Top 10 Countdown! #1: A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress

We have FINALLY reached the #1 project on the Nikki, In Stitches Top 10 Countdown! Is it me, or did this take forever?? I’m happy this is the #1 project because it was the first big project I did, and  had no idea it would be such a hit way back when I started this little craft blog, but, to be honest, I’m also excited to get back to posting new material ASAP.  Now is the perfect time to start this scarf.  It does take a bit of time, so you will probably just be finishing it up as the cooler weather starts making its way back.  Many of the questions you might have have already been answered in the comments, but don’t hesitate to send me an email asking for any help you may need!

Enjoy…again!

Nikki, In Stitches

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A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress

March 10th, 2009

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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93 Responses to Top 10 Countdown! #1: A Hooded Scarf, The New Little Black Dress

  1. Ruby says:

    Hi, Nikki! This pattern is gorgeous, but I’m finding it difficult to follow and really don’t know why…sigh. I have printed it out so that I can continue to attempt it. Crossing my fingers! Love your site…congrats!

    • Nikki says:

      Oh, no! Ruby! Scroll through the comments for a few hints and tips, and please, please, please ask questions if you have them!! Keep me posted!!

  2. Chelsea says:

    how long will the scarf end up being?

    • Nikki says:

      Chelsea, this scarf, as written, is LONG!
      I like a long scarf that I can wrap around my neck a few times.
      If you think that each repeat is about 5 – 6 inches long…well…like I said, it’s long!
      I know some people, that just wrap one time, have cut it back to about 18 repeats!

  3. François says:

    Bonjour,
    J’ai aussi beaucoup de mal à comprendre les explications alors que je tricote d’ordinaire très bien.
    Pouvez-vous m’aider?
    Un tout grand merci…
    Bisous

    Hello,
    I also have a hard time understanding the explanation and I usually knit very well.
    Can you help me?
    A big thank you …
    kisses

    • Nikki says:

      Francois! Of course!
      Can you just tell me a little bit more about where you are having trouble?
      Are you working on the scarf or the hood?

      François! Bien sûr!
      Pouvez-vous m’en dire un peu plus sur l’endroit où vous rencontrez des problèmes?
      Travaillez-vous sur le foulard ou le capot?

  4. Candice says:

    It’s great that this pattern has done so good. I made one last year and am making a modified version for my mom. I have a friend that wants the pattern for her mother-in-law but all the tips and help that used to be on the post are gone along with the video you posted on how to do the wrap 4 it was very helpfull. Is there a way to find those old comments?

  5. Melissa says:

    I’ve finished the scarf and it’s fantastic. I’m trying to work the hood but am really confused on the rows that aren’t actually written out in the pattern. I’ve scrolled through comments on the original post for a little help, but still feel lost. help!

    • Nikki says:

      Yay, Melissa! You’ve made it through the hard part!
      I’m not sure exactly where you’re struggling on the scarf. I’m assuming with the first part that 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.
      Let me know if this helps!!
      XOXO

  6. Melissa says:

    I wrote out the hood pattern and in order to end with hood pattern row 8 i came up with knitting 31 more rows not 28 more rows. if i go back up to the last time i ended with hood pattern row 8 i would have only knit 23 more rows. i’m not counting the first 2 rows that were written on your original pattern. is this right? i can’t figure out where i went wrong.

    • Nikki says:

      Melissa!
      You aren’t doing anything wrong! You are correct the 28 rows does not end you on Row 8. The 28 rows gets you to the correct number of increases, and thus 96 stitches total. Your 28th row should actually be Row 5 of the hood pattern. Finish up rows 6 – 8 as is, no increases….and that gives you 31 rows total. Confusing, I know! Let me know if that helps!

