Scoreboard 2.0



Click here to download printable version

Questions are also monitored daily through the end of the season in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.


Featured Yarn

HiKoo Simplicity, 55% Merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 117 yds / 50g; uses two team colors, approx. 3 (6) skeins each.

Optional – one skein of a third color for a visual break between games.

addi Needles

Two 4.5mm (approx. US 7) 16” circular needles

(Second needle is needed to graft stitches using Kitchener Stitch)

Additional Notions

Tapestry needle, stitch marker, approx. 1 yd of waste yarn, Size G crochet hook – for provisional cast on


21 stitches and 27 rounds = 4” in Stockinette Stitch


Small (Large)

Average cowl is 8” wide, approx. 40 (94)” around.

Length around varies with total number of points scored.


MC – Main Color. Primary color that represents your favorite team.

CC – Contrasting Color. Secondary color that will always represent the opponent.

CC2 – Contrasting Color 2. Optional third color used to separate games.


  • Cowl is worked in the two colors of your favorite team.
  • Primary color represents your team (MC).
  • Secondary color will always represent the opponent (CC).
  • All stitches are worked in knit.
  • When changing colors, work the Jogless Stripe technique for smooth color transitions.  See Jogless Stripe video
  • When working stripes that are 4 or more rounds high, carry the unused yarn with the working yarn by twisting the yarns together on the wrong side at the beginning of every 4th round as in photo below.  See Carrying Yarns in Circular Knitting video




All Sizes

With waste yarn, cast on 80 stitches using a Provisional Cast On.  See Provisional Cast On video

Place marker and join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches.

Upon completion of first round (as described below), place a Lifeline through the stitches to aid in removal of provisional cast on at end of project. See Lifeline video

Short Version (shown above)

The striping sequence is determined by the order of the scores in each game. Knit two rounds in designated color each time a team scores. A score can be a field goal, touchdown (includes extra point), or safety.

Example game summary:

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds MC

Favorite team scores a field goal – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a field goal – knit 2 rounds CC

Total = 10 rounds knit for game.

Work as above for each game of the season.


Long Version (shown below)

The striping sequence is determined by the order and amount of the points scored in each game. Knit one round in designated color every time a team scores a point.

Example game summary:

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 6 rounds MC

Favorite team’s extra point is good – knit 1 round MC

Opponent scores a field goal – knit 3 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a touch down – knit 6 rounds MC

Favorite scores a 2-point conversion – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a touchdown and extra point – knit 7 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a field goal – knit 3 rounds MC

Total = 28 rounds knit for game.

Work rounds based on the points for each game of the season.


Both Sizes

If desired, a visual separation between the games of the season can be worked using the optional third color:

  • Option 1 Game Separation: At conclusion of game, and using CC2, knit one round, purl one round, knit one round to denote end of game with a textured break.
  • Option 2 Game Separation: At conclusion of game, and using CC2, knit one round to denote end of game with a small stripe of color 3.



Weave in all ends prior to closing tube.

Break yarn leaving 60” tail.

Using the Lifeline as a guide, thread the second circular needle through Round 1 and remove the waste yarn used for the provisional cast on.

Thread tail onto tapestry needle and close tube by grafting stitches with Kitchener Stitch.  See Kitchener Stitch in the Round video

If desired, weave in the tail onto the Right Side using Duplicate Stitch.  See Duplicate Stitch video

©2016 Michelle Hunter


For an overview of the project, watch my Scoreboard KAL video.

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  1. Andrea Santiago Malcolm
    Posted June 25, 2017 at 7:43 AM | Permalink

    Will there be a scoreboard KAL? This season?

    • Posted July 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

      Not a directed KAL, but the pattern lends itself to be knit annually. I hope your team and your scarf do well this season!

  2. Kathy Daley
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 6:42 PM | Permalink

    I am so excited to start this project, I did the provisional cast on last night. Thank you for the excellent videos, I am a newbie knitter who is already learning so much.

