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Schoodie?? What’s That? – How To Make A Scoodie.

I’m afraid that photos have some what given it away.

Neither scarf nor a hoodie. A little bit scarf and a little bit hoodie.  It’s a schoodie, scoody or scoodie (I’m not sure which one is correct).  

One day last week I was pottering about on Pinterest looking for colour inspiration.  I’m not the best with colour combinations but I’m working on it.  I find Pinterest really helpful.  It is full of so many beautiful photographs.  I save them to a board and use them as inspiration for colour palettes.

Anyway, I digress.  There I was, getting distracted by free crochet patterns (as you do) when, tucked away between the usual crochet related search suggestions was “scoodie”. Having never come across such a word I tentatively popped it into Google and up came a load of lovely images of scarves with hoods.  Finally the penny dropped….. scarf…..hood…..hoodie…..Scoodie 😀 . 

A modern twist on a cowl, these hooded scarves are fantastic. I’ve often found myself shivering next to an athletics track with my scarf on, wishing that I could wrap it around my head…… Now I can :-D.

I had brief nose around Pinterest looking for a free crochet scoodie pattern that I liked and had no luck.  There were several paid patterns about but, although I love buying crochet books, I don’t like to pay for individual patterns if I can avoid it.  

In my head I could see exactly what I wanted my scoodie to look like so decided to rise to the challenge and see what I could whip up.

Once again I took to my yarn stash. 

I have a very practical brain. I love to solve a puzzle.  How hard could it be?  

In my stash I found a couple of balls of WI Soft and Chunky yarn.

I normally use this yarn to make my fingerless wrist warmers.  It’s super soft and snuggly so it was ideal for a spot of scoodie creation.

I set to work making a prototype hood.  I already know how to make scarves but I was uncertain about my hood creating abilities.  It turns out they’re pretty good. 🙂

 

I was so pleased with my first attempt that I didn’t need to change it at all!! That never happens.  It was a gooood crochet day.

For the final free scoodie pattern I’ve made the scarf longer and wider.  Which, in turn, makes the hood a bit bigger.

My lovely family tell me that I have a “pea head”!  My head is so small that I can wear children’s sunglasses and hats!! Hopefully the hood in the pattern will fit all. I’ve had to roll the front back to account for my “pea head” but I think that looks quite nice. 

I hope you enjoy my crochet scoodie pattern.  As with all of my patterns please bear in mind that I am new to pattern creation.  If you come across something that doesn’t make sense pop a comment down below and I’ll do my best to fix any problem areas.

Pom Pom Scoodie Pattern.

 
You Will Need:

Yarn – 3 x balls of  WI Soft and Chunky  yarn in teal.  (At the time that I wrote this pattern WI yarn was on 3 for the price of 2 at Hobbycraft…..bonus ;-))

9mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

8.8cm Pom Pom Maker  

If you don’t have a pompom maker the highlighted link above will take you to the set that I own.

Here’s the link to my How To Use A Pom Pom Maker photo tutorial.  Alternatively the “old School” method of making pom poms using cut out cardboard circles will work fine, or you could just leave them out.  The scarf still looks lovely without pom poms. 

 

Stitches.

Ch – Chain stitch

Dc – Double crochet (US Single crochet)

Tr – Treble crochet (US double crochet)

Dtr – Double treble crochet (US treble crochet)

 

The hood of my scoodie is sewn together using the flat seam method.  I have tried to capture it in pictures 11 and 12.  Any joining method will be fine because you’re going to turn it inside out anyway.

 

 

Free Pom Pom Scoodie Hooded Scarf Pattern…enjoy. 

Foundation Chain

Ch 120 + 2 for turning ch.

Row 1.

Dc in second chain from hook.  Dc to end of row. Turn. (120 dcs)

Photo no.1

Row 2.

Ch 3 (counts as tr) , Tr to end of row finishing with the final tr into the ch 2 of the previous row. Turn (120 tr stitches)

Photo no.2

Row 3.

Ch 3 (counts as tr), tr to end of row with the last tr going into the top of the ch 3 from the previous row. Turn. (120 tr stitches)

Row 4.

Ch 3 (counts as tr) tr to end of row. Turn. (120 tr stitches)

Rows 5 and 6.

Repeat rows 3 and 4

Row 7.

Repeat row 3

Row 8.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 34 trs (35 dc stitches). Tr in the next 50 stitches placing a stitch marker at the base of the first and last tr stitch. Turn

Photo no. 3

Row 9.

You are now working the hood so you will be working on the middle 50 stitches only.