  7. Loriana says:

    Hello Nikki! I was looking around for a free pattern for a hood scarf when I found this! It’s absolutely beautiful, and looks very Irish! I’ve got some strong Irish roots and have always wanted to visit, but so far I haven’t gotten the chance. A friend of mine however, went after high school and brought me back a beautiful arancrafts knit scarf. This scarf reminds me of that and I can’t wait to try out the pattern! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. joan totaro says:

    i would like to make this pocket scarf with hood in just a stockinnet st. Please send me the pattern thanks joan

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Joan!
      The scarf is 47 stitches across, so cast on that same amount, and start creating your stockinette! Follow along the rows. You’ll notice that where the pocket turns (around Row 55), you’ll do two purl rows. This will give you a ridge to fold your pocket on. The same thing happens on the other end of the scarf.
      Send us pictures! I’d love to see the scarf done this way!

  9. Fiona says:

    I’m making the scarf as a Christmas present, the pattern is just gorgeous. I’m almost finished the scarf and about to start the hood. Is it better to sew the hood to the middle of the scarf and have 2 short wraps or sew it off-centre and have just one long wrap. Maybe I knitted it too tight because I don’t think it’s going to be as long as in the picture even though I repeated 26 times.

    • Nikki says:

      Fiona!
      I’ve actually done it both ways, depending on how the person prefers to wrap their scarf. I, personally, would rather have it off center, so I can get a good wrap with the long side, but some people prefer to shorter.
      So happy you like the pattern and happy holidays!!!

  10. Jodi says:

    Hi Nikki

    This scarf is BEAUTIFUL! Exactly what I have been looking for. I just learned to knit last month and I am diving in to this scarf next. Thanks for the free pattern.

    • Nikki says:

      Jodi! My pleasure! And welcome to the world of knitting!
      Let me know if you need any help! As you can see from all of the comments, I’ll walk you through any parts you need me to!

  11. Sue Denner says:

    I’m confused! (not hard for me to be confused !)

    Scarf Pattern 4. reads “C6B, K3, P3, 1/1RPC, 3/1LPC, P1, [K1, P1] (5), 1/3RPC, 1/1LPC, P3, C6B, K3” – I’m counting this as 42 stitches? 6+3+3+2+4+1+5+4+2+3+6+3 = 42
    I an reading the [K1,P1] (5) as taking 5 stitches – is this wrong or where am I off in counting???

  12. Andrea says:

    Hi Nikki-
    I found your pattern on the web while looking for Christmas present ideas. It was the first time I had ever attempted cables, but with your instructions it came out absolutely gorgeous!! It was painful to give it away! I wanted to thank you for this amazing pattern and compliment you on the genius it took for you to put it all together!

  13. Kerrin says:

    Hi
    i’m a beginner knitted and just love the idea of a hood in a scarf for my kids – obviously i’d need to make it a bit shorter!
    Now, what does tbl mean?
    And how do you insert a marker? Quite a few instructions have this but i just can’t work out how to do it!
    Also, do we fold the bit with the button hole up the scarf once we have finished?
    Am going to try your pattern very soon!
    Cheers
    Kerrin

    • Nikki says:

      Kerrin!
      Welcome to the world of knitting!
      So, one at a time:
      TBL…means Through the Back Loop (In other words insert your needle into the back loop when taking the stitch, rather than the front)
      Insert a Stitch Marker…stitch markers are little rings that you slide on your needle between the stitches so you remember you’re supposed to do something special at the point in your knitting
      And YES! You fold up the bottom of each end to create the pocket!
      You can see by this post, and the original post, that I get TONS of questions about the patter, so feel free to ask away!
      Let us know how it goes!

  14. Pam says:

    Dear Nikki

    Loving the pattern! It is a great knitting challenge. I have taught myself to cable knit without a cn with this pattern. Slow going but I am progressing well. I have figured out all the rows of the scarf when I am done I will tackle the hood. May not be done for this winter but I am having fun anyway.
    Love It!
    Pam

  15. Pamela says:

    Hi Nikki, my daughter fell in love with this pattern, so I managed to maker her one for Christmas, I put big wooden buttons on the pockets which really set it off well. I did it in a dusky pink and she was absolutley delighted with it and said it was cozy and kept her toasty. Brilliant pattern and design. But I must confess that instead of doing the pattern right through, I actually did stocking stitch for the backs of the pockets which made them a bigger, so she can put whatever she needs in them.

