Dare to Make It! Crochet-Along: Week 4comments (4) November 5th, 2008
This week we'll crochet the last piece for the hoodie: the hood! If you've just joined in or need to catch up, refer to Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 for step-by-step instructions on making the back, front, and sleeves.
Step 1: Make the hood.
Referring to the Sweet Baby Hoodie pattern, chain the indicated numbers of stitches and work 3 rows of half double crochet. Turn, ch 2, and start the next row with a decrease. The decrease is called a half double crochet 2 together—esentially it means you're combining two stitches into one (therefore decreasing the number of stitches in the row).
Hdc in the rest of the stitches of the row until you get to the last 2. Make another hdc2tog over the last 2 stitches and turn. You'll repeat this decrease row (with a hdc2tog at the beginning and end of the row) several times until your stitch count matches the pattern. If you'd like to determine how many repeats you'll need before you get started, take the number of stitches in the foundation row for your size (75 for 6 months) and subtract the final number for your size (59 for 6 months) = 16 stitches. Divide that number by 2, which is the number of stitches you'll eliminate through decreases, and you'll get the number of decrease rows you need to work for your size. It will be 8 rows for the 6-month size.
After the decrease rows, work even as the pattern indicates, ending at the end of a wrong side row (so that the right side is facing for the next row). Do not chain 2 before turning.
Step 2: Shape the hood, beginning with the next row.
After the third slipstitch, work one half double crochet across until you reach the last 3 stitches of the previous row. Turn and leave these stitches unworked. Repeat this row 5 more times, beginning each row with 3 slipstitches and ending 3 stitches before the end of the previous row. This will give you a pretty rapid decrease in the hood's width.
That's it! After you've completed a total of 6 decrease rows, fasten off.
Next week we'll move on to finishing, which includes making a button band and sewing all of the pieces together. If you want to get a head start, weave in the ends and block your pieces now. Use a stitch marker or stray piece of yarn to mark the right side of each piece before you weave in the ends. For blocking, if you're working with natural fibers (cotton, wool) that can be steam blocked, refer to my blocking tutorial here. If you're working with acrylic/synthetic fibers, remember not to steam them. You can follow the same basic rules of pinning the pieces to size, then spritz them with a water bottle and let them dry overnight. Your pieces might be fine without any blocking, but if you have two sleeves or fronts that look slightly different in size, the blocking process will straighten them out.
See you next week!
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