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A Hoodie for the Boy – Hayfield 7256

When my children were little, I knitted them jumpers and cardigans a plenty. The cutest designs that just made me want to hug and cuddle them even more. Certainly I felt a sense of satisfaction, as I kept them warm in something knitted by my own hands.

Then, round about the time they started school, it began to change. It was no longer cool to wear hand knitted clothes. Over the next few years, there was still an underlining desire for me to knit for them, but not to make it obvious. Not in front of friends. Same goes for hand holding. No kissing either. Ruffling hair was acceptable, so long as they could pretend they were just putting up with it.

It’s OK. I knew it would happen.

I got away with knitting hats, mittens and gloves. Somehow, they were acceptable in a way I never quite fathomed. Best not to question. Just go for it.

Then last month, the stars aligned. Maybe a blueish coloured moon was bobbing around too. I don’t know, I was moving too fast to notice. The day had come. I was allowed to knit again. The Boy was after a hoodie and he was happy for me to knit him one. So long as he agreed the design.

Have you seen how fast a knitting mama can move when she is on a mission? Patterns researched and colours agreed. My wool was on order before he finished his sentence.

I wasn’t going to chance a change of mind.

Although, I’m not unrealistic. As any mother of a tween will testify, I’m sure, knitting for this age group comes with risks. They have definite ideas, which may involve a change of mind about handmade. Half way through the manufacturing process.

It’s not always easy being a child of a crafter.

We went for the Hayfield 7256. At first, he liked the idea of the striped version, but eventually settled on the plain jumper in the same colour as one of the jumpers featured on the front cover. I couldn’t find any reviews of this pattern. Not even on Ravelry. I had to trust the photos.

I wanted to get this knit as perfect as I could. I went for the suggested wool, in the blackberry colour he had chosen. It is a dark purple. I even checked my tension before hand, by knitting a sample square.

Knitting details

It knitted up very quickly. Only 3 and a half weeks to complete. I took it away on holiday, which gave me extra click-clickety needle time.

I only have three niggles:

I wish I had added an inch or two in the length. I don’t think this will last him beyond this winter. The Boy is ten. Slender and fairly tall, so I went for the second size – 81/86cm chest (28/30). The fit is comfortable without being baggy.

The hem is loose. It uses the thumb method of casting on. When he first tried it on, I was miffed that it looked too loose, but when he wore it today and was moving around it didn’t seem so bad.

The hood has the opposite issue. It is a bit cocoon like. Next time I may be tempted to make it bigger. Casting on more stitches and knitting extra rows. I may be wrong. Over time, the hood could stretch. We’ll see.

So what does the Boy think? After all, he is the one that counts. Fortunately he is as happy as a sand boy in his new jumper. Being a tween, he was unsure as the jumper grew on my needles. He hinted that it would be a jumper to wear only in the house. I was happy with that. The first time he tried it on, it became a going out jumper, but not with friends.

Today (I’m saying this as a whisper) he suggested that he wouldn’t mind wearing it among friends.

Sharp intake of breath. And hold.

And let it out slowly.

I love the look of this hoodie. I may be biased – ok I am with bucket loads – but it looks even better on the Boy. It doesn’t howl handmade. Helped by the knit two, purl two ribbing on the hem, I think. It’s also a great choice for cycling in the woods.

I’m really happy with it. A little dance of joy. To top it all, another member of the family has put an order in for their own version of the hoodie. Watch this space. It seems, I’m not done yet.


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24 Responses to A Hoodie for the Boy – Hayfield 7256

  • Val says:

    Lovely ..it looks great (and not home made in the negative sense so obvious to a child)
    My Mother was great at knitting and making us clothes that we were very happy to wear …my skills are a bit lacking in these departments but I do admire and applaud your skill and patience!

    • Craft Mother says:

      Thanks Val. In previous generations, making clothes was the norm. It is far rarer now. I’m struggling to think of anyone I rub shoulders with in the playground who makes clothes. Result is that children are far more aware of non-bought outfits. I’m glad I’ve managed to make something that is not too obvious. Also helps that a lot of the big names are producing knit wear that looks handknitted. I need to invest in labels to put in the necks of clothes I make. What to put on them? “Handmade” would give the game away!

      • Val says:

        “Exclusive Originals by C” perhaps or “Bespoke Garments by Ybwaate” (Ybwiaate You better wear it after all that effort”

        or we could go for the sweet and simple “All mine” or “Exclusively mine” …just totally ignore me I’ve either had too much or too little coffee and it’s raining
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        • Craft Mother says:

          Oh my goodness. Those ideas made me chuckle. You are obviously more on the ball in the creative department. I love the Ybwiaate. I should work with that one “Ybwiaate couture” or “Seriously Ybwiaate” or “Absolutely Ybwiaate” 😀

  • Lisa says:

    Oh wow! You are so clever! My mum is great at knitting, but I am dreadful and just don’t have the patience. I love that your son is happy to wear his new hoodie with pride; you’ll probably end up with orders from all of his mates 😉 #MMBC

    • Craft Mother says:

      Thanks Lisa. Definitely need patience to knit, but I find it gives back calmness too. Love your optimism that his friends might ask for a version too. If only!

  • Carol says:

    The hoodie looks wonderful but what makes it so special? He asked for it. Hurrah for you! #MMBC

  • Jules says:

    Oh gorgeous – I really want to start knitting. I can crochet but knitting alludes me!

    • Craft Mother says:

      I was the other way round. I’ve been knitting for years, but I struggled with crocheting. Eventually, I found the right project, and a knowledgeable friend. Now I have no idea why I found it so hard.

  • Kim Carberry says:

    You are so talented. The hoodie looks fantastic.
    My aunt used to knit my brother and I things like this when I was a child. x #MMBC
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  • Jo Roberts says:

    My girl is ten and still loves hand knits so I am still riding that wave. .. for a while anyways. It is a great sweater and a cool design. It is the wide bottom lats keeps it modern. Jo x

  • Jeannie Gray says:

    I get SO excited when the kids ask me to knit for them. The hoodie looks fantastic & doesn’t have that homemade vibe at all. Looks great!

  • I am constantly aghast at your crafting skills. I so wish I could match them. Love the colour and if he is happy to wear it out then you have won – the biggest seal of approval! Not that you need it, you are a star putting me to shame for sure. Thanks for linking again. Hope to see you next week. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Craft Mother says:

      Thank you, Jo. I am blushing. It is such a simple pattern and took me no time to knit, that I’m not sure I deserve such praise….but I’ll take it. (runs before she changes her mind)

  • Julia says:

    No hand holding at school or kisses at the playground, but they love me to knit them stuff. Fingers crossed that doesn’t change. The hoodie is cute.

  • Anna says:

    Yes tweens….it’s so true….I always make sure I get exact instructions from my nearly 11 year old on what she wants. She does luckily still wear quite a few things I have made for her, but not everything or only at home. I can imagine your delight when your son asked you to knit him something – and your rush to get all the materials before he changed his mind 🙂 Lovely work – looks great on him. And he’s wearing it – hurrah!

  • Sharon Parry says:

    Oh my word I so wish that I could produce something as amazing as that! It was a big risk, I imagine, because you never quite know what tweens and teens are going to think but you have really pulled this off. I adore the colour. Thank you so much for sharing with us at #TweensteensBeyond

    • Craft Mother says:

      It is tricky. I’ve got it wrong enough times to know the pain of putting lots of hours in only to have it rejected. Even in the kindest way. I think I’ve won on this jumper.

  • Gosh you really are good, aren’t you! Love that and I can see why The Boy would like it too. Even if it does pain him to say so!! Thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond
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