Cardinal Joy Hoodie by Betty Christiansen
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Cardinal Joy Hoodie

October 2005
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
900 - 1080 yards (823 - 988 m)

Pattern description from Handknit Holidays: “Nothing brings joy to the holiday season like a child--celebrate yours with this adorable hoodie that declares what the season is all about (in French or English, as you wish). Its generously sized to ensure long wearability and features many fun-to-knit details--hemmed edges, a tasseled ‘tomten’ hood, and a kangaroo pocket with a cardinal motif. A shy winter bird, the cardinal makes its presence known as a bright flash of red against the snow and by its song, a particularly joyful version of which is heard high in the treetops near the end of winter, welcoming spring and the ever-warming sunshine on its feathers. As such, the cardinal captures the true spirit of the solstice--proclaiming its faith in light and warmth even as it abides the winter.”

Finished Measurements: 25 (28.5, 32)“ chest


  • Goddess Yarns Emanuella (100% merino wool; 90 yards / 50 grams): 6 (7, 8) skeins MC; 1 skein each A, B, C, and D
  • Shown in book in the following colors: #1350 copper (MC), #1374 brown (A), #6085 red (B), #0713 gold (C), #50 black (D)


  • One pair straight needles size US 6 (4 mm)
  • One pair straight needles size US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge

Notions: Stitch holders (or waste yarn), yarn needle