Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Lacy Snood

We live on a very breezy hill. It seems like every time I step out the door my hair whips in my face and I can't see where I am going. I often resorted to tying a hankerchief around my head to contain my hair while I was gardening or playing with Noah. While the hankerchief did serve its purpose, it was not very pretty to look at. So this past week, I came up with a knitting pattern for a lacy snood. Yep, that's right. A snood. A snood (rhymes with rude) is a netlike hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair. My new snood works quite well, though I would have probably made it a bit longer had I not been running out of yarn.

When it was finished, the lace pattern decreases formed what looks like a starfish. It was unplanned, but looks kind of neat and summery.

Just in case you know of anyone who might want a snood of their very own...

Lacy Starfish Snood Pattern

Yarn: Dale of Norway Lerke (52 % Merino Wool/48% Cotton) dk weight
Size 6 circular - 12 inch or long enough to Magic Loop
Size 8 circular - 12 inch or long enough to Magic Loop
Size 8 DPNs for finishing if not using Magic Loop Method

This is the first pattern that I have ever written, so please let me know if you find any errors. I do tend to be a tight knitter, so you may have to size your needles down to get a gauge that fits your own head. An advantage to using the Magic Loop method was that I was able to try it on after the first inch or two to check the fit. You want the ribbing to be pretty snug so it will stay in place, otherwise a couple bobbypins may be needed to keep it from slipping back.

Using Size 6 needles, cast on 90 st, join for knitting in the round.
K1P1 around for approx. 1 inch. Knit one round.
Switch to Size 8 needle for lace pattern:
Round 1: *[k2tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times, place marker. Repeat from * to end of round (a total of 5 times). Use different colored marker to indicate beginning of round.
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Knit

Repeat these 4 rounds until desired length is reached (about 7-9 inches).

Begin decreases.
Round 1: *[k3tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k3tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: *[k3tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k3tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 5: Purl
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *k3tog, k2tog, [yo, k1] 2 times, k2tog, k3tog. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 8: Purl
Round 9: Knit
Round 10: *[k2tog] 4 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 11: Purl
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: *[k2tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

38 comments:

  1. I love this pattern! thanks for sharing! I have the same problem here in Missouri! Do you pin yours in place? Or does it just stay pretty well on it's own?
    I've made a couple but they are more for just holding at the base of the neck and don't hold my thick hair very well.
    Thanks again!
    ~E

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    1. I would also love to know how on earth that stays in your hair. If I just put my hair in it, it would just slide right off the top of my head, never mind actually getting any work done. Do you have a comb or barrette in there somewhere? Pins?

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    2. Search my youtube page SheliOH, there is a lady on there that does here daughter's hair without bobbypins, she twists it and tucks the end in, which would work perfect with this cap. I will try and post it later, it holds my hair up and it is almost waist long and very thick

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  2. I love snoods! This is an adorable pattern I hope to make soon. I've found it quite easy to stitch small hair combs into the top right and left of the ribbing about 2 inches apart. They hold them in place rather well.
    -Breezey

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  3. This pattern is so cutenood or a scarf. This is so cute, but I would probably line it to meet my needs.

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  4. I wanted a design like this formany years Igot it now Thanks

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  5. I don't understand. When exactly do I start using the magic loop method? The entire time or after I switch to the size 8 needles? And how do I switch needles?

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  6. You are either using the 12 inch circulars and DPNs, OR the magic loop method. Not both. If you are not knitting the snood using magic loop, then you will have to switch to the DPNs once there are too few stitches to fit around the circs. To switch needles, just knit onto the DPNs from your circs, distributing the stitches evenly. For example, if you have 20 stitches left, and are using a set of 5 DPNs, you would knit 5 stitches onto each of four needles.

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  7. How much yarn does it take to make this?

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  8. Hey thanks so much! I just finished making myself one and the instructions are great. I love my new snood!

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  9. Thanks for the pattern! I made a shorter version for a chemo hat in soysilk. Turned out great!

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  10. I really love this pattern and look forward to making another on very soon as requested from my sister!

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  11. hi. is it possible to make this snood using 2straigh needles? i dont have round needles and i dont know how to knit in the round..i am jus learning to knit but i would like to try this pattern.

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  12. Very cool snood!
    And i love your music.
    Who is the voice...the woman?

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  13. Thanks for sharing pattern! What's name of the song?

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  14. The music player is way down at the bottom. The songs change periodically :)

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  15. I found this site what I did a search for slouchy beanie patterns but I stayed for the music. Thanks for putting together such a great collection of songs.

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  16. I love the music and would like to forward to my son who is a musician. Also, I plan to knit this snood for my daughter in law who covers her hair always - thank you for the music and beautiful pattern!
    Deborah from Sharon, MA

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  17. This is an awesome snood design... shortened mine to make a stretchy little tuk. THANKS!

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  18. How cute is this pattern! Love it! Now I am "booking" through my wip to get going with my "snood"!! I can't wait :0). Thanks for sharing it.

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  19. Traditionally snoods have a ribbon around the hair line. It snugs up the snood with a pretty bow.
    This is a very pretty pattern, congratulations on your first pattern writing attempt.
    Judith,
    California

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  20. What is the gauge for this pretty little snood?

    Shelley

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  21. Any chance that this could be made on 2 regular straight needles?

    I am fearful of magic loop and dpns. Thank you!!!

    msfair AT pacbell DOT net

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  22. Love this Snood. What is the knitting gage? and what is dk yarn?

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    1. DK yarn is 3 weight, or a bit thinner than worsted weight.

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  23. Just made the snood for my daughter. It looks more like a slouch hat than line the snoods that the women wore during the war and the airplane factories. Love the patter.

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  24. Wow I really messed up that message. sorry.
    Repeat: Just made the snood for my daughter. It looks mre like a slouch hat than like the snoods that women (my mother) wore during the war while working in the airplane factories. Love the pattern.

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  25. For people asking about gauge and yardage I found it here:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-starfish-snood

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  26. Looks like a cool project!!!

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  27. is it okay to use straight needles?

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  28. Just started this. So fun! I need one of these badly, thanks for sharing your neat pattern. I am switching to a bigger than size 8 needle (maybe a ten) when I start the lace part. I'll let you know how it goes!

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  29. Can't wait to make it. I have lost my hair due to cancer and son't like anything to heavy on my head so I think this will be great. I don't know if I understand rounds 10 and 13 though, do I just k2tog for the whole row? Thanks for the pattern.

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    1. I haven't made this yet but looking at those 2 rows I would say yes to your question. You can't have many sts left a that point and you are decreasing so probably you do k2tog all the way around. I have to go dig through my yarn stash to see what I have. :) Peace and Blessings to you.

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  31. What is a magic loop method? Have never heard of that one. Would like to know soon, can't wait to knit this one for my youngest granddaughter. She loves to wear these.

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  32. yes you can make this beautiful snood on 2 sraight needles, this is how
    start with 92 st one for each end of pattern.
    for round 2-4 of pattern
    2- knit around
    3- knit around
    4- purl

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  33. What is the magic loop methard

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    1. Magic loop is a technique using a circular knitting needle with some degree of length to it. You knit the entire project on one circular needle by doubling back on the cable. Google Magic Loop knitting and you should be able to pull some fine examples to watch. I use Magic Loop to knit socks - it has been a joy to use for all sorts of projects. Enjoy!

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