Thursday, November 8, 2012

Knitted Hood - Make it Yourself!

I finally got around to taking some photos of my knit hood which is an original pattern of mine! I've been wearing it around a lot this past week and it's been getting a lot of attention. A co-worker wanted to steal it and my sister wants one (I started knitting a deep red one for her!)

 This is pretty big for me - I had no idea I could make a pattern again for a knitwear garment. I also don't think I truly learned how to increase and decrease (at least didn't retain how to correctly), and truthfully, I don't know a whole lot about knitting!

I was inspired by a photo in a 60s teen magazine (I didn't end up buying) which made me want to try to create a pattern and knit one myself. I was actually looking online for a version of a knit hood, but when I couldn't find one, I resorted to what I always have to do anyway - make one yourself! This is obviously the whole reason I went to school for fashion design, haha.

 One day while riding the bus, I was searching different lace stitches to use  on the hat, and I found this beginner's lace on Purl Bee. On my hood, it's not much of a lace effect, but I still like the design and the way it's stitched. Perhaps if I had used a smaller yarn, the lace would have been more prominent. However, it would throw off the sizing of the knit pattern, so I don't advise switching the yarn size unless you know how to re-size knitting patterns well!

 People could NOT stop asking me on the buses and trains what I was making. Oddly, it's seemingly difficult for most people to comprehend exactly what you're making especially if it's slightly unconventional (A hood? You mean like a hat? What's that extra piece?), so I find the simplest answer is always best - "A hat."

 It's so funny to me how people in public are so fascinated by knitting. The Midwest has definitely been seeing a resurgence of knitting in the past 5 years, but I'm still surprised when people ask me about my work.

 It's interesting though because at the beginning of this year, I wanted to learn how to increase/decrease and make knitted garments. After the success of this one, I think it's definitely possible to make and learn bigger things!

Knit one yourself!  See below for my directions for it! It knits up pretty quickly, so you might be able to make/give one for the holidays!
Working on sewing the hood at my kitchen table.

Note: Buttons are sewn on one side, snaps on the other. (This is what you do when you don't know how to bind off for button holes! Pretty creative solution.)

Back hood.

 Knitted Hood Directions: (print out these directions for take-along knitting!)
Knit 2 pieces, med weight yarn (size 4), 1 skein in size 8 knitting needles.

 SIDE 1:

 CO 40 sts. K2, P2 in rib knit stitch for 8 rows. BO 13 sts. Purl whole remaining row (27 sts). Start lace stitch pattern on next row. (Row 2).

Lace stitch pattern:
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1 *yo, k2tog, repeat from star
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: *ssk, yo. Repeat from star. Last stitch, k1. 

 Side note: "Row 4"on pattern refers to knitting that whole row of lace stitch pattern as-is. No increasing and decreasing are done on these rows unless indicated. Lace stitch is worked across 4 rows.

Stitch rows 3, 4. Stitch rows 1-4. Purl row, inc. 2 sts at end. Rows 2-4. Knit 4 rows stitch, then again 4 rows stitch. Inc. 2, purl across row 1. Rows 2, 3, 4. Work 8 rows of lace stitch pattern. Inc. 1, work in purl, then dec. 1 at end. Row 2, then on Row 3 - increase 2 then work in purl. Row 4. Inc. 2, then purl. Work rows 2, 3, 4. Inc. 3, purl, then dec. 1. Work Row 2. Inc. 1, purl (row 3), dec. 1. Row 4. Dec. 2, purl, dec. 2. Row 2. Dec. 2, purl, dec. 2. Row 4. Purl. Bind off.

CO 40 sts. K2, p2 in rib knit stitch for 8 rows. Purl 27 sts, BO 13 sts. Tie off. Start Row 2 on stitch pattern. Work rows 2, 3,4. Rows 1-4 again. Inc. 2 sts, then purl row 1. Rows 2-4. Inc. 2, purl row 1. Rows 2-4. Work 8 rows in lace stitch pattern. Purl across row 1 as pattern, inc. 2 at end. Continue in lace stitch - rows 2-4. Work 8 rows in lace stitch pattern. Dec. 1 st row 1, work purl stitch, then inc. 1 at end of row. Row 2, then Row 3 - work in purl, then increase 2 at end. Row 4. Purl, then inc. 2. Work rows 2-4. Dec 1st, purl, inc. 1 on row 1. Work rows 2-4. Dec. 1, purl (row 3), inc 1. Row 4. Dec. 2, purl, dec. 2. Row 2. Dec. 2, purl, dec 2. Row 4. Purl 1 row, then bind off.

Stitch both of these sides together with yarn. A more seasoned knitter might crochet the 2 together, but I just use yarn and a yarn needle. Add buttons on rib knit stitch, and sew snaps underneath buttons, to opposite sides.

And you have a fun hood! <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">

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