For some time now I’ve been eyeing off various gorgeous hairstyles around the place that have involved lovely snoods, but I have hemed and hawed about purchasing one for myself. Why, the ease alone of popping one on and waltzing out the door for the day is very tempting for a busy vintage mother. The only problem ~ $16.00 or more seemed like a lot to spend on one snood….
And that was the local ones! Overseas shipping cost a lot more. I decided to whip out my Google fingers and see what I could turn up, and et voila! I present to you the “Perky Snood” pattern. A vintage 1940’s crochet snood pattern for a medium sized snood.
~ * Please click on the photo to download the full pattern * ~
The pattern is very simple, but calls for a long treble crochet stitch which is rather old fashioned and not used that often these days. Here are the instructions on how to do it:
Long Treble Crochet (long tr.) - YO 3 times before inserting the hook into the work, YO and draw through 2 loops on the hook 4 times.
Decreasing Long Treble Crochet (dec. long tr.) - YO 3 times, insert hook in next long tr. and YO. Take off 2 loops 3 times in succession, leaving 2 loops on the hook. YO 3 times, insert hook in work (6 loops on hook), YO, take off 2 loops, 3 times in succession, YO and take off 3 loops at once.
Yarn Over - YO
Now, I have to warn you that although I found this pattern easy to get the hang of in terms of stitches, it doesn’t seem to be easy to put together the right sized hook and yarn ply to get a large enough snood. I actually repeated this pattern three times before I finally turned out a snood that was large enough to wear!
~ * Second snood on the left compared with the third snood on the right. The first one was even smaller, can you believe! More like a bun net than anything else… * ~
First I tried using a small 1.50mm hook like I thought the pattern called for, and the yarn to match. That turned out all wrong ~ it was far too small. So was the next one, with a larger 4.00mm hook and the yarn to match. I looked like I was wearing a lunch lady’s hair net rather than a snood! So then I went back to my original yarn, which was actually 2 ply cotton, with the 4.00mm hook and somehow that worked.
I still think that the pattern ended up a little shorter than what I would have preferred, but in this case that’s ok, because my hair is quite short at the moment and won’t really suit anything longer. If you want a longer snood, simply add more rows in the middle before you start your decreases and you will be all set!
Last, but not least ~ here’s the finished results in action.
Remember to swatch your work, as the gauge is crucial, and enjoy your snood making ladies!
P.S. ~ Pictures are from this outfit post ~ Wet & Windy Spring Days