FO: Aprés Surf Hoodie

What we have here folks, is an absolute winner of a sweater. All around. From the very second I saw this in the Interweave Summer 2008 preview, I knew it had to be mine. If memory serves, the day I bought the mag I took it home and swatched immediately. I had a few skeins in my stash, and just had to by a few more to knit it, so it was almost kind of a stash buster to boot.

Since this sweater is knit on such wee needles, I knew I had to knit on it, and nothing else until it was done. As much as I loved knitting it, I was afraid if I put in done for even a minute in favor of another knit, it might be awhile before I got back to it. So it took about a month from start to finish.

Some Specs:

Pattern: Aprés Surf Hoodie, from Interweave Knits Summer 2008, by Connie Chang Chinchio. I knit the 35.5 sizing. This pattern in great, very clear, and the lace is easy, even for a beginning lace knitter. The lace is “stacked” meaning that every repeat of the lace pattern falls exactly above the previous repeat. It is also what I like to call an “even” lace pattern, meaning that for every decrease there is an increase, and visa versa, so your stitch count is always the same!

Needles: US 3 for the body and sleeves, US 2 for the hood and i-cord cast offs at the sleeves and body hem, US 6 for i-cord cast off on hood. These are the recommended needles sizes, all but the US 6 for the hood i-cord cast off, that was a judgment call by me.

Yarn:7 skeins, Rowan Cashcotton 4ply, in color 910, Chartreuse. This is the yarn used in the pattern, and it is lovely! Although, before I did decide to use it, I checked out Ravelry for options, where there are some being knit in very nice alternative yarns.

Mods: A few, but nothing extremely pattern altering. The biggest change was to knit it in the round, instead of flat knitting.
I’ve had lots of inquires as to how I did it, and well, it’s incredibly easy, nothing to it. All you half to do, basically, is add the front number of stitches together with the back, and cast that on. Then work the back and front in pattern, it’s also helpful to put markers where your side seams would be. Knit all the way up to the armholes, then you’ll have to divide and work the top halves separately from there. (Unless you’re ballsy and want to steek, but that’s for another time.)
The only exception with this sweater, is the deep v of the neck, so you’ll half to start knitting flat a little earlier than the armholes.
You’ll notice that the V of my sweater is not that deep. That would be because someone didn’t read through her pattern all the way, and did not, in fact, see that the V split came before the armhole cast offs, until after the back was completely knit. At that point I was not going back, and it doesn’t make a difference to me either way, if it had bothered me even a tiny, tiny bit, I would have ripped that sucker out and reknit. You know I would have too.

I also knit the sleeves in the round. Easy seaming! The only other thing I did slightly differently, was to us a US 6 to work the i-cord cast off around the hood. There is NO give with this bind off, and I didn’t want it to pull in too much, so I tried out different needle sizes until I found the one I liked. Also, the i-cord cast off directions say to knit 2 together every 5 stitches, which I did do for the sleeves, but for the body hem, I decreased 2 together every 10th stitch, so that it wouldn’t pull in so tight, and it works, and I doesn’t roll up even a bit.

Oh, and to set in the sleeves, I used a crochet hook to work a chain stitch to seam the sleeves to the body. I feel this works great, is nice and sturdy, and if you muck it up and have to rip it out, (like you have to a lot of the time if you’re new to set in sleeves) it zips right off, instead of a mattress or backstitch, which would have to be picked out. This does create a slightly bulkier seam, and if you are working with a dk weight yarn or up, I would suggest seaming with a much lighter, even fingering/sock weight to reduce bulk.
This is my secret weapon for setting in sleeves, they practically ease themselves in!

Final verdict on this is I lurve it, and kind of half wish it was cold enough to wear it frequently (But I can wait for the cold! Really!). My particularly fav thing is the waist shaping, as you can see I have the curves for it, and it just really is the icing on the cake for a sweater I knit for myself. I also love the fabric the cashcotton creates, so very soft, and light too.

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35 Responses to FO: Aprés Surf Hoodie

  1. LizKnits says:

    Just beautiful! Congrats on getting that fabulous thing all knit up so quickly.

