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Thursday
May172012

Laura's Loop: Knit Golf Club Covers

Bogey, birdie, eagle, dogleg, Cinderella story, shank, slice, duck hook, snap hook, snapper, quacker, bunker, cabbage, fried egg, tin cup, deuce, flop shot, kick, bite, long iron, mulligan, up and down, Oscar Brown, pitch and run, punch shot, sandbagger, wormburner, and so many more... This ridiculous lingo used to tumble out of my father's mouth every Saturday and Sunday evening as he, with kid-like enthusiasm, regaled us with the triumphs and tribulations of his day on the golf course.

While I never took to playing, I do love the game. It's rich with history, tradition and etiquette yet accompanied by some seriously silly outfits and laughably playful jargon. My dad  remains modest in dress, but his clubs sure make up for it!

Knit with Koigu's Kersti yarn, the single stranded ribbing is flexible enough to stretch over the large headed woods, while the double stranded tops of the covers are thick and lofty enough to protect them. This 100% merino is durable, resilient and even machine washable, perfect for the most adventurous of golfers... and knitters! Go wild with stripes of Koigu's intensely saturated colors, then top your covers off with a pom-pom, tassel or I-cord loop. Cute! (Happy Father's day, Old Man!) -Laura

The Materials

The Pattern

Gauge

4 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, with yarn doubled on largest needles

Finished Dimensions

Five Wood Cover (Three Wood Cover, Driver Cover): 13 inches long by 8 inch circumference, at widest point (14 1/2 inches long by 9 inch circumference, 15 1/2 inches long by 10 1/2 inch circumference)

Pattern Note

This pattern is knit bottom up, using one strand of yarn for the ribbing and two strands of yarn for the head of the cover. 

Ribbing (All Three Sizes)

With Contrast Color (CC) and size US #6 needles, cast on 32 (36, 40) stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. 

Round 1: With the CC, k1. Change to Main Color (MC) and knit to the end of round.

Round 2: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end.

Repeat Round 2 until piece measures 1 inches from cast on edge. Change to US #5 needles and continue working on 1 x 1 rib.

When the piece measures 10 inches from cast on edge, change to size US #8 needles. Add a second strand of yarn. 

Knit 3 rows.

Five Wood

Change to CC (doubled).

Knit 2 rounds.

Increase Round: K7, make 1 right (m1R), k1, make 1 left (m1L), k16, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (36 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds.

With MC (doubled), knit one round. Cut MC yarn.

Change to CC.

Knit 2 rounds

Increase Round: K8, m1R, k1, m1L, k18, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (40 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds.

With MC, knit one round. 

Decrease Round 1: K2tog, (k5, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k5, ssk, k1. (32 stitches)

Decrease Round 2: K2tog, (k3, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k3, ssk, k1. (24 stitches)

Decrease Round 3: K2tog, (k1, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k1, ssk, k1. (16 stitches)

Decrease Round 4: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2. (12 stitches)

Decrease Round 5: (Ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) twice. (8 stitches)

Decrease Round 6: (K2tog) 4 times. (4 stitches)

Arrange the remaining 4 stitches on to one double pointed needle. Using a second double pointed needle, work in I-cord for 3 1/2 inches. Cut yarn and pull tail through live stitches. With tapestry needle take tail through the top of the Club Cover and weave it in.

Three Wood

With CC (doubled)knit one round. Cut CC yarn.

Change to MC (doubled).

Knit 2 rounds.

Increase Round: K8, m1R, k1, m1L, k18, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (40 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds.

With CC, knit one round. Cut CC yarn.

Change to MC.

Knit 2 rounds.

Increase Round: K9, m1R, k1, m1L, k20, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (44 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds.

With CC, knit one round. Cut CC yarn.

Change to MC.

Knit 2 rounds.

Increase Round: K10, m1R, k1, m1L, k22, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (48 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds. Cut MC yarn.

Change to CC and knit 1 round. Continue working with CC.

Decrease Round 1: K2tog, (k7, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k7, ssk, k1. (40 stitches)

Work Decrease Rounds 1 - 6 of the Five Wood Cover and continue to follow those directions to finish.

Driver 

Change to CC (doubled).

Knit 3 rounds.

Increase Round: K9, m1R, k1, m1L, k20, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (44 stitches)

Knit 6 rounds.

Increase Round: K10, m1R, k1, m1L, k22, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (48 stitches)

Knit 6 rounds.

Increase Round: K11, m1R, k1, m1L, k24, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (52 stitches)

Knit evenly until top measures 4 1/2 inches from ribbing. Cut CC yarn

Change to MC (doubled).

