•Dragon Watcher’s Hood ~ Finished Object ~

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•Dragon Watcher’s Hood ~ Finished Object ~

So there I sat.

Sipping my Kivu coffee… laptop propped on my knees…Scouring through patterns on Ravelry.

“Something epic,” I thought.

“I need something epic…”

“Epic, but wearable…”

“Perhaps something red…”

“Ahhhh…. I LOVE IT!” I squealed in my mind. I happened across this Dragon Watcher’s Hood by tiny owl knits who designs the coolest stuff! I may have spent the next few weeks stalking her patterns like a starving hyena, deciding which patterns of hers I wanted to make next. Maybe. I admit NOTHING! 😉

So I decided to amp up the crazy and hold together 8 (repeat EIGHT) strands of my superwash merino wool in lace weight, in colorway OXBLOOD. Yep. That is the actual name of a color. I’m not referring to the blood of an ox. Although, I bet it is similar to this color.


It’s a rich, deep, sophisticated red that just makes you wanna drool all over it. With glee.

Pretty yarn + a Pretty pattern = Drool.

The only real reason I can remember for deciding to hold 8 strands together is because I wanted to. Yep. Pretty much sums it up.

Do I recommend it?


I used 2 skeins and wound each into 2 balls, for a total of 4 balls.

I then pulled from the center and from the outside of each, for the aforementioned 8 strands. Voila. Disaster waiting to happen.

If you DO decide to go this route, here is what I recommend:

  • Don’t move your balls/WIP (work in progress). Leave it all sitting right beside your chair and move your BODY if you need to reposition anything… Or move one ball at a time. We picked everything up to vaccuum one day and plopped it in my papasan chair… Well. I spent a whole heckava long time detangling (untangling?) the mess.
  • Don’t move your balls
  • Don’t move your balls


Let’s break down the info into tidy little packets:


dragon watchers hood knitted

YARN: The pattern called for super bulky weight. I used: my superwash merino wool lace weight, 2 skeins, 8 strands held together at once. Yikes. Colorway OXBLOOD. Colors come and go so you have to nab the colors you want when you can get them. (I’m currently away in Maui, but when I get back, I’ll dye up a bunch of this colorway for you!)

Side note. My lace weight wool is half the thickness of my superwash sock weight. So you could hold 4 strands of the sock weight together instead. Easier.

We are currently almost out, but if you have my superwash worsted wt (or aran) weight yarn (4 ply), it’s double the thickness of my sock weight. So you could hold 2 strands together of that. Easier!

Why don’t I just carry bulky weight yarns and use that instead? Well, I might! Someday.

But I didn’t have any at the time, so made do. And it was fun.

NEEDLES: US size 17’s. The pattern calls for 15’s. Rather than do a gauge swatch to make sure my stitches per inch was the same as the designers, I decided to “wing it” and hope for the best. So I used 17’s as in my mind, it seemed the “right” thing to do.

MODIFICATIONS: Welllll…. As I do a lot, I altered the pattern a bit. I basically just quit knitting sooner than you are supposed to. So it ended up shorter; more like a slouchy elf hat than a hood. I used the leftover yarn to make a pompom for the end. And then just did a quick crochet chain for the ties and ran it through the hood edging. No bells like the pattern called for. I liked the idea of bells, but didn’t have any.

I gave this to my niece, Diana, for Christmas. I admit, I wanted to keep it.


I’m smitten like a kitten.

Holding 8 strands together made the color (even though hand-dyed) very solid and even. And it pops like crazy against the snow!

We had a warm day (about 0 degrees) so we ran out into the cold and did this photo shoot.

This pattern makes me happy. The color makes me happy. And isn’t that the purpose of why we do all this crafting?

I think so.

I’ve now begun another of her patterns, called Orchids and Fairy Lights hat… I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, let me know what you think of this hood by commenting below! 

Over and out…




dragon watcher's hood knit pattern




By | 2017-09-04T14:05:02+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Finished Objects, Knitting|33 Comments


  1. jozi December 31, 2013 at 2:59 am - Reply

    I love this ! I need to get my knitting skills on point … im an avid crocheter so i might can alter it (i love doing this) for crochet !

  2. Ginny December 31, 2013 at 3:05 am - Reply

    One trick I’ve done when using several strands of yarn for a project is to put each ball of yarn into a plastic bag and tie the top so the strand comes through. I’ve done this with 5 strands in 5 different bags and never had a problem with tangling. Seems to work for me. 🙂

    • Christie October 30, 2014 at 5:40 am - Reply

      I do this every time to keep my yarn “clean” and tangle free!! ;o)

  3. Karen Kugler December 31, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply


  4. Deb December 31, 2013 at 3:13 am - Reply

    I love it, what a great color! And I would also love it if you dyed up some bulky weight yarn :hint hint: I’ve been knitting a lot with bulky and super-bulky lately… must be the cold weather making me want super soft and quick to knit goodies!

