Jacqueline van Dillen shares her design inspiration and offers tips for knitting her hit hoodie.
With its lacy cable panels and luxuriously textured yoke and hood, it’s no wonder that Jacqueline van Dillen’s #24 Hooded Raglan Pullover from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2014 became an instant favorite. Below, van Dillen tells us how she dreamed up her design and lends our readers some of her pro knitting tips.
- “I wanted to make a sweater that was comfortable, feminine and cozy, inspired by the college hoodies my kids wear. The center lace panel ensures that the sweater looks less bumbling and bulky [than a traditional hoodie]. The [purl I-cord] drawstring is easy to make and looks much better than just a crochet chain.”
- To rejoin the kangaroo pocket with the pocket lining, instead of sewing, “knitting together 1 stitch of the body with 1 stitch of the pocket [across the row] makes it easier because the pocket is already lined up.”
- To ensure that your sweater looks as polished the one pictured in the magazine, “use the same yarn as recommended in the pattern. [When you] block the pieces to measurements, have the sweater dry under a damp cloth. This allows for better flow of the fabric.”