Knit one round.

Decrease Round 1: K2tog, (k8, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k8, ssk, k1. (44 stitches)

Decrease Round 2: K2tog, (k6, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k6, ssk, k1. (36 stitches)

Decrease Round 3: K2tog, (k4, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k4, ssk, k1. (28 stitches)

Decrease Round 4: K2tog, (k2, ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, k2, ssk, k1. (20 stitches)

Decrease Round 5: K2tog, (ssk, k1, k2tog) three times, ssk, k1. (12 stitches)

Decrease Round 6: (Ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) twice. (8 stitches)

Decrease Round 7: K2tog 4 times. (4 stitches)

With the CC color make a pom pom, as large or as small as you'd like. I used Clover's Large Pom Pom Maker to make mine. Remember to leave two long tails for attaching your pom pom to the Club Cover. Using a tapestry needle, bring the tails through the top to the inside of the Club Cover and weave them in securely.

All Club Covers

Weave in the tails and block if desired.

Reader Comments (30)

The 5 wood pattern appears to have two one-row stripes of yellow while the picture only shows one. I think the last "cut MC" is incorrect and the decrease rounds should be done in the MC (yellow). Please correct me if I'm wrong--I've always found the Purl Bee patterns to be near-perfect so I'm still half-way convinced I'm reading something incorrectly.
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstacy e
Stacy E- You are completely correct! I have fixed the pattern. Thank you so much for your comment! Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again! -Laura
August 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Would love to order this book Is is available for sale to the public?
September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Hi Cheryl-

This pattern is not a part of a book, it's a free pattern from us here at The Purl Bee. You can find a bunch of other free knitting, sewing, and crochet patterns by clicking around on the site.

Thank you so much for your question-

Molly
September 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this pattern and have been asked by my brother to make them for his new set of clubs. However, he would like the dimensions to be larger than the pattern. He wants the wood to be 11inches in circumference and his driver to be 15 inches. I think your wood instructions have the number of stitches for a 10-1/2 inch head so that might be ok but I think I will have to alter the driver instructions. I am a near novice so would appreciate any help you can provide. He also wants the pompom to be the same size as the driver headcover.
December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Morrisson
Hi Carol,
What a lucky brother you have.
For the 15-inch driver. Cast on 44 stitches, Follow the directions as usual until you get to skip down to the section titled Driver.
Change to CC.
Knit 3 Rounds.
Then skip to the second Increase Round that begins "K10...".
Knit 6 rounds.
Do following Increase Round that begins "K11...".
Knit 6 rounds.
Then, do one more Increase Round: K12, m1R, k1, m1L, k26, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end. (56 stitches)
Knit evenly until top measures 4 1/2 inches from ribbing.
Cut CC yarn.
Change to MC (doubled).
Knit one round.
Then do a Decrease Round: K2tog, k23, ssk, k1, k2tog, k23, ssk, k1. (52 stitches)
Continue with Decrease Round 1 and finish pattern.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks,
Laura
December 5, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, Laura.

Just getting started on the head portion of the club covers and had a question. I just doubled the main color for the 3 wood and wanted to know if the main color is doubled for the whole head or just at the beginning to add strength to the neck?

Thanks,
Carol
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
Hi Carol,
The whole top portion of the Cover is worked with the yarn doubled. It is for extra padding/thickness and protection.
Thanks for writing in.
Laura
January 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! Forgive me but I have a silly question (bad at knitting!!), Can you leave off the i-cord part at the top? If so do you just gather it up and stitch it?
Thanks :)
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
Hi Alexandra,
Yes, you can leave the i-cord off the top. Just cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches. The, securely weave the tail into the interior of cover.
Thanks,
Laura
January 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,
I'm not sure if this question is addressed elsewhere on the website, but what is the best wat to change colors? Should I just cut the yarn and tie the new one on? and also what is the best way to add the second piece of the yarn for the top portion?
Thanks so much!
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
Hi Joanna,
I just looked through all of our tutorials and I cannot believe we don't address changing colors anywhere! I sure am glad you asked so we can rectify this. When you want to change colors, simply stop knitting with your current yarn, leaving a 6 or so inch tail and then begin knitting when the new color, again leaving a tail to weave in later. At the transition point there might be a bit of a gap, but at the end, when you weave in your tails, you can close up that gap. There is an important rule in knitting... No knots!!! So try and resist the urge. The reason is that they tend to come undone and then the unraveling begins.

