February 18, 2009

new leethal pattern: skoodlet!

my bulky skoodlet my bulky skoodlet

it’s here!  i got super consumed with getting this pattern done and released as quickly as i possibly could while it’s still cold, and here it is! about three weeks after first sketching out the concept, and many sections frogged and redesigned throughout the process.  it’s my first pattern i’ve ever had test knit – thank you soooo much to my test knitters!! especially adrienne, casey, anna, queta, and oliviaupdate: and i don’t know how the heck i forgot about vivian! thanks vivian!! and extra thanks to casey for helping me choose the name!  skoodlet, of course, is a combination of scarflet and hood, yay!

my rainbowy skoodlet my bulky skoodlet

the reason i needed to have it test knit is that i wrote the pattern so you can use any yarn/needles/gauge!  there are a bunch of variables that you determine based on your gauge, which you plug into the pattern, and there you go!  so my examples that you see here are knit with super bulky (two strands of malabrigo chunky held together) and size 19 needles, and with recycled worsted shetland and size 9 needles.  it was test knit with all different weights/sizes and it works!  the default size is adult medium, as seen here, but there are notes throughout the pattern for resizing it bigger or smaller.

my bulky skoodlet my rainbowy skoodlet

so this design started when i wanted to do something fun with my sleeve dyed yarn (which i wrote about here) and i envisioned some kind of hood with a scarflet, which i figured i could find a pattern for… well, i couldn’t find just what i wanted, so i designed it myself!  some patterns with shapes and ideas that definitely influenced and inspired my design were cosy’s pixie hood and her flutter neck scarf (in her book), as well as the spincycle third wave harf by kate burge and rachel price in intertwined.  my hood is constructed differently from most (or all) that i’ve seen though – it’s knit from side to side for the top part, with a provisional cast-on, then down from side-side to the neck…  you can kind of see how it’s worked by looking at the hand-dyed one:

my rainbowy skoodlet my rainbowy skoodlet

this one, because it was my first try at the design, ended up being too big, and i redid the scarflet part like 4 times i think, finally frogging it one last time and following the pattern once i finalized it.  so, if you’re knitting the pattern and think 8 inches for the hood seems too small, keep in mind that this rainbowy hood is 10 inches, which turned out ridiculously big!  but that means i can wear it over a hat or earmuffs no problem, like this:

my rainbowy skoodlet

ok, onto pattern info details and links and stuff…

you’ll need:

-enough yarn of your choice (yardage will depend on the weight – for worsted it’s approximately 200-250 yards and for super bulky around 150 yards)
-1 pair straight needles sized for your yarn
-1 circular needle of the same size 24″ or longer
-4 stitch markers (preferably 4 different colors) (you may want to use more markers)
-yarn/tapestry needle
-also helpful will be one much smaller straight needle
-a ruler or gauge checking tool

and these are techniques in the pattern, with links to tutorials with photos.  there are written instructions in the pdf, but if you need some visual help, here you go!

-figure-8 style provisional cast-on method, which is like this one on knitty but with a circular needle instead of scrap yarn, or like the figure-8 cast-on on hello yarn but you leave the second side on the circular needle instead of knitting in the round
-knitting on cast-on method (knitty tutorial)
-open eyelet buttonhole how-to on knit world
-sew a vertical seam on stockinette stitch how-to on knit simple
-k2tog (knit 2 together) and ssk (slip 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together) decreases
-make 1 increase how-to on the purl bee
-how to wrap short rows on the purl bee

unseamed

that’s how it looks after binding off, before seaming and buttons… oh and by the way, that yellow stripe was just switching to a new yarn for the bind off row, because my yarn ran out during that last row, which ended up being a good thing because i love the yellow stripe! yay!

my bulky skoodlet my bulky skoodlet

the pattern pdf is 6 pages jam-packed with text and some photos – designed so that you should only have to print out the two black-ink-only pattern pages, and can read the rest on your screen to save ink+paper.  there are notes for resizing, technique how-tos, a modification for a shorter neck back if you want, and the pattern is spaced out with plenty of room to fill in all your numbers for your specific gauge.

the pdf is $5.50 and you can find in here on ravelry, or you can buy it by clicking this link! thanks!

Filed under: hats,knitting — leethal @ 2:49 pm
  • http://cosymakes.com/ cosy

    awesome! a thing of beauty.

