My Better Half rarely asks me to knit something for him but when he saw this hooded jumper, he had to have it. It is made with “rare earth” (Aussie) brand dye-free alpaca and superfine merino boucle wool. The pattern is from “Tasman Designer Yarns Homegrown Collection”. It took me 8 weeks to knit this up which is a long time considering the simplicity of the pattern. I think my best friend kept distracting me ;-) I decided to knit this in a garter stitch instead of the stocking stitch for several reasons. First, my partner likes his garments loose and large and garter stitch will stretch both length- and width-wise. Second, garter stitch is warmer than stocking stitch. Third, garter stitch provides a more flexible fabric. The only problem was that garter stitch uses more wool than stocking stitch and this garment sucked up the skeins of wool. It took 23 skeins at $8.95 each – you do the math: this is one expensive hoody! The pattern is easy-peasy and would be great for a beginner. The only shaping is at the front collar and a few rows at the top of each sleeve; none at the arms on front and back. The pattern for the hood itself was completely incorrect. I’d never knitted a hood before but I was suspicious from the first reading of the pattern. I made the hood anyway and the pattern for the adult man’s size just barely fit our 11 year old son. In addition, it was the oddest shape and was very obviously incorrect. I had no idea how to make a hood. My computer had just slipped into a coma so I couldn't ask for assistance on MWK so I figured it was time to heed JPaul's advice and just design something by myself. I decided to just pick up stitches all around the neck line and just knit a hood. I like the way this made for an invisible seam at the place where the hood meets the collar line. I joined it at the top with the kitchener stitch for a seamless look. Thanks to vt_shua’s telling me about I-cord, I made a beautiful cord for the hood. I hate to admit that it took me a long time to figure out the one line of directions! But, once understood, I mastered it quickly and was amazed that in no time I had a 150 cm of beautiful cording. I’ve always hated the crocheted chains and am delighted to have I-cords as a future option. The boucle is OK to work with but not my favourite. Someone was remarking on the softness of the knitted piece and I asked her what she thought I was using as yarn. She replied, in all sincerity “poodle hair?” I guess it does have that texture. David told some friends that when he wears it he looks like a teddy bear without the ears. But, it’s lightweight, soft as and very warm. Perfect for our up-coming winter.