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Rosy Red Riding Hood Cape

Red Riding Hood Cape
Red Riding Hood Cape
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The big bad wolf won't be the only one chasing you this Halloween. Trick or treat in style in the Rosy Red Riding Hood Cape. This is one of our favorite adult homemade Halloween costumes because it's a fun twist on an old classic. This is an easy project for the novice knitter and makes a fun Halloween craft to work on while the kids are carving pumpkins. The pattern includes small, medium, large, and extra-large sizing options.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 2 skeins 319 Cherry Red
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] straight, 24” (61 cm) and 36” (91 cm) circular
  • two 5mm [US 8] double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 14 sts = 4” (10 cm); 20
rows = 4” (10 cm).
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Directions are for size Small. Changes
for sizes Medium, Large, and 1X are in

Hood: 13” (33 cm) high
Length: 11½ (12, 13, 13½)”,
[29 (30, 33, 34) cm]
Lower circumference: 75½ (80, 84½, 89)”
[192 (203, 215, 226) cm]

Special Stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern.

M1R (make 1 stitch with R twist) = Insert left needle from back to front under horizontal loop between last st and next st, and place on left needle, knit into the front of this loop.
M1L (make 1 stitch with L Twist) = Insert needle from front to back under the horizontal loop between last st and next st, and place on left needle, knit into back of this loop.

Cast on 32 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Work in seed st over first 5 sts, knit to end.
Row 2: Purl to last 5 sts, work in seed st to end.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 26” (66 cm). Bind off. Fold in half, sew back seam.
Note: The hood is a strip with seed stitch on one side only. The plain side is stitched together for the back seam.

Row 1 (Right Side): With shorter circular needle, pick up and knit 64 sts along lower edge of hood (cast on and bind off edges).
Row 2: Work in seed st over first 5 sts, purl to last 5 sts, work in seed st to end.
Row 3: Work in seed st over first 5 sts, k6, M1R, pm, k1, M1L, k8, M1R, pm, k1, M1L, k22, M1R, pm, k1, M1L, k8, M1R, pm, k1, M1L, k6, work in seed st over last 5 sts—72 sts.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Work in seed st over first 5 sts, *knit to next marker, M1R, k1, M1L; repeat from * 4 times, knit to last 5 sts, work in seed st to end—80 sts.
Rows 6 – 52 (56, 60, 64): Repeat Rows 4 and 5, changing to longer circular needle when needed and ending with Row 4, incease 1 st across last row—265 (281, 297, 313) sts.
Work 6 rows in seed st. Bind off in pattern.

I Cord Ties (Make 2)
Using double pointed needles, cast on 4 sts. Knit, do not turn. Slip sts back to end of needle, knit across. Repeat until piece measures 10” (25 cm). Bind off.

Sew ties to bottom of hood at front edges.
Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS: inc = increase(s)(d)(ing);
k = knit; mm = millimeters; p = purl; pat(s)
= pattern(s); st(s) = stitch(es); St st =
Stockinette stitch; [ ] = work directions in
brackets the number of times specified; * or
** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as

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