  • http://cosymakes.com cosy

    awesome! a thing of beauty.

  • http://dryactivebeast.wordpress.com/ Jen!

    I love it!! :oD

  • http://dryactivebeast.wordpress.com Jen!

    I love it!! :oD

  • http://blog.splendorknitting.com/ Davitron

    Holy crap! I’m so excited for this pattern!

  • http://blog.splendorknitting.com Davitron

    Holy crap! I’m so excited for this pattern!

  • http://polliwogscakewalk.blogspot.com/ Sally McEntire

    I love your hair! And your new pattern is very cool. I’ve been contemplating making a hooded scarf, but I like this much better.

  • http://polliwogscakewalk.blogspot.com/ Sally McEntire

    I love your hair! And your new pattern is very cool. I’ve been contemplating making a hooded scarf, but I like this much better.

  • http://www.thespunmonkey.com/ shannon

    Ack! I became overwhelmed with Stitches prep and still have my gauge swatch for test knitting sitting here in front of me. I’ll finish it, anyway, and send you feedback! xo

  • http://www.thespunmonkey.com shannon

    Ack! I became overwhelmed with Stitches prep and still have my gauge swatch for test knitting sitting here in front of me. I’ll finish it, anyway, and send you feedback! xo

  • http://bagheraa.blogspot.com/ bagheraa

    I love how your red hair looks with the green one! Pretty!
    The pattern looks cool too :)

  • http://bagheraa.blogspot.com bagheraa

    I love how your red hair looks with the green one! Pretty!
    The pattern looks cool too :)

  • http://knits.orangejuicy.com/ Aryn

    i LOVE this! I want to make one for me, my sister… maybe even my husband if he doesn’t think it’s too girly. :)

    It’s really, really great!

  • http://knits.orangejuicy.com Aryn

    i LOVE this! I want to make one for me, my sister… maybe even my husband if he doesn’t think it’s too girly. :)

    It’s really, really great!

  • http://www.pieknits.com/blog Jennifer

    This is so awesome! I love both versions and the fantastic colors. And seeing as I have been contemplating a hooded scarfet myself recently I’m off to purchase the pattern!

  • http://www.pieknits.com/blog Jennifer

    This is so awesome! I love both versions and the fantastic colors. And seeing as I have been contemplating a hooded scarfet myself recently I’m off to purchase the pattern!

  • vivian

    haha! thanks, lee, we can be friends again! :) i was just thinking today about how i want another one that’s exactly like your green one, which is skoodlet perfection!

  • vivian

    haha! thanks, lee, we can be friends again! :) i was just thinking today about how i want another one that’s exactly like your green one, which is skoodlet perfection!

  • http://www.spiralandsprout.blogspot.com/ Beth Grim

    Coolest ever, Lee…way ta go! I admire your tenacity of sticking with the pattern ’til you get it just right. This winter I tried to design something similar, but after three froggings I gave up. I like your version so much better!

  • http://www.spiralandsprout.blogspot.com Beth Grim

    Coolest ever, Lee…way ta go! I admire your tenacity of sticking with the pattern ’til you get it just right. This winter I tried to design something similar, but after three froggings I gave up. I like your version so much better!

  • http://alpinelife.wordpress.com/ Jan

    Lee, you are some kind of genius!

  • http://alpinelife.wordpress.com Jan

    Lee, you are some kind of genius!

  • elan

    Didn’t even know I needed it! Great idea. casting on as soon as I’m done the hat I was making for me – I’ll have to throw it in my etsy shop, I’d rather have a skoodlet.

  • elan

    Didn’t even know I needed it! Great idea. casting on as soon as I’m done the hat I was making for me – I’ll have to throw it in my etsy shop, I’d rather have a skoodlet.

  • mom

    It is gorgeous!! makes me want to learn to knit.

  • mom

    It is gorgeous!! makes me want to learn to knit.

  • http://zestecelestes.canalblog.com/ Zeste Céleste

    Hello :-))).

    Je viens de découvrir ton site par hasard, un très beau hasard parce que tu fais des choses fabuleuses avec la laine j’aime vraiment beaucoup :-))).

    Au revoir.

    Sylvie.

  • http://zestecelestes.canalblog.com/ Zeste Céleste

    Hello :-))).

