“Merino sun hoodies” have been on my radar for a season or two, but the older I get the less able I am to wear wool on my torso. So I went stash-diving and found some Polartec Power Stretch mesh to try it out. (I think I had meant to make Doc a new sun shirt with it? Whoops.)

The LearnMYOG pattern guy is teasing a pattern for it but 1) I’m still mad about his instructions and 2) I already owned the BEAUTIFULLY drafted Jalie Marie-Claude, which I’d made before and had a hood option.

Initial verdict: I like it! It definitely works to keep the sun off the back of your neck and ears, and the crossover hood front even protects your throat. But I kind of wish I’d made the thumbhole cuffs on this version, too, to keep the sun off the backs of your hands. And while this fabric is definitely wicking, I wouldn’t say it’s cooling. I guess I’ll just have to buy more fabric and try out Polartec Delta, which is reportedly magic.


But, ok, we all know the REAL reason I like this: I can put my hood up and ask for a crappucino. It’s even the right color!