Fall is my favorite season of the year.
It's the season where we
finally put on our beautiful
knitted garments: scarves, sweaters, mittens, hats. I
tend to be cold easily, especially from the head and
sometimes the weather is not cold enough to put on a
hat but cold enough that I want to keep my head covered
in some way.
I used to love sweaters with a hood
exactly for that reason:
a hood is a great compromise
between a hat and nothing
at all. But as much as
I love hoods, I don't have
an entire wardrobe of hoods.
So I thought, there must
be a way to get the same
practical aspects of a
hood without one, and I
came up with this idea:
a knitted hood, without
the sweater. A simple lace
pattern doesn't fight with
the soft color changes
of the Noro yarn and it's
a quick knit!
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
1 24-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
1 spare circular needle, any length, US #10/6mm or smaller
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
In the pattern, a provisional CO is worked by casting on using waste yarn and working several rows before switching to the working yarn. If desired, another provisional CO method may be used.
yo2: Yarn over twice. (Wrap yarn twice,
from front to back, over right needle). In this pattern, a
yo2 is worked in each pattern
repeat of Round 7 of the
Neck Chart. When working
into the yo2 on the next few rows, work as follows: Insert
needle knitwise into yo2, wrap yarn twice around needle,
draw through yo2 and drop yo2 from left needle. You will
have formed a new yo2.
Using circular needle
and waste yarn, CO 78 sts.
marker and join to begin working
in the round, being careful
not to twist.
K 3 rounds.
Using working yarn,
k 1 round.
Work Rounds 1-30 of
Place last 26 sts
worked on hold on waste
yarn. From this point,
hood is worked back and forth
in rows over remaining
Row 1 [RS]: CO
5 sts, work Row 1 of Right Edge Chart over these
5 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Hood Chart.
Set-up Row 2 [WS]: CO 6 sts,
p these 6 sts (counts as Row
2 of Left Edge Chart), place marker, p to end (counts as
Row 2 of Hood Chart and Right Edge Chart).
Set-up Row 3 [RS]: Work next
row of Right Edge chart to
first marker, slip marker, work next row of Hood Chart to
next marker, slip marker, work next row of Left Edge Chart
over remaining sts.
This row sets pattern for hood.
Continue in pattern until Row 55 of Hood Chart is complete.
You will have just worked Row 7 of Right and Left Edge Charts.
Break yarn, leaving a tail approx. 1yd long. Slip first
31 sts to spare needle. Fold work in half with WS together.
Graft sides of hood together with RS facing.
UPPER NECK EDGE
Place 26 held sts at top of neck section
With RS facing, pick up and
k 1 st in space between edge of hood and beginning of held
sts, k all held sts, pick up and k 1 st in space between
end of held sts and edge of hood. 28 sts.
P 1 row.
Work Rows 1-9 of Upper Neck Edge Chart. 23 sts.
Loosely BO all sts. Fold work
along Row 7 to WS, and sew edge to WS of work, taking care
not to sew too tightly. Sew side edges of edging to CO
edges of right and left hood edging.
Remove waste yarn from CO edge and place resulting
78 live sts on needle. If necessary, redistribute sts so
that beginning of round is positioned between first and last
live sts of CO edge. Join yarn and place marker to indicate
beginning of round.
K 1 round.
Next Round: [K2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk] to end. Next Round: [P3, k7, p3] to
Repeat these 2 rounds six times
more. Loosely BO all sts.
Weave in ends and block, pinning out points of hood edging.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Isabelle is a French speaker from Quebec, Canada. She has been knitting and designing regularly since high school and recently started writing and publishing her own patterns.
She works full time for an international development organization and during her free time you can find her knitting or spending time with her little angel, Marilou, 18 months. She blogs here.