Ch 3 (counts as tr). Tr in the next 49 stitches (to your stitch marker). Turn (50 tr stitches)

Row 10.

Ch 3 (counts as tr). tr in the next 48 stitches, tr in the top of the turning chain from the previous row. Turn. (50 tr stitches)

Photo no. 4

Row 11.

Repeat row 9.

Row 12.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), 8 dc, 32 tr, 9dc, turn. (50 stitches)

Row 13.

Ch 2 (counts as dc) 8dc, 32 tr, 8 dc, dc into turning chain from previous row. Turn. (50 stitches)

Photo nos. 5 & 6

Rows 14 and 15.

Repeat rows 12 and 13.

Row 16.

Ch 2, 8dc, 7 tr, 18 dtr, 7 tr, 8 dc, dc into the top of the turning chain from the previous round. Fasten off. 

Photo nos. 7 & 8

Row 17.

Reattach your yard at your second stitch marker. Dc to the end of the row, fasten off. (35 dc stitches).

Sew Together.

Fold your scarf in half so that the edges of you hood meet (photos 11 and 12).  

With a yarn needle, sew the two edges together. I used a flat seem stitch which involves pulling your yarn up through the stitch then reinserting it under the stitch on the opposite side.  Pulling it up over that stitch then inserting it under the next stitch. (That probably didn’t make much sense but hopefully, if you pair it with pictures 13 and 14 you’ll understand.)

That’s it, you’re done.  Just weave in the ends, turn your work inside out and make a couple of super squishy pom poms, attach them to the ends of your hooded scarf and you’re ready to take on the world (well a bit of cold weather anyway).

pom pom scoodie

 

I hope that you have enjoyed reading and using my crochet scoodie pattern.  

I apologise for the photos of me.  I loath having my photo taken, I’d much rather be behind the camera but needs must so I had to man up and get on with it.  I’d like to thank my eldest son Oli for being cameraman extraordinaire and doing his best Austin Powers impressions to get the best out of his rather reluctant model.  

THANKS OL XXX 

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Cheers for now.

Lou 🙂

How To Use A Pom Pom Maker – A Photo Tutorial.

I love a pom pom.

Who doesn’t? They’re happy fluffy yarny loveliness. Adding a bit of fun to everything you use them on.

When my sister in law and I took a trip to our local Hobbycraft a few months ago, she picked herself up a couple of pom pom makers.  I thought, don’t be so daft, it’s just a passing gimmick that will soon pass and we’ll back to our cardboard circles in no time.  I’ll save myself a few pounds here and not bother.

We returned to mine with our crafty haul and broke out the pom pom makers.  I soon understood what all the fuss was about.  Its so much quicker and less fiddly.  

I could picture myself squishing my toes up on a cotton pompom bath matt already.  I had to have some…….. I whipped out my trusty Amazon app and placed an order for a set of not 2 but 4 pom pom makers.  

Our youngest son Isaac and I have been happily pom pom making ever since. 

There’s no need for left over yarn ever again, it soon gets whipped up into pom poms, attached to twiddle muffs, hats, scarves, key chains of popped into my Etsy store. 

I recently used a couple of lovely big pom poms in my scoodie pattern so I thought I’d pop a quick tutorial up explaining how to use a pom pom maker. 

 

The photos are pretty self explanatory but I will guide you through it step by step.

  • Your pom pom maker will come to you in one piece.  If you take them out of the box and have a look at it you will see that it is, in fact two halves that open up and come apart in the middle. Photos 1 and 2.
  • With your pompom maker in one hand. Take your yarn in the other and wrap it around and around one pair of the coloured arches. Photo 3.
  • Keep wrapping your yarn around until the arch is completely covered. 
  • Fold the competed arch back into the pom pom maker. Photo 5
  • Repeat the previous steps with the other arch making sure that both arches of your pom pom maker are well covered. Photos 6 and 7. 
  • Holding your pom pom maker tightly in one hand, cut around the middle channel between the two coloured arches. Photo 8.
  • Making sure that the two halves of your pom pom maker don’t come apart, tie some spare yarn very tightly around the middle of your pompom. Photos 9 and 10
  • Pull the two halves of your pom pom maker apart to reveal a rather scruffy looking pom pom. Photo 11.
  • With some scissors, trim your pom pom (fluffing it up as you go) until you are happy that it is nice and round.

So, there you have it.  That’s how use a pom pom maker.

I’ve still not gotten around to making my bath mat but rest assured, I’ll pop a tutorial up when I do.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you have found it easy to understand.

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Thanks for taking the time to read all the way down here to the bottom of the page. 🙂

Cheers for now

Lou 😀

Red pom poms