A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress

Last summer,
my husband’s entire family (and I do mean entire, there were over 40 of us) went to Ireland.  It was an amazing trip.  Ireland is just beautiful.  Words can not describe the landscapes and pictures just do not do them justice.  Along with an overwhelming feeling of awe and wonder at the majestic scenery, I left there inspired to get home and knit.  The sweaters, scarves and blankets were just extraordinary.  One item in particular stood out for me, a hooded scarf my sister-in-law spotted, which is not surprising considering I am a scarf junky.  Some women love shoes, others purses, for me, its scarves.  I hope you enjoy this scarf as much as I do.  It not only warms me and gives me that wonderful, snuggly feeling, but it brings back memories of the trip of my lifetime and reminds me how truly lucky I am to have such a loving family.

Enjoy!

Nikki, In Stitches

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A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress Pattern PDF

Materials:
900 yards of yarn (Caron Country Merino Wool Blend in Spruce is pictured)
Size 8 (5 mm) needles
Spare circular needles for grafting
Cable needle
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
2 1″ – 1 ½” buttons

Scarf (Note: The center of the Scarf Pattern is taken in part from Knit N’ Style’s “Balanced Floral Ring Scarf”)

Cast on 47 stitches.

  1. Purl row.
  2. (RS) Knit row.
  3. Purl row.
  4. K21, sl 1 as if to knit, move yarn to front, sl 1 as if to knit, pass the first slipped stitch over the second and off the needle.  Continue to sl 1 and pass first over and off until a total of four stitches have been bound off.  Sl last stitch on right needle back to left.  Turn.  Move yarn to front.  Cast on 5 sts using a twisted purlwise cast on.  Turn.  Sl 1 as if to knit, pass the extra cast on stitch over the next stitch.  Slip stitch back to left needle.  K22.  (Note: This buttonhole design was taken from Knitting on the Net)
  5. Purl row.
  6. Knit row.

Rows 7 to 54: Repeat Scarf Pattern 3 times.

55. Purl row.

Rows 56 to 471: Repeat Scarf Pattern 26 times.

472.  Knit row.

Rows 473 to 520: Repeat Scarf Pattern 3 times.

521.  Purl row.

522.  Knit row.

523.  Purl row.

524.  K21, sl 1 as if to knit, move yarn to front, sl 1 as if to knit, pass the first slipped stitch over the second and off the needle.  Continue to sl 1 and pass first over and off until a total of four stitches have been bound off.  Sl last stitch on right needles back to lift.  Turn.  Move yarn to front.  Cast on 5 sts using a twisted purlwise cast on.  Turn.  Sl 1 as if to knit, pass the extra cast on stitch over the next stitch.  Slip stitch back to left needle.  K22.

525.  Purl row.

526.  Knit row.

Bind off.

Block.

Sew sides of pockets to edges of scarf.

Attach buttons to scarf.

Weave in all loose ends.

Scarf Pattern

  1. P9, K4, P4, K2, [P1, K1] (4), P1, K2, P4, K4, P9
  2. K9, P4, wrap 4, P2, [K1, P1] (4), K1, P2, wrap 4, P4, K9
  3. P9, K4, P4, K2, [P1, K1] (4), P1, K2, P4, K4, P9
  4. C6B, K3, P3, 1/1RPC, 3/1LPC, P1, [K1, P1] (5), 1/3RPC, 1/1LPC, P3, C6B, K3
  5. P9, K3, P1, K2, P3, [K1, P1] (5), K1, P3, K2, P1, K3, P9
  6. K9, P2, 1/1RPC, P2, 3/2LPC, [P1, K1] (3), P1, 2/3RPC, P2, 1/1LPC, P2, K9
  7. P9, K2, P1, K5, P3, [K1, P1] (3), K1, P3, K5, P1, K2, P9
  8. K3, C6F, P1, 1/1RPC, P5, 3/3LPC, K1, 3/3RPC, P5, 1/1LPC, P1, K3, C6F
  9. P9, K1, P1, K9, P7 tog, K9, P1, K1, P9
  10. K9, P1, K1, P9, m1, yo, K1, yo, m1, P9, K1, P1, K9
  11. P9, K1, P1, K9, P2 [P1, yo, P1] in next stitch, P2, K9, P1, K1, P9
  12. C6B, K3, P1, 1/1LPC, P5, 3/3RPC, k1 tbl, 3/3LPC, P5, 1/1RPC, P1, C6B, K3
  13. P9, K2, P1, K5, P3, [K1, P1] (3), K1, P3, K5, P1, K2, P9
  14. K9, P2, 1/1LPC, P2, 2/3RPC, P1, [K1, P1] (3), 3/2LPC, P2, 1/1RPC, P2, K9
  15. P9, K3, P1, K2, P3, [K1, P1] (5), K1, P3, K2, P1, K3, P9
  16. K3, C6F, P3, 1/1LPC, 1/3RPC, [P1, K1] (5), P1, 3/1LPC, 1/1RPC, P3, K3, C6F

Hood (The short row method of shaping this hood, and only that method, is taken from a very similar hooded scarf found in Interweave Knits Winter 2008)

Cast on 80 stitches.

  1. Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, P20, pm, P16, pm, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  2. (RS)Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, M1R, knit to next m, M1L, sl m , K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, p1.

Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts

Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts

Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.

Shape Crown: Work short-rows without wrapping stitches as follows:

  1. Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, turn.
  2. Sl 1, P5, sl m, P20, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 115 sts
  3. Sl 1, work Row 3 of Hood PatternA, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  4. Sl 1, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P5, P2 tog, turn.
  5. Sl 1, K5, sl m, K20, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  6. Sl 1, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern A, purl to second marker, sl m, P20, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 114 sts
  7. Sl 1, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern A, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  8. Sl 1, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern A, purl to second marker, sl m, P20, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  9. Sl 1, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, turn.
  10. Sl 1, P5, sl m, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 113 sts
  11. Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  12. Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P5, P2 tog, turn.
  13. Sl 1, K5, sl m, K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 112 sts
  14. Sl 1, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern A, purl to second marker, sl m, P20, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  15. Sl 1, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 7 sts before second marker, K2 tog, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 110 sts
  16. Sl 1, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern A, purl to second marker, sl m, P20, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  17. Sl 1, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 7 sts before second marker, K2 tog, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 108 sts
  18. Sl 1, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern A, purl to second marker, sl m, P20, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  19. Sl 1, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 7 sts before second marker, K2 tog, knit to second marker, sl m, K20, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 106 sts
  20. Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P21, pm, purl to second marker, sl m, P 20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  21. Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, turn.
  22. Sl 1, P5, sl m, P20, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 105 sts
  23. Sl 1, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 3 sts before center marker, ssk, K1, sl m, K1, K2 tog, knit to 7 sts before third marker, K2 tog, knit to third marker, sl m, K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 101 sts
  24. Sl 1, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P5, P2 tog, turn.
  25. Sl 1, K5, sl m, K20, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  26. Sl 1, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern A, purl to third marker, sl m, P20, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 100 sts
  27. Sl 1, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, turn.
  28. Sl 1, P5, sl m, P20, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 99 sts
  29. Sl 1, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 3 sts before center marker, ssk, K1, sl m, K1, K2 tog, knit to 7 sts before third marker, K2 tog, knit to third marker, sl m, K20, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 95 sts
  30. Sl 1, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P5, P2 tog, turn.
  31. Sl 1, K5, sl m, K20, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 94 sts
  32. Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, purl to third marker, sl m, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
  33. Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, K5, ssk, knit to 3 sts before center marker, ssk, K1, sl m, K1, K2 tog, knit to 7 sts before third marker, K2 tog, knit to third marker, sl m, K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 90 sts
  34. Sl 1, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern A, purl to first marker, sl m, P2 tog, purl to 3 sts before center marker, P2 tog, P1, sl m, P1, P2 tog tbl, purl to 2 sts before third marker, P2 tog tbl, sl m, P20, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 86 sts
  35. Sl 1, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern A, knit to first marker, sl m, ssk, knit to 3 sts before center marker, sssk, sl m, K3 tog, knit to 2 sts before third marker, K2 tog, sl m, K20, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern B, P1. – 80 sts

Sl 40 sts onto spare circular needle.  With wrong sides together, join using a Kitchener stitch.

Block.

Sew hood to scarf in desired location.

Weave in all loose ends.


Hood Pattern A
:

  1. K9, P1, K1 tbl
  2. P9, K1, P1 tbl
  3. C6B, K3, P1, K1 tbl
  4. P9, K1, P1 tbl
  5. K9, P1, K1 tbl
  6. P9, K1, P1 tbl
  7. K3, C6F, P1, K1 tbl
  8. P9, K1, P1 tbl

 

Hood Pattern B:

  1. K1 tbl, P1, K9
  2. P1 tbl, K1, P9
  3. K1 tbl, P1, C6B, K3
  4. P1 tbl, K1, P9
  5. K1 tbl, P1, K9
  6. P1 tbl, K1, P9
  7. K1 tbl, P1, K3, C6F
  8. P1 tbl, K1, P9

Abbreviations

st(s)…………stitch

sl…………….slip

cn……………cable needle

K…………….knit stitch

P…………….purl stitch

pm………….place marker

psso………..pass slipped stitch over

inc…………..increase

tbl……………through back loop

RS……………right side

ssk…………..slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, k2 sl sts together tbl (decrease)

sssk………….ssk dec worker over 3 sts instead of 2

tog…………..together

1/1RPC…….sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, K1, P1 from cn

1/1LPC……..sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, P1, K1 from cn

3/1LPC……..sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, P1, K3 from cn

1/3RPC……..sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, K3, P1 from cn

3/3RPC……..sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, K3, P3 from cn

3/3LPC……..sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, P3, K3 from cn

2/3RPC……..sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, K3, P2 from cn

3/2LPC……..sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, P2, K3 from cn

2/1LPC……..sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, P1, K2 from cn

C6B…………slip next 3 sts to cn and hold to back, K3, K3 from cn

C6F…………slip next 3 sts to cn and hold to front, K3, K3 from cn

m1……………make 1 st

yo……………yarn over

wrap 4………sl 4 sts to cn, wrap yarn counterclockwise once around these 4 sts, then K4 from cn

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261 Responses to A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress

  1. Emmy says:

    seriously that is awesome! I want to make one!!!

  2. StarSpry says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the pattern :)

  3. globalite76 says:

    Added to My Favorites in Ravelry. So cute!

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  5. Jocelyn says:

    Lovely pattern. Any chance you’ll be working up a chart? I could just do it myself, of course ;-) .

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Thanks, Jocelyn! Yes, I know this would probably be easier to follow with a chart. I have a long plane ride coming up….maybe that will keep me busy! I’d love to see pics of your finished scarf. Feel free to ask questions along the way!

  6. Rachel says:

    WOW, that is gorgeous! I love the inspiration story as well. I’ll be linking!

  7. Debbie says:

    What a great looking scarf! I hear the same thing about Ireland from all I know that make it there…hope to go soon!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Thanks, Debbie!
      Let me know how your scarf goes, and feel free to ask questions along the way!
      I’d love to see pics!
      Nikki

  8. Emily says:

    Wow, just found this via StumbleUpon. It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to make one of my own. Thanks for the pattern!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Emily,
      Thanks so much! Feel free to ask questions along the way and I’d love to see pics of your finished scarf!
      Enjoy,
      Nikki

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  10. victoria binggeli says:

    nikki,
    your work is lovely!!! the hooded scarf is so dramatic and different. love it!! what a great website. thanks for sharing.

    your new connecticut friend,
    victoria

  11. Christina says:

    wow! you have simply no idea how much i love this! i absolutely want to make this except i have never knit in my entire life |: this is wonderful. how long did it take for you to make it yourself?

