I’m a sucker for hoods. If it has a hood, there’s a very good chance I’ll like it. So for my most recent knitting project, which took me quite a while, I made a Knit Hooded Scarf. I love it.
When I thought of the idea, I looked at quite a few different patterns already available at ravelry.com, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for. So I made my own.
Now I should tell you, this is the first pattern I have come up with on my own, and I kinda made it up as I went along, but I’m thrilled with the results.
Knit Hooded Scarf
I started with a medium #4 yarn from Lion Brand Yarns (a lovely “Great Smoky Mountains”) and my good ol’ #10 needles. It took me close to 700 yards of yarn.
Cast on 35 stitches. I like wide scarves.
Garter stitch until the scarf is 35”-40” long.
Here’s the fun part. Choose your “right side” and “wrong side”.
RS: K34, M1, K1
WS: K1, M1, K to the end.
Continue this pattern of knit to 2nd to last stitch, make one, knit one on the right side; and knit one, make one, knit until the end on the wrong side pattern until you have gone from 35 stitches wide to 55 stitches wide. Make sure you keep adding your new stitches to the same edge. This makes a nice back to the hood.
Once you have 55 stitches, Garter stitch until it is about 20 inches long (from start of the full 55 stitches).
At this point you need to start decreasing stitches, one row at a time. Again, try to keep your decreases at the back of the hood (the same edge you increased on), to keep the back symmetrical. There are a couple different ways to decrease stitches, as shown here.
Once you are back down to 35 stitches, Garter stitch until this side of the scarf is 35”-40” long (however long you made the first side).
Once this is complete, cast off and weave in your ends. With a darning needle, sew up the back of the hood using a Mattress Stitch. Here’s a great video how to. Fold the scarf in half and start the Mattress Stitch at the top point of the back of the hood. Continue the stitch down to where your scarf is 35 stitches and tie off. Don’t forget to weave in your ends!
Like I said, I love hoods and I am so happy how this one came out! Hope you enjoy it too! If you have any questions, or suggestions how to write the pattern more clear, please comment below!