Example of old school snood
Back when I was a youngster, a snood was a stretchy band with a mesh net on it that held your hair loosly at the nape of your neck. They were popular for about two seconds. The other day I was reading an article about what those in the fashion industry predicted would be the “it” items for the coming years. One such item: the snood. I immediately pictured my above description and envisioned girls looking like they’d just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel.
If you are as clueless as I, please allow me to enlighten you: the international fashion community has decided to take a perfectly good word that already describes a perfectly nice (but maybe a little dated) item and give it a second meaning. Confusing. NOW a snood is also a scarf that call also be worn as a hood.
Example of modern snood: Purple Peppermint Loop Scarf made by MaraBianca for sale @ Etsy.com
Snoods are very similar to cowls in that they’re worn around the neck, are large and loose, and are joined in the round. I think that the big difference between a cowl and a snood is that a cowl is supposed to be used as a neckwarmer and a snood is meant to be both a neckwarmer and a hood. Personally, I think both words can be used interchangeably.
When I was out yesterday I found some incredibly soft cotton yarn and I’m just improvising a pattern for my own snood (the hood kind not the hair kind) in half double crochet. I’m making a rectangle about 20″ x 30″ and then I’ll stitch the piece together along the shorter edge. I’ll post pics of the finished project once completed.
I decided to make this since none of my coats have a hood. Yes, yes … I have tons of hats and just as many scarves but it’s nice to have some variety.
I finally finished the basket I’ve been working on. I like how this looks but to be honest I think it’s a little, um, floppy. The sides want to fall in on themselves. This was an easy pattern and I think if I make another basket I’ll try to use 2 strands of yarn.
I fell in love with Stitch ‘N Bitch’s one skein scarf from the moment first saw a photo of another person’s completed project. I knew I had to make one for myself. I used cotton yarn because I had some on hand that wasn’t designated to another project and I think this wasn’t the best yarn choice. It’s pretty but feels heavy. This was quick and easy and this would be a great last minute gift.
Sorry for the delay in posting the project I made for St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t really find anything different or exciting that was simple to make to wear to work so I ended up making another scarf. I created this like I did my black scarf posted recently. I used about a third of the pegs on the long, purple Knifty Knitter loom using the figure 8 wrap.
I love this skinny scarf! I got a lot of compliments at work when I wore it the other day. I knitted this on my spool knitter and it’s about 82 inches long. I was shooting for 100 inches or more but jeepers creepers if I’d have made it any longer I’d have looked ridiculous.
Ah, a new month and new WIPS (works in progress). Here’s an update:
- Also while looking at Etsy I saw a ton of cute, knit shrugs. While looking for a pattern I could only find needle knit patterns which I probably could translate to a loom-knit pattern. It’s basically just knitting a rectangle long enough to go from one arm, across the shoulders, and then down the other arm with seaming edges together to create the arms. Unfortunately for me I don’t needle knit (yet but maybe someday) but I found some guidance at Purling Sprite’s blog that should really help with knitting a shrug on a loom. As I said, this looks simple enough to make. I’m knitting it on the round, yellow Knifty Knitter loom with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick N Quick in colorway Taupe with just a simple e-wrap knit stitch.
I started this scarf last Friday and it was a really quick knit. I used the long, purple Knifty Knitter loom following the knitting instructions that came with the loom except that I only wrapped about 1/3 of the pegs to make a skinnier scarf. The yarn is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in Black which is a very soft acrylic. I’m happy with how this turned out.