  12. Beth says:

    love the pattern. Not sure how to do P7 together on Row 9 of scarf patter. Is there some sort of trick to Purling 7 stitches together? I’m stuck at this step. can’t get my needle under 7 stitches to purl them together.

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Beth,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I, too, had trouble at first figuring out how I was going to purl all those stitches together. You’re right…you can’t get your needle under all seven. The trick is to slip 6 stitches as if to purl to your right needle. Purl the next stitch, then slip those previous 6 stitches back over the stitch you just purled. You get the same result as you would if you actually did purl all 7 of them together. Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions!
      I hope the rest of the scarf goes well! I’d love to see pics of your finished product!
      Nikki

      • Sandra says:

        Hi Nikki,

        Thanks for that reply. I just tried doing it with it works great. Is it OK to have some yarn “hanging” on the back side? I was carrying the yarn past those 6 slipped stitches to make the purl stitich out of the 7th stitch. Sorry if I don’t have the terminology correct.
        Thanks,
        Sandra

        • Nikki says:

          Sandra,
          That stitch might stretch a bit and cause the yarn to hang some in the back, but it shouldn’t be too much. What you have to worry about most is if you’re getting a hole in your work. Some people need to adjust their tension so that they don’t get a gap in their scarf there.
          Maybe play with your tension some to get it a little tighter??

  13. Alexzandra says:

    eek! I have been looking for a pattern or to buy a knitted one online for over a year… i too went to Ireland and fell in love with the hooded scarf idea along with everything else! Lol! Im thrilled to finally find as close to the real deal, thought i was going to have to make another trip over the pond…. Thank you so much!

  14. Allison says:

    Hi there,

    I absolutely love this pattern. I am currently working on the scarf and also had some problems with the purl 7 tog; however I found a way to do it – but will try using your method as stated above; it seems much easier.

    I have a couple of questions:

    1. I have had some trouble with these sts in Row #10 (m1, yo, K1, yo, m1). I have somehow made it work; however each time I work this row – I am a little uncertain that I am knitting these sts correctly. Do you have any tips or specifics about these sts that might help me?

    2. Also, I read the hood pattern and I am confused about the first sections where you are instructed to:

    “Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts”

    “Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts”

    “Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.”

    Which hood pattern (A or B) should be used in the sections listed above?

    Thanks and Thanks for sharing such a beautiful pattern :)

    Sincerely,
    Allison

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Allison,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for your compliments on my scarf. I’m going to take each of your questions one by one and I hope I answer them clearly, If not, feel free to ask away!

      1. Row 10 of the scarf – I’m assuming you are asking which type of increase did I use for the M1.
      I believe I used a traditional M1 where you lift the strand of yarn between the two stitches by inserting the right hand needle into this strand from front to back. Slip that strand to the left needle, and knit into the back of it.

      2. The hood
      I’ve had a few questions about this part, and I understand how what I wrote could be a little confusing. Take for example the first set of directions:
      “Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts”
      This means that you are really going to knit 28 more rows. Each row you start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B. This gives you a mirror image of the braid along the edge. If you look in the directions above that, you can see that in Row 1 you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 8, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 8. For row 2, you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 1, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 1. Continue going through the rows of the hood patterns, while at the same time working the increases as instructed, and each row, start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B.

      Does this help? It is so hard to explain these things over email. I hope I answered your questions and didn’t create any new ones for you! But please don’t be afraid to ask for more help if you need it, and I would love to see pictures of your finished scarf!
      Thanks again for stopping by!
      Nikki

      • Sandra says:

        I am working on the hood. Needed to have this finished by tonight, but now am stuck because I cannot figure out what M1R and M1L mean. No indication in the abbreviations section as to what these notations mean.
        Please explain.
        Thank you!

  15. Allison says:

    Nikki,

    Thanks so much for responding to all of my questions. I really appreciate the help. I will be happy to send you a picture of my finished scarf :)

    I do have additional questions regarding Rows 9-11.

    *I am having trouble with these three rows and I’m not sure why because I have knitted patterns that called for purl tog, M1, and yarn over, however, each time I come to this part of the pattern (i.e. the end of Row 11) I find that I do not end up with 47 sts (i.e. I end up with 46).

    *Also, when making the M1 sts, are you purling or knitting these?

    I am guessing that I have either incorrectly knitted the M1, yo, K1, yo, M1 section of Row 10 and/ or the P1, yo, P1 section of Row 11. I have a small gap (i.e. hole) on the left side of the mid floral part and it appears that I have possible dropped one of the M1 sts?????

    Do you any tips or specific instructions regarding these sections? Any help is greatly appreciated :)

    I know this might be really confusing to answer, so if you don’t know how to answer this question or you need more info from me, please let me know.

    *Also, is the K1 tbl on row 12 just knitting into the back loop, or is ths meant to be an increase as well?

    Thanks so much for all of your help :)

  16. Natalie says:

    This is beautiful… I just started it and I can’t wait to finish it

  17. Atari says:

    When you say “Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again” do you mean dong 12 more rows without increasing or your only dong the even rows (4, 6, 8, 2, 4, 6, 8). I already made the scarf and it’s beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    Atari

  18. Nikki says:

    Nikki, I would really like to buy one of your hooded scarves. I’ve been looking for a hooded scarf everywhere…and the ones I find that I like the design, never have the hand pockets…. could you sell these?? It’s gorgeous! And if I must, I’ll learn to knit, then maybe I’ll have a hooded scarf by next winter! :)

    Thanks Nikki!

  19. Ell says:

    Nikki
    I have the same question as Allison posted on Sept. 26th at 5:43pm. I too will come up with only 46 stitches after row 11. help!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Hi Ell,
      Thanks so much for your interest in my scarf. I apologize that you are having some trouble with it. Take me through Rows 9 – 11. How are you doing your M1′s? Tell me at the end of Row 9 how many stitches you have, and at the end of Row 10 how many stitches you have. The problem may not be in Row 11. If none of these things work, you could be loosing one of your yarn overs somehow. It’s so hard to help people without being able to see their project or watch them make their stitches, but we’ll keep going back and forth until we work this out! I know you’re going to love the scarf and it will be worth it. If we can’t figure it out over a few emails, I’ll work up a mock up and take some pics along the way. Maybe seeing my stitches will help!
      Nikki

  20. koda says:

    hiya!
    i’ve just found your pattern and i want to make this my autumn project ^^
    i’ve made little bits and pieces; knucks, scarves, a mobius scarf today and various other things.
    i’ve always looked at the bigger projects and whilst i’d love to do them, i’m put off mainly because i can’t follow the pattern ><
    i'm a uni student in London, England and i was wondering if you had the address of any good websites i can get supplies from and delivered to me at a reasonable price. (i can't spend my entire student loan on handicrafts – although i'd love too!)
    also i need some advice please.
    i completed a long striped scarf out of a mix of Noro Silk Garden, Merino Wool and Acrylic. i've made scarves from acrylic before with no problems but when i wear this new one, i find that it's really itchy. i've washed it once but that hasn't seemed to help :( (( and it's so pretty!!
    thanks in advice.
    kindest regards
    koda :)

  21. Pat says:

    Wow! This is an awesome scarf and I can hardly wait till I can start to make one. I love anything “Aran” as I used to live in Northern Ireland and I used to design Aran sweaters for clients. That’s many moons ago now though.

    Thanks for sharing this pattern!

  22. Julia Gomes says:

    This is a message for Koda – the university student living in London. I know of a super wool shop on the border of Hackney and Islington. The address is 169 Blackstock Road, N4 2JS. they have a website – http://www.woolsandcrafts.co.uk
    They stock the more expensive brand – Rowan – also Patons and several other brands. I’ve bought loads of wool there over the past couple of years – they have all the tools you need for knitting, crocheting and other crafts, patterns and books etc. They are open Monday to Saturday but closed on Thursdays and Sundays. You can also try John Lewis which has a nice selection of wools. I’ve knitted an Alan Dart Nativity over the past year and am now crocheting granny squares to make a blanket for my daughter when she goes off to uni next year. I’ll certainly be trying this scarf too – it’ll make great presents for Christmas. Many thanks XX

  23. Stephanie says:

    Love this hooded scarf! What would you say the difficulty level is?

  24. Crystal says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Thank you so much for posting this pattern. It’s so beautiful and looks like it can be very cozy. I, too, am running into the same problem as Allison and Ell. At the end of row 9, I have 41 stitches, at the end of row 10 I have 45 stitches. I am not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I’ve attempted to re-do it a couple times and seem to run into the same problem. Perhaps I’m missing something in the (m1, yo, K1, yo, m1) section??

    Please help!

  25. Heidi says:

    Hi Nikki!

    To avoid redundancy, I’ll try not to gush about how much I love this pattern, but needless to say, the second I found it I ran out and bought the yarn to make my own (and after I’ve made that rough draft, likely more for my mom and sisters).

    I’ve been working the scarf pattern up with some scrap yarn before I move to my nicer stuff, and I have it all figured out except for one (probably simple) part near the beginning. I’m largely self taught, and some terms are a little new to me and I’m not sure I understand correctly.

    My problem is line 2 of the scarf pattern, the wrap 4. Is this a wrap stitch in order to add a short invisible row? How do I work this with a cable needle/it sounds like you wrap all 4 at once? I’ve attempted to search for instructions elsewhere, but am still not 100% what is meant by this portion of your pattern or how to go about doing it.

    If you or any other readers have the chance to post a quick ‘wrap 4 for dummies’ explanation for me, I would be endlessly grateful…till then I’ll be playing around trying to figure it out on my own.

    Thanks again for the beautiful pattern!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Heidi,
      Thanks so much for your compliments on my scarf. I’m so glad you like it. I actually had another reader ask the same questions yesterday, so I thought I’d post my reply as well as email it to you, in case future readers also have problems with the wrap. There are directions for it in the pattern. It’s actually the very last row of the post, but here is a break down of what to do:
      The wrap is strictly for decoration. It doesn’t add a stitch or a row. I’ve never seen it used in another pattern, so that could be why you’re not finding instructions for it elsewhere.
      1. Slip 4 stitches to your cable needle.
      2. Wrap your yarn around these stitches in a counterclockwise direction. (No stitch here…literally just pick up your yarn, bring it behind the cable needle, to the left, down, across front of the cable needle, then back to the right…this kind of cinches the stitches that are on the cable needle together.
      3. Knit the four stitches on the cable needle.
      Let me know if this helps. If not, I can work up a few rows of the pattern, and send you pictures of what it should look like. Please, don’t hesitate to more questions and I’d love to see pics of your finished scarf!
      Nikki

  26. munch says:

    I’m having great fun knitting this scarf! It’s the first time I’ve ever tried a cable so while it’s going slowly, I’m learning loads and can’t wait until it’s finished!

    Thanks for all the extra help (I’m glad I’m not the only one who misunderstands patterns from time to time) and I think I’ll have to ask a few questions about the hood when I get to it…

    I’ll try and email pics of the scarf when I’m done but it’ll be a while!

