Don’t be Snood-y! Why Hooded Scarves are Still Cool in 2017
Hooded scarves (aka scoodies) got really popular in the knitting world a few years back. A lot of these patterns weren’t exactly my cup of tea, featuring extreme pointy tops, hoods that slide right off the back of your head, and other atrocities.
After seeing a few I didn’t like, I dismissed the trend, completely ignoring how objectively great and useful it is to have a garment that keeps both your head and neck warm without a ton of extra bulk. Now that this trend has been around for a few years and some of the bugs have been worked out of the concept, I’m finally falling in love with hooded scarves.
Here are a variety of hooded scarf knitting patterns that I really like in a wide range of styles. Will you cast one of these on this fall? I’m personally leaning towards the Pixie Hooded Scarf.
Crocheters—I didn’t forget you! Scroll down to the end for two fab crocheted hooded scarves.
Stay Warm While You Get Your Steps In: Pfeiffer Falls Hooded Scarf
Designer: Anne Kuo Lukito, Interweave Knits, Winter 2008
Suggested Yarn: Naturally Harmony 10 ply (100% pure New Zealand merino wool, worsted weight)
Why I Love It: A weird quirk of my anatomy—if my ears get cold, I throw up. I inherited this gem from my mother. Thanks, mama. As a result, my step count plummets as soon as the first chilly winds start to blow. However, the plush, plump braided cable and soft, minimally processed wool of this hooded scarf block even the chilliest wind. My Fitbit doesn’t know what’s coming this winter! And yes, that is a pocket just right for your cell phone.
Whip Your Tassel Back and Forth: Double-Rib Hooded Scarf
Designer: Margaret Maney for Patternworks
Suggested Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky (100% acrylic, bulky weight)
Why I Love It: Embellishments truly make a knitting project your own. Whether you prefer tassels or pom-poms (or some unholy hybrid thereof???), there’s no denying that a little flair makes your hooded scarf a little more pixie-chic and a little less frumpy. Plus, the suggested yarn comes in over 60 colorways, so you can express your own style in, well, style!
Pointy Heads are Out: Wintersweet Scarf
Designer: Heather Zoppetti, Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2010
Suggested Yarn: Lana Gatto Camel Hair (60% extra fine merino wool and 40% camel, Aran weight)
Why I Love It: If you are one of the very few who look cute with a gnome-like pointy hood, good for you. Frolic about in your elfin adorability. For the rest of us, thank goodness for Heather Zoppetti! The incredibly well-designed hood on this hooded scarf lends a more sophisticated look. Add subtle stranded colorwork and seed stitch, and this is an accessory you won’t be able to stop showing off.
Make One for Everyone: Mommy & Me Hoods
Designer: Lisa Jacobs, Love of Knitting, Winter 2016
Suggested Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% Peruvian Highland Wool and 50% Super Fine Alpaca, worsted weight) for adult size, Berroco Vintage (52% acrylic, 40% wool, 8% nylon, worsted weight) for child’s size
Why I Love It: When we were kids, my little sister had a running away problem. Like a Siberian husky hearing the call of the wild, she would bolt and vanish without a trace. Especially in crowds. My mom eventually started dressing us in matching outfits so she could tell people to look for a smaller version of me. Dress the whole family in matching hooded scarves, and picking missing offspring out of the crowd gets a whole lot easier!
Got Hands in Pocket: Pixie Hooded Scarf
Designer: Lynnette Hulse, Garter Stitch Revival
Suggested Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson (100% superwash merino, worsted weight)
Why I Love It: This scarf has whimsy written all over it, from the deep pockets to the color blocking to the flirty tassel at the top. This youthful pattern features large stretches of garter stitch for quick stitching. The ends of the scarf are long enough that you can style it a variety of ways and those deep pockets are large enough to hold mittened hands, your cell phone, and snacks all at the same time.
Show Off Your Stitchcraft: Green Mountain Spinnery Hooded Scarf
Designer: Marly Bird, Cold Weather Crochet
Suggested Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool (100% wool, Aran weight)
Why I Love It: Shell stitches and crochet cables make this an impressive accessory! Although you can use any worsted-weight yarn, I highly recommend trying out the Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool, a woolen-spun yarn that will make those gorgeous cables really pop. This hooded scarf is available as a kit that includes the yarn and Marly Bird’s wonderful book Cold Weather Crochet.
Protect Your Hairstyle from the Wind: Hooded Scarf
Designer: Sedruola Maruska, Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2011
Suggested Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino extrafine wool and 30% silk, DK weight)
Why I Love It: This crocheted hooded scarf features a great roomy hood that will keep the wind from messing up your ‘do. Worked in a truly luxurious yarn that comes in a glorious array of colors, this is sure to become a wardrobe staple for windy fall days.
If you think hooded scarves are over, think again! These versatile, fun accessories have lots of advantages that make them must-haves for fall.
Let me know in the comments: what do you look for in a hooded scarf knitting pattern?
Yours in Stitches,
Wind’s Up, Hoods Up!