Monday, January 26, 2009

Modding the Hood

A question came in over Ravelry about modding the hood pattern so that the hood and mantle are one colour and the moss stitch borders another. What's a good way to do this? asked my gentle correspondent.

I suggested knitting the hood without the front border, and then picking up and knitting the border separately. This is the same technique sometimes used in cardi patterns to add the button bands.

To do this, cast on 245 stitches, knit the bottom border, then change colours and knit the hood without the front borders. Slip the first stitch of each row purlwise so you get a chained selvage. This will make picking up stitches easier when you get to the front borders.

When the hood is done, use a crochet hook to pick up the stitches around the front edge and work 5 or 6 rows of moss stitch to make the front border.

You’ll have to decide where you want your buttonholes to be and put them in the right places about the 3rd row of the border. The same basic eyelet buttonhole should work just fine.

Have you modded the hood pattern? If so, what did you do?

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