  27. tara says:

    Hi nikki,

    Thank you for the pattern, I just started it today and like most of the other posters I too am having trouble with rows 9 to 11. I finish row 9 with 41 stitches, row 10 with 45.
    Which means on row 11 I don’t have the right number of stitches to complete the pattern for the row. I end up with 46 stitches. I’m getting confused at the “P2, (P1, yo, P1)in next stitch” what do you mean by in next stitch?
    I’d really appreciate any help you can offer. I’m learning a lot of new knitting stitches with this pattern which is part of the reason i’m trying it out

    Tara

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      It seems like there have been a lot of problems with Rows 9 – 11 of the Scarf Pattern. I’ve been sending emails to all of you that have had questions, but thought I’d post my tips here, so other readers can see them, too. Of course, if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask. As many of you know, if my emails are not helping, I will work up a few rows of the pattern and take pictures along the way to help. Just let me know!

      Tips for Rows 9 – 11:
      1. After Row 9, I only have 41 stitches. How do you do your purl 7 together? Here’s how I cheat: Slip 6 stitches purlwise. Purl the next. Pass those 6 slipped stitches back, over the stitch you just purled.
      2. I end up with 45 stitches after Row 10. This may or may not make a difference, but for my M1′s… I pick up the bar between the two stitches, put it on my left needle, then knit through the back of that stitch.
      3. I get back to 47 after Row 11 . Here are a few things for this row: p1, yo, p1….P1, do NOT pull the stitch off the left needle, just pull the right needle out of the stitch so that you can do the yo, then insert the right needle back into the stitch (exactly the way it was when you pulled it out), purl it again, then finally slip the stitch off the left needle.

      Once again, I hope this helps those of you that are struggling with these three rows, and if not, let me know!

  28. Rose says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I don’t know how to knit; I’m a “hooker” lol..I’m going to try to make one of my own design. Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Shalee says:

    Hi Nikki

    I love this scarf, but am having trouble reading the hood part.

    I read your response to Allison, but am still a bit confused. So, basically I cast on 80 sts, then work 1 & 2 as written. After that do I do:
    Hood pattern A row 1, p20, sl m, p16, sl m, p20, work row 1 hood pattern B.
    Hood pattern A row 2, k20, sl m, M1R, knit to next marker, M1L, sl m, k20, work row 2 hood pattern B

    etc… and just keep slipping the middle bits of 1 and 2 into the hood patterns 1 for odd and 2 for even rows? If so, where do the “every 4th row increases” come in because this way it seems we would be increasing every other row? and the “increases every RS row 10 times” would that be using 1 and 2?

    If it isn’t too much trouble would you write out how to knit the pattern repeat you are referring to?

    Thanks for your help as I am mostly self taught, so sometimes patterns get a little confusing to me when it is something I haven’t encountered before.

    Shalee

  30. Caroline says:

    Nikki, I just love your scarf. My question is about row 56. Since row 55 was a purl row do I now go to row 2 of the scarf pattern for row 56.

    Thanks
    Caroline

  31. Kristen says:

    Wow. That’s very pretty! It’s the first hooded scarf I’ve ever seen that is actually attractive, and very much so! And your instructions are so easy and clear. I’m very impressed. Thank you for sharing the instructions and pictures. Blessings.

  32. Yolanda Wilkerson says:

    Hi, I’m new to knitting about a year. I would like to make a hooded scarf. Do you know of an easier pattern?

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Yolanda,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and welcome to the world of knitting! Technically, any scarf can be turned into a hooded scarf very simply. Knit your scarf longer than you typically would. Fold it in half. Using a long piece of your yarn and a large eyed needle, sew together about 15 – 18 inches on one side, starting from the fold and working down towards the ends of your scarf. Now, this will give you a hood, but it won’t have the same shaping that my scarf will have. You may end up with a little bit of a pointy hood, but its a start. Let me know if you give it a try and please send pics of your finished project! And, as always, if you still have questions or would like me to send you pics of what I’m referring to or further instructions, just let me know!
      Nikki

  33. Sara says:

    Hi

    I’ve knitted a scarf for my sister for Christmas and am going to try to use the pattern of your hood to make a hood for the scarf I have made.

    I am however knitting on 7mm needles; please could you let me know your gauge or some dimensions (e.g. the width of the scarf so I know how big 47 stitches is) or the dimensions of the hood.

    As much of this information as possible would be very helpful so I can bodge a hood onto my scarf.

    Thanks,

    Sara

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Sara,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. You have found my weakness. I am so terrible about gauge. I’m stubborn, and since I don’t do very many garments, usually don’t worry that much about it. I did measure my scarf for you though, so I can give some guidelines.
      The scarf pattern repeat is 47 stitches across and 16 rows. With the yarn that I used, that repeat measures 6 3/4″ wide and 2 3/4″ high. Just a note: that is after I blocked the scarf.
      I’d love to see pics of your finished scarf. Please pass them along!
      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!
      Nikki

  34. Sarah says:

    I will be starting this pattern tonight and am curious as to the expected time needed to finish. My experience with knitting has been relatively basic so far. I’ve read through the comments so far and am curious if some of the posters have successfully finished theirs. Feel free to email me directly as I’m hoping to get this finished as soon as I can (-8 degrees here in WI!!).

  35. Kathy says:

    Again, like everyone else, I have been looking for something exactly like this. My only issue is that I have yarn that I really want to use, but have only 750 yds instead of 900. At what line do the pockets start and stop? I’d figured I can knit it without the pockets.

    Thanks again for the pattern!!

  36. karen cantor says:

    confused when it comes to shaping the crown and working the short-rows without wrapping. Not sure what you mean. I am not wrapping the stitch when I turn? Won’t that leave a hole?
    thank you

  37. Hi Nikki,
    Lovely hooded scarf pattern. I’m in Dublin Ireland and I love aran patterns but this is the most complicated one I’ve done yet. Im making it for my daughter but I have one small problem with the hood.
    In row 2 after ‘Row 1 of hood pattern A, K20,’ you have ‘sl m, M1R and later you have M1L,. As this particular abbreviation is not explained in the list perhaps you could explain it to me please. I know from the scarf pattern that R is to the rear of the work and L is to the front but what does the M mean. and what does ‘s1 m’ mean? I know I’ll probably feel stupid when you do explain but I have to ask. Thank you for a great website.
    Mary

  38. Lisa says:

    Hi Nikki,
    I love this scarf so much. Do you mind taking a detailed picture of the back of the hood and a close up of the pattern in row 9-11? I am still having a bit of trouble knitting row 9-11, can I email you for more help?

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Lisa,

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your compliments on my scarf. I’m so glad you like it, and even happier that you are making it!

      A lot of people have had questions about Rows 9 – 11 of the scarf. Here are a few tips that I’ve come up with:
      1. After Row 9, I only have 41 stitches. How are you doing your purl 7 together? Here’s how I cheat: Slip 6 stitches purlwise. Purl the next. Pass those 6 slipped stitches back, over the stitch you just purled.
      2. I end up with 45 stitches after Row 10. This may or may not make a difference, but for my M1′s… I pick up the bar between the two stitches, put it on my left needle, then knit through the back of that stitch.
      3. I get back to 47 stitches after Row 11. Here are a few things for this row: p1, yo, p1….P1, do NOT pull the stitch off the left needle, just pull the right needle out of the stitch so that you can do the yo, then insert the right needle back into the stitch (exactly the way it was when you pulled it out), purl it again, then finally slip the stitch off the left needle.

      I have attached a few close up shots of what the “P1, yo, P1″ should look like in Row 11. That seemed to be where most people were finding their mistakes. (The names of the picture files explain what I’m doing in each shot.) Let me know if this helps. If not, I will certainly take a close up shot of that whole section and send it to you.

      Whic part of the hood do you need help with? Let me know if I can help just with some tips or I’ll take some pics and get them to you ASAP. I’m just not sure which part you need to see.

      Thanks again for stopping by and don’t hesitate to ask more questions!

      Nikki

  39. Julie says:

    :) HellO~
    This one, I really want to try knitting!
    One question, how do you make those side pockets?
    Do I knit separate piece for the side pockets?
    Thank you for all the pictures and pattern!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Hi Julie!
      The pockets are built right into the pattern. They are the first and last 55 rows of the scarf. After you’re finished knitting, just sew up the sides!
      I hope you give it a try. Let me know how it goes!

  40. SANDY says:

    Hello Nikki,
    I love the pattern for the hooded scarf. I have made the scarf, but I am totally confused about the hood pattern. The scarf came out beautiful. My daughter will love it, but I would really like to make the hood too. Would you please explain the hood pattern a little more. I am at the short row section and totally lost.
    Sandy

  41. Che says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I have managed to finish the scarf but am completely lost on the start of the hood.

    Think I managed to get the first 96 sts of the hood but after this I get lost…

    For the next part I don’t understand how to continue in pattern… work Rows 1 to 8 of hood pattern twice and then rows 1 to 4?? Do you just sub this in to the pattern above and if so where??

  42. Orla says:

    So sad that I cannot knit :( And right now I don’t have time to learn! I am from Ireland and have seen them in shops but now, right when I’m looking for them I can’t seem to get one. I just had a friend from the US over with me and she really wanted one so I am looking to purchase one? Where did you get yours may I ask?

    Thanking you in advance
    Kind regards.

  43. Reebs says:

    Hi,
    I think this scarf is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I wanted to make a scarf out only of the middle design.
    What parts of each line should I ignore?

    Thank you!

  44. jenna says:

    Hi there, i really like this scarf and would love to purchase. Please could you tell me the price, how long it will take and the shipping to the UK?

    Thanks! :-)

    Jenna.

  45. Adrienne says:

    This scarf looks beautiful! I will be making this for a friend. I’m very glad you wrote the pattern instead of using a chart. I’m sort of new to knitting so I’m not very comfortable with charts yet. Thanks for the pattern!

  46. Beth says:

    I still don’t understand the wrap 4, could you send some pictures of how to do it? Are you suppose to have a line across the four stitches after you have knitted them off the cable needle? Thanks

  47. Sarah Lowe says:

    Hi Nikki

    This is beautiful, I have already made one for my mum (minus the hood), however I am now doing one for myself and I would like to have a hood, i’m a little confused with one part of the hood, I have checked out all the other comments and can’t find an answer to the bit i’m struggling with, sorry :/ lol. I have done the 1st part upto to having 96 sts fine (phew!) and I have done the ‘cont in patt, work rows 1 to 8 of hood patt twice more’, but i’m struggling with the next part, ‘then work rows 1 to 4 of hood patt again and at the same time work inc every RS row 10 times’, if I do rows 1 to 4 rep over 10 times the braid doesn’t go right, so should that say rows 1 to 8?? And looking ahead: ‘work even through Row 8, then work even through 1 to 8 does that mean only do the even rows (2,4,6,8)(which again will mean the braid won’t look right?) or work 1 to 8 without any increases? Please help I really want a hood lol
    Many thanks
    Sarah

  48. Phoebs says:

    Hi Nikki

    Thank you so much for posting this beautiful hooded scarf. I am working on the hood, and am having trouble with the following instructions:

    “Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts

    Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.”

    Which hood pattern did you refer to? Hood patter A or B?

    Thanks again!

  49. meeee says:

    hi! this scarf is so cute, exactly what im looking for :) id love to buy one off you in black or grey (or both lol) how long does it take? leaving for the emerald isles very soon!

    thanks!!

