September 7, 2012

On Bundling Down for Winter via Knitting.

Yes, I know that it’s even shameful for me to think of this season right now, as in the US, it isn’t even autumn yet, but I have a project in mind.

I am not great at managing cold weather, snow, and wind, and so I want an extremely warm covering for my head. With that in mind, I had intended to make a “scarf hat” last winter but had never gotten around to it. It’s basically a hat whose back kind of trails into a thick scarf that you can wrap around your face and neck. (But it’s not the end of the hat that turns into a scarf; it’s the front piece on either side.) I saw something similar to what I was looking for at an amazing Etsy shop, pixiebell:

The only problem is my stubbornness; I tend to insist on making winter items myself. Since I know how to knit, it always feels like a huge cop-out to just buy it from someone else, even if that someone else is incredible and it would be in my best interest and completely worth it.

So I went on the great hunt for a pattern, digging through endless false leads. (Do you know how many hat and scarf patterns there are out there? Shouldn’t typing {“scarf hat” pattern} into Google search yield more relevant results?) And then, I realized how silly I was being. There are names for this thing: a hooded scarf and a scoodie.

And armed with that critical piece of knowledge, I have found the perfect pattern. It’s a beautiful knitted, cabled, hooded scarf with pockets at the end for your hands (something I wasn’t expecting to enjoy, but I’m quickly warming–pun intended–to the idea).

A trip to Michael’s later, and I had the yarn I wanted to use: Caron’s Simply Soft in Dark Sage.

I have a dark brown knee-length winter coat, so this should go perfectly :). Of course, I had to buy a couple extra skeins for mittens, “just in case”! I’ve already modified the scarf’s pattern to use on the mittens, as well, so if that goes as planned, I’ll share that pattern with you, too!

I do actually slightly prefer knitting to crocheting, just because you can really do some awesome detail work. However, since it is so labor intensive, I don’t knit for my shop, because I would feel uncomfortable charging that much for an item. Instead, I knit clothing for myself and occasionally for my fiance. I’m excited to have this chance to work on something for myself!

So far, I have the first pocket done. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Are you planning any winter projects?


  1. Sounds like you have a great pattern! I can’t knit, but I can’t wait to see your pictures!

    Comment by Jen Anderson — September 7, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  2. I really love the colour of your wool. The pattern looks incredible. You will be well prepared for the cold weather when it comes..

    Comment by linnyjcreations — September 7, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    • Thank you! It’s such a rich green–I’m really excited!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — September 7, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      • It’s my favourite shade of green for winter. It will be absolutley gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it finished. Can understand why you don’t sell knitted items in your shop. You would never get the price that all your hard work warranted. It is a really sad fact of life in the handmade world. Love your work.

        Comment by linnyjcreations — September 7, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

      • You’re absolutely right about certain handmade items being difficult to sell for what they’re worth.
        I really appreciate your kind words and that you enjoy my work!

        Comment by amandajocrafts — September 7, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  3. good luck sweetie !! i too like knitting better, but i like the instant gratification of crocheting…i do it so much faster !!!

    Comment by jeanne — September 7, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    • Exactly! But I like the challenge of taking all the time to knit–it’s so rewarding at the end!!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — September 7, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  4. What a great idea to have pockets on a scarf for your hands! I would love that!

    For my winter projects, I am currently making some really pretty velvet burgundy flower fascinators with metallic vintage button centers.

    Comment by Jamie "ChatterBlossom" — September 8, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    • Oh, they sound soo beautiful! I’m glad velvet is making a bit of a classic comeback; it looks so sophisticated!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — September 8, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  5. I agree that the detail in knitting can be incredible but, as you say, it is So Slow compared to crochet and I cannot quite bring myself to embark on a project. Good luck with your 3-in-1 garment! I’m sure will look amazing.
    Abigail x

    Comment by Abigail @ Rosy Hill — September 11, 2012 @ 7:43 am

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