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Directions for knitting head covers

Updated February 21, 2017

Knitting golf club head covers lets you combine your love of golf and of knitting. It can also be a way to make gifts for the golfer in your life. Thanks to the stretchiness of knitting, a hand-knit golf club head cover can fit securely without a lot of complicated shaping. Essentially, they are very narrow hats. You will need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Selecting the Right Yarn

Use a machine washable and dryable yarn for this project. Your golf club head covers will be outdoors a fair amount of time, so they'll need to be washed regularly. If you use a hand-wash-only yarn, then your covers will be dirty most of the time.

This also isn't a project for luxury yarns. Stick with acrylic, cotton or superwash wool. Novelty yarns, like fun fur can also work, as long as they are machine washable.

The amount of yarn you'll need varies with the weight of the yarn. Each head cover will use up to 150 grams of yarn, so plan accordingly.

Knit the Gauge Swatch

This project is pretty forgiving as far as size is concerned, so you can skip this step without too much likelihood of disaster if you're an intermediate or advanced knitter with lots of experience knitting hats.

For everyone else, a gauge swatch will keep you from making a golf club cover that is much too small or much too large. Experiment until you find the yarn and needle combination that gives you a fabric that is dense, but not stiff.

Measure your swatch to get the number of stitches per inch (spi).

Generic Pattern

Multiply your stitches per inch (spi) by 7.5. Round your total up or down so that you get a number divisible by four. This is the number of stitches to cast on.

Knit in 2x2 ribbing (knit two, purl two) for 9 inches.

Knit one row.

Increase 8 stitches, evenly spaced, using your favourite increase method.

Knit for 8 inches.

Decrease as follows: knit one, knit two together until the end of the round.

Cut and pull the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Add Some Personality

You can add stripes, possibly using the number of stripes to indicate the number of the golf club. Or you can knit your golf club head covers in a different colour for each golf club. You can add cabling or colour patterning, such as argyle or other fair isle designs. If you add a stitch pattern, such as seed stitch, knit a swatch to check your gauge and adjust your stitch count accordingly.

The 8 inches of plain knitting are the easiest place to add a personal flourish.

If you prefer, you can knit the entire golf head cover in ribbing.

You can add a pom to the top, or use novelty yarn for the top portion.

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Jen Anderson has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has appeared in the "New York Times," "Time Out Chicago" and "The Villager." She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Brooklyn College.