  50. Tiffany says:

    Wondering if anyone wants to translate this into a crochet pattern?? Please???

    Also, are these available for purchase already made?

  51. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Nikki

    I know im like soo late with this pattern i just found it and

    said to myself “I have to make that!”. So i am and i thank

    you for sharing but i have a problem can u explain to me

    what row 1 means P9, K4, P4, K2 [P1, K1] (4), P1, K2, P4,

    P9…. when does the cable needle come in? and what do

    the []‘s indicate? plz get back to me when you have time

    thank you .

  52. Marianne says:

    Re: Hooded Scarf, New Little Black Dress
    Finished the scarf and love it…but I am lost on the directions of the hood. I read through the other comments and found myself with the same questions but there weren’t answers to their segment so I imagine that you answered them directly to their email. I have just finished row 1 and 2 of the hood and have no idea how to proceed. It sounds like you said to alternate the hood rows into the step 1 and 2 for the next many rows, but then you said to add stitches on the alternating fourth rows and it just doesn’t add up in my head. Please help me with this as I have already come so far on this design and I want that hood! OK…if my third row is now row 2 and my fourth row is now row 3 I still don’t get to the 28 plus original 2 rows to be at row 8 in the pattern. HELP

    Thanks so much,
    Marianne

  53. Josie says:

    Hi Nikki
    I have been searching for a pattern just like this and found it thankfully by accident. Thank you so much. I am getting a friend to knit it for me.
    Cheers Josie

  54. Nikki, In Stitches says:

    Many of you have asked for help with the “wrap 4″ stitch. I just put up a video tutorial on YouTube that I hope will help!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mez1oJ4LN0

    As always, if you still have questions about this stitch, or any other…just ask!!

  55. Marie says:

    Hi Nikki! Like all the other “post”ers before me, I love, love, love the scarf. Above you said you would post photographs of p1 yo p1 on row 9 of the scarf, but I can’t find them on the site. Could you direct me to them?

    Thanks!

    Marie

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Nikki,
    I have the same question as Marianne on May 21. I am trying to make the hood but when I get to the end of the 30th row I am not at Row 8 of the hood pattern. Also, I have similar questions to other commenters about whether the pattern means to skip parts of the hood pattern and disrupt the braid.
    Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I’m having a lot of fun making it :)

    • Nikki, In Stitches says:

      Elizabeth,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m so happy you are making my scarf! I’m not exactly sure where you are having trouble, so let’s start at the beginning. Here’s a better explanation of how the increases work:

      After you do Rows 1 and 2, you’re only going to increase every fourth row.

      Row 3 will be: Sl 1, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern A, P20, sl m, P18, sl m, P20, work Row 2 of Hood Pattern B, P1. (18 stitches in the middle now since you increased twice in Row 2)

      Row 4 will be: Sl 1, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, knit to next m, sl m , K20, work Row 3 of Hood Pattern B, p1

      Row 5 will be: Sl 1, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern A, P20, sl m, P18, sl m, P20, work Row 4 of Hood Pattern B, P1.

      Row 6 (your fourth row from the last time you increased) will be: Sl 1, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, M1R, knit to next m, M1L, sl m , K20, work Row 5 of Hood Pattern B, p1

      Row 7 will be: Sl 1, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern A, P20, sl m, P20, sl m, P20, work Row 6 of Hood Pattern B, P1. (20 stitches in the middle now since you increased twice in Row 2)

      Row 8 will be: Sl 1, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, knit to next m, sl m , K20, work Row 7 of Hood Pattern B, p1

      Row 9 will be: Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, P20, sl m, P20, sl m, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.

      Row 10 (your fourth row from the last time you increased) will be: Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, M1R, knit to next m, M1L, sl m , K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, p1

      Does this help? This next time you increase would be the 14th Row, then the 18th Row, etc. You always start a row with Hood Pattern A (whatever row # you are on) and finished with Hood Pattern B (the same row #). This gives you a nice mirror image of the braid along the hood edge, and it will match up perfectly in the middle.

      So after you get yourself to the 96 stitches, you up how often you increase to every other row.

      The other part that many readers seem to have trouble with is the phrase “work even.” This just means to work the pattern exactly as it is written, with no increases or decreases.

      I really hope this helps. If not, let me know, and we’ll figure out exactly where the problem is!

      I’d love to see pics of your finished product!

      Nikki

  57. yolly says:

    Hi Nikki! This is such a lovely scarf. I’d like to have one but am not very good at knitting. I can only do very simple stitches.

    If I have to purchase a scarf like this one, how much would it cost me?

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

    Cheers!

    Yolly

  58. Alison Claybon says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I am a beginner knitter and managed to get through the scarf pretty well with a little help from a local yarn store. However, when I get to the hood, I’m a bit confused about the pattern. Below I have pasted the text of a document I made for myself, outlining what to do for each row before “shaping the crown”. I have simplified the rows by simply stating if it is knit or purl, which hood pattern to use and if it is a row that has “make ones”, denoted as “M1 (x2)”.

    Can you please take a look at it for me and tell me if this is correct? Unfortunately I did not do this before I started. I *thought* I made it all the way through, but I was short 8 sts. Not sure how that happened, but before I start all over, I’d love your input.

    Thanks so much!
    Ali

    Hood
    Cast on 80 stitches.
    1. Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, P20, pm, P16, pm, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
    2. (RS)Sl 1, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern A, K20, sl m, M1R, knit to next m, M1L, sl m , K20, work Row 1 of Hood Pattern B, p1. (82 sts)

    Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts
    rows 3, 11, 19, 27. purl row, hood pattern row 2
    4, 12, 20, 28. knit row, hood pattern row 3
    5, 13, 21, 29. purl row, hood pattern row 4
    6, 14, 22, 30. knit row, hood pattern row 5, M1 (x2)
    7, 15, 23, 31. purl row, hood pattern row 6
    8, 16, 24, 32. knit row, hood pattern row 7
    9, 17, 25, 33. purl row, hood pattern row 8
    10, 18, 26. knit row, hood pattern row 1, M1 (x2)

    Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts
    rows 34, 42, 50. knit row, hood pattern row 1, M1 (x2)
    35, 43, 51. purl row, hood pattern row 2
    36, 44, 52. knit row, hood pattern row 3, M1 (x2)
    37, 45, 53. purl row, hood pattern row 4
    38, 46. knit row, hood pattern row 5, M1 (x2)
    39, 47. purl row, hood pattern row 6
    40, 48. knit row, hood pattern row 7, M1 (x2)
    41, 49. purl row, hood pattern row 8

    Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.
    rows 54, 62. purl row, hood pattern row 5
    55, 63. knit row, hood pattern row 6
    56, 64. purl row, hood pattern row 7
    57, 65. knit row, hood pattern row 8
    58. purl row, hood pattern row 1
    59. knit row, hood pattern row 2
    60. purl row, hood pattern row 3
    61. knit row, hood pattern row 4

    • Ali,
      I’ve looked through your “condensed” version of the hood pattern a few times, and can’t find a mistake. Do you think maybe as you were working you forgot to increase? Let’s hope that’s what happened. (If you dropped stitches that would be a bigger problem!) So now you have to decide. Are those 8 stitches important enough to you that you want to reknit the entire hood? Honestly, you could keep going, and I don’t think it will drastically effect the size. I’m trying to look ahead and see if it will cause problems. As you decrease to shape the crown, you may not have enough stitches between your markers, so you may have to move them out towards the edges of the hood. If you’re going to be brave and carry on, move them out, just make sure you move them both the same number of stitches. I would try moving them each four stitches out (to balance out the eight you are missing). I am hoping (fingers crossed) that this works!! Without having it knit up in front of me, it’s so hard to visualize.
      Does this help at all?? ;-)
      Let me know what you decide to do and if you need me to, I can chart out the rest of the hood for you.
      Keep me posted!
      Nikki

  59. Sandy says:

    first let me tell you that I love the scarf. I am making this for my daughter who is away at school and has been asking for a hooded scarf.
    Like others I am having problems with row 11. I have 41 stitches at the end of row 9, and 45 at the end of row 10 so the those rows make sense to me.
    However, if there is only one yarn over or increase on row 11 I cannot figure out how to get back to 47 stitches- the math just doesn’t work, what am I missing? I end up with 46 stitches, one short.
    Thank you so much for your help.

  60. Christine Tongs says:

    Dear Nikki,
    I have completed the hood and scarf and both look great but I was just wondering if you sewed the hood to the exact centre of the scarf. When I did this, and wrapped the scarf around my neck, the pockets didn’t seem to come down far enough. I am just wondering if you sewed the hood on off-centre.

    Cheers
    Christine

    • Christine,
      So happy you have figured out your scarf dilemma, but you asked such a great question, I wanted to make sure I answered you.
      I’ve actually done it both ways.
      If you put it in the center, you will probably wrap each side of the scarf around your next, giving you a double layer of warmth, but yes, you’re right…depending on what yarn you use, and how you block, you sometimes have to make it a little longer.
      If you don’t mind only wrapping the scarf around your neck once, you can attach the hood off-center, and save yourself some time and yarn!!
      Again, so happy your scarf worked out…send us pics! We’d love to see it!
      Nikki

  61. Christine Tongs says:

    Hi again Nikki,
    I have solved my problem. As I used Alpaca yarn I was able to do a bit more blocking and stretching :) It is fine now.

    Thanks for a great pattern.
    Christine

  62. les says:

    Hey Nikki,

    thanks for the great pattern. I have been diligently working at it and I’ve finished the scarf portion and am working on the hood now. I’m not too sure if I understand the instructions and like to confirm with you before I go further ahead.

    “Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts

    Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.”

    So after getting 96 stitches, I did 2 rounds of rows 1-8 of hood pattern and am now working on “work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts”

    so do I only do (A) rows 1 to 4 of hood pattern (repeatedly) while working increases every RS row until I have 116 sts OR do I do (B) rows 1-8 of hood pattern repeatedly until I have 116 sts?

    (A) 5 rounds of rows 1 to 4 hood pattern to reach 116 sts
    (B) 2 and half rounds of rows 1 to 8 hood pattern to reach 116 sts.

    Appreciate if you can help me with it.

    Thanks so much!
    les

  63. Lily says:

    Hello Nikki

    I am an inexperienced knitter by all accounts but I really wanted to give this a go.

    I have, so far, only tried practising the scarf pattern to see what I don’t know/ what mistakes I make. It all goes swimmingly up to the point where everyone else seems to have trouble (which kind of makes me feel better : ) but the floral centre part ends up looking like a messy spider-web. I realise this is an old post but it’d be great if you could mail any additional tips you may have given others on how to do rows 9-11 (I think 10 is my main problem).

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Kind regards
    Lily

  64. Alison says:

    Hello,

    I have been knitting your hooded scarf pattern, have completed the scarf part, but am stuck on the hood.

    I don’t understand row 2 of the Hood pattern –

    What does sl m, M1R and M1L, sl m. mean?

    Sorry for appearing stupid, but I don’t want to get it wrong,

    Thanks,

    Alison xx

  65. Katelyn says:

    I have a question regarding the hood types. What is the main difference between Hood A and Hood B?

