1940s snoods

01.20.10 {1940s snood}

[ black 40s snood, knit on 11 needles with #3 crochet yarn. ]

I’ve been determined for awhile to make myself a few 40s style snoods. They’re definitely an accessory that isn’t for everyone, but I’ve always loved the sporty look they lend to 40s style outfits! Snoods were not only extremely practical (as evidenced by the many photos of female factory and farm workers during the war who wore them to keep their hair neat and tidy), but cute with a sporty look or even elegant with a gorgeous dress and hat perched atop. Plus, let’s face it: some days I’m lazy and just don’t feel like dealing too much with my hair. I get tired of doing endless variations on Heidi braids, so this little item does nicely to change things up.

01.20.10 {1940s snood}

[ the plain cream snood. knit on 11 needles with fingering weight yarn. ]

01.20.10 {1940s snood}

[ another view. ]

It’s actually taken me a couple tries to get a snood that I could actually wear. Between experimenting with stitch patterns and yarn thicknesses, I finally found a happy medium. I made a black one embellished with a black velvet ribbon bow (using this pattern), and then a plain cream one (instructions here). I found some patterns online to guide me a bit, but the basic stitch principle (an open pattern on big needles; I generally use US 10 1/2 or 11′s) is easy. For attaching the round elastic to the edges, I just do a double crochet around 3 sides, catching the elastic between the edge of the snood and the dc stitches. I think by the time I made the cream snood, it too me only a couple hours to make! Easy!

01.20.10 {1940s snood}

[ black knit snood, modeled by my slightly creepy foam head! ]

Now I’m eying some variations… I think these will be great for keeping my hair up during the summer or while dancing (yes, thanks to a lovely reader, we’ve found a swing dance club in our city!)…

January 20, 2010 · 34 lovely thoughts
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Katie January 20, 2010 at 08:11

This is crazy! I was just searching for snoods yesterday on etsy! I can’t crochet or knit, but yours look so much better than any of the ones I found on etsy! Mybabyjo.com has some okay looking ones, but again, I like yours a lot better!

Lora January 20, 2010 at 08:44

hello, these are the nicest snoods ive seen!And ive been looking for a while… any chance you will be selling them?x

Anna January 20, 2010 at 08:51

Casey, they’re lovely! I have to try making them too. I love to crochet.

Karin January 20, 2010 at 08:57

I love the look of this. Very elegant. No idea how to really combine it in real life, but I’d definitely would give it a try. Lovely!

Amy January 20, 2010 at 09:05

How lovely! You are one smart cookie. :)

meaghan January 20, 2010 at 09:24

once again, i’m amazed by your talents! you always make the most beautiful, creative things!!!! this is no exception. I especially love the little black velvet bow. what an elegant touch! :)

Jill January 20, 2010 at 09:33

amazing! I Love the cream one! You are just so talented!!!!

Emily January 20, 2010 at 09:39

Thanks for posting the patterns. I’ve been searching for a while for just the right pattern and this one looks like it’s it!

lsaspacey January 20, 2010 at 10:02

I love them! The only suggestion I would make is to try them a little bit smaller as the idea was to get the hair off of your neck and back and yours are quite long. But like I said they are gorgeous as is and you don’t have to listen to me at all!

Inky January 20, 2010 at 10:03

those turned out smashing, Casey!

Sally January 20, 2010 at 10:10

So fun! Although I must say that “sporty” isn’t the word I’d use to describe these snoods … but then, when I think “sporty” I think Puma and Adidas!

Blue Note January 20, 2010 at 10:11

you look lovely

Kendall January 20, 2010 at 12:14

Yay! Your snoods are lovely!
This makes me want to grow my hair back out so I can actually use mine for their intened purpose, rather than just looking cool.


Twila Jean January 20, 2010 at 12:32

I dont know how to switch from knit to crochet on the same piece. I am such a bad knitter. I have a bunch of fingering I should send you and commission you to make me one.

I was wearing my hot pink snood yesterday with Solanah! I need a more practical colored on though, like black to wear with more things :)

Amanda Lee January 20, 2010 at 14:17

Lovely work, as always! Snoods are a very stylish option on days when you don’t have time to fix your hair, or when the weather isn’t going to be kind to your set.

