANT! Thank you so much for pointing us in the direction of YSR website, hadn’t stumbled across that before – checking it out right now! Love your colour combination here and the print in the hood – cool!

  5. Cool! I’m easing my way into working with knits, so it’s encouraging to see your success.

  6. I really like it, so sporty.

  7. This is fab Adri, well done. I’d totally wear this out jogging, LOVE the lining in the hood.

    • Thank you, Kazz! It’s a really quick project with all the materials already on hand. I will also likely wear it out jogging come fall.

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