  66. Adam says:

    Whatup Nikki,

    Thanks so much for publishing your pattern. I’m a novice knitter and this pattern is tough! (I am enjoying the challenge of the pattern though and learning a great deal in the process!). I’m having difficulty with row #10 of the Scarf Pattern, specifically, the “m1, yo, k1, yo, m1″ section. I’ve tried it several different ways that still allow me to end up with 45 stitches, but it doesn’t quite look right. Below is an example of one way I’m doing it. Could you please take a look and correct me/explain exactly how you’re getting through this small section?

    st#20 = the last of ‘purl 9′ (Left Needle=21 st., RN=20 st.)
    st#21 = m1 (LN=21 st., RN=21 st.)
    st#21 = yo + k1 (yarn to front but knit; LN=20st, RN=23st)

    At this point I need to retain the 20 st on the Left Needle to complete the row so I can’t do a traditional ‘yo’ as that would leave me with only 19 st. on the LN. I’ve tried various methods, eg.:

    st#22 = yo (yarn to front but knit; LN=19st, RN=25st)
    st#23 = m1 (the the completion of this m1 is with a purl, which I count as the first of the next ‘purl 9′)

    OR

    st#22 = yo + m1 (yarn to front but knit, before pulling off the left needle I do an m1 as a finish to the yo)

    It’s likely neither but I can’t wrap my head around it. Any tips are greatly appreciated!
    adam

    • knit girl says:

      yo means to wrap the working yarn around the right needle, not to slip a stitch from the left needle to the right one….so you would still have 20 sts on the left needle to finish the row with

  67. Janet says:

    I am so loving your pattern. I like the little bit of a challenge on each row of the pattern, such as the P7tog. Once you work the pattern rows 2x you start to see how the stitches are going to be from the LPC to the RPC. I can’t wait to post pix WIP. Thanks for the great pattern. Very well written.

  68. heather says:

    Thanks for posting this pattern i love it :) but i was wondering what the gauge is I’m using a thicker yarn and I don’t know if you put the gauge in there but i didn’t see it

    • Heather,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. So happy you like my scarf!
      I do not have the gauge in the pattern anywhere, but I can give you the gauge off of the yarn that I use for it. With size 9 needles, 22 rows of 16 stitches should give you a 4″ x 4″ square.
      I hope this helps!
      And send pics of your finished scarf!
      Nikki

  69. Janice says:

    Hi, Nikkie: Luv, luv, luv your scarf. Can’t wait to finish mine (tho I’ve only just completed the first set of “scarf pattern”.) Not sure if I’ve done one part right, tho: Row 4, “cast on 5 stitches using a twisted purlwise cast on”. Exactly how do I achieve this “twisted” purling? I’ve cast on, by purling, but not sure if I’ve achieved the “look” I’m supposed to. Also, please clarify M1L and M1R … I read how you “make” 1 by picking up the bar between stitches, but what does the L and R mean? To the left / right of the stitch? I look forward to your response. We’re in the middle of a Canadian Winter, so the extra warmth your hooded scarf will provide is much anticipated by my daughter, who’s in University. ;-)

  70. Aftan says:

    Hello Nikki,
    I am a crocheter and would like to convert this pattern. Scarves are my most important winter accessory. ;-) . My main question is how exactly does the hood work?

  71. Lynn says:

    Hi, I was looking for a hooded scarf pattern when I discovered yours on the ravelry website. It is absolutely gorgeous and even better than what I was hoping for!! I will definitely give it a try. I guess it won’t be finished before the end of the winter, but I’ll send you a picture when I’m done…I can’t wait to wear it! :) Thanks a lot for sharing it, it really has a little ‘something’ special, and I especially love the “braids” on the sides.
    Happy knitting!

  72. Belle says:

    Hi Nikki,
    I was wondering if it’s possible to use DK weight yarn for this pattern and end up with a looser lighter weight scarf or do I need a chunkier yarn?
    It’s such a beautiful pattern, thanks ever so much for sharing.
    Cheers.

    • Belle,
      I don’t think you need a chunky yarn, at all. The scarf is wide. (With blocking, up to 7″.) Yours will probably be thinner, which is fine considering how large it started as, and with a lighter weight yarn, you’ll really be able to see the detail in the center. I think it would work fine!
      Give it a try, and be sure to send us pictures!
      Nikki

  73. Jill says:

    Nikki,

    I really love this pattern and want to do it for both my daughter and granddaughter who is 7. Is there anyway to adjust the pattern to make the hood portion a little smaller?

    • Jill,
      The hood is a little tricky to make smaller. Do you see in the first row where it says:
      Sl 1, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern A, P20, pm, P16, pm, P20, work Row 8 of Hood Pattern B, P1.
      You can reduce the number of purl stitches before and after you place the markers. That will make it more narrow, but it will still be as long. You could take some of the rows that are worked even (no increases or decreases), just be sure to adjust the braid along the edge accordingly. In other words, the braid is an 8 row repeat, so it would be easiest to take out 8 rows.
      Does this help???
      If not, let me know. I can maybe write out an adjusted pattern!
      Nikki

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  75. .cadahne says:

    still having trouble with row 10m my yo is not correct

  76. Marny says:

    Wow!!! Now this is yet another item on my ToDo List.

    You’re amazing and patient and — well, amazing to share so much, Nikki.

    Thank you!

  77. Nancy says:

    I love this scarf! I don’t knit, so please tell me if you would sell them and what the cost would be.

    Thanks,
    Nancy
    hadden004@gmail.com

  78. Susanna says:

    Hi Nicky – would you give me an idea of gauge for the size 8 needles on worsted? I go for the stitches per 4″ but never get the row count right, I wouldn’t want to trip on it!

    I made the Pfeiffer Falls scarf, but totally used the wrong yarn, I learned a lot from that pattern but it weighed a ton! and I am going to make a new hooded scarf as I ride my bike everywhere even through the winter.

    I am 50% Irish so this must be the next pattern! – Susanna

  79. Pam Stanbrough says:

    Hi Nikki, I just completed repeating the scarf pattern 3 times (rows 7 to 54). Row 55 is “purl row” which if I’ve done everything correctly so far would mean purling on the wrong side. But when I continue Rows 56 to 471 to repeat scarf pattern 26 times, the very first row would then be the right side (but was a wrong side row before). Does Row 55 “purl row” really mean the first row of the pattern??? Can you help me understand? Thanks so much! Pam

    • Pam,
      I’m so sorry for the delayed response!
      Yes, you are absolutely right that this will then put the pattern of the scarf on the opposite side of your work.
      When the scarf is finished, you’ll flip up those first few repeats (fold right on that extra line of purls) and sew up the sides to form your pockets!
      Does this help?
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
      Nikki

  80. Katelyn says:

    Nikki,

    I am working on the hood portion of the scarf now. I am trying to figure out the (Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts). I get the work pattern for 16 rows but i don’t understand only working rows 1-4. That won’t complete the braid correctly. Is that supposed to say 1-8 with increases every RS row? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

  81. Katelyn says:

    Nikki,

    Do you happen to have a pattern for mittens that match the scarf?

  82. Samantha N says:

    I am unclear where the hood should be attached. Is it possible for you to attache a couple pictures of the scarf laied out in its entiriety?

    • Samantha,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I’m so happy you’ve made my scarf!
      I’ve attached the hood two different ways in the past, depending on how you like to wrap your scarf around your neck.
      You can place it exactly in the middle, and wrap both sides of the scarf around evenly. This works best for people that like a short scarf.
      If you place it off center, you would then wrap one side fully around, giving you the illusions of a longer scarf, without the added work of knitting extra repeats.
      I recommend safety pinning it in place and trying it on to see what style you like better.
      I have an old one here I made about four years ago. It’s a little beat up, but if you need pics just let me know.
      Nikki

  83. Cheri says:

    Hi Nikki, I made the scarf pattern and I love it!!! Can’t wait for fall so I can actually wear it:) I made it from a cotton blend because wool always irritates my neck and it is lovely! Thank you for keeping up with this pattern and continuing to respond yrs later.

    It was time consuming (I’ve realized I really hate knitting cables), but I will certainly knit variations in the future. I received so many compliments while I was working on it!

    Thank you!
    Cheri

    • Oh, Cheri!
      I’m so, so happy you stuck with the scarf! I know! It takes A LONG time to make, but isn’t it worth it?
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
      Nikki
      PS…It’s my pleasure to keep updating the pattern! I’m so happy it’s still a fan favorite!

  84. Marny says:

    Forgive my asking, but with all the info you’ve given out, have you also changed the instructions to coincide?

    Otherwise, when I do your pattern, be prepared for more questions. LOL

    I like doing cables and 7″ later, I realized that I made a bug for froggy!! Oh, the dilemma.

    I stuck smaller needle through the row just above the error, and frogged until I hit that needle. Easy as pie and finished the scarf. Yes, I did. Shocked myself.

  85. Taylor says:

    Hi my name is Taylor i was thinkng of purchasing a hooded scarf but how much are you selling them for ?? Thanks

  86. Marny says:

    Knit or Buy — a dilemma.

    Years ago I purchased flannel fabrics to make a rag quilt. Then saw one made by the husband of a former Secret Pal. I bought it!!

    I love and enjoy it even with the missed stitching of some seams. However, it seems unlikely that I’ll try my own now.

    So, for me, this hooded scarf is gorgeous and one I would like to knit myself, given the wonderful instructions and directions by Nikki. Perhaps the difference for me is that I would be making it for someone else, not for myself here in southern California. My friend in NY would love it in the cold weather.

    Thank you again and again, Nikki.

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  89. Kay Richardson says:

    How can I just print the pattern without all of the comments from everyone? I don’t want to print 54 pages!

  90. I made a scarf like this one only differences is it is crocheted, and it is shorter in length. Roberta Williams

  91. ChrisO says:

    I am so excited to start this scarf, it sounds like it will be challenging, kind of like “A Year of Knitting Dangerously” on a smaller scale!

  92. Ruth says:

    Having problems printing out directions…..

  93. Lori Nesje says:

    Wow, you posted this over 2 years ago & are still getting questions. So, I’ll ask too. Do the directions you are now emailing include all the corrections mentioned in this blog comment section? Could you please send me a copy also. Thanks so much.

    • Nikki says:

      Lori, good question!
      So no, I’m sending out just the actual text of the pattern. No pictures and no comments. If I did, we’d be right back to it being 54 pages! (And I can not believe it’s gotten that many comments! WOW!)
      PS…Check your inbox!

  94. Bev Moon says:

    I too would like this pattern so I can print it out. I’ve read through all of the comments and will save this URL so that when I get to some of these tricky spots I can go back and read your comments on how to do them. I have a granddaughter starting to college this Fall and this will be perfect for her crossing the campus to her classes–I graduated from the same college 50 years ago and it can get rather cold!!
    Can’t wait to start this–I love a challenge!!
    Bev Moon

  95. Tree says:

    I was wondering how you connected the hood to the scarf I don’t believe I was any instructions for that part, you can either e-mail me your answer or post it here I’ll try and come back here within a day or two to see if you have replied. I love the pattern!!

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks so much, Tree!
      I just use a long piece of left over yarn, and a large eyed needle, and kind of “whip” stitches the two together. There is a natural ridge on the underside of the scarf, just inside the braid along the edge. That seems to be a good spot to attach the hood…it hides any stitches that might be visible!

      • Tree says:

        OK THANK YOU I WAS CURIOUS IF YOU HAD ATTACHED IT ON THE TOP – INSIDE OF THE SCARF OR THE BOTTOM – INSIDE OF THE SCARF?