Victoria January 20, 2010 at 15:10

I’ve been dying for a snood. I thought I’d get one for Christmas, but the hubby didn’t do so. oh well. one day I’ll have one. These are beautiful!!!!!!!

jolene January 20, 2010 at 15:38

I love snoods! I wore them all the time in the 80′s for the brief time they were trendy again. :) and wore one on halloween this year too :)

Erika January 20, 2010 at 16:42

Beautiful! I love the velvet detail on the black one!

I’m so happy for you that you found a swing dance club! And in the same city, that’s really great. So soon you’ll be swingin’ it =) A small advice, that your’re probebly already aware of come to think of it, but when dancing the hair always escape the snood. A usual, thin hairnet beneth the snood is a great help! But that might be old news to you =)
But yes, snoods are very nice to dance in. As all haridos that keeps the hair away from one’s neck… =)

Good luck! Hope you’ll have fun in your new, gorgeous snoods!

Lady Melbourne January 20, 2010 at 17:11

They sure look fiddly to make, you’ve done a superb job darling girl!

Syrena January 20, 2010 at 17:18

I always wondered what those were called… I thought they were hair nets! hehehe…. Love the look… great job!!

Jamie January 20, 2010 at 17:22

Yes. That is beautiful….Will you be selling them?

Quincy January 20, 2010 at 17:25

So cute! I love it! :D

angie.a January 20, 2010 at 19:40

I love it. Very sweet and appropriate for your style! I would wear one if I had longer hair!

Congrats on finding the swing club. Now you need to start making some more lovely dresses for practice. ;)

Lizzy January 21, 2010 at 00:21

Those are super cute! I don’t think I could pull off a snood, but it looks really nice on you! You’re so talented. The stitch pattern you used looks a bit tricky to me ;)
It’s cool that you found a swing club. I’ve been dying to learn to swing dance but have been to chicken :)

Brook Owens January 21, 2010 at 00:25

My friend wears these a lot. I am not sure I could wear one because my hair isn’t that thick… your black one is super cute. They look great with a big flower tucked behind the ear…

jen January 21, 2010 at 01:06

Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to wear a snood but my hair isn’t long enough for one. Maybe one day :) I also must reteach myself to knit!!

Retro Chick January 21, 2010 at 09:11

Those are great, they turned out so well.

I love the black one. I suspect that if I tried to wear one it would slide off my head. I have real trouble even getting a hair band to stay put with hair grips!

la femme January 21, 2010 at 13:44

Very classy :)

the snail and the cyclops January 21, 2010 at 18:25

awh, Casey! You always manage to find a way to constantly impress with your sewing/knitting talents!! I only wish I had half of your creativity and skill!!!!! The stitches on that cream one are so beautiful, I think I might have to make it into a scarf!!!

Hillary January 22, 2010 at 20:46

I love these!!! A recent pattern acquisition features a very glamorous woman in a snood, and I was just thinking they were one of those things that looks great on paper but I wasn’t sure how really wearable they would be. I’m glad to be wrong!!

Peldyn January 23, 2010 at 22:14

Thanks for posting the patterns. I have a few that I have made with a simple crochet pattern my sister-in-law and I came up with ourselves that we even sold at our booth (until we retired this past year) at the faires. LOL, just what I need, another project *grin*

Claire January 24, 2010 at 07:25

I love your blog and all of your knitting and sewing projects! Very inspiring! The black trimmed snood looks soo cute!
I recently picked up this book off Amazon and thought it might interest you as you seem very much about the 1940′s :)


All of the patterns in it are adapted from genuine 1940′s patterns but modified to make the look slightly more appropriate for today but there is a bit in the back tracing the provenance of the garment should you prefer the original! There are some nice images in there and also another snood pattern which is what made me think of you when I was flicking through deciding where to start!

Thanks for the constant inspiration you give me!

Kay July 11, 2010 at 14:20

I have long hair and I was thinking of getting of these. I like to have my hair up. How do I get one?

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