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Add a Hood to any Sweater

Why search for a pattern with a hood?
Use your favorite pattern and add your own!

Hood Workbook

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Adding a hood adds a practical designer touch to any sweater.

You don't need to search for a machine knitting pattern with a hood ... create your own!
  • 8 hood styles
  • Perfect for kids and adults
  • Workbook style fill-in-the blanks format
  • 36 pages
This is a workbook, not a pattern book. It is designed to help you create your own hood with any knitting pattern

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Hood Tool

Hoods

Hoods

Create a simple hood shape for any pattern. Enter the dimensions of your finished neck opening and the desired hood depth. The tool will generate a hood pattern based on your stitch and row gauge.

Knit a Practice Cardigan

Elsa18 Practice Cardigan
Designed for an 18" doll, this is a perfect practice pattern to hone your skills. Try different stitch patterns, hems, neckline, collar and hood techniques. Minimal shaping, fast knitting created to focus on finishing, design, color and knitting techniques.

Elsa18 Practice Cardigan

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Kangaroo + Hood = Hoodie

Hand-in-hand with hoods are kangaroo pockets to create the classic Hoodie.
The kangaroo (AKA muff pocket and hoodie pocket) is a type of pocket, usually featured on hoodies and sweatshirts, that is large enough to fit both hands

The pocket is open on either side and its sits on the lower front section of the sweater,

Machine knitters can insert the pocket as we knit the sweater front with minimal hand finishing.

Kangaroo Pattern + Hood Tool = YOUR Hoodie

Pocket Pattern

Kangaroo Pocket
Use any knitting pattern.
  • Determine the size you want for your pocket.
  • Enter your dimensions
  • Enter your gauge
  • Create your custom kangaroo pocket instructions

Kangaroo Pocket

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Dak: Kangaroo Pocket

Create a kangaroo pocket piece to your dimensions with DesignaKnit.
With just a few steps, you'll be ready to knit either a curved or straight pocket to add to your hoodie

Knit your Pocket | Start-to-Finish

A kangaroo pocket adds a fun, casual, and practical touch to sweaters.

Here's a technique for adding the pocket with very little hand finishing. Joining the top and bottom edges as you knit the sweater front creates a seamless, professional touch.

Mix 'n Match Gauges

Our Kangaroo Pocket pattern has inspired many knitters to get creative.

During our LIVE Knit Club, Terry asked:

What if I want to knit the pocket in tuck and the sweater in plain knitting? Do I knit 2 swatches?

YES you need 2 swatches! … AND ….. consider this:


Our basic instructions for machine knitting a kangaroo pocket (and attaching it as you knit) assume that you are knitting both pieces at the same gauge (How boring is that? )

Using our join-as-you-knit technique in the video, it’s the ROW Gauge the will be important to calculate

Let's consider 2 different gauges
Stockinette Gauge:
4 sts / 5 rows = 1"

Tuck Gauge:
3.5 sts / 9 rows = 1"

Width of Pocket (A) = 9
Knit in tuck, the pocket will be 32 stitches.
You’ll center the 32 stitches on the machine and re-hang the garment over these stitches. No difference from the video.

Depth of Pocket (B + C) = 7"
Knit in tuck, the pocket will be 7" x 9 (rows per inch) = 63 rows

The body of the sweater in stockinette should be 7" x 5 (rows per inch= 35 rows to match the depth of the pocket.

Steps to knit a tuck pocket and a plain sweater front with the sample stitch and row gauges:
  1. Knit the pocket in tuck for a total of 63 rows
  2. Remove the pocket from the machine
  3. Knit the hem/ribbing of the sweater front and remove it from the machine
  4. Rehang the pocket
  5. Continue knitting the sweater front for 35 rows
  6. Rehang the top of the pocket
  7. Continue knitting the sweater front as instructed in your pattern.
When knitting the body of the sweater, calculate the number of rows to knit to match the MEASUREMENT of the pocket.

Pinterest Inspiration

LIVE: Kangaroo Pockets

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Links mentioned in the Show

Hoodie Classroom
Kangaroo Pattern
Hood Tool
Hood Workbook
Mock Ribbing LIVE
Mock Ribbing Variations


00:04:38 - Pocket Construction overview
00:07:00 - Mock ribbing used in sample
00:07:55 - Hoods
00:12:25 - Finish the pocket Edges
00:15:45 - Pinterest inspiration
00:17:17 - Pocket and garment different gauges?
00:24:09 - Knit-Alongs
00:25:19 - Updated LK-150 Classroom and NEW COURSE!

During the Knit Club, Terry asked:
"What if I want to knit the pocket in tuck and the sweater in plain knitting? Do I knit 2 swatches?"

The answer is YES! and ....

Check out the blog post discussing using different gauges for the pocket and the sweater front.