  5. Cindy December 31, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I love this. I might even have something good in my stash . . .

  6. Eleanor McArthur December 31, 2013 at 3:16 am - Reply

    It is gorgeous but not something I would try any time soon. I’m just not that skilled but I admire people who are. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love your yarn…

  7. ang December 31, 2013 at 3:17 am - Reply

    That hood is amazing and the color is awesome for it. I saw an article about tiny owl in a magazine and started hunting for the book about like my coming across your yarn on facebook and now I watch for your stuff all the time. Anyway back to tiny owls for a second, I am working on the fox stole and think that every pattern is absolutely amazing. Ok now for Expression Fiber Arts – love all you do.

  8. desi December 31, 2013 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I love your hood. Mind, I love mine as well! <3

  9. Carol December 31, 2013 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Love it!!!!! I just gotta say “Miss Little Red Riding Hood.” So cute….

  10. Tere December 31, 2013 at 3:27 am - Reply

    How do I like it? I really really realllly like it! I think I will have to make it!

  11. Kyla December 31, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    Oh..Emmm….Geee…you make me want to try knitting again. That’s gorgeous!

  12. Tammie December 31, 2013 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m guessing your niece loved it!

  13. ggmadeit December 31, 2013 at 3:53 am - Reply

    you killed this!! I love EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!

  14. Yvonne December 31, 2013 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I love it and the color looks so rich and warm on the computer…so I can just imagine what it must look like in person. I’m sure your niece loved getting this present. You do such beautiful work! Congratulations and blessings on your upcoming wedding…in Maui, wowee! Hope to see pics…

  15. Sandra Plante December 31, 2013 at 4:17 am - Reply

    I think yours turned out way better than the original pattern. Great job! I absolutely love it! you need to write up the pattern like you made yours so we can make it. I would love to make one like yours. <3 <3

  16. BEVERLY December 31, 2013 at 4:19 am - Reply

    I love this hood! I actually came across it before you started knitting and I am crazy about the pattern and the yarn color–I LOVE RED!! Wish I could find time to knit it–the below zero wind chills in Illinois call for something covering your head!

  17. Tori H December 31, 2013 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Love it! perfect color for the pattern!

  18. Rene' December 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Love this!!!

  19. Jess Anne December 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    LOVE it! This is my next project! You look amazing Little Red Riding Hood!

  20. Jackie Routley December 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Love the pattern, but i cant make the pattern. Im not gifted about knitting. With other things im am. Ty Jackie

  21. Thurica December 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Your hat looks amazing Chandi. I love knitting to and it is quite fun actually, the time passes and it is wondrously lovely ro see that you have knitted that all by yourself instead of buying it from the shop. Good work, keep it up!!! 🙂

  22. TerryLee December 31, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Hello Chandi

    Happy New Years, and this is so beautiful, love the color and the shortening of it makes it seem just right. You always do beautiful work.

    Your knitting friend TerryLee

  23. Tere January 6, 2014 at 12:53 am - Reply

    You said you stopped knitting sooner than the pattern called for – where did you stop? I looked at some of the project pictures and like the length of yours much better than having the point go down to my waist.

    • Chandi January 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      It’s been awhile since I made it, but I think I just “winged” it. ACH! Not helpful, I know. 🙂

  24. Kim January 12, 2014 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I know a few fantasy gamers that would kill for something like this. I definitely like your version better 🙂

  25. PATRICIA BOOTH January 14, 2014 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Very nice, love the color.

  26. Christy January 18, 2014 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Truly amazing. Color so rich. And 8 strands you go girl

  27. Laurel Ryan January 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    You and Stephanie (TOK) are two of my favourites! Squeee! Thanks to both of you for the consistently creative inspiration! Superlative!!!! I adore what you’ve done with this and appreciate you giving your alterations. It makes me think that I might be able to someday stop slavishly following recipes!

    Congratulations on your recent nuptials – my daughter is getting married this year and so I’m all about weddingness…

  28. valerie January 28, 2014 at 2:31 am - Reply

    You are so beautiful. I like the pattern and appreciate all that you do. I plan to make this for me and my mom. I also like the color.

  29. Sonja March 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    That is absolutely Stunning!
    You picked the right color,Red Riding Hood is what I see! Beautiful.
    The way it drapes in the back ,the touch of a pom pom.Thank you for sharing this pattern,It might be Spring but, never to late .

  30. Tabitha March 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Can I buy one off of you, I can’t knit, but I’ve been looking for a hat like this for years

    • Chandi April 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately, these are not for sale. But, I bet if you took it to a ravelry forum someone would be more than happy to be paid to do this pattern. : )

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