Regarding the addition of the top portion... if it is a i-cord loop... after your last round of knitting, do not cut it, keep using it to make the i-cord. Once you have finished your i-cord, pull the tail through the top and weave into the interior of the Club Cover to secure it. For advice on weaving in ends... http://www.purlbee.com/weaving-in-ends-tutorial/

Hope this helps.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Laura
February 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you so much for the info! I just am still a little confused for this specific pattern changing colors. Do I cut the yarn and weave in the ends for each color change between the MC and CC in this pattern? Like at the bottom when it is just a small trim of the CC? And also, when I weave in the ends (I've never done so before), I looked at your tutorial. Do I turn this inside out? Or do I weave in the ends on the right side of the cover? I apologize if my questions are confusing, I'm just new to changing colors the correct way! Thank you!!
February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
Hi Joanna.

You can weave in the ends on the inside or outside. I tend to weave them in on the inside just incase they aren't as hidden as I want.

As for changing colors, if you are knitting in grey and then have one round of yellow and then have grey again, you can just carry the grey up, on the inside of the Cover. But if there are several rounds of contrast color, then, yes, cut the yarn leaving a 6 inch or so tail to weave in later.

This is a helpful tutorial for changing colors and not cutting the yarn:
http://www.purlbee.com/stripes-in-the-round/

Please keep writing in with any questions you still have!
Laura
March 5, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
If I don' want to use Merino wool, what is the next best yarn? Will worsted or sport weight work?
March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrish
Hi Trish.
You could substitue any light worsted or dk weight yarn:
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/3-knitting-crochet-yarn?filters[]=5

Thanks,
Laura
April 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
how do you make the i-cord
as I have never done this
Thanks
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervirginia
Hi Virginia-

You can find a tutorial to make an i-cord here: http://www.purlbee.com/i-cord-tutorial/

Thank you!

Molly
April 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is the i-cord made with the double yarn also?
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
Hello,

What is the equivalent to English 3 ply or 4 ply to the wool used for the golf club covers? My aunt is over from England and is going to make them for my cousin,

Thank you,

Michelle
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
Hi Deb.
Yes, it is. The icord is make with the yarn doubled.
Laura
May 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Michelle,
Kersti is a DK or Light Worsted weight which is a bit heavier than a 4ply in UK terms. Hope this helps!
Laura
May 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Laura,
I am trying to alter you driver head cover for an enlarged driver cover. It looks like your 5 wood cover circumference is 8 inches (cast on 32, increase to 40 stitches), 3 wood cover circumference is 9 inches (cast on 36, increase to 48 stitches), and driver circumference is 10 1/2 inches (cast on 40, increase to 52 stitches).

I read the post above looking for a 15 inch circumference, but am a bit confused. It looks like the increase only goes to 56 stitches. The pattern calls for 4 1/2 stitches per inch, so I am wondering if this is the correct amount. I have only used the 3 wood pattern this far and it came out to the correct size. If you could help clarify, that would be great! If it is correct as mentioned above, I will follow it.

Also, do you happen to have any patterns or ideas for utility clubs or putter covers?

Thank you! Love the website - have made so many cute things from here!
June 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBridget
Hi Bridget,
The largest size is 15 1/2 inches long by 10 1/2 inches in circumference. As of now there is no pattern for a 15-inch circumference cover. Sadly we do not have any patterns for utility clubs or putter covers.

We are so happy to hear you like the site. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
Laura
June 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
The way I understand M1R and M1L, is you are using the yarn between the stitches, increasing the first stitch as a knit stitch and the M1L would be increase as a purl stitch. Is that correct. Thank You Patty
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatty
Hello Patty.
Great question.

Both m1R and m1L are increased as knit stitches. Yes, when you m1R, you pick up the bar from the back to the front, but then you knit it.

Did you see our tutorial? http://purlbee.squarespace.com/make-1-right-left-tutorial/
Laura
July 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a great pattern..thanks! Any idea for making sizes that fit the 7,9,11,13 woods? Just fewer stitches and a bit shorter at the heads?
August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Hi Ellen,
Unfortunately we do not have the time/resources to fully develop additional sizes at this moment. But.... One trick would be to use a yarn that is slightly thinner, work a gauge swatch to make sure the finished dimensions would be ok and then follow the pattern as directed.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for your interest in the pattern.
Laura
August 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Laura,

My 16 year old son has ask me to knit him some fun golf covers and I love your pattern and wondered if I could order the materials from your site and have them sent to Australia?

Many thanks
Deb
August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Wallman
Hi Deb-

Yes, we ship to Australia all the time! Here is a link to our international shipping info:
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/shop/shipping

Thank you for writing in and good luck with the project!

Molly
August 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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