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  17. Mary Kay Kahnke says:

    Hi, Nikki,

    I’m relatively new to knitting…only a few years. I’ve made dozens of hats and scarves in a variety of designs. The hooded scarf pattern, however, is the most beautiful pattern I’ve ever seen. Thank you for making it possible for all of us to use it!

    Because I’m a novice at creating many of the stitches in this pattern, I had difficulty following the steps until I wrote up the instructions myself and now have all the repeats actually written down so I can check them off. That said, I have one ongoing problem…which I believe I’ve solved…but need your confirmation.

    I followed the intricacies of Row 9 (ends with 41 stitches) and 10 (ends with 45 stitches) correctly. Row 11 of the Scarf Pattern reads P9, K1, P1, K9, P2 (P1, yo, P1) in next stitch, P2, K9, P1, K1, P9. (Totaling up these stitches, it comes up to 45 stitches and needs to be 47 stitches for the remainder of the repeat.)

    Every time I knitted this row, there were two extra stitches remaining. After having ripped out this and surrounding rows multiple times, I believe the pattern for Row 11 needs an added “P1, K1” just before the ending P9. Am I right?

    If I’m wrong, please help me find my mistake!!!

    • Nikki says:

      Mary Kay! Welcome to the world of knitting!
      I’ve gone over your question a few times, and now I have questions!
      With the (P1, yo, P1) all in one stitch, that should bump you up to 47 stitches. Hmmmm….
      I’m emailing you now so we can work this out!

      • Mary Kay says:

        Physically, there are 47 stitches in Row 11. However, the instructions (when added up for Row 11) only total 45 stitches!

        That was confusing for me. I followed the pattern to the letter, so it took awhile for me to realize that I didn’t need to knit or purl stitches together in order to match the instructions. Rather, I needed to add one more P1, K1 just before the final P9. When I did that, the instructions no longer totaled 45; they totaled the necessary 47!

        As I said, your creation is beautiful and I’m eager to finish the one (gift) I’m making now and then make one for myself!

  18. Jae Parker says:

    I have to agree, this is a beautiful pattern. I have read the comments cant wait to start it.

  19. Gretchen Hazen says:

    Using the original pattern and some of the comments and hints, I finished the scarf, using a multi-colored Lion Brand wool/acrylic yarn and it’s gorgeous! My hood came out too long (should have switched to smaller needles), so I just put buttons on it along the bottom edge and a scarf-width higher up, and buttoned it onto the scarf. Now I can remove it to use just the scarf or just the hood! I have a couple of photos but am not sure how to include them. Thanks for the fabulous pattern!

  20. Kathy says:

    I love, love, love this pattern and wish I had the guts to try it. But due to all the comments it appears very hard to do 🙁

    I read through it and don’t think I can do it (new at knitting), but thank you for sharing!

    Take care,
    Kathy

    • Nikki says:

      Kathy,
      I’m so happy you like my scarf. Yes, it is a bit more advanced, but I’d be happy to help you through it. If you decide to give it a try, don’t hesitate to send any questions my way!

  21. Vicki says:

    What do you mean by “work even rows through row 8” does this mean that I only do the pearl rows? (in hood section)

    • Nikki says:

      VIcki,
      “Work even” means to work the pattern exactly as it is written, no increases, decreases, etc.
      I hope this helps!

  22. Vicki says:

    Hi,
    Well I have finished the scarf and love the pattern, thank for sharing it! I do wonder what I did wrong when attaching the hood . I attached it in the center and there is not enough scarf to wrap around your neck. Is there a trick to attaching the hood to the scarf, I matched stitches. How did you do yours, what kind of stitch and did you bunch up the hood at all? It looks very baggy and not like yours, help?

