3 Ways to Knit a Hood
A hood is an essential accessory for keeping warm during the chilly months, and knitting your own is a wonderfully creative way to stay cozy. There are numerous techniques and designs to choose from, and we’ve gathered three popular ways to knit a hood that will suit various skill levels. So, grab your knitting needles, select a beautiful yarn, and get ready to create a custom hood.
1. Basic Hood Knitting in Rectangle
For beginners or those looking for a straightforward design, knitting a basic rectangular hood is an ideal choice. This method requires minimal shaping, making it accessible for those new to knitting.
a) Begin by selecting your preferred yarn and needles according to the label’s recommendations.
b) Cast on an appropriate number of stitches for your desired width (consult a gauge guide if in doubt).
c) Select your favorite stitch pattern – stockinette or garter work well for simplicity.
d) Continue knitting until you reach your desired length (enough to cover your head and extend to the base of your neck).
e) Bind off all stitches and fold the rectangle in half with the right sides facing each other.
f) Sew up the top seam opposite the fold.
g) Attach the hood to a scarf, jacket, or wear it as-is.
2. Hood Knitting with Shaping
If you’re comfortable with increases and decreases, creating a hood with slight shaping offers a more defined fit around the face.
a) Start with appropriate yarn and needles according to your chosen pattern.
b) Cast on stitches needed for your desired width.
c) Work in your favorite stitch pattern.
d) When you’re ¾ through your desired length, begin decreasing stitches on both ends of every subsequent row (for instance: k2tog at the beginning and end of each row).
e) Continue until you’ve decreased to a small number of stitches.
f) Bind off or graft remaining stitches together.
g) Pick up stitches along the bottom edge of the hood and attach to the neckline of a sweater, or sew onto a scarf.
3. Knitting a Circular Hood
Advanced knitters may enjoy knitting a circular hood using short row shaping methods. This method involves wrapping and turning, which can be more challenging but results in a more rounded hood.
a) Choose suitable yarn and needles according to the requirements for your chosen pattern.
b) Cast on the required number of stitches.
c) Start working in your chosen stitch pattern in the round.
d) Incorporate short rows by wrapping and turning at specific points as determined by your pattern.
e) Complete all short rows for your desired hood shape and knit any remaining rows for length.
f) When you reach your desired end point, bind off the hood.
g) Attach your circular hood to a project like a sweater, shawl, or scarf.
No matter which method you choose, knitting a hood is a rewarding project that adds warmth and personal style to your winter wardrobe. Practice these techniques to increase your skills and to create unique hoods that not only keep you warm but also showcase your creativity!