Snood, anyone?

Vintage Vogue Snoods

A funny name for an article of clothing that was once defined as “an ornamental hairnet or fabric bag worn over the hair at the back of a woman’s head”. In Scotland, it was (and perhaps, still is) known “a hair ribbon or band worn by unmarried women”. Nowadays, the definition range has expanded considerably. Snoods are not just a head covering anymore. They can be cowls, closed-front shawls, scarves or wraps. They are fun and quick to knit and make for great gift giving projects. More importantly, they are très chic and très hip!

September 2012 issue of the Creative Knitting features my “Swinging Leaves Snood” design. Like the title? I let my poetic side roam free on this one.

Swinging Leaves Snood
© Annie’s/Creative Knitting Magazine, September 2012

It is a rather straight forward design with a simple elegance about it. Short and sweet sets of yarn overs and decreases define the leaves and create a gentle movement throughout the garment.

Why, you might ask, I should want to knit the Swinging Leaves Snood?

Why not? Ok, if you need actual reasons, here they are:

  • Looks complicated, but it’s not (I like that in a design).
  • All wrong side rows are purl. Simple!
  • You just need to know the basics to making/shaping a hole: yo, k2tog and ssk
  • No extra edging/finishing detail! Music to any knitter’s ears. The sides nicely curve in and out. Want a stiffer or more defined edge? No problem…Increase the edge stitches from 2 to 4 or 5 and knit in garter or seed stitch instead.
  • Swatch-o-phobic? Don’t have to swatch it! Yes, swatching is always recommended. However, you could skip it for this project. An inch or two here or there does not always need to make or break a project.
  • Custom Make it to your preference-
    • The pattern is written for a DK weight. If using the same weight, just follow the pattern as written. If using a heavier yarn; 1) follow the pattern as is and have a wider/longer garment or 2) decrease the pattern repeats by 1 for Worsted (US 8-9 needles) or by 2 for Bulky (US 10) weights. You could go with a lighter yarn than DK to produce a finely knitted garment (you know what to do- increase pattern repeats by at least one).
  • Too Snood-y for you? No worries! Knit it as a scarf, shawl, wrap, cowl- follow the pattern and adjust the measurements to suit your project, bind off and you are done (for a cowl, join the cast on and bind off edges per pattern instruction). The cast on and cast off edges, as with the sides, yield pretty curves (see last photo).
  • Easy to join! You can join the cast on and bind off edges any way you like it. Use grafting techniques or just sew them together.

A final note- You could knit this pattern in any yarn. However, my recommendation would be for a woolen yarn that can provide nice stitch definition and elasticity. I love merino blends with at least 70% merino content. Merino and silk blended yarns would yield a striking garment. Be bold and luxe while zipping through this project by using a sumptuous bulky weight yarn such as cashmere blends. 

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Swinging Leaves Snood pattern knitted in a Bulky weight

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