    Thank you!!
    Vicki

    • Nikki says:

      Vicki,
      There seem to be two preferences for attaching the scarf. Some like it right in the middle, and let the ends hang down straight. Other like to put it off-center, and wrap one end all the way around and back to the front.
      I used a simple “whip” stitch to attach it and didn’t gather it at all. Just went stitch for stitch!

  23. Isabelle says:

    Hello,
    I am near completion of my scarf, however, I fudged up and forgot to do the purl row after the first 3 pattern rounds of the scarf. Any ideas on how to get the pocket without taking apart the entire project?
    BTW, this pattern is fantastic! It was the only really nice hooded scarf pattern I could find. Thank you~

    • Nikki says:

      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!

  24. Laci says:

    I have no idea how do this, it looks like a forgein language. Would anyone be willing to make this for me? Please contact me on facebook My name is Lacu Hawanchak

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Laci!
      If you don’t have any luck on Facebook, try asking at your local yarn shop. There may be a knitter there that would make it for you!
      Keep me posted!

  25. Laci says:

    Thanks for the tip! I will keep you posted. Maybe just maybe I could convince you to make it for me? LOL

    • Nikki says:

      Laci! You are sweet!
      I actually was making them for awhile, but it got to the point that so many people wanted them, the wait time was up to 4 months. By the time I would get them done, they were out of season!
      But again, keep us posted!!
      XOXO

  26. Sonny Heinz says:

    The scarf is beautiful and the challenge of my knitting life!! I am amazed that people new to knitting are trying to undertake this project. I will be starting the hood soon. One of your fans commented that the hood turned out too big. Should I switch to smaller needles? Sure glad you are so willing to help!!

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Sonny!
      So happy you like the scarf!
      You know, I didn’t have that problem with the hood, but a lot of people have said they did. It might be safer to drop down a size. There’s enough “wiggle” room in there that it won’t be too small.
      Let us know how it goes!!

  27. Sonny Heinz says:

    Thanks so much for the prompt answer!! At what point do I begin shaping the crown – I am sure the answer is quite obvious – but tell me anyway! I have never done short rows – is a short row accomplished when you turn the knitting and go back to the beginning of the row. And do you only turn on rows 1, 4, 9, 12, etc.! After you turn is that considered a new row. I am not there yet – it probably will make sense when I get to that point. Just needing some reassurance! Bless you!!!

    • Nikki says:

      My pleasure, Sonny!
      See at the very end of the hood pattern, where there are numbered rows from 1 to 35? That’s where the shaping happens.
      Short rows are when you don’t knit (or purl) all the way across the row. You stop short and turn somewhere in the middle. This creates almost like a dart that you would find in a fabric garment. You’ll see some of those rows in the shaping of the crown say to turn. As you work through the pattern, you’ll see that those turns are in the middle of the rows.
      Does that help??
      If not, you know where to find me!

  28. Sonny Heinz says:

    I was sailing along with no problems until I got to row 55 of the hood and was suppose to be on pattern row 6 which would have been knitted in purl stitches – my solution was to do the cable in hood pattern row 7 which would match the cable better because it would be knitted in knit stitches. I will continue changing the hood pattern by one row ending up on row 61 hood pattern row 5. Do you think this is OK?

    • Nikki says:

      Sonny….good news, bad news.
      If the pattern is working, then go with it. No one will ever know.
      However, Row 55 is a purl row because that is where you will flip up the first few pattern repeats to create your pocket. I’m assuming that since you missed that, you won’t be able to flip up the pocket. You can either just not have pockets, or you can create a separate piece and sew it on the bottom of each end to create them.
      Let me know what you decide to do, and if you need any help!