  96. Tree says:

    I ALSO WOULD LIKE TI KNOW IF U HAVE A GAUGE?? I MADE THE HOOD FIRST BUT IT SEEMS TO BE A BIT LONG AT LEAST 28 INCHES OR MORE, I AM HAVING TO TAKE IT APART I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO THE KITCHENER ST. ?SP IT WAS MADE FOR EXAMPLE LIKE A SWATCH AND I HAD TO USE 3 DIFFERENT STASH YARNS BUT ANY HOW I’M REALLY WANTING TO MAKE IT OUT OF A SOFT YARN LIKE PEACHES N CREAM SO IF YOU CAN HELP ME OUT THAT WOULD B GREAT, I TAUGHT MY SELF HOW TO KNIT A LITTLE UNDER 2 YEARS AGO SO I CANT WAIT TILL I HAVE THIS MADE IN COMPLETION THANK YOU

    • Nikki says:

      Tree,
      I have to admit, I am so bad about making a swatch for gauge. I can tell you this, the finished scarf is about 7 inches wide. 28″ inches sounds a little long for the hood. Here’s a good tutorial I found online for Kitchner stitch: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html but feel free to ask questions if you still have them! Did I cover everything? Let me know if you still have questions and keep us posted as to how it’s going!!

      • Tree says:

        HI THANK YOU FOR REPLYING AGAIN. THE 28″ WAS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM I’M GOING TO TRY AND GET SOME YARN AND START OVER SOON, I’VE MADE A FEW THINGS IN-BETWEEN FIGURING THIS HOOD OUT. I’LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THE OUT COME AND THANK YOU FOR THAT LINK :-)

  97. Tamara says:

    Hi Nikki!
    I absolutely LOVE this scarf!
    Would you be willing to email the pattern to me, Please?
    This would be a great project for the long winter nights in Alaska! Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Thanks so much!

  98. Helga Breen says:

    How can I print out your Hooded Scarf pattern without having to printing all 39 comment pages? It’s such a wast of paper and ink!

    • Nikki says:

      Helga,
      If you go to the beginning of this post, just after my introduction to the project, you’ll see “Added Later: Printer Friendly Version Now Available!” Just click the link and that will just allow you to print the pattern PDF.

  99. Allison says:

    Hi Nikki,

    This is such a great pattern! I’ve been marathoning my way through it and I’ve gotten to binding off the hood but I’ve never done a Kitchener Stitch before. I looked up the stitch on YouTube but I was wondering if the “sl 40 onto a spare circular needle instruction” meant I was supposed to only have 40 st left or if I was sewing 40 st per needle together?

    Thanks,
    Allison

    • Nikki says:

      Allison,
      I’m so happy you’re about to finished your scarf! YAY!
      You should have 80 stitches left, correct? You slip 40 of them onto a spare needle so that you can Kitchener stitch them together. Think of it as folding a piece of fabric in half and stitching along one side…does that help?
      Keep us posted!

  100. Kathy Houle says:

    Great scarf! It was just what I was looking for but never thought I’d find. I’m making it for my daughter who is at college in freezing Chicago.
    I got through the scarf without problems (it looks wonderful!) but have ripped out the hood several times. I finally found this blog and am happy to see that I’m not the only one with hood questions. I’m going to try to isolate your reply to Elizabeth (8/15/2010) and follow that. Hopefully that will work!
    Again, I LOVE this scarf-thanks not only or the pattern, but for your patience with all of the questions!

  101. Faye says:

    I have just finished the scarf. I am confused on the hood but I think after reading the blogs I got it?? Thanks for such a net pattern.

  102. Ashley says:

    I, too, am having issues with the hood. I taught myself how to knit, and still consider myself a novice, this is the first project that I have tackled with cables. The scarf itself is nearly done with no issues- it is a beautiful pattern, thank you so much for sharing it!!- I just can’t seem to understand what I am supposed to do with the hood. I cast on my 80 stitches, do the first two rows, and then stare blankly at the instructions! I’m sure you’re tired of the same questions over and over, but any help you could give would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Ashley :)

    • Nikki says:

      Ashley!
      I’m so happy you’re making the scarf! I get so many questions about that part of the hood. Let’s see if I can help.
      “Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts”
      This means that you are really going to knit 28 more rows. Each row you start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B. (This gives you a mirror image of the braid along the edge.) If you look in the directions above that, you can see that in Row 1 you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 8, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 8. For row 2, you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 1, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 1. Continue going through the rows of the hood patterns, while at the same time working the increases as instructed*, and each row, start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B.
      *Increases as instructed: Increase every 4th row. So you’ll be increasing in Row 6, Row 10, Row 14, etc.
      Does this help?? If not, send me an email and we’ll work through it some more! NikkiInStitches@gmail.com

  103. Mary says:

    I am so anxious to try this…I love everything irish…and I fell in love with this the minute I saw it. Could you please send me the pattern by email? Thanks so much.

  104. Ann says:

    Hi, I just found your beautiful scarf and read through ALL the comments. Thank-you for your pattern and your support of it through the years. As soon as my current projects are finished, I will start your scarf.

  105. Jane says:

    Hello – really great pattern, thanks so much for sharing – Can you confirm that to omit pockets I would start knitting at row 56? If so, would I gknit an edge to start? Like a short rib perhaps? – Thanks in advance

    • Nikki says:

      Oh, Jane! Good question!
      Yup! Start at Row 56!
      I love the idea of a short rib to start. It will keep the edge from rolling. Depending on what type of yarn you are using, maybe a 2×2?
      I’d love to see the scarf with the rib edging! Please send pics!

  106. Jane says:

    Thanks so much for your help Nikki – will make a start when I’ve freed up some needles!

  107. cathy says:

    Just received notice of this wonderful scarf/hoodie. I haven’t had time to read all the blog, yet, but I will later. In the meantime, I’m going to see if I can create the hood backwards so that I can pick up stitches on the scarf rather than sewing the hood onto it at the end. I hate sewing seams, etc in my knitting…… Please let me know if you have already considered doing this and ahve come up with some pattern work.

    • Nikki says:

      Cathy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      I have not attempted that. There is actually a small ridge on the back side of the scarf where the center design meets the braided border that is the perfect spot to sew the hood. If you have any tips for creating the hood from the top down, please share!

  108. Rose says:

    I don’t understand the abbrivation 1/3 rpc and 3/3lpc
    on the last page, what come’s afther wrap4 ????

    thanks for the help.

  109. Rose says:

    afther the wrap 4 on the last page. is that the end. or is there more to the pattern.????

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Rose!
      Yup, the wrap 4 is the last thing in the pattern!
      As far as the lpc and rpc go…they are listed at the bottom of the pattern as well. The numbers before give you have many stitches to slip onto your cable needle, and the lpc and rpc refer to what direction your cable will slant…either left or right. Each of the stitches is written out, but if you have more questions, just ask!

  110. Shalane says:

    I’ve been scouring the web for a nice hooded scarf, and this is the most beautiful one I’ve come across! I love the colour, and the braided edge! Just one question: is the back of the hood pointed or rounded? I can’t visualize it from the pattern, as I don’t speak knitting very well yet! Most patterns I’ve come across are pointed, and I would really rather have a more rounded one. I really want to try this, but I think I may have to wait and improve my skills first, as I’ve only knitted scarves that require either all knits, or doing knits and purls for ribbing. Oh, and one mitten. Yes, one. I’ll have to try to do the other one when I get the time! :P
    Anyway, I think this is gorgeous, and it’s definitely going on my to-do list!

    • Nikki says:

      Shalane! I know exactly what you mean!
      The hood is rounded! There are some decreases towards the top that minimize the point…they don’t get rid of completely, but with the right blocking, you’ll never see it!
      Let us know if you give it a try!
      And thanks so much for your sweet words! So happy you like it!!

      • Shalane says:

        Great, thanks! I decided it couldn’t just sit at the bottom of my to-do list forever, and now that I’ve tried some cables and other things, I figure I’ll give this a shot! Hoping to start this tomorrow, in between studying for exams! ;)

  111. Andy says:

    On the pattern it says (for hood) “then work rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts.” I think that would be 20 more rows? correct? and what happens to the braid? Doesn’t seem to look right.

    • Andy says:

      Okay, I figured something out here. To keep the cable pattern the same I knitted row 7 of the hood patterns A and B every other set of rows 1-4. Make sense? works for me! :) I have only been knitting for about a year and a half now and have made hats, scarves, mittens, socks… I really love this hooded scarf pattern and am giving it to my wife for Christmas. Hope I can finish it by then.

      • Nikki says:

        Andy,
        I think you got it! I’m a little confused about how you’re doing your braid, but as long as you keep the cables evenly spaced, you should be fine.
        Can I just say how amazingly sweet I think it is that you are making this for your wife? LOVE IT!
        Send us pics!

        • Andy says:

          Like this: Rows 1,2,3,4 1,2,7,4 1,2,3,4, 1,2,7,4…and so on. And thank you for the compliment.

          • Nikki says:

            Andy, that works! It’s almost exactly what I have written in the 8 row hood pattern, where rows 3 and 7 have the cable.
            You are definitely going to have this done for Christmas! YAY!!

  112. Pam says:

    Hi Nikki, have just finished knitting the scarf, but did stocking stitch for the pocket backs as it takes less wool. However I have started dooing the hood but the abbreviations M1R and M1L have confused me. They aren’t in the abbreviations list and it’s holding me up as I’m trying to get it done as a Christmas present for my daughter. Could you please email me with the explainations for the abbreviatoins please. Love the pattern and can’t wait to see my daughter’s reaction to it when she opens it on Christmas time. Thanks for a gorgeous pattern.

    • Nikki says:

      Pam! I’m emailing you the how-to, but wanted to post it here, too, for readers who may be having the same problem.
      M1R and M1L are increases of 1stitch. The R and L refer to the slant of the stitch, either to the right or to the left. You can find a how-to for both on my favorite knitting reference site: http://www.knittingonthenet.com. Here’s the exact page where you can find the increase stitches: http://knittingonthenet.com/learn/learnmake1.htm.
      So, so happy you love the scarf! Your daughter is one lucky girl!!
      Merry Christmas!

  113. Lindy says:

    LOVE your pattern. I’m self-taught, and figuring out this scarf has been great practice for me to get better at things!

    I just started the hood part today and had some questions. You answered someone else’s comments about it above, so I’ll try that, and hopefully it’ll work. Thanks for the pattern!

  114. Tree says:

    Hi, it’s me again. I’m on my second attempt to making the hood. My question is when working rows 1-4 increasing every right side rows., is it the first 4 from the beginning of the pattern where u have row 1 then 2 and repeat those or is it repeat the rows 1-4 of the hood pattern? The first hood I made I did the first 4 rows of hood pattern but it made an incomplete cable. I look forward from hearing from you would love to finish my hood so I can work on the scarf. You can email me if that’s easier for you. Thank-you for you time and for sharing your pattern.

