This design combines my husband’s love of hoodies and handknits into one practical accessory. I channeled Dan’s casual, sporty style in this piece with a fingering weight non-superwash wool (to minimize stretching out of shape) in squishy garter stitch. Strategically placed short rows form the crown of the hood. The proportions of this design allow the wearer to remove the hood, leaving a loose-fitting cowl that doesn’t pull on the neck. The join-as-you-go technique creates clean edges, and the entire piece is completed without any seaming. The pattern calls for one skein in each of two colors of Leading Men Fiber Arts Broadway. By reversing the main and contrast colors, you can make 2 hoods from just 2 skeins of yarn.
This playful, sporty style is a perfect indoor or outdoor accessory. I bet you didn’t know you needed something like this, but once you try it on, you’ll find your ADULTHOOD comfy enough to wear every day.
In order to maintain shape and reduce stretching, my samples used a non-superwash wool for this project. Testers used a variety of wool and other fibers with great results!
Leading Men Fiber Arts Broadway Base, 100% Non-Superwash Merino, 436 yd (399 m) per 100 g
MC: 283 yd / 259 m required (65 g)
CC: 109 yd / 100 m required (25 g)
23 stitches & 46 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch
Some testers preferred to work at a slightly tighter gauge and made adjustments by adding to stitch counts to achieve desired dimensions.
Overall height: 15.25” (39 cm)
Face opening height: 12” (30 cm)
Bottom circumference: 26” (66 cm) around
Front Band height: 3.25” (8 cm)
Front Band width: 6” (15 cm)
Center Stripe width at top: 3” (7.5 cm)
Center Stripe width at bottom: 4.25” (11 cm)
Size provided fits average adult head (21.5” / 55 cm) circumference, 10” (25.5 cm) head height. Designed to have 2” (5 cm) of space beneath (bearded) chin and top of front band.
Yarn Support: Leading Men Fiber Arts (www.leadingmenfiberarts.com)
Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Test Knitting: Kelly A., Katie B., Morgan F., Rebecca F., Sara G., Pat H., Stephanie H., Nikii M., Emily S., Lauren S., Katherine T., Cera W. and Kristen W.