  29. Sonny Heinz says:

    Hi Niki – When I made reference to row 55, I was referring to the hood, not row 55 of the scarf!! I’m well into the shaping of the crown and having success with the short rows. I have never done the Kitchener stitch _ sooooo you may be hearing from me again! Peace

  30. Sonny Heinz says:

    Hi Niki – I have done the Kitchener stitch, but I was wondering if I could do the 3 needle bind off instead when I join the 80 stitches on the hood. It is quicker and so much easier than the Kitchener stitch. The scarf and hood is knit with a black yarn which conceals more imperfections. However, I don’t want to take a shortcut at this stage of the game! Peace

    • Nikki says:

      Sonny,
      I looked around online at a few tutorials, and it looks like…YES!
      I think it will work just fine!
      Congratulations on finishing your scarf and hood!!
      XOXO

  31. Sonny Heinz says:

    YES!!!! Thanks so much Niki! Once again you give me confidence. I’m not quite finished with the project, but I am in the home stretch! I sure would like to know how you went about creating this beautiful scarf – stitch by stitch and row by row – AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much !!! Peace and Hugs

  32. Susi says:

    Hi,

    I am making the scarf and really excited about it. I have a question about the hood part. First I should say that I started with the hood because I want to be able to adjust the length of the scarf but don’t want to run out of yarn for the hood so I am doing that first. My question, on the decrease part of the hood, I have small holes where I ssk and P2tog. Is that part of the design or are my stitches possibly too loose as I go back across where I decreased?? Also, why no wrap on the hood? Maybe that’s the same answer?? Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks, Susi

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Susi!
      Yes! You answered your own question!
      I didn’t have a hole…maybe because the weight of my yarn? Or because I tend to knit very tight “angry” little stitches? 😉
      You can certainly add a wrap, many people do it whenever they do short rows, and that should help, too!
      Let me know if that helps!

  33. Susi says:

    okay, follow up to my previous question. I am having trouble losing the hole. Can you run me through how to work a wrap with the ssk and the turn. I have tried it a number of ways and can’t seem to get rid of the hole.

    Thanks, Susi

    • Nikki says:

      Susi,
      I looked around online a bit to try to maybe figure out why you’re getting such a hole in your work.
      I found a few suggestions.
      First, for the ssk:
      Here is the technical way to do it, but take a look at the tip they give at the end. “Slip the first two stitches (knitwise) off your left needle and onto your right. Insert the left needle back into both stitches and knit them from the back. This is another tight, right slanting decrease. There is also SSK improved, where you slip the first stitch knitwise and the second stitch purlwise so the decrease lays flatter.”
      And for the P2tog:
      “Insert the RH needle purlwise into the next 2 stitches on the LH needle.
      Position the needle like you were purling a single stitch, except insert the needle through two loops. You’re on your way to working a single p2tog decrease on the wrong (purl) side of your knitting.
      Wrap the yarn around the RH needle.
      Perform the action just like you were working a single purl stitch.”

  34. Malena says:

    Hi, I am starting the hood. For the hood do I cast 80 stitches on a curcular needle or just the 8″ needles?

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Malena!
      Just the 8″ needles will work! The circular is for grafting the hood together at the very end!

      • Malena says:

        Hi Nikki,

        Thank you for your help and for sharing this pattern! I am a new knitter and I am having trouble understanding the below instruction. I read through your comments, but I am still confused. Please help! =/ I’m a visual learn, so not seeing the pattern written out can easily confuse me. =)

        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.

        • Malena says:

          Nvm I went through your old posts and the detailed description you gave helped! Sorry for all the posts

          • Nikki says:

            Sorry I didn’t get to your questions sooner, Malena, but I’ m happy you worked it out. Keep us posted as to how the rest of the hood goes!

  35. Shirley says:

    I too decided to start with the hood for the same reason as the other knitter who did this. I was so confused that I was just about to quit and try another pattern, but of course there’s not another that’s quite as pretty. My first problem was the 2 Hood Patterns. Perhaps if you had stated that Hood Pattern A is for the left hand side (on K rows) and B for the other side, I might have caught on. However after much puzzling with no success, I came here and I think by some of the other comments, I have it figured out. I’ve been knitting for 70 years and have done some pretty complicated things but never ever had to quit so I was feeling pretty stupid. I am on my way again and will contact you if I run into problems I will be in touch. Thanks for having this comment column. It is very helpful.

