This month I have been trying to put together a crochet sweater for my trip to England! I want a cozy sweater that I can hibernate in at the airport. I searched high and low to find an easy way to add a hood to my crochet project and EVERY pattern I could find just made a rectangle and joined the corners. While this method is super easy and quick it leaves you with a very pointy hood which I wasn’t really excited about.
In this post I’ll show you how I created a more naturally shaped hood for my sweater and how you can add one to your sweaters too!
This pattern is not going to go into specifics of stitch counts and rows because it does not come with a sweater pattern. This is a general guide on how to shape a hood so that it fits both your sweater pattern and your head shape; in other words this pattern is completely customizable 🙂
- Yarn that matches your sweater
- Crochet hook in same size that you used for your sweater
- Stitch markers (I use paperclips because I am cheap 🙂 )
- Yarn needle
Figuring out where to attach your hood
This method starts working your hood around the collar of your sweater and works it’s way up to the top.
Once you have decided how far around your sweater you want your hood to go use stitch markers to mark where each side of the hood starts and ends. This sounds really confusing so here is a picture!
Typically hoods start just in front of the shoulder seam so you can use that as a guideline.
You will notice that my sweater already has a sort of collar on it. That is just the pattern that I used but you don’t need to have a collar on your sweater to be able to attach a hood.
Starting your crochet hood
You can use any stitch that you would like for your hood. I would suggest using something that matches your sweater. My sweater is half double crochet so I used that stitch for my hood.
Begin by working one row from your first stitch marker across to the second stitch marker. Continue to work rows back and forth until you have a rectangle that reaches the top of your head. The rest of this design isn’t going to make your hood much taller so you want it to be big enough just with the regular rows.
Tapering your crochet hood
This is the part where we change it up a bit! Normally you would continue to crochet in a rectangle and then fold your front corners together which leaves you with a very sharp corner on the back edge of your hood. What we are about to do is taper to shape the back of the hood into a slant.
First you need to count how many stitches you worked across your rectangle. You will use this number to figure out the rest of your hood design so I would suggest triple counting! I just counted each stitch as I worked my last few rows so that I was certain.
My hood happened to conveniently be 50 stitches so I will use that as an example.
If you have an even number of stitches:
Take your number of stitches, subtract 2, and divide by two. This is how many stitches you will work for your first row.
I have 50 stitches so my first row will be 24 stitches (50-2 is 48. Divided by 2 is 24)
If you have an odd number of stitches:
Take your number of stitches, subtract 1 and divide by two. This is how many stitches you will work for your first row.
- Turn and chain the appropriate turning chain for your pattern. Work your first row of stitches (24 for me!)
- When you reach the end of the row do your turning chain and turn your work. Then skip one stitch, work into next stitch and each stitch across to the end. You should now have one less stitch than you started with. I have 23 stitches.
- Work a turning chain and turn your work. Work one stitch in each stitch across skipping the final stitch.
- Work a turning chain and turn your work. Skip one stitch and work a stitch in each stitch across to the end.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until your hood is the desired size. Tie off.
I ended up doing 7 rows with the above steps but it will depend on your yarn size, hook size and head size! So I would suggest trying it on as you go.
Working the other side of your crochet hood
After you have completed the above steps you will have one side of your hood finished but you will still need to mirror what you have just done on the other side. Attach your yarn where the pink dot is in this picture:
Then repeat the above steps starting with step 1.
Finishing your crochet hood
To finish your hood you simply fold the two sides together so that the seams line up. Using a piece of yarn and your yarn needle work mattress stitch from the back to the front.
Your hood is complete! You can add any sort of edging to your hood to really bring it together with the rest of your sweater. To finish my sweater I worked a row of crossed half double crochet and then a row of crab stitch around the entire edge including the hood.
I hope this tutorial has helped you finish off your sweater projects and would love to hear about them in the comments below. Also feel free to comment if you are confused about any part of my tutorial!