Hedgewitch Hood – In Herbology Class this year you will be knitting lots of berries to decorate the Hedgewitch Hood. A hedgewitch is a wise person who lives beyond the hedges… outside of town… in the dark… in the wild! People would often summon their bravery to travel to hedgewitches for medicine or charms. A hedge witch worth their salt will know everything there is to know about local flora and herbs. Suffering from heartache? I’m guessing they will have just the thing for that too. This lined hood is dappled with blackberries. It can be worn up or down and is just the right thing to wear when gathering berries for your breakfast! This pattern is homework for Herbology class in The Witch & Wizard Academy Primer Year 2.
Owl Experience Level: Intermediate
Sizes: One size
Hood: 10 inches wide x 18 inches high measured folded flat.
Attached scarf: 2.25 inches wide x 52 inches long measured flat. Berries: .75” wide x length varies from between .5 and 1 inch long. Leaves: 1.25” wide x 2” long.
Yarns used: sport weight yarn such as: Brown Sheep, Nature Spun, 50 g – 184 yds – 168 m, 100% Wool. Colors are shown in order from left to right as follows:
MC: 148, Autumn Leaves, 5 balls.
CC1: 114, Storm, 1 ball.
CC2: 111, Plumberry, 1 ball.
CC3: N89 Roasted Coffee, 1 ball.
CC4: 225, Brick Road, 1 ball
CC5: 200, Bordeaux, 1 ball.
Note: this is a lot of color variation. You can get the same effect from using just two or three of the colors if you prefer.
Tension/gauge: Work 24 sts and 32 rows to measure 4×4” in St stitch using US 4 or 3.5 mm needles with MC.
A pair of US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles 29” long,
A set of US 3 (3.25mm) dpns, Berries and leaves are knitted flat except for the i-cord on the leaves. You could use straight needles for the berries if you prefer.
stitch markers, tapestry needle, a 1 inch button for closure. Remember needle sizes are just suggestions, always use the needles you personally need to obtain gauge.
Tiny owl stitch dictionary:
CC1, CC2 etc: contrasting color 1, contrasting color 2 etc…
dpns: double pointed needles
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together.
kfb: knit into front and back of the next stitch.
MC: main color
(RS): right side
ssk: slip next 2 sts knitwise onto your right needle, insert left needle purlwise into the front of the sts and knit them tog.
St st: stockinette stitch. When working flat, k 1 row, p 1 row.
(WS): wrong side