  36. Katrina says:

    Hi Nikki, I have completed the scarf it’s gorgeous thank you for sharing you pattern. I am now starting the hood for the 3rd time and after reading through comments and replies have finally figured it out. I want to try and make it a detachable hood so I can button it on and off when wanted but i’m not sure how to or where to put button holes in the hood, Any suggestions

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Katrina!
      I LOVE the idea of making it detachable!
      So, you easily add a button hole, even spaced along the 56 stitches between the braids at the ends. Work a few rows first, so they aren’t too close to the edge, and then use whatever button hole design you like. You could even use the one in the scarf, that I used to close the pocket.
      The only problem is, you’ll probably want a button right at each corner, and the braid may get in the way there. You could try to put it in amongst the twists, I just wouldn’t do too close to a cable. Or, you could not start the braid until after the button hole row. You’d still need to have those stitches on the needle, so really you’d be starting off with a few rows of stockinette stitch.
      Does that make sense?
      Keep us posted as to how it’s going!

  37. usha says:

    Hi nikki ,
    With all the tips from comments and rplys I was able to finish working my scarf and the hood.It turned out wonderful.Thank you for the lovely pattern.now i am jus confused about were to attach the hood to the scarf.I would like to see some attachment pics of your hooded scarf .can you plz email me at *********@gmail.com

    Thank you,
    usha

    • Nikki says:

      Usha!
      I’m so happy you’ve finished your scarf! YAY!!!
      There seem to be two preferences for where to attach the hood.
      1. You can put it right in the center. This will make the ends of the scarf shorter, but some people actually just let them hang straight without wrapping them around their neck at all.
      2. (And this is my prefence!) You can put it off center, so that you can wrap the longer side of the scarf all the way around your neck and back to the front.
      I hope this helps!!

  38. Stephanie says:

    Hey Nikki,

    I have read through your comments and have not found the answer to my question. Finished the scarf, on to the hood. I am on row 23 where all of a sudden it talks about a center marker and third marker…. where did these come from?!
    (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)

    I have only 2 markers as stated in the directions and then when I got to this point, I went back to re-read the directions to make sure I was on track and I have followed all the directions, nothing has stated adding a center marker or even a third marker. Can you please explain this? Thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Stephanie!
      It’s an easy one to miss!
      In row 20 of the hood, it reads:
      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.
      That’s where you place that third, center marker!
      Let me know if that helps!

  39. Suki says:

    Hi Nikki,
    I love this pattern it just look very hard for a beginner knitter like me who wants to make it for my daughters xmas present. Is there any way you can make the instructions easier. I would live to make it. I am a visual learner, maybe that would help you with the reply. Maybe I can try it in a simpler stitch, no cable for now. can you help me. If possible send your reply to my email.

    Thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Suki!
      Some people have left the center plain and just done the cables along the edges. It will work up MUCH quicker and easier.
      Don’t be afraid of the cables! After a few practice rounds you’ll be a pro!

  40. Katrina says:

    Hi Nikki,

    The scarf is gorgeous thank you for sharing, I have completed the scarf and started on the hood however I am now totally confused and need some help 🙂 I have done the first 28 rws and finished on row 8 of the pattern with 96 sts my problem is this next part…..
    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

    Can you please explain this to me? from what I can tell, I do 16 more rows of hood pattern then work rows 1-4 but where do I increase? if I increase every RS then i’ll end up with 20 more sts not 10 HELP pleease lol

  41. Donna Rock says:

    I can not wait to start this project! I have read all the posts & think I have figured out all my questions? We will see!!!!
    Thank you for the pattern & your amazing patience!

  42. Donna says:

    Just finished my scarf! It is real pretty! Thanks to all the questions here I made it through easily! I color coded all the instructions to make following along easier! Also on the purl 7 tog, I slipped 6 PW then purled the 7th & pulled the loop thru the other 6 stitches with a narning needle & put it on the right needle. Thanks for pattern very pretty!

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