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Harper's Hood
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Harper's Hood

By Carey Huffman

Named for a friend's new babe, this hood is designed for children who just can't stand the confining nature of traditional hats. A choice of braided ties, mini scarf or button closure keeps the hood where it belongs on these free spirits.


Baby [Toddler, Child]

Shown in size baby


Fits head circumference: 16[18, 20] inches


Rowan All Seasons Cotton [50% Cotton/50% Acrylic; 98 yards/90 meters per 1.76 ounce/50 gram skein];

#205 Cheery (MC); 2 skeins
#178 Organic (CC); 1 skein
#231 Bark (MC); 2 skeins
#240 Sprout (CC); 1 skein
#240 Sprout (MC); 2 skeins
#178 Organic (CC); 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4 mm 24 inch or longer circular needle
Optional: US #6/4 mm set of double pointed needles
For braided ties only: 4 mm crochet hook


Stitch holders or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
For button closure only: 1 inch button


19 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st


Seed st worked over odd number of stitches: * K1, p1; repeat from * across to last st, k1. Repeat for every row.
Seed st worked over even number of stitches:
Row 1: * K1, p1; repeat from * across/around.
Row 2: * P1, k1; repeat from * across/around.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Skills Required

Casting on, binding off, knitting flat and in the round (double points or magic loop), grafting stitches. For braided ties only: crochet crab stitch.



With MC, cast on 79[89, 99] sts.
Rows 1-4: Work 4 rows in Seed st.
Row 5 (Decrease row): Ssk, work in seed st pattern to last 2 sts, k2tog: 77[87, 97] sts.
Rows 6-8: Work 3 rows in established Seed st pattern.
Repeat Rows 5 thru 6[6-8] once more: 75[85, 95] sts.
Change to CC. From this point on, work colors according to the stripe chart, beginning at the point marked for your size.

Baby and Toddler sizes only:
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: K1, purl across to last st, k1.

All Sizes
Row 1 (Decrease row): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 73[83, 93] sts.
Row 2: K1, purl across to last st, k1.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: K1, purl across to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 rows, 7[9, 11] times: 59[65, 71] sts.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2: 57[63, 69] sts.

Hood Point
Set Up Row: K21[23, 25], ssk, k11[13, 15], k2tog, k1. Place remaining 20[22, 24]sts and the first 20[22, 24]sts on stitch holders or waste yarn.
Divide remaining 15[17, 19]sts evenly on dpns or long circular needle for magic loop method.
Harper's HoodDecrease Rnd: Continuing to follow the stripe pattern, k1, ssk, knit around to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Repeat Decrease Rnd until 5 sts remain.
Break yarn leaving a 10 inch tail. With tapestry needle, thread yarn tail through remaining sts, pulling tightly to close.
Place the sts from st holders onto opposite ends of the circular needle or 2 dpns. Graft sts together.

At this point chose the simple braided ties, mini scarf, or button closure finishing option.


Cut 70[80, 90] inch lengths of yarn in MC and CC. Holding the lengths together to form one strand and leaving a 12" tail, crab stitch crochet across the Garter st edge of the hood. Pull the remaining yarn through last loop leaving the long tail. Cut 24 inch lengths of yarn in MC and CC. Holding the lengths of of MC and CC together, pull through last stitch. Divide the lengths of yarn into 3 groups and braid; tie knot to secure. Repeat on other side. Trim ends.

Harper's HoodMINI SCARF

In MC cast on 41[45, 49] sts, pick up 47[55, 63] sts across the Garter st edge of the hood, cast on an additional 41[45, 49] sts: 129[145, 161] sts.
Work 20[22, 24] rows in Seed st pattern.
Bind off all sts.


In MC cast on 10[15, 20] sts, pick up 47[55, 63] sts across the Garter st edge of of the hood, cast on an additional 10[15, 20] sts: 67[85, 103] sts.
Work 4[4, 5] rows in Seed st pattern.
Harper's HoodButtonhole Row 1: Work in Seed st pattern across to last 7 sts, bind off next 4 sts, work across in Seed st.
Buttonhole Row 2: Work first 3 sts in Seed st, cast on 4 sts, work across in Seed st.
Work 4[4, 5] more rows in seed stitch.
Bind off all sts.


Weave in all ends.
For button closure only: Sew on button on the flap opposite buttonhole.

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Lisa van Klaveren

Carey Huffman is obsessed with making fun things. Toys are her passion and she has participated in several plush art exhibits. Recently becoming a mother has inspired her to make fun and practical children's clothing. You can read more about her crafting and her family life on her blog.

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