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Free Hooded Scarf Knitting Pattern

Posted by on February 17, 2014

Inside: Whether you’re new to knitting or a pro, this free hooded scarf knitting pattern is for you!

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 came up with this hooded scarf knitting pattern. I love it.


Hooded Scarf Knitting Pattern ~ Free! - IdlewildAlaska

When I thought of the idea, I looked at quite a few different hooded scarf knitting patterns already available at, 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.

Free Hooded Scarf Knitting Pattern - IdlewildAlaska

Hooded Scarf Knitting Pattern

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).




Almost done!

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!



Hooded Scarf by IdlewildAlaska

Here’s a close up of the hood, once stitched together.

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 hooded scarf knitting pattern more clear, please comment below!

How to Knit A Hooded Scarf - IdlewildAlaska

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67 Responses to Free Hooded Scarf Knitting Pattern

  1. Beth

    I know exactly what you mean by the existing patterns not being quite what you wanted. Yours looks perfect!! I will knit it. Maybe even cast on today 🙂

  2. Mademoiselle Catherine

    I absolutely love this hooded scarf!
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Linda M.

    I love this! I am going to find some red yarn and try it out! I might do a grey one like yours for my oldest (RPing) son also!

  4. Laura

    Wonderful work! This scarf screams, well, you.
    So does this mean I get to start putting in requests since you’re knitting now? Just kidding….you have enough on your plate!


  5. Cindy

    I have looked and looked for an over-sized scarf! Congratulations on your confidence to do this. Who knows what you can accomplish in the future

  6. S N

    I just finished making this (I think) but something’s not right. The hood is way too big and flimsy and the whole thing looks more like a hijab when worn. I used Red Heart Super Saver on size 11 needles, as it was meant to be a “prototype” for the one I want to make for a friend of mine.

    I had trouble figuring out where to seam – maybe I didn’t do it right? Do you think you could post another picture or some kind of visual (drawing is fine too) of where to seam the hood?

    I love the way your hooded scarf looks in the images. You used Lion Brand Cotton Print, correct? The entire thing is 100% cotton? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • S N

      Oops, that’s size 10 needles I used, not 11.*

    • Idlewildak

      I’ve come to realize I’m a pretty tight knitter, so if you’re a loose knitter, that may have something to do with it. I’ll get you a close up of the seam asap. I’m not sure if it’s 100% cotton or not, I don’t think so. I think there’s an acrylic blend in there. I mainly remember looking at the yarn and thinking, “Oh good, I can wash this!” I’m wondering if some good ol’ starch would help?

    • Idlewildak

      Hi SN, Sorry it took me so long to get you a pic! I’m hoping the close up hood pic I added helps. I added a bit to the explanation of stitching it up too. Happy Knitting!

  7. Kristina & Millie

    Great hood 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  8. Becky @ My Paper Craze

    Wow, I’m a sucker for hoods, too! Great videos, I sure wish I knew how to knit, lol! Hope to see you again at Creative Spark Link party!

    Becky @ My Paper Craze

  9. Nadine

    I’m wondering what the measurements are? More precisely, the depth and height of the hood. I would like to knit something like this for the coming winter – but I have a lot of hair in dreadlocks, I need to accomodate. Thanks in advance!

    • Idlewildak

      The hood is about 15 inches deep at the deepest point and from the beginning of adding stitches to the top is about 15 inches. Would love to see your finished product!

  10. Michelle

    i love your hoodie! i can follow your instructions just fine. what would be helpful is your knitting gauge.

    i love, love, love lion brand’s heartland yarn! but, being a loose knitter i use a size 7 needle with that yarn. so for me, 35-55 stitches would not end up the same dimensions as yours and not fit properly.

    with your gauge information, i can then, *gasp* do the math and get the right size. thank you so much for sharing! =D

    • Idlewildak

      I’ll admit this was “pre-gauge” knowledge. I’m a pretty tight knitter. I was using #10 (I think) needles. The finished scarf is about 8″ wide and the good at it’s widest point is about 15″. Hope that helps!

  11. Tanya

    I would love to make this more like a wrap. How would you widen it?

    Also, does it look like a scarf if you don’t pull the hood up?

    • Idlewildak

      Do you mean a wrap with a hood? Id just tack on however many stitches it takes to get it as wide as you want along the scarf part. Not sure if that makes sense. I’m still rather knew at knitting 🙂

      It does pretty much look like a scarf with the hood down, other than the extra bulk in the back.

      Would love to see a pic when you’re done!

  12. Karyn

    I have the one side of the scarf done but my brain is not comprehending the next step.
    Cast on 35 stitches. I like wide scarves. – DONE
    Garter stitch until the scarf is 35”-40” long.- DONE

    Here’s the fun part. – the part I can’t get I guess 🙁
    Choose your “right side” and “wrong side”.
    RS: K34, M1, K1
    WS: K1, M1, K to the end.
    Continue this knit until there is only one stitch left, 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 side. This makes a nice back to the hood.

    HUH?? Please someone help..

