Hooded scarves are a brilliant idea.
Unfortunately, they don’t always turn out well.
They’re brilliant because they cover more than the top of your head on cold, windy days.
And they can look good, too.
Some people even try to attach mittens to their head. I don’t recommend it.
According to my research, the most prevalent misconception is that a hat with three-foot earflaps is attractive.
But even if you are adorable in this kind of getup, it doesn’t count as a hooded scarf.
That’s why I was so delighted when I found this design.
Basically, I passed the Goldilocks “just right” judgment and started casting on.
But then I showed it to my family.
And three of them asked for one for Christmas.
I was delighted to make them, of course—but I couldn’t make them all the same. To spice things up, I designed two variations on the pattern. Here’s the first:
Curving Lattice Hooded Scarf
Materials: Worsted-weight yarn (about 500 yards/450 m), size 10 ½ (6.5mm) needles
CO 106 sts.
Knit one row (WS).
Begin working Curving Lattice lace pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K1, *K2, sl1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: Purl across.
Row 3: K1, *yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 5: K1, *k1, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo, k4, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 7: K1, *yo, k1, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, k2, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 9: K1, *k3, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 11: K1, *k4, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 12: Purl across.
Repeat rows 1-12 for a total of 48 rows.
Next row (RS): Work row 1 over the first 41 sts (first tail), bind off the next 24 sts, then work row 1 over the last 41 sts (second tail).
You can choose to work both tails of the scarf simultaneously with separate balls of yarn, or knit them one at a time (I finished the second tail first, then went back to the first tail).
Next row (WS): Purl to 2 sts before end of second tail, p2tog tbl.
For the first tail: p2tog, purl to end.
Next row (RS): Continue in lace pattern (bearing in mind that you won’t be able to knit complete rows on the edges that are decreasing).
Repeat these 2 rows until 28 sts remain for each tail.
Continue in lace pattern (without decreasing) until piece measures about 33” from cast-on edge (or your preferred length), ending with Row 12.
Next row (RS): Purl.
To finish, fold hood in half lengthwise and sew back seam (cast-on edge). Weave in ends.
For the fringe, cut 42 pieces of yarn, 14” long. Hold 3 strands together and fold in half. Insert needle or crochet hook through edge of scarf and draw the folded strands through. Pull ends through the loop and tighten. Repeat, attaching 7 fringes to each tail of the scarf.
Finish the hood with a tassel (you can see detailed instructions here).
I’ll be back soon with a pattern for my second variation – watch for it!