We are having a Machine-Knit-A-Long (MKAL) on Ravelry for this one.
I made one of these in Cleckheaton 4ply Natural Cotton last year, with one of the punchcards that came with my machine.
This year I decided to use a punchcard that more closely resembled the original (Apres Surf Hoodie) in some of the Bendigo Classic 5ply I bought last year at the Craft and Quilt show in Sydney.
The swatch turned out rather well on my SK280 using LC2 T8:
The 5ply went through quite well, and I did have to take care to keep it evenly weighted so I it did all the transfers without dropping them. I dropped about 6 stitches over the whole garment. A lot less by the time I finished (none on the hood for instance).
Changes I made:
I don't like the hem, it rolls up and annoys me, so I made a hung hem. On the lace carriage. EON T -2MT, 1row with ravel cord. hang the long weights with hooks on the ends - bring all needles into working position, knit 19 rows MT, 1R +1MT, 20R MT then I slipped the ravel cord stitches onto a thin circ needle and hung the hem. I know some clever people can just hang from the ravel cord, but not me!
|Here is the hood getting itself knitted, I've hooked the sleeves onto the gate pegs to show them.|
I decided not to so the last couple of rows on the hoodie. I just added a couple extra rows. I won't be wearing the hoodie in public. The lace carriage hold position was OK for the shoulders, so it wasn't for "it's too hard" much more "I'll never wear it".
I had to put my machine away (bathroom reno was happening) so I did the i-cord bind off on the neckband by hand on 3.25mms. I'd do it by machine otherwise.
Things I'd do differently.
Now I understand how the lace cards work - having punched a whole lot on new ones to choose from, I'd make sure I centred the actual pattern a little better. I could easily have moved it around to the centre o | o bit of the pattern was in the middle. If I use this one again I could either offset it so it does or punch another one. I bit obvious, but now I know!
Also I deliberately made this one an "oversize" size, so I can wear it over things around the house. It is nice and long and is very warm. I will definitely make another something, something, just as soon as I clear the decks with the 8ply projects I have lined up first.