    • Idlewildak

      This basically keeps the front of the hood a straight line, while adding stitches to the back to create the rounded hood (This is the part that you’ll seam up the back.) After having been knitting for a while, I see how this explanation can be confusing. Sorry, this was my first pattern 🙂 The “Continue this knit until…” is basically trying to explain the two lines above it. Just keep repeating the “RS: K34, M1, K1, WS: K1, M1, K to the end,” but the “K34” will keep growing, becoming “K37, M1, K1, etc.” continually adding a stitch before the last existing stitch when on the right side, and adding a stitch after K1 on the wrong side. I hope this makes a bit more sense… Please feel free to let me know if not! I’d love to see a pic when you’re done 🙂

  13. Erica

    Could you go more into depth about how to decrease stitches evenly? This pattern is beautiful!

    • Idlewildak

      The easiest way to decrease is to knit two stitches together. It’s best to have one regular knitted stitch at the beginning (or end, depending on if you’re on the right side or wrong side) of each row, then knit two together. Hope that helps.

    • Idlewildak

      You’re not really decreasing evenly through the row. You want all your decreases at the “back” of the hood, which will keep the front of the hood and scarf in a straight line.

  14. drakethesnake

    I really like your hood-scarf design. It reminds me of a medieval monks hood and will put it in my Ravelry library for future knitting.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  15. denise

    hi there i’m new to knitting, and this is something i’m desperate to make! what does the “M1” mean ?

    thank you
    denise 🙂

    • IdlewildAlaska

      M1 means “make 1”, as in make one stitch. One of the videos above teaches how to do that. It’s the same video I learned it from. Would love to see a pic when you’re done!

  16. Ash

    I’d love to make this. Any chance you have some writtin instructions for this scarf that I can print out and follow?

  17. Dana

    I’m going to knit this for my mom-in-law. She has dementia and is bother by regular hats, but is always cold. Hopefully, this is a good solution.

  18. Alysse

    So I am a pretty new knitter. Would you recommend this for beginners? I’m still learning all the abbreviations and everything….but with fall and winter coming up I would absolutely LOVE to make this!! Also, about how long do you think it took to make it? Obviously you probably didn’t do this all at once (unless you did, in which case I admire you for your tenacity), but how long would you say in terms of hours?

  19. Janet

    Hi, my son in law wanted me to make him your hooded scarf and I am a machine knitter…thank you for this great pattern that I adapted for my knitting machine except I added a decorative border so it wouldn’t roll so much as it must be done in stockinette stitch on the machine. …it is coming out GREAT…

  20. PunkKnitter

    I LOVE this hood! But I noticed your link was for circular needles… 🙁 Would this design work on straight needles?

    • IdlewildAlaska

      It would. I used circular needles, but used them like straight needles (I didn’t connect them.) I used circular because there were so many stitches.

  21. susan

    I’m up to the part where I’m suppose to start increasing, I just want to make sure I’m understanding it correctly. Am I suppose to increase every row on both the wrong side and right side? Or every other row? Also the same with the decreasing is it every row or every other row?

    • IdlewildAlaska

      Increase every row, both wrong and right side, but only along one edge. That way the front edge of the hood is straight, like the bottom pic.

  22. Alysse Munoz

    With the right side/wrong side, how do you choose which side is that? Then, are the instructions alternating? How to you knit on one side versus the other? Sorry, pretty new knitter here. Do you recommend any videos?

  23. Elizabeth Anne D.

    I started doing this with size 8 needles. Will that be a problem or should I start over?
    Thanks a lot for posting this! I can’t wait to finish this so I can wear to school.

  24. Rhonda

    You made your own pattern? How wonderful! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it.

  25. Connie

    Love this! As a loom knitter, I will convert this needle pattern for the loom. It would be great to have something like this during our cold Colorado winters.

  26. Vanita

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I have been looking for one just like this for my oldest daughter. It is a beautiful creation. Like you I am a tight knitter and will certainly remember your comments about the needle size.

  27. Kathy T.

    Hi, In you pattern instructions, during the increasing part, before M1 , do I knit until 2 stitches remain on my needle or 1? Thanks.

  28. Rachel Blessum

    Hi there! I really want to make this out of Homespun Yarn (5 weight). Any recommendations on changing the number of stitches or simply the needle size?

    • IdlewildAlaska

      I would say go with your gut. This is a very easy pattern to switch up. Just knit until you’re happy with the width (keep count!) and go from there!

      • Rachel Blessum

        Wow, that was fast! Sounds good, I’ll give it a shot 🙂

  29. Kat

    Love this pattern, just made one for a friend, but added a fringe. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pattern. This did, however, take me a veeeeery long time to make, but the end results are amazing. Lovely pattern ❤

  30. Edna

    Thanks, I am going to do this in a larger size for one of my friends as a hooded wrap! I love this pattern as well, I may make two!

  31. Kris Dill

    I’m new to knitting and found this pattern. I’m hoping you have instructions on how to do this maybe on circular needles as well? I’m super excited to learn how to make this. I sure hope I can do it!

  32. Kris Dill

    I have another question…when I decrease the stitches, doi decrease opposite the increas? Does that make sense. Flipping ws and rs?

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