    • Nikki says:

      Tree,
      This is always a tough one to explain in words. Here we go…
      The pattern reads: Continue in pattern and work increases as established every 4th row 7 more times, ending with Hood Pattern Row 8. – 96 sts
      This means that you are really going to knit 28 more rows. Each row you start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B. This gives you a mirror image of the braid along the edge. If you look in the directions above that, you can see that in Row 1 you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 8, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 8. For row 2, you start with Hood Pattern A, Row 1, and then at the end of the row, you work Hood Pattern B, Row 1. Continue going through the rows of the hood patterns, while at the same time working the increases as instructed, and each row, start with Hood Pattern A and finish with Hood Pattern B.
      And as far as the increases go…
      You did your first increase in Row 2. It then says to increase every 4th row, so you will increase in Row 6, Row 10, Row 14, etc., all the way until you have your 96 stitches. Then finish up the last few rows of the hood pattern with no increases, ending with the next Row 8.
      I’m going to email this to you, too, but wanted to post it here because this is the most common question I get about the hood!
      Keep us posted!

      • Tree says:

        Thank-you for getting back to me. I am working on the last increase and it says to work rows 1-4 of hood pattern and increase every rs row 10 times. If I only work rows 1-4 the cable isn’t complete. I’m wondering if it’s a typo or is it not supposed to be even. This is the only part that I’m confused on. I think I’ve started doing rows 1-4 and if I repeat those 4 rows I don’t have both sides to the cable, if I do the pattern 1-8 its even like the rest of it. I hope I’ve explained this clearly. And happy New Year’s Eve.

        • Nikki says:

          Tree…You’re almost there!
          Ok so that part says: Continue in pattern, work Rows 1 to 8 of Hood Pattern twice more, then work Rows 1 to 4 of Hood Pattern again and at the same time work increases every RS row 10 times. – 116 sts
          If you count those rows, it’s 20 total (1 – 8, 1 – 8, then 1 – 4). So you’re going to increase every other row, on the RS rows.
          Does that help?
          And I hope you had a great New Year!

  115. Rae Gerson says:

    I am 2/3 through the scarf and just love the pattern. I looked at the hood pattern and have many questions.
    what do the following mean……. M1R and M1L.
    Does sl m mean to slip the marker.
    Thank you for any help you can give me…Rae Gerson

    • Nikki says:

      Rae, I’m so happy you are enjoying making my scarf! Yay!
      So M1R and M1L refer to increase stitches. M1R is an increase of 1 stitch, that slants to the right. M1L is an increase of 1 stitch, that slants to the left. Here is my favorite online knitting resource, and a great how-to for each: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/learn/learnmake1.htm
      And yes! sl m just means to slip your marker!
      Let us know how it goes!!

      • Rae Gerson says:

        thank you so much for your quick answer. I love the pattern but have another question.
        Shape crown. On row 2 I’m not sure which row to use and where all the stictches will be coming from…..help please……rae

        • Nikki says:

          Rae, have you actually worked the pattern that far? If you have, as you were increasing along the way, did you always have the correct number of stitches? We may have to retrace your steps. Let me know and we’ll work through it!

  116. miriam says:

    Hi Nikki
    i fell in love with that scarf also. you are very talented.. !!.but im also lost on line 11..how about if you video yourself doing the line 10. 11 and 12,this at times makes it easier to see where we make the mistakes..by we i mean me..lol :)

    thank you

    • Nikki says:

      Miriam! I’m so happy you’re making the scarf and thank you for your sweet words!
      I will try to get a video up at some point, but tell me where you’re getting stuck. I don’t want you to have to wait for the video to keep going on your scarf!

  117. Pam says:

    Hi Nikki,
    I have completed up to row 53 (which is a purl row) of hood. Now problem is reading Alison Claybon’s condensed version (august 17, 2010) row 54 is a purl row. Is this correct?

  118. Pam says:

    I know you answered her and said it was correct. but I am confused.

    • Nikki says:

      Pam, yes the next row is also a purl row. This is where you will fold up your pockets. By purling back to back rows, your pattern switches to the opposite side of your work. This way, when you fold up the pocket, the pattern is on the front of the pocket and the front of the scarf!

  119. Pam says:

    Thanks for answering. But I am referring to row 53 of the hood after you finish the inc. to 116 stitches.
    Thanks again
    Pam

    • Nikki says:

      Oh, Pam! I’m so sorry! OK…53 of the hood, and you have 116 stitches, correct?
      The pattern reads: Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.
      That means continue through the rows…I believe maybe you left off on Row 4 of the hood pattern?…so do rows 5 – 8, then rows 1 – 8 again…with no increases. Working “even” means to work exactly as written, no increases, decreases, etc.
      Did I get it right this time??

      • Pam says:

        Thanks so much. That is what I thought but Alison Claybons condensed version says purl. I didn’t think it was a purl but the pattern has a lot of twists, who knew!! Thanks again, it is coming along very nice.
        Pam

  120. Tree says:

    Hi I was wondering if I could cast on 49 on the scarf so sl 1 like the hood would it still come out alright? I’m having problems with the first cable it’s too tight.

    • Nikki says:

      Tree,
      I want to say yes. I haven’t worked it up with the sl 1 first, but in my head, it makes total sense!

      • Tree says:

        Ok thank-you I’m on the scarf bought the yarn and when finished I’ll do the hood again. They discontinued the yarn I wanted to make it with.

  121. Rosemary McLaughlin says:

    I am so impressed after finding your gorgeous pattern and reading your helpful, sweet, thoughtful, and patient blog. I am looking forward to giving this pattern a go!! I’d love a printable copy. Thank you in advance!

  122. Victoria Gonzalez says:

    Me encanto tu bufanda capucha, l voy hacerla pero me gustaría obtener el patrón no soy experta con las indicaciones dadas, ojala me puedas ayudar, soy nueva también en el Internet, gracias eres un ángel compartiendo y enseñándonos. Bendiciones.

    (I love your scarf hood, l am going to do it but I would get the pattern I am no expert with the instructions, hopefully you can help me, I’m also new on the Internet, you’re an angel through sharing and teaching. Blessings.)

    • Nikki says:

      Victoria,
      Voy a ayudarle en todo lo que puedo! Lo mejor que puedes hacer es saltar dentro Avísame cuando llegues a una fila que necesita ayuda, y voy a caminar a través de él!

      (Victoria,
      I’ll help however I can! The best thing to do is just jump in. Let me know when you reach a row you need help with, and I’ll walk you through it!)

  123. Hazel Steenman says:

    Thank you so much for your extreme patience and guidance! So many questuions answered so gracefully! This knitted hooded scarf is beautiful and so much more than the Mennonite sewn hood I was thinking of making. Your scarf/hood is far more interesting and better looking. It is on my wintertime list of knitting. May I ask for the pattern? I have read all the comments and feel that I am up for this lovely challenge. Congratulations on the longevity of this site, your patience is immense! Thank you again!

    • Nikki says:

      Hazel,
      Thanks so much for for your sweet words about my hooded scarf. I’m so happy you’re going to make it this winter!
      I just emailed you the pattern. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  124. Marie jones says:

    What is the gauge of the yarn that is used for this pattern?

    Thanks

  125. Marie jones says:

    Thank you for the reply. My mom is knitting this pattern for me. She is using a different yarn, that is why I was asking about the gauge. I have been looking for a hooded scarf for a long time. This one is the best that I have seen.

    Thanks

    • Nikki says:

      Oh! Thank you, Marie!
      I hope she can find a yarn that matches the gauge!
      The scarf isn’t a biggie…you might get one that’s a bit wider or thinner…but in the hood, it could make a big difference.
      I’d love to see pics when she’s finished!

  126. Isabelle says:

    I forgot to do the purl row that make the pockets. Do you have any suggestions on how to still have pockets on the scarf? Any suggestions, any at all…

    • Nikki says:

      Isabelle,
      I saw your comment on another post and replied there, but I’m guessing you didn’t see it! I’ve coped it below, but I’m going to email it to you, too!
      “Isabelle! No worries! We’ve got you covered!
      Just work up another piece from the start of the pattern to where purl row is. Bind it off. Hand stitch over top of the end where the pocket should be….no one will ever know! You just will have to hand stitch that first button hole that you made closed so that nothing falls out of the back/bottom of your pocket!
      Let me know if that makes sense!
      And thank you! So happy you like the scarf!”

  127. Marge says:

    I had seen your scarf some time ago in your blog and loved it. One day my daughter viewed it with me and she who normally doesn’t want things knitted for her, loved the scarf too. I am making it for her birthday in November. My question is this. I usually knit tighter and with the size eight metal needles it came out over 12 inches wide. Then I knitted it with size seven bamboo needles and it was over 12 inches too. If I knit it with size seven metal needles it came out about 10 to 11 inches. Should needles make such a difference? I am using Plymouth Encore Worsted yarn. It seems that the samples at over 12 inches are pretty wide for a scarf. I know this is a scarf and I shouldn’t have to worry as much about size but at over 12 inches it seems pretty wide. If I use the size seven metal needles, I worry that all the pattern may be too small to stand out. Can you give me an approximate width of the finished scarf? My daughter is very petite and I have to think of her small frame.

  128. Marge says:

    Sorry Vikki, I meant when it knitted up it was over 11 inches wide when using size eight bamboo needles. On the size seven bamboo needles it knitted up over 11 inches wide too. On the size seven metal needles, it knitted up to 10 inches wide. At over 11 inches, it seems wide for the scarf. Need approx. width. And your opinion about the pattern when knit in smaller needles. Marge

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Marge!
      The scarf is wide. I believe mine ended up being at least 8 inches. I took a peek online at the yarn you’re using, and I’m surprised it made that much of a difference. But if that’s not too wide for your daughter, that’s the nice thing about a scarf….it works! I think your pattern will be fine. The only time I worry is if someone is using a “furry” yarn. The “fur” tends to hide the design. I would just drop down to a smaller needle for the hood. The size does make a different there!
      Let me know if this helps!

  129. Karen says:

    Please email me your scarf hoodie pattern Thanks a bunch

  130. Kiy says:

    I love this scarf. I hadn’t knitted for many many years and have recently picked it back up. I would love to have you email me this pattern, if possible.

    Thanks so much!!!

  131. Kathi Neubert says:

    love the scarf. I have to pay attention to the pattern a bit more but that’ s ok. Had to rework the buttonhole, for some reason after trying it three times, no four, I just couldn’t get it and the web site you suggested was not easy to navigate, or for me anyway, so I gave up. Only I will know it is not exactly what the pattern called for, oh and you…and any one else who reads this!!

    • Nikki says:

      Kathi! You’ve figured out the secret!
      As long as you’re consistent, and your scarf looks good, no one ever needs to know!
      Keep us posted so to how the rest is going!
      And if you need help, please don’t be afraid to ask!
      You can see from all the comments above, I’ll do my best to get you through it!

  132. jennifer A says:

    Hi thank u for the pattern for the beautiful hooded scarf. I would like to knit it but I’m allergic to acrylic & wool as they are so scratchy.Can you please give me the name of a warm soft yarn I can use to make the scarf?
    Thanks Jen.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Jennifer!
      There are tons of yarns out there that you could use. If you can’t use acrylic, hit up a true yarn shop. They tend to have more of a selection of natural fibers. A heavier cotton…I’m thinking like a baby soft kind of yarn…would be beautiful. And when you say wool, could you use other animal fibers? Alpaca, maybe? Just keep in mind, if the yarn is too “fuzzy” you will lose the pattern a little bit. You don’t want to hide all of your hard work!

  133. Nancy Higdon says:

    It looks like you can just make the scarf with pockets and leave off the hood. Is that correct?

