Relax while making some waves with this cosy crochet snood. It’s worked up in worsted weight yarn for a warm accessory that you can pop over your head when the wind is particularly bitter.
What is a snood?
If you google 'snood' there are two definitions. One is for a type of hair net that was high fashion in bygone days and the other is something made of yarn that can be worn around the neck and over the head if need be. At first glance it looks just like a cowl but they are usually narrower across the top. This enables them to be worn either over the head or over the nose. They're so handy for bitterly cold weather.
My favourite thing about the snood is the 'hood' you can make out of it. I seem to have a knack for falling in love with jackets that have no hood. Problem solved!
Pictured above: a close up of the stitch pattern. Granny clusters are followed by v granny clusters.
The stitch pattern here is impressive for something with such a small repetition. It is a variation on the granny stitch.
I'll show you how to do the two featured stitches here:
Double crochet (UK treble)
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.
These 6 steps will show you how to make the Dc cluster:
Step 1: Yarn over hook.
Step 2: Insert hook into next chain space.
Step 3: Yarn over hook and pull through a loop.
Step 4: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.
Step 5: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.
The granny clusters are made up of double crochet. To do a double crochet cluster:
Dc 3 times into the same chain or chain space.
To do a granny square V cluster:
Dc 3 times into the chain space. Chain 1 and Dc 3 more times into the same chain space.
Tips for working in the round:
If you're chaining a long chain, joining to work in the round can be unsuccessful for a beginner. Chains can twist and result in twisted stitches.
You can avoid this by working 1 row flat in the desired stitch. For example, for this snood you would work one row of single crochet (UK double) and slip stitch at the end to join the first stitch to the last st. This results in a tiny gap that you seam up at the end but it saves you from tears of frustration.
Every time you finish a round, you can either slip stitch across the top of the first stitch to get to the first chain space or you can turn and continue working in the opposite direction. I've left that part up to you!
I used Cygnet Boho Spirit Worsted in sapphire as I liked the stormy wave colours and the way that it self stripes. It was giving me major 'Heart of the ocean' vibes but my project made it to the end of the voyage. There are a range of colours available for Cyget boho. I think it would look amazing in Moonbeam for example. There's just something about those electric pink stripes that I can't stop looking at.
You could do the same or choose several yarns to make your own stripes. This would make a great project for your leftovers or stash yarns too.
Some of us love brights, others prefer muted tones or neutrals and I honestly thing this snood would look fabulous in any of them. I chose boho spirit because I like the way it takes care of the striping and has a slight sheen. It's also really snug to wear around your neck.
We want maximum snug so something warm and worsted weight would be perfect for this snood. I'm thinking alpaca, bluefaced leicester or merino if you want to use wool.