Secrets of the Hood

The very first sweater I ever knit was a hoody. The hood wasn't bad, but it always hung incorrectly, even though it seemed like it was big enough. Fast forward to now, trying to knit a hood yet again.....only this time the trick became clear! Because the front neck-line usually drops down a few inches, the hood will knit up crooked instead of straight up. A few inches of short row shaping totally do the trick! This brings up the fabric above the front neck-line a couple of inches, making it level with the back neck-line. From there on you can knit straight up, no funky hood! Short row shaping, you are my hero!


scottly's picture

Short row shaping is still one of those things I need to figure out and it looks like I'll have to for the boxer KAL. Clever craftsmenship though to use it on the hoodie.

MMario's picture

short row shaping is exactly what happens when you forget which direction you are knitting - you double back on a portion of the row.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good points. The last hood I knit was on a modular neckline and didn't need shaping. Even so, I reknit the dear thing 2 - 3 times until I got a result I was pleased with. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Chris Vandenburg's picture


Isn't it a wonderful thing when the heavens open up and it finally dawns on you that, "OH, I get it! And that's all there is to it?".

I have a hoody in my thoughts for the future and I have jotted down your suggestions so that when I fianlly get to it .... I can blame you!!! No, that they will be helpful in the shaping.

Thanks for the info,


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KilgoreTrout's picture

I'm glad I could help! A couple other suggestions would be some shaping at the top/back of the head, and three needle bind off to finish....

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craftybiker's picture

Techknitting has a great post on different short row techniques. The first time I tried short rows on a sweater I ended up with some holes that seemed horrible, although I cannot seem to find them now. But the techniques from the post above help to minimize the hole issue.