My Own Design: Hoodlet

This is a pattern I created for Spring that didn’t get accepted to the place I submitted. So I decided to publish it on my blog.
Tired of running from Big Bad Wolves on a chilly Spring night? Every Lil’ Red needs her Riding Hood! Two basketweave rectangles transform into this simple Hoodlet. Be coy for a Valentine Day’s Date by batting your eyes behind the red and pink hood. Or style it up for a Spring Break getaway on the beach at twilight. The custom variegation is made by holding one strand of each red and pink. The large needle size prevents the double strand from being too bulky. The basketweave pattern keeps it light and airy, draping over the body, while the hood adds just enough warmth for the ears without blocking the whispers of a Valentine. This project is perfect for beginners; knit and purl are all you need to know. Worked as two different sized rectangles, the straight capelet and simply-shaped hood create this stylish Hoodlet.

A perfect Spring Fling quickie, it knits up in a week.

Hoodlet by Jennifer Coombe
Photographs by William Coombe
Finished Measurements: Length: 52 inches; Width (with hood): 37 inches; Width (without hood): 23 inches
Materials:
  • This project was created from the yarn stash, but these were the following yarns used: Red Heart 4ply Super Saver (100% Acrylic; 364yds/198g per 7oz skein); color: Shocking Pink, Cherry Red; approx. 2 skeins each
  • 1 set US Circular Needles #19/15mm 29”/73.5 cm
  • Tapestry Needle

Gauge:10 sts/ rows = 5”/3.5” 5×5 basketweave pattern

Pattern Notes: The project is perfect for beginners. The two strands should self-variegate. The hood and capelet are worked separate as two rectangles; the hood is shaped later. The basketweave pattern prevents the piece from curling. Since I am fairly short, I measured the length to my arm span; the piece is meant to be a light cover-up. To increase (or decrease) length or width, simply alter the pattern in multiples of five.
Directions:
Hood: With one strand of each color, CO 65 sts.
Row 1(Begin 5×5 Basketweave Pattern): K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 2: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 3: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 4: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 5: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 6: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 7: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 8: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 9: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 10: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 11-35: Repeat Rows 1-10.
BO all sts.
Capelet: With one strand of each color, CO 45 sts (or multiples of 5 for desired width).
Row 1 (Begin 5×5 Basketweave pattern): K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 2: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 3: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 4: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 5: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 6: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 7: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 8: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 9: P5, k5 across, end on p5.
Row 10: K5, p5 across, end on k5.
Row 11-35: Repeat Rows 1-10.
Row 11-145: Repeat Rows 1-10 (or until desired length in multiples of 5 rows).
BO all sts.
Finishing: To create hood, thread yarn needle with 1 20” long strand of each color. Weave through last row of hood, leaving an even tail at each end. Pull ends to gather row to create small opening for back of hood, do NOT pull completely closed. Tie off. Thread yarn needle and sew opening shut with whipstitch. To create oversized hem around hood, fold over five rows. Tack in place with a light basting stitch. Weave in ends. Find the center of the capelet on one long straight edge (it doesn’t matter which edge or right/wrong side), place center of the bottom of the hood. Using whipstitch, attach hood to capelet. Viola! Hoodlet.
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4 thoughts on “My Own Design: Hoodlet

  1. OMG its beautiful! I cannot believe it did not get accepted you should have tried elsewhere. I have not seen anything like it and it is amazing! Dee in Florida

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  2. This is such a cool pattern! Love it! I think it would be fantastic for my office, where my neck and arms are often cold through out the day, so pretty!Great Job!

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