  134. Julie says:

    Nikki. Love the scarf. I am going to attempt it with my own yarn. I was wondering what the weight of the yarn you used? The pattern said right at the top.. 900yards. Does the weight of the yarn even matter? What about ply? I’m spinning the yarn myself, so of course the easiest is single ply, and then double ply, but the pattern might pop better if I ply more than 3. Just wondering if you could tell me more about the yarn you use for this pattern.

    • Nikki says:

      Julie,
      First let me just say that I am in awe of people that spin their own yarn! I would love to one day learn to do it!
      You’re right in that technically, for the scarf, the weight doesn’t really matter. You’ll just get a thinner or wider scarf. You DO need to be careful with the hood, though. It is already a bit big, so I wouldn’t go with a heavier yarn that what I have listed. You could maybe go a bit lighter. The gauge for the yarn I used is 16st & 24rows = 4×4 inches.
      I always tell people to not use a “fuzzy” yarn because you don’t want to lose all of your cables in it. Other than that, you can really play with a lot of different weights and sizes.
      Please send pics of your finished scarf. We’d love to see it!

  135. Karen says:

    Nikki, In row 2, with the 4 wrapped stitches, should this wrap be pulled tightly? It didn’t say to do this but otherwise there is a long loose thread just laying on the top of the knitted piece. After I worked several additional rows and looked at your picture of the finished scarf, it occured to me that maybe I was supposed to pull the 4 stitches together tightly with this wrap. ????

    • Nikki says:

      Karen,
      Yes! Pull the wrap tight! Just as you said, it loosens up a bit as you continue to work, so go ahead and make that wrap as tight as you can get it!

  136. Karen says:

    Hmmmm. After completing 10 rows, I read the scale you posted (which was too small for me to read on the wrapper) and knitted a separate swatch to check my gauge. Using the exact yarn listed and the size 8 needles, my swatch was only 3.25 inces wide! My actuall scarf, so far, is about 8 inches wide. How wide is the scarf supposed to be? I’m thinking that I’m going to have to use about size 12 needles to get 16 stictches to be 4 inches! Any insight??
    Thanks so much for any help you can offer.

    • Nikki says:

      Karen,
      When blocked, my scarf is probably closer to 10, but it didn’t stay that wide for very long.
      You can try jumping up to size 12, but definitely do a swatch first so you can see if it seems too “open weave.”
      Sometimes this happens if you are a tight knitter…which I am! I have to work very hard to not have my stitches too tight!

  137. Rupa says:

    Dear Nikki,

    I love, love, love the scarf! I was looking in to the design for the past one month and finally decided to give it a shot over the Christmas break and I must tell you it has turned out beautiful. I still have the hood to finish but since that can get attached at the last, I am going to enjoy wearing my scarf without the hood for a few days. Thank you very much for taking the time listing down the pattern and answering everyone’s queries. It helped a lot. xoxo

    • Nikki says:

      Rupa!
      You are so sweet!
      Thank YOU!!
      I’m so happy you love your scarf!
      If you need any hep with the hood, you know where to find me.
      Happy New Year!
      XOXO

  138. Stacy says:

    I’m so excited to try this scarf! Thanks for sharing this. :-)

  139. Elizabeth Stepankowsky says:

    Dear Nikki,
    Lovely project! Can´t wait to start it!
    Best regards from Chile

  140. Humberta says:

    Love the story and the pattern. We spent our honeymoon in Ireland and we also fell in love with the country and the people. This would be such a lovely reminder. I’ve only been knitting a short time but can’t wait to start this scarf. Hope it’s not too much for my first attempt at cables.

    • Nikki says:

      Humberta,
      Take it slow, don’t rush, and you should be fine. Cables aren’t hard if you slow down and carefully knit each one. If you need any help, you know where to find me!

  141. Jen says:

    Nikki,

    Thanks for posting this. My scarf is beautiful but I’m at the crown of the hood and I can’t figure how to “work short-rows without wrapping stitches.

    Instruction 1. at the end says to turn. I did that, and I have this on circular needles, so maybe I’m just confusing myself, but on following direction 2. do I turn it and go back or do I continue across to the other needle until I hit the other marker? Or do I turn the piece even though it doesn’t say turn? Could you clarify this if you have the time?

    Thanks.

  142. Tammy says:

    I have been waiting to start this pattern and am very excited to be able to finally begin. I am using Plymouth Encore Yarn and the gauge is almost perfect. I am an advanced beginner and left-handed. So far the only adjustment I have needed to make was the wrap 4 due to my direction. The messages posted here helped me work through my first challenge of rows 9-11. I was able to get it after a couple of tries. I was wondering if you made any corrections to the pattern so far. I see other areas where people have had questions and I am hoping the previous messages will be able to help me as well. Thanks so much for posting this pattern and being so diligent in helping those who request it. I hope to have a beautiful finished scarf all for myself soon.

    • Nikki says:

      Tammy,
      So happy the comments and suggestions here have helped!
      There was one slight mistake in the pattern, that I fixed just a few days after posting it. Since then, I’ve posted help here in the comments, but the pattern itself has stayed the same.
      If you need help, but can’t find it here, please don’t hesitate to email me directly!
      Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com

  143. Janee Nicjols says:

    Oh thank you so much for posting this pattern! I am so excited because my dad came for a visit yesterday and asked if I could make one. My grandfather was born in Ireland and my dad and myself both would love to go there. Thank you for the opportunity to make my daddy smile!

    • Nikki says:

      Oh my goodness! Janee! I’m so happy you love the scarf and even happier that you are going to make it for your dad!
      Let me know how it goes! If you have any questions, just ask! I’m happy to help!

  144. Glenda says:

    I have been working on this hooded scarf and have run into a problem in the middle of pattern row 9 where it says P7 tog. P7 tog seems impossible to do. I that really what you meant? I have asked others and they have said to use a crochet hook. Is that the way to do the stitch?

    I also wonder if there is an easy to shorten the scarf a little. I am using Sensations Rainbow Boucle 853 yard skein which is a little short of the 900 yards required for the scarf and really won’t want to buy another skein and only use 47 yards and have so much left over.

    The pattern is challenging and I like that even after it took ripping it our and starting over five times to get past the buttonhole rows. Now that I am at row nine of the first set of pattern rows I really want to complete the scarf.

    I hope you can help me get through your pattern.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Glenda!
      I, too, had trouble at first figuring out how I was going to purl all those stitches together. You’re right…you can’t get your needle under all seven. The trick is to slip 6 stitches as if to purl to your right needle. Purl the next stitch, then slip those previous 6 stitches back over the stitch you just purled. You get the same result as you would if you actually did purl all 7 of them together.
      And of course, you can shorten the scarf! Just take out a few of the pattern repeats! Cut it back from 26 repeats to as many as you think you’ll need.
      I hope this helps!

  145. Glenda says:

    Thank you. You make it sound so easy. Can’t wait to get back to the scarf, it’s my go to project when I get bored working on Christmas gifts. This scarf is for me.

  146. Jielyn says:

    Hi i’ve read all the questions and answers but i still dont understand.

    Work rows 1-4 of hood pattern and at the same time….

    My cable isnt complete since i dont knit 5-8 (other side of cable)
    Am i missing something? Thx for u help

    • Nikki says:

      You’re going to finish the cable in the next step: Work even through Row 8 of Hood Pattern, then work even Rows 1 – 8 of Hood Pattern again.

      That’s where you’ll then work rows 5 – 8 even (that means with no increases or decreases, exactly as it is written!) and then rows 1 – 8 again.

      Let me know if that helps!

  147. sheila Bassett says:

    Could you recommend a website that can help me fix mistakes. I’m a beginner to intermediate knitter and I’ve had to start this project over at least 7 times, this last time after making it almost all the way through the 3rd round of scarf pattern. There’s so many twists in the pattern that I find it impossible to fix any dropped stitches.

  148. sheila Bassett says:

    Thank you so much for the quick response! Going to check it out now.

  149. Emily says:

    I would love to get this pattern but will not print 17 pages to get it. Why can I not print just the instructions and not all the replys and other?

    • Nikki says:

      Emily, if you scroll up to the top of this post, there is a link to a PDF that contains just the pattern!
      Look for the phrase “Added Later.” The document is just underneath that!

  150. sheila Bassett says:

    So far I’m doing pretty well on the scarf patten, all things considered. My problem seems to be on row 13. On this row, I end up with one extra stitch, 48. It’s happened 4 times so far. I don’t come up with extra or short stitches on previous rows, but I’m not sure how many stitches I should have on rows 9-11. Is there any way you could post how many stitches we should have on the rows that seem to be”problem” rows for some folks?

    • Nikki says:

      Sheila,
      Most of the time, people are having trouble somewhere in those rows (9 – 11) and it’s showing itself in rows 12 or 13.
      To answer your question, after completing Row 9, I have 41 stitches. After Row 10, 45. And after Row 11, 47.
      Let me know if this helps!

  151. sheila Bassett says:

    It may be that I’m using different yarn than You did, but mine isn’t laying nice and flat like the one in your picture. Did you iron it? I know most yarns can’t be directly ironed, but maybe with a cloth in between? especially at the very beginning where the buttonhole is. Lot of curling there.

  152. sheila says:

    Finished the scarf and am now on the hood. Could you tell me what this means? “Work short-rows without wrapping stitches as follows:” Not sure what the “without wrapping stitches” part means.

    • Nikki says:

      Sheila,
      Some people kind of wrap their yarn around when they turn their work for the short rows. It’s not necessary in this pattern. That’s all that means!

  153. sheila says:

    I know I’m asking a lot of questions. I should have consolidated them all into one post! Sorry! How do you stitch up the sides of the pockets on the scarf since the edges are cable knit? I’ve searched youtube and the web but can only find seams for regular knit/purl edges

    • Nikki says:

      Just a simple “whip” stitch will work! I kind of hit my stitches in the braid of the cable up the sides, and you can’t see them at all!

  154. sheila says:

    Nikki,

    your patience is astounding! Thank you so much. I watched a YouTube video on the working of short rows(turning, etc). I feel I’m doing it correctly.. Without wrapping. However, I have a small hole in my work at those spots where I’m ssk(I’m assuming that’s where it is). Is this normal or what I’m supposed to be getting?

    • Nikki says:

      Sheila,
      Thank you! Honestly though, helping all of you through my projects is one of my favorite parts of what I do!!
      The wrapping sometimes helps with those holes where you turn your work. I’ve never had an issue with them being too big, but then again, I tend to be a “tight” knitter!
      If you think they’re too big, try a wrap in the next one and see if it helps.
      Keep ms posted!

      • sheila says:

        I think I was just knitting too loose. I’ve finished the hood and you can hardly notice! I’m having trouble knowing where to attach the hood. I’ve safety pinned it, but it just doesn’t seem to fit right. It looks like you have both long pieces wrapped around your neck in the top picture. If I do that, the pockets at at my breast! If I do it on the off center it’s better, but feels a little bulky. I used regular acrylic yarn, so maybe that’s the problem. Not sure, but I’m hoping to have it fully completed by tomorrow. This was a difficult project for me, but I’m SO glad I did it. I’ve learned so many new things. Thank you so much. Look forward to browsing through your other patterns

        • Nikki says:

          YAY, SHEILA!!!!
          I’m so happy you finished the scarf!! WOO HOO!!
          A LOT of people put it off center! In fact, that’s usually where they prefer it to be!
          This way, you just loop one end all the way around.
          I’m so proud of you!!!!!!!

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