Scoreboard 2.0



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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.

50 thoughts on “Scoreboard 2.0

  1. Thank you so much for the quick and very helpful response!!!! That really did clear it up for me. One more quick question – should I chain a few extra stitches at the end of my provisional cast on?
    I appreciate your help and your videos are fantastic – you make it so easy to understand!!!!

  2. It is a bit confusing to get started. Watch my Colormatic Part 1 video. This cowl started in the same manner and I think it will clear things up for you.

  3. I am new to knitting and I have a question right out of the gates on the scoreboard cowl. I think the directions are saying to join in the round after the provisional cast on is completed and before you start knitting with your main color. I’m not sure how to do this – mine is just very loose and falls apart. What am i doing wrong?

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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….

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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?

  23. 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!

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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

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