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Celtic Hood Digital Knitting Pattern

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The Celtic Hood was to fill a gap in my own knitting library. I found I only had few hood patterns, and none for adults. And when an internet search failed to turn up what I wanted, I decided to design it myself!

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Pattern Notes:

This hood starts with the cable panel, which is knit flat. The neck is knit in the round, then the cable section is joined to the neck with a three-needle bind off. The body of the hood is knit back and forth, picking up stitches from the edge of the cable pattern. Finally, stitches are picked up from the other side of the cable pattern to make the edge of the hood. So while it is an exercise in more unusual construction, there's absolutely nothing scary about it, I promise!

The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash Wool, but, any worsted-weight wool or wool blend should substitute quite well. Worsted/Aran weight acrylic yarn would also substitute nicely, if desired.

The Cable pattern is both written and charted;  this pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software which includes the written instruction.

Errata Link

Sizes Available:  Adult Small and Large.
Finished Measurements:
Hood Depth: 9.75(10.75) inches, 25(27.5)cm.
Top of Neck to Top Seam: 12(14) inches, 30.5(35.5) cm

Materials Required:
1100 to 1550 yards (1006 to 1418 meters) of worsted or aran weight yarn. Sample knit in Cascade Yarns Cascade 220, (100% Superwash Wool). 

4 mm (US 3.5) 24 inch circular, or; 5 double-pointed needles (adjust needle size to obtain gauge)

2 Stitch markers (one in contrasting colour)
2 Cable needles
Tapestry needle
Stitch holder or scrap yarn

Gauge for Pattern:
24 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)square in stocking stitch
37 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)square in cable pattern

Techniques Used:
slipped stitches
decreases: k2tog, ssk, k3tog, k3togtbl
working cables with a cable needle
pick up and knit
pick up and purl
long tail cast on method
provisional cast on method with scrap yarn
three-needle bind off
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Photo Credit:  Stephanie Wallace

Image Descriptions:

1) A woman wearing a knit hood done in worsted-weight yarn, with a cabled-stitch border around the front of the hood, and a garter-stitch hood edging.
2)  A person wearing a red knit hood in worsted-weight yarn. The Cabled and Garter stitch edge shield their face.
3)  A woman wearing a red knit hood with a cable stitch border around the edge of the hood.
4) A woman wearing a red knit hood, with a cabled-stitch border around the front of the hood. The hood has a ribbed neck that falls over the top of the shoulders.
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