How to Crochet Your Own Hair Snoods

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    by Nicola Gordon-Thaxter

    About the Author

    Based in Leeds, United Kingdom, Nicola Gordon-Thaxter has been writing sales articles since 1995. Her articles have appeared in the "Milton Keynes Citizen" and on the ePolitix website. Gordon-Thaxter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of the West Indies and is completing a Master of Arts in writing from the University of Leeds.

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    A snood is a hairnet that keeps your hair in place on top or at the back of your head. Snoods have been used throughout time for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Putting your hair in a snood is not difficult, and you can make snoods yourself using an openwork crochet stitch. With a do-it-yourself snood, you can be sure that you will like the color and style and that it will fit you properly.

    Things You'll Need

    • Half a skein of crochet thread or wool
    • Crochet hook appropriate for the size of wool being used
    • Scissors
    • Sewing thread
    • Sewing needle
    • 20 inches of elastic cord

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    Crochet 12 chain stitches. To do this, make a slip knot about 6 inches from the yarn end. Insert the hook and pull the yarn through the loop. Repeat this until you have a chain of 12 stitches. Join the ends of this chain together using a slip stitch to make a ring.

    Crochet 6 chain stitches then attach this chain to the ring using a single crochet stitch; repeat this five times. To single crochet (sc), insert the hook into the chain and pull a loop through the chain so that you have two loops on the hook. Then wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the two loops.

    Crochet 3 chain stitches then attach this chain to the ring using a double crochet to form a sixth loop. To double crochet (dc), take the hook (with the existing stitch on it) and wrap the yarn around it; the hook will now have two loops. Insert the hook into the chain. Wrap the yarn around the hook again. Pull the yarn through the chain stitch so that you have three loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull the yarn through the first two loops on the hook. Then wrap the yarn around the hook again and pull the yarn through the last two loops.

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the snood is big enough. Then fasten off by pulling the yarn through the last hole, pulling tight and cutting the yarn off.

    Use the thread and needle to sew a hem around the edge of the snood wide enough for the elastic to go through. You will have to sew in a freestyle manner to connect the stitches together around the holes.

    Thread the elastic through the hem of the snood and try it on. Before you sew the ends together, make sure it is tight enough. Pull the two ends of the elastic together so that the snood stays on your head and doesn't easily move when you shake your head. Cut any excess elastic off and then sew the ends together.

    • Instead of elastic, you could use a ribbon or a crocheted chain to secure the snood.
    • Experiment with beaded and metallic threads to make a special-occasion snood.