This hooded cowl was so fun and easy to make. I love knitting in the round. It’s so much easier plus I love the fact that when I’m knitting circular there are no seams when I am finished. How great is that?
If you are new to circular knitting this pattern is great for you to start with. In fact it doesn’t get any easier than this. And the nice thing about this pattern is that you can use any kind of yarn to make it. I’ll show you how
How To Knit A Hooded Cowl With Any Yarn
It’s very simple. First you need to know how many stitches per inch you have so….
Make a knitting gauge swatch and let’s say your swatch reads 3 stitches per inch.
Measure your head or the head of the person you’re making the hooded cowl for and let’s pretend the measurement is 20 inches.
Multiply the head measurement by the stitches per inch:
20 inches X 3 sts per inch = 60 stitches
Now that will work however what if you want to make the hooded cowl looser?
Easy. All you need to do is add ½ – 1 inch more to the head measurement or even more if you want too.
20 inches + 1 inch = 21 inches X 3 sts per inch = 63 sts to cast on.
The same rules apply if you want to use a thinner yarn as well.
Now you’re ready to go.
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Hooded Cowl Pattern Details
Joining in the round
Knitting in the round
Yarn: 1 skein worsted weight (medium) yarn, approximately 100 grams
Circular needles: Length = 16 inches, size US 8 (5.00 mm)
Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 row = 1 inch
NOTES: Here’s a little knitting tip and also what I like to do before joining my work in the round. As you may know it’s really important to make sure that none of the stitches are twisted around your needle. If they are, you will have to rip your knitting out. And I’ve done it. So to avoid having to go through all that, I like to knit flat for a couple of rows before I join my work. That way it’s easier to see if my work is twisted or not and it’s only a couple of rows so there won’t be much seaming. On this hooded cowl I knit 4 rows of Garter stitch flat. You could of course knit Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) if you wish. It doesn’t matter. Then I joined my work.
Hooded Cowl Pattern Instructions
Cast on 92 stitches and don’t join.
Knit 4 rows Garter stitch
When you finish the 4 rows, straighten out your knitting and make sure you don’t have any twisted stitches around the needle. Join work and place a marker at the beginning of your work so that you know where your round begins.
Knit around and around for at least 20 inches ending with 4 rows of Garter stitch just like in the beginning.
Bind off very loosely. Seam those 4 rows of garter stitch you did before joining your work, weave in ends.
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