In this blog post you will find a free pattern for Kay’s Chunky Crochet Snood, as well as some very useful tips on how to make, adjust or even design your own crochet snood.
What is a crochet snood?
A crochet snood is a type of neckwear that is typically worn as a fashion accessory or for warmth. It is a tubular or circular piece of fabric that can be made from different yarns, such as wool, acrylic, even cotton.
The snoods first appeared in medieval times as a hair accessory, when they were worn as a type of hairnet to keep long hair in place. In the 19th century, snoods became popular as a type of headwear worn by women. They were typically made of lace or crocheted cotton and were worn as a decorative accessory.
Today, snoods come in a variety of styles and types, and my absolutely favorite type of course is a crochet snood!
“Wednesday” on Netflix has brought huge interest in this crochet accessory and made it very popular, trendy, and fashionable accessory, which is great news for the world of crochet.
What is the difference between a crochet cowl, an infinity scarf and a snood? Are these all just “scarves”?
Cowls, scarves and snoods are all usually items to be worn in cold weather, around your neck and/or head. Before I learned to crochet they all used to be just “scarves” for me. They actually are scarves, but they are also more than that! And yes, there is a difference between them.
A crochet cowl is a neck warmer that is usually shorter in length and is worn closer to the neck. It can be either loose-fitting or snug, but it’s often just big enough to fit over your head, with more or less drape.
A crochet snood is a tubular scarf, like a large cowl, but wider and has a looser fit. Snoods are similar to cowls in that they are worn around the neck, but they are worn higher on the neck, often double wrapped with the second part worn over the head as a hood.
A crochet infinity scarf is a one continuous loop of fabric crocheted to form a loop or circle when worn around the neck. It can be wrapped around the neck one or more times, but it has a continuous loop shape.
In short, a crochet snood is a type of neckwear that is wider and has a looser fit than a crochet cowl. It is also different from a crochet infinity scarf, which has a continuous loop shape.
How to crochet a snood?
There are two ways you can crochet a snood in terms of construction.
- You can make a long, rectangular piece of fabric (like a regular scarf), fold it lengthwise and join together (by sewing, or for example slip stitching) along the short ends.
- You can make a foundation chain, join it to form a circle, and then continue crocheting in rounds (like I did making my chunky crochet snood) to create a wide ring of fabric.
Crochet Snood Size
In general, the snood should be wide enough to sit comfortably around your head and your neck when folded, so I think the good width (height) would be around 30-38 cm (12-15’’) and the length (circumference) around 125-150 cm (50-60’’). But this is just a personal opinion, and you can absolutely adjust the size to fit your needs and your style.
The Best Yarn for a Chunky Crochet Snood
When it comes to selecting the right yarn for your chunky crochet snood, there are a few things to think about. Once you ‘ve chosen your colors, you’ll want to choose a yarn that is not only soft and comfortable but also durable and warm. Here are some yarn ideas that are great for crocheting a snood:
Bulky Weight Yarn: A bulky weight yarn is a great choice for crocheting a snood as it will create a chunky, cozy look. This type of yarn is also thick enough to keep you warm on cold days. Don’t forget that you’ll probably need less time to make one.
For my Chunky Crochet Snood I used Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, the yarn I had left from designing the Winter Garden Scarf for WeCrochet, so this snood is also a great stash-busting crochet project.
Though I used bulky yarn, this crochet snood can be easily adjusted to any other yarn weight. I’m sure it would look great made with worsted weight or super chunky yarn! You’d simply need to adjust number of stitches and rounds, which is very easy for this pattern.
Yarn Fiber Type
Acrylic Yarn is a budget-friendly option for crocheting a snood. It is soft, lightweight, and easy to care for. Acrylic yarns are available in a wide range of colors and textures, making it easy to find a yarn that suits your style.
Also, this is the yarn you probably have a lot of in your stash and it works great when used double stranded, to create a bulkier weight.
Yarn made from an acrylic-wool blend is great, as it’s usually soft, affordable, and easy to maintain.
Wool, such as merino wool yarn is a popular and great choice for crocheting snoods as it is soft, warm, light and very pleasant. This type of yarn is also known for its durability and resistance to pilling. The downside is the price of the yarn, which is usually pretty high.
The Best Stitches for a Chunky Crochet Snood
It’s always difficult to answer the “best stitch question”, because “the best” is, well, different for everyone and in this case it depends on various factors, such as your crochet skill level, the yarn you use, your personal preference and the effect you want to achieve.
But, in general, if you’re crocheting a snood for a first time or you are a beginner, you can’t go wrong with these three types of crochet stitches:
- Single crochet stitch: This is a basic stitch that is easy to learn and produces a dense fabric. It works well for a crochet snood that needs to be warm and cozy. You can work single crochet in front and back loops to add a bit of texture to your snood.
- Double crochet stitch: This stitch is taller than the single crochet stitch and produces a looser, but still dense fabric. It’s a great option for a simple crochet snood and it doesn’t take much time. Front and back post double crochet stitches will create a beautiful texture.
- Half-double crochet stitch: This stitch is in between the single and double crochet stitch in height and it gives a wonderful knit-like, ribbed look when worked in third or back loop.
