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Nana's Favorite Winter Set Pattern

This knitted winter scarf and hat set is just what you need for those chilly winter nights!

Nanas Favorite Winter Set Pattern
Nanas Favorite Winter Set Pattern

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

Materials List

  • 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



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 Pattern [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.


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.


Knit into next stitch 1 row below at same time slipping off stitch above
Knit next 2 stitches together
Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
Pass slipped stitch over
Slip next stitch knitwise
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Such a playful combo! The color variations could be endless and I really like the plaid pattern on the cowl. This is pretty enough to give as a gift if you know the person's favorite colors.

This looks like a nice set to make. I have quite a bit of chunky yarn so this pattern will really come in handy. I know my friends will be asking for this set as well. The fall is almost here and then the winter. This set will guard against the chill and it will work up nicely and fast. Thank you.

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.

Me too...I've put it out there to experienced knitters and I've had recommendations fro carry across back of row and cut off ends where necessary. I did find a tutorial for flat knitting on circular needles (you push the work to the other needle and reverse your stitch.) This allowed me to have the yarn where I needed it without cutting...but the carrying is problematic as it shows along the side, especially the contrast colour. Even though this comment is 18 months later I'd love to get some feedback as to how you addressed this.

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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