For this months Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a stash of Baby Cashmere Merino Silk Yarn 4 ply by Sublime.  I adore this yarn it is so soft, light and easy to work with.  The strands didn't split at all during the project and the stitches are beautifully defined.  75% extra fine merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere...and still machine washable.  Even the colour names inspire creativity.  This gorgeous blue is called 'Buttons'.

The Crochet Pattern I am using is this cuter than cute boys hoodie (complete with hood tassel) by DMC.  It isn't a beginner pattern, but once I had got the hang of the repetitive stitch it wasn't too difficult to follow.

Stitch Markers are really important for this pattern and you will also need three Wooden Toggle Buttons.  The hoodie I am making for Sprout is age 2-3 and requires 6 balls of yarn. The pattern provides the charts for sizes 6 months up to 5 years.

The pattern starts by making the back and front sections and then the sleeves.  I could already visualise Sprouts podgy little wrists poking out of the ends of these as I made them.

The hood is crocheted directly onto the back and sides.  This was the point in the project when I could start seeing it take shape and knew it was going to fit together.  Which is always a concern when crocheting clothing, the gauge is so important.

The yarn drapes beautifully and required very little blocking.  It was finally time to sew it all together and attach the gorgeous little tassel to the hood.  

Sprout was so happy that the hoodie was for him, as a third child he gets a lot of hand me downs!

Sprout can't stand still for 5 seconds which makes taking photos of him difficult.  Luckily for me a sneaky go on his sisters bike was enough of an incentive to sit still....

...but he couldn't resist a quick puddle jump!

The little pockets will be perfect for treasuring away exciting finds on our walks, now the weather is getting better.