Red Riding Hood, or That Time I Knit a Sweater in One Day

Woodland Hoodlet

Woodland Hoodlet

Woodland Hoodlet

Woodland HoodletWoodland Hoodlet

Woodland Hoodlet

Woodland Hoodlethoodlet: self-made, pattern here // dress: self-made, blogged here // tights: Modcloth // top: Banana Republic

First of all, totally unrelated to anything but holy crap the Doctor Who special was amazing. I was a mess. I kept tearing up the whole time and then toward the end I completely lost it.

Anyway, how cute is this little hoodlet?? It’s not the most practical garment but who cares about practical when there’s giant smooshy cables and bobbles and a huge hood complete with a tassel?? I love. In fact I’ve been lusting over almost every tiny owl knits pattern for a few years now and bought her book as soon as I realized it existed. Twenty-one adorable animal themed whimsy knits? Yes, please!

I had originally planned on doing this in a cream color, or something ashy, but then I was perusing the Ravelry page for it I saw one done in a dark red that was absolutely gorgeous. And then I realized I still had a bajillion skeins of a dark red chunky yarn that I had planned on using for a different project but that would be perfect (whoops, sorry Aidez..). I started knitting around 1pm and finished it at 1:23am. I can’t even begin to explain how much my hands hated me after that. Especially when I woke up bright and early the next day to start working on my Stonecutter. Sorry hands.

I had read on someone’s Ravelry page that they had wet-blocked this and lost all the chunky texture from the cables, so instead I put it on my dress form with a towel stuffed underneath to make it a more bulky shape, and then just sprayed generous amounts of water on it from a spray bottle. I most just wanted the stockinette to smooth out a bit and for the whole thing to lengthen a bit and was hoping gravity would help with that.

Now that I’m looking at the photos again I’m noticing one giant cable on upper row and I have no idea how that happened. I kind of love the mismatched effect but I’m 95% sure that was a mistake. Oh well.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving! I’m going to be curled up in this hoodlet and comfy pajamas and watching movies all weekend with Boyfriend and Stonecutter.

18 thoughts on “Red Riding Hood, or That Time I Knit a Sweater in One Day”

  1. Oh I love it!!!!
    The red maple tree in the background of the original dress post is almost the same as your Red Ridding Hood sweater!
    It is just lovely, your blog has become one of my favorites.

    1. Aww thanks Louisa, that’s so sweet of you :] Also cool, I hadn’t noticed that! Apparently I have a new favorite color hehe

  2. I’ve send your post and the pattern link over to my mom and she’s knitting me one for my birthday in 2 weeks πŸ™‚ I’m the sewist, she’s the knitter… I never managed to get past a stockinette stitch and I can’t handle how slow it goes πŸ™‚ She doesn’t like the careful measuring and cutting of sewing πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve send your post and the pattern link over to my mom and she’s knitting me one for my birthday in 2 weeks πŸ™‚ I’m the sewist, she’s the knitter… I never managed to get past a stockinette stitch and I can’t handle how slow it goes πŸ™‚ She doesn’t like the careful measuring and cutting of sewing πŸ™‚

    And about the Dr Who episode: It was awesome, I actually did a fist pump when I saw Peter Capaldi’s eyes appearing! I so psyched for the Christmas special although I know it’ll turn me into a cry baby. Never thought I would get this attached to Matt Smith. Although David Tennant is still my favourite πŸ™‚

    1. Aww that’s so sweet! It’s such a great quick pattern and so fun to wear πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see you in it!

      Omgosh I’m so excited about Peter Capaldi except kind of sad that Matt’s leaving. :/ But yeah David Tennant ftw. <3

  4. I am so impressed that you knitted this in 12 hours! I started to learn how to knit about a year ago and have just made it to my first go at knitting in the round. I do not think my hands could handle that at all! It’s so incredibly beautiful though!!!! I can’t wait to get to the point of being able to do something like this.

    1. Yeahh it’s probably not the best for my hands haha. I definitely recommend trying out this pattern though! It looks a little complicated but I feel like an advanced beginner would be fine. :]

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