December 1, 2013

From Both of Us — Hito Fever

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 1:52 pm

From Susan
It is has been a Hito frenzy Chez Susan.  I have been knitting Hitofudes for the past 5-6 weeks!  I finished mine about 10 days ago and started one for my daughter immediately – finished it last night.

Half.  50%.  That is how much knitting it took to complete Laura’s in a size XS compared to mine.  It isn’t fair!  I could get twice as much knitting done at half the price if I was half my size!!  :) My Hito took 350 gms and Laura’s took 175 gms.  Yep.  Not fair.

Here is my Hitofude:

I did a lot of extra knitting – added 5 repeats!  I wanted it longer.  When I blocked it, it was ginormous!  So, I had to re-block it and actually put it into the dryer.  Egads!

Here are the two Hitos:

I used Tosh Merino Light for both: mine is Composition Book Grey and Laura’s is Tart.  Two great colors!  Sally has better pictures because she has access to a beautiful model.  I will have Laura try hers on at some point and will add a better photo.

From Sally
Well, it is true that I have a beautiful model, but I don’t think my pictures are any better.  (In fact, I’m pretty sure they are not.)

I also used Tosh Merino Light for my Hitofude.  My color is Tern, which is a more brown gray than Susan’s.  Because I am in between Susan and Laura in size, I used about 2 1/3 skeins.  I made a few small modifications to the pattern.  I wanted additional length, but not additional flare or width on the fronts.  So when I got to the peplum or skirt I did four plain repeats of the pattern (no increases).  Then I did a set of increases over the entire sweater, not just in the front sections as directed by the pattern.  I incorporated that set of increases into the pattern work, which meant one additional eyelet in each subsequent pattern and a ten row repeat (instead of eight rows).  After that, I followed her increases (front only and increased stitches becoming plain stockinette stitches).

My model is beautiful but she was feeling camera shy:

From Susan, In Conclusion
So you can tell we really like this design!  I may even make another, though a break is in order!!


  1. All of them are beautiful and I’m drooling on my keyboard (almost, I did move away).

    Comment by GailR — December 1, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  2. So gorgeous!! My daughters would love those. The design is just beautiful and unique. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Kathy — December 2, 2013 @ 12:40 am

  3. But what I would love to know…. does it actually keep you warm? I’m guessing that this will be a great spring and fall sweater for New England, but much too cold for winter.

    Comment by Alanna — December 2, 2013 @ 10:01 am

  4. Lovely work, ladies. I love being tall and not a weensy little thing, except when it comes to buying yarn and knitting!

    Comment by Susan — December 3, 2013 @ 12:35 am

  5. i love this design too. i’m on the lookout for the perfect yarn. if that yarn turns out to be TML, it just might be tart, although i do love the happiness color (a lovely blue)that is unique to Happy Knits in Portland OR.
    i’m thinking that i would like to have the fronts be longer. do you think i could accomplish this with short rows? i suppose i should just try it out, as i would have nothing to lose. i could always rip it out if it doesn’t work.

    Comment by dana — December 3, 2013 @ 11:55 am

  6. Thank you for posting the lovely photos of the gorgeous sweaters. I bought the pattern after I read your comments on the unique construction but now that I see the actual sweater on a live person, I realize that my rather plump figure will not be flattered by this design. Darn. It really is lovely.

    Comment by Mary Lou — December 6, 2013 @ 8:56 am

  7. Absolutely beautiful – must have taken some time and patience.

    Comment by Gail — December 10, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

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