Saturday, October 4, 2014

Knitting! Little Red Riding Hood/ Christmas Hood

Knitting pattern time! This one I made for Halloween, but it can also double for Christmas too. Who doesn't need a bright red cape and hood? This is a one-size fits all type of pattern. My almost-5-month-old daughter is wearing it in the pictures and I tried it on my two-year-old son as well and it fits nicely. 
Little Red Riding Hood/ Christmas Hood

Main colour (mc): Bernat Softee Chunky in Berry Red (2 skeins)

Contrast Colour 1 (cc1): Bernat Softee Chunky in White (1 skein)

5mm circular needles

6 stitches and 8 rows = 2inches

cape has a circumference of 29", Hood is 10" high

One size will fit between 6months and 2T, possibly 3T(see notes in pattern in parentheses) It will just have a more fitted look for older children

cc1-contrast colour 1
cc2-contrast colour 2
k2tog-knit two together
k1f&b-knit one front and back
m1-make 1
mc-main colour
ssk-slip slip knit
St st-stockinette stitch

Cast on 90st in cc1(white) on 5mm circular needles and join in the round, placing a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each new row.
Row 1: *k5, on the right needle, slip 2nd st from left over the first st, then the 3rd st over the 1st, then the 4th over the 1st, and then the 5th over the first, leaving just one st on the right needle, yo* Repeat * to * a total of 18 times.
Row 2: k1f&b in every stitch around
Switch to main colour (Berry Red)
Knit until the red portion of the cape measures 3" long (if you are knitting this for a 2 or 3 year old, consider adding an inch or two of length at this part).
Next row: *k6, k2tog* 9 times
Next row: k
Next row: *k5, k2tog* 9 times
Next row: k
Next row: *k4, k2tog* 9 times
Next row: k
Next row: *k3, k2tog* 9 times (36 st)
Next row: k
Next row: k

Now the hood is going to be worked flat. Instead of continuing to work in the round, turn your work, k2, purl until 2 from the end, k2.
Next row: k
Next row: k2, purl until 2 from end, k2
Next row: k8, *k2, m1, k1, m1* 6 times, k2, k8 (48 st)
Next row: k2, purl until 2 from end, k2
Next row: *k4, m1* 6 times, k1f&b, k3, m1, *k4, m1* 4 times, k4 (60 st)
Continue to work in stockinette st, with the first and last two stitches of each row always knit (garter st) until the hood measures 9.5" long from where it splits from the cape (add and inch or two for sizes 2T-3T). Turn the hood inside out and fold in half, doing a 3 needle bind off to seam the top of the hood together.
Weave in ends and block the hood.
Look out! It's the Big Bad Wolf!

I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you find any errors, please let me know and I will try to fix them. I welcome any questions or comments as well. Please check out the tab at the top of my blog which links to a page of all my other knitting patterns. Stay tuned for the Bid Bad Wolf hat as well!


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