    • Posted September 9, 2016 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

      Good for you to expand your skills! What team will you be knitting for?

      • Kathy Daley
        Posted September 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

        The Cleveland Browns ….not much MC this season, I’m afraid!

  3. John
    Posted August 3, 2016 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    If you do two rows per score. you can have a game with one team scores more time then there opponents and still lose the game. Ex. 3 Fieldgoals, three touchdowns=30 points. The opponent scores 5 touchdowns=35 points.

    • Posted August 3, 2016 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

      I worked up the same a long and short version for the same team and they both had great and interesting striping with the dominant team ending up with more stripes. If you are fearful that your cowl will not be correctly balanced, perhaps knit three round for a touchdown and two for a field goal to tip the scales. However you work it out, it makes for a fun knitting season!

  4. Knitfrogknit
    Posted August 1, 2016 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the shorter version. In order to show who won I’m going to do my purl row in the divider in the color of the winner so for Seahawks the 3 divider rows would go knit silver, purl blue (because of course the Hawks will win or heaven forbid purl green if they lose) and knit silver. Making a hat to count wins/losses too bring on the games

    • Posted August 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM | Permalink

      I love that game plan! I hope you have another winning season:)

  5. JP
    Posted May 15, 2016 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    Why is this knitted on circular needles? Doesn’t it make the cowl end up being a long tube? Couldn’t we just go back and forth on straight needles?

    • Posted May 15, 2016 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

      The scarf is knit on circulars to form a tube which is joined into an infinity scarf. If it were knit flat then the wrong side would show and the edges would curl.

  6. Marcy
    Posted December 30, 2015 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    I’m about to start your January KAL, but I came across this and just love the idea. However, we are a hockey family, not a football family. Any ideas on how to convert this to hockey? There are many more games (82, plus a pretty long playoff season if we keep winning), but the scoring is much lower. Do you think it would work to assign 3 rows to a goal and maybe 2 rows for a shootout? With the greater number of games, do you think it would be better or distracting to include the third color? (BTW, this would be a Washington Caps cowl or scarf, so the colors would be red and blue and possibly a contrasting white.)
    Thank you!!

    • Posted December 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

      I’m so happy to have you along for the January KAL. As for the Scoreboard cowl, several knitters have adapted the pattern for hockey and soccer. Just think of a formula that works for you (how many rounds per score) and it will be fine. I would check on Ravelry and see the many adaptations for the Scoreboard cowl and I think it will give you lots of ideas and inspiration.

  7. Lisa
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

    I don’t want to make m scoreboard an infinity scarf. How do you recommend finishing it? Cloud I do the Kitchener stitch at each end?

    • Posted December 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for knitting Scoreboard with me! Yes, you can use the Kitchener Stitch to close each end.

  8. Diane
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    Just heard about the scoreboard KAL. How do I found out what my team has done the past month. Want to get started and catch up.

    • Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

      There are a lot of sports sites with scoring summaries. I use or to name a few. Happy to have you along!

  9. Posted October 3, 2015 at 11:10 PM | Permalink

    Late to the game (pun intended), but am just starting and going to try to catch up this weekend. In your provisional cast on video, you say one way to deal with the provisional cast on is to make an extra stitch. Is this still needed when going in the round like this? If so, do I knit 2 together on the actual join round?

    • Posted October 4, 2015 at 8:27 AM | Permalink

      I would not cast in the extra stitch in this instance. Looking forward to knitting together this season!

  10. Jennifer
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    The team I am basing this on needs to quit having such high scoring games!!! I started late – I am on game 2 and have 191 rounds to go to catch up!!!!! And another game in 2 more days….

  11. Jean
    Posted September 12, 2015 at 8:54 PM | Permalink

    This is my first KAL and I am very excited and ready to start. I am a bit confused as to where the information will be after each session. For example there was a reference to a cast off party? I bought my materials online. Was I supposed to register somewhere? Unfortunately, my team doesn’t play until tomorrow night and it isn’t Dallas!

