Crochet | Downtown Hoodie Review

Pattern: Downtown Hoodie
Size: Small
Hook: I 9 (5.50 mm)
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Midnight, Serenade, acrylic and wool blend, 4-5 skeins
Source: Crochet Today! September/October 2011

This is a quick show-and-tell of a crochet project I have been working on for a while. I finally finished it after a year–yes, a year! The hoodie consists mainly of single crochet, so it was a pretty monotonous project that seemed to drag on and on. But I wanted to have the hoodie completed for the fall.

red heart boutique midnight

The yarn I used for the hoodie is Red Heart Boutique Midnight, which is an acrylic and wool blend with some festive sparkles dispersed throughout. I love the color Serenade, which is a blend of magenta and violet. The yarn itself is a bit on the coarse side and could irritate your skin, so you might want to wear a thin, long-sleeved shirt underneath. The other thing I did not like about this yarn is that the coarse texture makes the fabric look “old.”

The instructions were relatively easy to follow. The hoodie starts off with a foundation single crochet and primarily consists of single crochet in the front loop with spike stitching at several intervals. It should be noted that Crochet Today! published some corrections on its website. I don’t know if the corrects are still posted.

Edit 10/29/2015: Crochet Today! has been discontinued. This is such a bummer! I really liked that magazine because it featured some of the most accessible and attractive crochet projects.

I’m glad I finished this project, but I don’t think I will make it again. If I do make it again, I will use a softer yarn.

Here is the finished result:

Tell me what you think! Do you crochet? Do you have a favorite hoodie pattern? Let me know in the comments below!

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    1. Hi, Liz. Unfortunately, Crochet Today! has been discontinued, and I don’t think the hoodie pattern is available anywhere online. You might try looking for the Sept/Oct. 2011 issue on Ebay.

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I just learned today that Crochet Today! magazine folded and is no longer being produced. However, I do believe you can find this pattern on Ravelry. If you do end up making this hoodie, let me know how it goes!

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