Garter Ridge Hoodie

by Erika Flory

Garter Ridge Hoodie
» photos: Brandy Fortune » model: Eli

For babies and kids, I love to design items that are easy and quick to knit and that also have interesting visual and textural elements. The Garter Ridge pattern makes a plain, basic hoodie more special, and it’s very easy to personalize the pattern by adding a second color so that the ridge stands out even more.



1 [2, 4, 6] years
Shown in size 2

Finished Measurements

Chest: 21 [22, 26, 30] inches
Length from neck to hem: 11 [12, 15, 18] inches
Hood length: 8 [8.5, 9.5, 10] inches
Sleeve length: 7 [8, 8.5, 9.5] inches
Armhole depth: 5.5 [6, 6.5, 7.5] inches


Spud and Chloë™ Sweater [55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 100 gram hank];

#7500 Ice Cream: 3 [3, 4, 5] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5mm 13 inch straight needles
US G/4.25mm crochet hook


stitch holders or waste yarn
stitch markers


16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in Garter Ridge Pattern

Pattern Notes

Front and back are joined at the shoulders using the 3-Needle Bind-off. Sleeves are picked up and knitted from the shoulder down. Hood is picked up along the neck edge and is joined at the top using the 3-Needle Bind-off.

3-Needle Bind-off
Place stitches to be joined on two needles, holding them together with the right sides facing. If you’d like a decorative ridge on the right side of the garment, hold the wrong sides together. Using a third needle, knit the first stitch from each needle together as one stitch. *Knit next stitch on each needle in the same way. Pass the first stitch over the second stitch. Repeat from * until one stitch remains on the third needle. Cut yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch.

Garter Ridge Pattern
Rows 1-3: Knit across.
Row 4: Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

Skills Required

Long-tailed cast-on; 3-Needle Bind-off; picking up and knitting stitches; single crochet



Using long-tail cast on, cast on 42 [44, 52, 60] sts.
Work even in Garter Ridge Pattern until piece measures 11 [12, 15, 18] inches from cast on.
Put sts on stitch holders as follows: 13 [13, 16, 20] sts for shoulder, 16 [18, 20, 20] sts for back neck, 13 [13, 16, 20] sts for shoulder.


Work same as for back until piece measures 8 [8.75, 11, 13] inches from cast on, ending with a WS row.
Divide for neck (RS): Work 21 [22, 26, 30] sts and slip remaining sts to holder. Make a note of last row worked in pattern sequence.

Garter Ridge Hoodie

Left Front

Continuing in pattern, work even until Left Front measures same as Back, ending with a RS row (neck edge).
Bind off 8 [9, 10, 10] sts for neck, work to end of row.
Slip rem 13 [13, 16, 20] sts to holder for shoulder.

Right Front

Slip 21 [22, 26, 30] sts from stitch holder to needle, attach yarn at neck edge. Continuing in pattern, work even until Right Front measures same as Left Front, ending with a WS row (neck edge).
Bind off 8 [9, 10, 10] sts for neck, work to end of row.
Slip rem 13 [13, 16, 20] sts to holder for shoulder.


Join shoulders using 3-needle Bind-off. Place markers 5.5 [6, 6.5, 7.5] inches on each side of shoulder seam.
With RS facing, pick up and knit 44 [48, 52, 60] sts evenly between markers.
Beginning with Row 2 of pattern, work 6 rows, decreasing one stitch at each end of 6th row. 42 [46, 50, 58] sts.
Continue to work decs every 6th row, 5 [6, 6, 7] more times: 32 [34, 38, 44] sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 6 [7, 7, 8] inches from shoulder, ending with a RS row.
Work Garter stitch for 1 [1, 1.5, 1.5] inches.
Bind off all sts.


With RS facing, pick up and knit 8 [9, 10, 10] sts from right neck edge to right shoulder, knit 16 [18, 20, 20] sts from back neck holder, pick up and knit 8 [9, 10, 10] sts from left shoulder to left neck edge: 32 [36, 40, 40] sts.
Next row: Kfb in each st across row: 64 [72, 80, 80] sts.

Size 6 Only: Knit across, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced: 88 sts.

All Sizes

Work even in pattern on 64 [72, 80, 88] sts until hood measures 8 [8.5, 9.5, 10] inches from neck edge. Divide sts evenly on two needles and join using 3-Needle Bind-off. For a decorative ridge on the right side of the hood, hold the wrong sides together when working the bind off.

Garter Ridge Hoodie


Sew side and sleeve seams. With crochet hook, work single crochet around hood opening. Work in loose ends. Block lightly.


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Erika Flory lives and knits in Philadelphia where she designs knitwear for her website, and for Pisgah Yarn and Dyeing Company. Her designs have also appeared in the knitting webzines KnitNet, For the Love of Knitting, and Knotions, as well as the DRG publication Tops & Toes. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t touch yarn.

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