    • Posted September 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

      There is no registration for the knit along. Simply download the pattern and begin knitting the points as they are scored. Some local shops hosting cast on/off parties but it is not necessary to attend one – they are just for fun. All of the information you need is in the pattern and the accompanying videos. I recommend joining my Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry where I also monitor questions daily and to see photos from other Scoreboard knitters. Have fun knitting along with the Cowboys!

  12. Shelly
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    This is my first KAL and I was very excited to start but for some reason I’m missing something. It seems so very simple so I’m sorry if this is a dumb question. Is the idea to knit out the entire score as it plays out for each game? So our first game scored a total of 74 points for roughly the same number rows, or are looking for an abbreviated version? Am I making it harder than it is?

    • Posted September 8, 2015 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for making us your first KAL! There are no dumb questions – feel free to ask away. You are correct about the scoring. Knit each point in the order that they occur in the game. Page 2 of the pattern gives a game sample that shows how to knit with the scoring. Hope this helps!

  13. Linda
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 6:53 PM | Permalink

    In regard to Option 2 Game Separation, what is color 3? We have MC, CC, CC2 and…3? Thanks! Can’t wait to start!

    • Posted September 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

      So happy we will be knitting together! CC2 is the optional third color if you would like to separate the games with a contrasting round. It is listed under the Abbreviations at the top of page 2 in the pattern. I hope this helps!

  14. Shauna
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    Thank you again, Michelle, for your amazing videos and your patience in teaching the provisional cast on Thursday. I am super excited about this KAL, as it is my first. I am certain. It won’t be my last.

  15. Ruth White
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    My question is regarding the third color to delineate the games. Do you carry that color up just like you do for the stripes or did you cut the yarn each time? Thank you!

    • Posted September 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

      Either one would be fine, but personally I would just cut it every time. Yes there would be ends to weave in, but carrying a yarn that is only used every 40-60 rows seems to be a bother.

  16. Becky
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    Re: Scoreboard Kal
    Do you join the provisional cast on in the round or your first color?

    • Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

      This is how I handled the start of the cowl. Cast on 80 sts with waste yarn. Knit one row in desired first color. Slide a lifeline through this first row. Place marker and then join in the round by knitting the first stitch of Row 1 as the first stitch for Round 2. The stitches aren’t exactly worked in the round until after that first row. Hope this helps!

      • Annette
        Posted September 12, 2015 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

        If I understand your answer to the joining question… The first round can be in either color or should you be waiting for the first team to score to knit and join the rounds. Thank you for a great KAL… I am excited to knit this project. GO PACK.

        • Posted September 13, 2015 at 8:17 AM | Permalink

          Cast on using waste yarn and then wait for the first point to be scored to determine which color is used in the first round. Have fun knitting with your Packers!

        • Chris
          Posted September 13, 2015 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

          Great comments, my first KAL, thanks for the great questions and comments. Go Giants!

          • Posted September 13, 2015 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

            Should be a fun game tonight! For more comments and to chat with other knitter, many of them are Giants fans, join my Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.

  17. Lori
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM | Permalink

    WooHoo – we’re off!!! This is going to be fun! 😀

    • Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

      I agree! the hardest part for me is that my team doesn’t kick off until Monday.

      • Lori
        Posted September 18, 2015 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

        tks for the ‘jogless row’ trick – so easy & looks great!!

  18. Lisa workman
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    Will this cast on look ok if I don’t join it to the end when finished? I would like to give this to a an when I’m done but am pretty sure he will not wear a cowl/endless scarf

    • Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

      It’s great to having you knit Scoreboard with me! I would still use this cast on but instead of using the kitchener stitch to join the beginning to the end, I would use the kitchener or three needle bind off to close each end.

      • Lisa
        Posted September 4, 2015 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

        Great! Thanks. Wish I could have come to the cast on party, but had to work!

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