  2. Naomi says:

    Looks great on you! You did a fab job! I commend you for your commitment to finishing it before picking up something else!

    BTW – I love my sock club yarn!!! Thanks so much!!

  3. gleek says:

    very nice! looks like a fabulous FO!

  4. Wow it came out great. I love the color too!! Great job!

  5. The sweater looks great! Thanks for all the details…it’s in my queue, and it’s always nice to know what to watch out for. 🙂

  6. Amy M says:

    Lovely! You’ve inspired me to add it to my queue. 🙂

    And I love the idea of using a crochet chain to attach the sleeves!

  7. Celtic Queen says:

    I like the fact that your v neck isn’t as deep. I might do that on purpose. I picked up my yarn for this this weekend. 🙂

  8. anmiryam says:

    Great sweater and great dedication on your part!

  9. regina says:

    Oh, Julia: it’s just perfect. Wowee!

  10. michelle says:

    Very Nice! I’m going to have to try that chain stitch for seaming – it sounds like a great alternative.

  11. LaurieG says:

    You look marvelous!

  12. Manda says:

    It’s lovely… simply perfect! 🙂

  13. Kathy says:

    Stunning on you. And I love the sleeve tip!

  14. Carole says:

    It really looks terrific!

  15. Amy says:

    It is just. Perfecto.

  16. monica says:

    It looks great on you! I like the higher neckline too.

  17. Beth S. says:

    Nice fit! It looks fabulous. 🙂

  18. Jill says:

    Wow — that’s lovely. FYI, just CO my wee wee skeins kit #1. LOVE IT!

  19. melissa says:

    yay! it turned out faboulous! it looks great on you too!

  20. Mintyfresh says:

    It’s perfect! And you’re the cutest thing.

  21. Seanna Lea says:

    It looks terrific on you. I’ll admit I passed it up, because the model looked uber tiny (and I’m not big, probably close to your size) and I sometimes have a really hard time visualizing what something will look like on someone with a bit more curve!

    Now I want one, but I packed up my copy of the magazine!

  22. Judi says:

    Fabulous!!! You did a great job!

  23. sil says:

    Freaking cute! I love that on you, and I agree it’s very wearable. Which is good after all that work you put in! Can’t wait to start mine now.

  24. Debbie in Kirkland, WA says:

    I love it too! You might have inspired me to make it!
    I was put off by the skinny yarn weight. I do socks all the time and am not sure if I could be faithful to one project for that long!

  25. Martha says:

    You did a great job on this sweater, and I love your modifications. One question about knitting it in the round — you didn’t subtract four stitches (two selvedge stitches on each side) when you cast on the body? If not, do you end up with a stockinette side seam rather than the lace continuing all the way round? Also, I am thinking about knitting the sleeves in the round too. Did you do them simultaneously on two circs or did you do them on double points?

    Sorry for all the questions, but you are so talented I want to learn as much as I can!


  26. Laurie says:

    A beautiful FO, and a fine fit. I can’t picture the crochet trick with the set in sleeve, but I will file it away in memory.

  27. roxy says:

    Schweet! You did a fantastic job on it and you look terrific!
    I’m inspired, even though I can’t knit beyond squares and rectangles, and I have 12 WIPs right now LOL


  28. Christine says:

    Very nice! I was wondering how you treated the selvedge stitches that are written in the pattern.

  29. ann says:

    looks fabulous! the color is really flattering and the shaping is spot-on. I am queueing it now….

  30. is just gorgeous! I’ll need to cast on for it now! I love the color, and style. I remember seeing this too, just hadn’t started it.

    But now, you’ve inspired me! Great job! I bet it feels so comfy!

    Ok… I need to chant.. “finish by end of July”…

  31. Belinda Giliberti says:


  32. cheryl says:

    Wow, I love it! It looks great on you!

  33. Manise says:

    Looks awesome on you! Great pattern and mods! Nice job!

  34. claudia says:

    Dude, that looks awesome on you! I need to get my butt in gear on this sweater.

  35. Roo says:

    I love your Surf Hoodie. It looks fab – esp the waist shaping.