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