Armageddon Hoodie


All purpose garment for life during wartime.

My e-mail address: ninjaknit@gmail.com

 

Armageddon Hoodie

 

by Chris Wiitala

 
This oversized, drop shouldered garment has large front cargo pockets and a balaclava-esque hood which can be worn up or as a cowl. Knit in supersoft Karabella Aurora 8, it will take you from lounging on the couch to tailing zombies in the dead of night in no time!

 

Photos by Chris Wiitala, modeled by LT

                                                                                             

SIZE

XS [S, M, L, XL,] (shown in size Large)

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 42[44, 46, 48, 50] inches
Length: 23[24, 25, 26, 27] inches

 

MATERIALS

Karabella Aurora 8 [100% merino wool; 98 yds per 50g skein]; color: 1148 Black;

16[17, 17, 18, 19] skeins

24-inch US #5/3.75mm circular needle

24-inch US #8/5mm circular needle

 

Tapestry needle for sewing up

 

GAUGE

18 stitches/23 rows = 4" in reverse stockinette stitch

 

PATTERN NOTES

The Armageddon Hoodie is worked in reverse stockinette stitch. It has simple reverse-rolled hems on the sleeves and hood, and turned hems at back hem and on front pocket. The front and pocket are knitted as one piece; the pocket is turned up during sewing. The hood can be worn as a cowl, as a hood, or as a full head covering, ninja-style.        

 

 




PATTERN

Front and Pocket (1 continuous piece)

 

Cast on 99 [104, 108, 112, 117] stitches on smaller needles.

 

Rows 1-6 [WS]: Beginning with a knit row, work 6 rows in reverse stockinette for the pocket hem. End with a purl row.

 

Row 7 [WS]: Purl for turning row (this row makes a ridge which will turn the hem.) Switch to larger needles.

 

Row 8 [RS]: purl. This establishes your right side as the purl side.

 

Continue working reverse stockinette for 10 inches, which completes the pocket. End with a knit row.

 

Next Row: Knit (pocket turning row).

 

Next row: knit and continue in reverse stockinette.  (At this point you have switched your purl side and your knit side. This is because of the way the pocket folds up during finishing. See diagram.)

 

Work reverse stockinette for 14[15, 16, 17, 18] inches.

 

Decrease 6 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows.

 

Work an additional 9 inches.

Finished length should be 23[24,25,26,27] inches.

 

Bind off. J

 

Back

 

This piece is identical to the front, minus the pocket.

 

Start by casting on 99[104, 108, 112, 117] stitches on smaller needles.

 

Beginning with a knit row, work 6 rows in stockinette for the hem. End with a purl row.

 

Next row: Purl. This makes your turning row.

 

Next row: Switch to larger needles. Beginning with a purl row, continue on in reverse stockinette to 15[16, 17, 18, 19] inches.

 

Decrease 6 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows.

 

Continue on to 24[25, 26, 27, 28] inches.

 

Bind off.

 

Sleeves

 

All sizes: Cast on 40 stitches on size 8 needles.

 

Beginning with a purl row, work 8 rows in reverse stockinette to form reverse rolled hem.  (This hem will roll to the inside of the garment.)

 

Continue on in reverse stockinette stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end every 6th row to 80 stitches.

 

Sizes XS, S, M: Bind off. (20 inches)

Sizes L, XL: Work an additional 6 rows and bind off. (21 inches)

 

 

 

Ninja Hood

 

The ninja hood is composed of 3 pieces.

 

All Sizes

 

Hood Back: Using larger needles cast on 50 stitches and work in reverse stockinette to 10 inches.

 

Decrease for top: Over the next 18 rows decrease as follows:

 

In reverse stockinette:

ON RIGHT SIDE ROWS, P1, P2Tog, work to last 3 stitches, P2 tog, P1.

ON WRONG SIDE ROWS, K1, K2Tog, work to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1.

 

Decrease to 14 stitches.

Bind off.

 

Hood Front: (2 pieces)

 

Top piece: Cast on 50 stitches.

Work 6 inches in reverse stockinette stitch. A soft rolled hem will form at the beginning of the piece, rolling inward.

 

Decrease for top: Over the next 18 rows decrease as follows:

 

In reverse stockinette:

ON RIGHT SIDE ROWS, P1, P2Tog, work to last 3 stitches, P2 tog, P1.

ON WRONG SIDE ROWS, K1, K2Tog, work to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1.

 

Decrease to 14 stitches.

Bind off.

 

 

Hood Front- Bottom piece

This piece is knit smaller to provide a snug fit when worn over the face ninja-style. See diagram.

Cast on 27 stitches on larger needles. Work 7 inches in reverse stockinette stitch. A soft rolled hem will form on top and bottom edges of the piece, rolling inward.

 

Bind off.

 

 

 

FINISHING

 

Block all pieces lightly. (This yarn is very springy in its natural state, but if you oversteam it will flatten like a sad pancake.)

 

Reverse Stockinette looks great sewn together with invisible ladder stitch. For a tutorial see this lovely article from Knitty Spring 2004.

 

Join shoulder seams, leaving 9 inches at center body open for hood.

 

Turn pocket hem to inside and stitch down.

Turn up pocket and stitch pocket to front along sides.

Mark and sew pocket divisions as desired, stitching through both thicknesses.

 

Sew sleeves into armholes.

Sew sleeve and side seams.

Turn up back hem and stitch down.

 

Hood:

Stitch hood back and top together over crown. On the front top piece, make sure you let the hem roll up on itself, making a soft rolled edge. Tack down the rolled edge in the side seam so it is secure. It will roll inwards.

 

Stitch the bottom of the hood in the same manner. Because the lower piece is narrower it will cinch in the lower part of the hood (see photo.) Make sure the rolled edge is rolling inward and is tacked at the sides.

 

Attach hood to body.

 

Weave in ends.

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