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Hooded Cowl Knitting Pattern

knit hooded cowl pattern

knit hooded cowl pattern

Knitting materials and tools:

<> 16” circular knitting needles 5 mm (US 8/UK 6) and 40” circular needles 4 mm (US 6 / UK8).

<> Long mink wool (Cashmere) yarn – 75% wool, 25% nylon: 50 grams – 338 m per skein. Note: Knit with 3 strands of main and 1 strand of reinforcing (partner) yarn together.

<> Weight Category – Fingering. Quantity – 2.5 balls. If you have difficulty to find aforementioned brand of yarn, use medium worsted weight yarn. !!!!!Check your gauge before knitting!!!!!!

<> Yarn needle, two stitch markers, two meters of scrap yarn.

Knit hooded cowl size:

Hood length: 41 cm (16.1”)

Hood width: 29 cm (11,4”)

Head Circumference Number of stitches
53-57 cm 90

*All measurements are in centimeters if not mentioned otherwise

Gauge: 16-18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette (5 mm knitting needles)

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

K – knit

P – purl

Pm – place marker

sel s R – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch knitwise, work to the last stitch, knit the last stitch

sel s W – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch knitwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it’s done.

k2tog – knit two together

M1L – make one left increase: make 1 left: pick up bar bringing left hand needle from the front to the back, then knit the bar through the back loop.

St(s) – stitch(es)

knit hooded cowl - front view

Knit hooded cowl pattern

Knitting body of the hood

Using 5 mm knitting needles, cast on 90 stitches.  Join to knit in rounds. Place stitch marker. Rib *k1, p1 – until piece reaches 14 cm.

Rounds 1-3: knit all stitches around.

Round 4: k 40, bind off 10 sts and pm that will indicate beginning of the new round (row). Do not remove the previous stitch marker.

Row 1: sel s, k 37, M1L, k4, M1L, k 37, sel s R.

Row 2: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 3: sel s, k1, skpo, k 35, M1L, k4, M1L, k 35, k2tog, k1, sel s R.

Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 5: sel s, k1, skpo, k 35, M1L, k4, M1L, k 35, k2tog, k1, sel s R.

Row 6: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 7 (size 53-57): sel s, k 38, M1L, k4, M1L, k38, sel s R.

Row 8: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 9: sel s, k 39, M1L, k4, M1L, k 39, sel s R.

Row 10: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 11: sel s, k 40, M1L, k4, M1L, k 40, sel s R.

Row 12: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

On your needles now: 88 stitches

Knit in stockinette stitch for 14-17 cm. To make it easier, mark with stitch marker the last row.

knitting pattern of a hooded scarf shown on the mannequin head

Knitting crown of the hood

Row 1: sel s, k 40, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 40, sel s R.

Row 2: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 3: sel s, knit all stitches, sel s R.

Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 5: sel s, k 39, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 39, sel s R.

Row 6: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 7: sel s, knit all stitches, sel s R.

Row 8: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 9: sel s, k 38, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 38, sel s R.

Row 10: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 11: sel s, knit all stitches, sel s R.

Row 12: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W.

Row 13: sel s, k 37, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 37, sel s R.

Row 14: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W

Row 15: sel s, k 36, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 36, sel s R.

Row 16: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s W

Row 17: sel s, k 35, skpo, k2, k2tog, k 35, sel s R.

Row 18: sel s, p 34 , p2tog, p2, p2tog (to get the same leaning on the right side, I turned next two stitches and p2tog through the back loop), p 34, sel  s  W.

Cut the yarn leaving 50-60 cm tail and check video tutorial of how to make an invisible seam.  You can also use the three needles bind off method.

Using 40” 4 mm knitting needles and holding only 2 main yarn threads together, pick up stitches along the face hole. Check the video tutorial and do not forget to use a scrap yarn, otherwise it will be almost impossible to finish the folded edge. The final number of stitches must be multiple of 2. Knit in rounds. Rib k1, p1 until piece reaches 6.5 – 7 cm. Cut the yarn leaving 1 m tail and check again video tutorial of how to sew the folded edge.

Knitting ties for the hooded cowl

If you want to add ties, knit an i-cord.

Using 3 mm knitting needles and holding 2 main threads of yarn together pick up 3 sts, without turning the needle, place it to the left hand. The yarn is coming from the far-left stitch. Pull yarn and knit 3 stitches from the left to the right needle. Slide the stitches from one end of the double-pointed needle to the other and knit 3 stitches again. Repeat all steps until the tie reaches 80-90 cm. Bind off.  Weave in all ends. Wash the hood and dry flat.

folded knit hooded cowl - side view

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8 comments

pat 2nd February 2023 at 13:13

been searching years for this wonderful neck and hat covering one piece for cold months. can not wait to start your beautiful instructions. thank you very much for sharing your design and pattern instructions.

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Ann 4th February 2023 at 21:01

Happy knitting Pat!

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Josie 25th September 2023 at 16:35

I want to attempt to make this wonderful neck and hat covering so beautiful and you explained it so nicely. I was wondering how do I change it up a bit to make it so that the neck part keeps coming down to also cover my shoulders and my chest.

Thank you

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Ann 27th September 2023 at 08:44 Reply
Thes 21st December 2023 at 01:45

Hello, Thank you for this nice pattern 🥰. its going really well.
i was just wondering, after the last step of de body of the hooded cowl you say to continue to knit voor 14-17cm. is this measure from the last row, or from the the first row of stockinette stitch?

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Ann 21st December 2023 at 15:51

yes, it means from the last row

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Charline 6th January 2024 at 04:20

Hi, thanks for this beautiful pattern ! Will love to start one rn !
How much meters of yarn will you recommend for this ?
Thank you so much for your answer 🙂

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Ann 11th January 2024 at 18:59

Hi. I did not count meters. 2.5 balls or 125 grams

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