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Nana's Favorite Winter Set

Staying warm in the winter doesn't have to mean sacrificing style. Nana's Favorite Winter Set, a matching knit hat pattern and knit cowl pattern, will have you strutting your stuff in cozy confidence. Knit  on straight needles with chunky yarn, these simple patterns are a quick and easy way to learn how to knit a hat or cowl, especially because it is made with the garter stitch and ribbing. The punchy color combination and plaid-like striping will make this hat and cowl a fast favorite. Get knitting now to heat up your winter wear.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge11 stitches, 14 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Bernat Softee Chunky (3.5 oz/100 g; 108 yds/99 m)
    • Main Color (MC) True Grey (28044) - 1 ball for hat + 2 balls for cowl
    • Contrast A Grass (28223) - 2 balls for cowl
    • Contrast B Emerald (28200) - 1 ball for cowl
  • Bernat Faux Fur Pompom Bright Green (01223)
  • Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle




11 sts and 14 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette st.




  • Hat: One size to fit average lady's head
  • Cowl: Approx 10" [25.5 cm] wide x 52" [132 cm] around.




Alt = Alternate(ing)
Approx = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
K = Knit
K1below = Knit into next stitch 1 row below at same time slipping off stitch above
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side




Cast on 48 sts.
1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last row (K1. P1) ribbing 3 times more.
Next row: (RS). K1. *M1. K2. Rep from * to last st. M1. K1. 72 sts.

Proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: K1. *P1. K1below. Rep from * to last st. P1.
Rep last 2 rows for pat until work from beg measures 6" [15 cm], ending on a RS row.

Shape crown:
1st row: (WS). K3. *Sl1. K2tog. psso. K6. Rep from * to last 6 sts. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K3. 56 sts.
2nd and alt rows: K1. *P1. K1below. Rep from * to last st. P1. (Note: When working K1below into st that has been decreased on previous row, insert needle into all sts to avoid dropped sts).
3rd row: K2. *Sl1. K2tog. psso. K4. Rep from * to last 5 sts. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K2. 40 sts.
5th row: K1. *Sl1. K2tog. psso. K2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. 24 sts.
7th row: *Sl1. K2tog. psso. Rep from * to end of row. 8 sts.

Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw through all sts tightly. Fasten securely.
Sew back seam. Sew Bernat Faux Fur Pompom to top of hat.


With MC, cast on 22 sts.

Stripe Pat [knit every row (garter st)]
With MC, work 8 rows.

*With A, work 1 row.
With MC, work 1 row.
With A, work 4 rows.
With MC, work 1 row.
With A, work 1 row.*

With B, work 1 row.
With MC, work 2 rows.
With B, work 1 row.
Rep from * to * once.

With MC, work 8 rows.
Rep from * to * once.
These 44 rows form Stripe Pat.

Proceed in Stripe Pat, noting first row is WS, until work from beg measures approx 52" [132 cm].
Cast off.

Weaving: Work That Winter Weather Set Weaving Diagram
Cut lengths of yarn approx 65" [165 cm] long. With RS facing and beg at cast on edge, weave vertically under garter
“bumps” every 4th row to cast off edge to create plaid appearance. Take care not to pull strands too tightly.

See Weaving Diagram for color placement and spacing of woven stripes.

Sew cast on and cast off edges tog.


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Struggling with colour changes. Do you recommend carrying yarn across the back of each row? Due to changing colour after only one row causes lots of cut off ends to sew in on completion. Please help and thanks in advance.

I am confused on how to do the k1below in the crown you have a link/video that shows how to do it?

Where is the Save Pattern button????

Hi dhenning 0420303, The Save Pattern button is on the upper left-hand side of the project page next to the Comment and and Print buttons. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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