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Sweet Hex Child’s Hood

May 14, 2009
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Designer: Lisa Shroyer
Technique: Knitting
Skill Level: Intermediate.

Designer Lisa Shroyer, senior editor of Interweave Knits, tells us this about her design: "To me, 'heirloom quality' implies intricate. Inspired by the decorative hex designs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, I charted an intricate motif for this child's special-occasion hood. With its pointy elfin silhouette and folk-y pattern, I could see a young child in my family wearing this hood for holiday caroling, ice skating parties, or as an alternative to the Easter bonnet.


Finished Size: 16" circumference and 8" high, to fit a child. See Notes.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon; 192 yd [175 m]/50 g; CYCA #2): #47 greige (off-white; MC) and #50 sandstone (taupe; CC), 1 skein each. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16" circular (cir). Size 1 (2.25 mm): 16" or longer cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle; sewing machine or sewing needle and thread for steek; two 27" decorative upholstery cords with tasseled ends.

Gauge: 261⁄2 sts and 32 rnds = 4" in stranded patt on larger needle.

Skill level: Intermediate.

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TerriS@22 wrote
on Feb 23, 2010 9:16 AM

Made this.  Was terrified of cutting the steek, but followed through.  It turned out gorgeous. I tend to go a little loose on guage, so it fit an adult perfectly.

GillianH wrote
on Sep 6, 2009 4:16 PM

Can anyone help a very puzzled knitter.  I have completed the joing of the hood where the steek was cut.  I cannot see how this will fit on a childs head  even as it is now a circular tube with both end open.  I see from the illustration with the pattern that the two short sides are closed and the two long sides are open.  I am not having much luck in figuring this out.   Gillian

KnitinRN wrote
on May 22, 2009 8:09 AM
Would this be considered a good beginner Fair Isle project for an intermediate knitter wishing to expand her skills?????? Love the hat for me but I wish I knew an 8yo I could make one for!!!
bfrg wrote
on May 18, 2009 4:32 PM
Thank you, LaurieA, I appreciate the info!
LaurieA wrote
on May 16, 2009 11:07 AM
There's a note on the main intro stating that you could make the adult version by using knitting worsted and larger needles. Steeking is when you knit the object in question in the round till it's finished. Then you run a row of sewing thread up either end of where you want to cut so that the edges don't ravel, and finish as per instructions. Elizabeth Zimmerman was the queen of removing fear of steeking!
LindaA@2 wrote
on May 15, 2009 7:53 PM
How about a picture of its intended use? (Would like to see what it's supposed to look like on a 5-10 year-old child.) Might be interesting to make but ... I'm baffled about why it's being shown on an adult. Pics of a child model and an adult would do the trick! - Linda
Sally MC wrote
on May 15, 2009 4:01 PM
Ditto SharonF's question.
SharonF@3 wrote
on May 15, 2009 12:41 PM
I was curious about the "child's" hat, but it was shown on an adult, too. I am savvy, somewhat, about changing patterns, but wondered about making it big enough for an adult. Can someone clue me in on "steeking", please? I may have the magazine mentioned, but have things in a jumble in the crafting areas. Thanks for all you guys do for the knitting community.
Zaz wrote
on May 15, 2009 11:57 AM
this is a fabulous shape and a very nice charted design. what i like is it's a small enough project with steeking that i won't be afraid of ruining much (just in case). i will however make the tassels myself as i'd hate to have curtain parts on my head (ridiculous). i read: up to 5 years old yet it fits her adult head???