    Je viens de découvrir ton site par hasard, un très beau hasard parce que tu fais des choses fabuleuses avec la laine j’aime vraiment beaucoup :-))).

    Au revoir.

    Sylvie.

  • http://lil-dans-les-nuages.over-blog.com/ Lilith

    I love the idea ! Maybe one day if I put my hand on some circular needles… Speaking about patterns, I just finished the waving chevron scarf ! If you want to have a look at the finished product, don’t hesitate to visit my blog, it is currently the front post !

  • http://lil-dans-les-nuages.over-blog.com Lilith

    I love the idea ! Maybe one day if I put my hand on some circular needles… Speaking about patterns, I just finished the waving chevron scarf ! If you want to have a look at the finished product, don’t hesitate to visit my blog, it is currently the front post !

  • http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com/ star

    This really is a work of art. I just love it!!!

  • http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com star

    This really is a work of art. I just love it!!!

  • Samm

    This is a great pattern, Lee! Thanks for doing all the work so that I can have all the fun making it. I have to wait until after Lent to buy it, though. No yarn, patterns or spending until Easter. It’s saved in my Rav queue so I won’t forget. :) Wonderful idea!!

  • Samm

    This is a great pattern, Lee! Thanks for doing all the work so that I can have all the fun making it. I have to wait until after Lent to buy it, though. No yarn, patterns or spending until Easter. It’s saved in my Rav queue so I won’t forget. :) Wonderful idea!!

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  • http://tresamigosmejores.blogspot.com/ Alex

    I just can’t get over how much I love this! I think my favorite part though, might actually be the hot pink hair, chartreuse skoodlet combo. Great Job!

  • http://tresamigosmejores.blogspot.com Alex

    I just can’t get over how much I love this! I think my favorite part though, might actually be the hot pink hair, chartreuse skoodlet combo. Great Job!

  • shirley

    hi – i,m having a terrible time with this pattern – i dont know if its me or the yarn or if my cal are wrong – i want to put this one aside & try with a differnt yarn – i think berroco foliage which is 13st to 4″ /18 rows to 4″ on 8mm needles – i want to make a large could u please send me your cal on this yarn so i can make sure i am doing everything right this time – thank your help is appreciated – i am shirleysoap on ravelry where i ordered the pattern

  • shirley

    hi – i,m having a terrible time with this pattern – i dont know if its me or the yarn or if my cal are wrong – i want to put this one aside & try with a differnt yarn – i think berroco foliage which is 13st to 4″ /18 rows to 4″ on 8mm needles – i want to make a large could u please send me your cal on this yarn so i can make sure i am doing everything right this time – thank your help is appreciated – i am shirleysoap on ravelry where i ordered the pattern

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  • Sharon Rose

    I LOVE IT!!! Although I don’t know how to knit (YET) – I LOVE this skoodlet!!! I’m definitely going to convert this pattern so I can Crochet it! But I’m using Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Gothic, trimmed in the same type of yarn, color: Sunshine State! THanks soooo much!

  • Sharon Rose

    I LOVE IT!!! Although I don’t know how to knit (YET) – I LOVE this skoodlet!!! I’m definitely going to convert this pattern so I can Crochet it! But I’m using Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Gothic, trimmed in the same type of yarn, color: Sunshine State! THanks soooo much!

  • Lindsay

    I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with this. I would really really love to make one of these but knitting is not my craft. I crochet all the way ha ha. I’m debating picking up knitting, however, (and I mean no disrespect or anything to the creator) does anybody know if there is anything remotely similar to this that is in a crochet pattern?

  • Lindsay

    I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with this. I would really really love to make one of these but knitting is not my craft. I crochet all the way ha ha. I’m debating picking up knitting, however, (and I mean no disrespect or anything to the creator) does anybody know if there is anything remotely similar to this that is in a crochet pattern?

  • Junk

    These things are so great. My dad made me one and they are absolutely lovely.

  • Clarissa

    I just bought it but don’t think I have circs chunky enough for the yarn I’m going to use. But it seems as if using the circs is a matter of preference, not necessity to the pattern if I’m reading it correctly. Am I right?

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    Well, you’ll need to hold a lot of stitches once you start working the scarflet part, so circulars are kind of necessary for that purpose, even though the pattern is knit flat.

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