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DIY Easy Knit Hooded Scarf with Video and Free Pattern

I’m a sucker for hoods. If it has a hood, there’s a good chance I’ll love it. This easy knit hooded scarf is one of my favorite projects not only to knit, but to wear too!

DIY Knit Hooded Scarf with Free Pattern

The Garter stitch pattern uses the basic knit stitch which makes this scarf a great project for beginners and lifetime knitters alike. When I first started knitting, VeryPink Knits on YouTube was my go to “how to.” Her videos are bright and easy to follow. I suggest starting with her “Long Tail Cast-On” video.

Knitting Lingo

“K1” means to knit one stitch (or however many the number is).

“RS” is right side, typically the side that will face outward.

“WS” is wrong side, meaning the inside of the piece of clothing.

Knit Hooded Scarf

I started with a medium #4 yarn from Lion Brand Yarns (a lovely “Great Smoky Mountains”) and my good ol’ #10 needles. It took me close to 700 yards of yarn.

Cast on 35 stitches. (I like wide scarves.)

Garter stitch until the scarf is 35”-40” long.

The Hood

Here’s the fun part. Choose your “right side” and “wrong side”.

RS: K34, M1, K1

“M1” means to make a new stitch in your row.

WS: K1, M1, K to the end.

Continue this pattern until there is only one stitch left, make one, knit one on the right side; and knit one, make one, knit until the end on the wrong side pattern until you have gone from 35 stitches wide, to 55 stitches wide. Make sure you keep adding your new stitches to the same edge of the scarf. This makes a nice back to the hood.

Once you have 55 stitches, continue the Garter stitch until it is about 20 inches long (from start of the full 55 stitches).

DIY Knit Hooded Scarf

At this point you need to start decreasing stitches, one row at a time. Again, try to keep your decreases at the back of the hood (the same side you increased on), to keep the back symmetrical. For this, I used the “Knit 2 Together.”

Finishing the Scarf

Once you are back down to 35 stitches, continue the Garter stitch until this side of the scarf is 35”-40” long (however long you made the first side).

Once this is complete, cast off and weave in your ends.

With a darning needle, sew up the back of the hood using a Mattress Stitch. Here’s a great video how to.

Fold the scarf in half and start the Mattress Stitch at the top point of the back of the hood. Continue the stitch down the hood to where your scarf is 35 stitches and tie off. Don’t forget to weave in your ends!

Like I said, I love hoods and I am so happy how this one came out! Hope you enjoy it too! I’d love to see pictures of your finished product, or if you have any questions and need some help, come on over to the Rootsy Facebook Group!

Looking for some more knitting projects? Check out our Loom Knit Pumpkins!

DIY Knit Hooded Scarf with Free Pattern!
Great for learning or long time knitters, this DIY Knit Hooded Scarf is a fun project! Get the Free Pattern today! – Rootsy

Thanks for sharing!


Friday 24th of November 2023

From the 55 stitches, how do you decrease each row? Is it K2tog, K to the end of the row? And the following row k until 2 stitches left, then k2tog?

Amanda Idlewild

Friday 24th of November 2023

K2tog on the same side of the scarf as you added a stitch ad then K to the end of the row. This way the front of the hood and scarf stay nice and straight and the curve will be at the back of the hood only.


Friday 29th of September 2023

Very nice hooded scarf. I have some yarn that I want to use up for this project and it's not the same weight as what you used. The yarn calls for a size 7 needle instead of size 10. Can you tell me what the width of the hood is (in inches) at it's widest ? I can re-gauge once I know what the overall width should be. Thanks - M

Amanda Idlewild

Monday 23rd of October 2023

The bottom of the scarf is about 10" wide and the hood is about 16".


Saturday 29th of October 2022

I love this hood scarf, to make sure, do I k1, mi, to end of row then knit next row and k1, m1 till I have the 55 stitches?

Amanda Idlewild

Sunday 8th of January 2023

Once you have the side done, you add one stitch per row until you have the 55 stitches.


Sunday 3rd of July 2022

Do you have a downloadable pattern we can print out to make it easier to follow without using our digital devices that wear down the battery and constantly must refresh the screen? It would also be easier on my 70 year old eyes. It would be most helpful. Thanks in advance for replying, as I would like to get started.

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

We don't at this time but we might in the future. Thanks for asking.


Friday 22nd of April 2022

The WS makes no sense. Do I *K1, M1, K * meaning I K1, M1, K1 over & over & over, etc., or do I K1, M1, and then *K *?

Amanda Idlewild

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Meaning K1, M1, and then knit