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Kay’s Chunky Snood Free Crochet Pattern
Yarn: #5 bulky weight
Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, 100% Superwash Wool; 100 g, 125 m / 137 yds per skein
|MC: Garnet Heather 26507, 200 m (182 yds)|
|C1:Persimmon Heather 26517, 60 m (66 yds)|
|C2: Oyster Heather 26516, 60 m (66 yds)|
|C3: Semolina 26520, 30 m (33 yds)|
|C4: Bamboo Heather 26495, 30 m (33 yds)|
|C5: Camel Heather 26498, 60 m (66 yds)|
Hook: 7 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Other: stitch markers, yarn needle, scissors, measuring tape
10 sts x 6.5 rows of dc = 10 cm (4”) square
Before blocking approximately: 30 cm / 11.8” wide and 140 cm / 55” long
The snood is worked in one piece and without any seaming. It is worked in rnds, on the RS, without turning, joined with sl st
ABBREVIATIONS AND STITCHES USED
The pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
sc BLO – single crochet back loop only
dc – double crochet
dc BLO – double crochet back loop only
FPdc – front post double crochet
BPdc – back post double crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd(s) – round(s)
yo – yarn over
MC – main color
C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 – color 1, color 2, etc.
RS – right side
( ) – additional explanation
[ ] – work as many times as directed
Read carefully through the entire pattern, especially Special Stitches & Notes sections, before making your snood.
- Snood is worked lengthwise, in rnds, on the RS without turning and in one piece.
- Ch1 at the beginning of rnd does not count as stitch.
- Ch2 at the beginning of rnd counts as a dc.
- To alter the length of the snood, simply increase (reduce) foundation chains by any number of stitches.
- To increase the width (height) of the snood, repeat rnds 18-20 before finishing with rnds 21-23.
- To decrease the width (height) of the snood, work less rnds (e.g. skip rnds 18-20).
- I suggest carrying the MC without fastening off throughout the pattern, and joining accent colors for the designated rnds.
sc BLO – insert your hook under the back loop only of the indicated st (the loop furthest from you, not under both loops), and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook.
dc BLO – yo, insert your hook under the back loop only of the indicated st (the loop furthest from you, not under both loops), yo and pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice.
FPdc – yo, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice.
BPdc – yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice.
Ch 140, join with sl st to form circle (taking care not to twist the chain).
Rnd 1 (RS): ch1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout) sc in each ch across, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 2: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 3: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 4: ch2 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 5: ch2, BPdc around next st, [FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st] around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 6: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 7: ch2 , dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 8: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 9: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 10: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 11: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 12: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 13: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 14: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 15: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 16: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 17: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 18: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 19: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 20: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 21: ch2, dc BLO in each st around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 22: ch2, BPdc around next st, [FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st] around, sl st in top of ch2 to join rnd – 140 sts
Rnd 23: ch1, sc BLO in each st around, sl st in 1st sc BLO to join rnd – 140 sts
Weave in ends. Block the snood.
I always recommend blocking your crochet projects. Blocking will make them even, with straight edges and make them look more professional.
There are several ways you can do it: with steam, or spray or just by washing it. Whichever method you use, lay your snood flat, pin to shape gently and let it dry completely.
Useful Tips for Crocheting a Snood
- Choose the Right Yarn: When making a chunky crochet snood, it’s important to choose the right yarn. Look for a bulky weight yarn that is soft and warm. You can also use any yarn from your stash and work with two strands held together if the yarn weight is lighter.
- Use the Right Hook Size: Make sure to use the right hook size that is recommended for your yarn. If your hook is too small, your snood will be tight and uncomfortable to wear. If your hook is too large, your snood will be loose and won’t hold its shape well. The best thing is to try it out by making a small swatch, which is also a great way to check your gauge’
Gauge is Important: Make sure to check your gauge before starting your snood. This will ensure that your snood turns out the right size and fits properly.
How to Adjust or Design Your Own Chunky Crochet Snood
Adjust the Size
Depending on your personal preference, you can adjust the length (circumference) of your snood. If you want it to be longer or shorter simply adjust the number of stitches you start with.
If you want your snood to be wider (higher) or narrower, you can work more or less rounds.
Now that you know the size and how it is made, you could easily make your very own, unique snood using any of the stitch patterns that you like.
This Chunky Crochet Snood uses a simple stitch pattern, which makes it perfect for advanced beginners who who have recently started out with crochet. However, if you’re a more experienced crocheter, or you love learning and experimenting, you may want to design something entirely different.
Here are some ideas, but keep in mind that some stitch patterns are worked over certain numbers of chains (stitches) when making your foundation chain. For example:
Granny Stitch would be great and your stitch count in the first round should be a multiple of three, Moss Stitch is a multiple of two and Crossed Double Crochet can be multiple of two or three, depending on how you work it.
Finally, by adjusting the size of your hook, you could also adjust the size of the stitches you use. For example, if you want a snood with a more open, lacy look, you could use a larger hook and work looser stitches. On the other hand, if you want a snood with a tighter, denser texture, you could use a smaller hook and work tighter stitches.
Adding embellishments to your chunky crochet snood is a great way to make it unique and fit your own style. Here are some ideas for adding embellishments to your snood:
Buttons: Adding buttons to your snood is a simple way to add some interest and texture. You can use large or small buttons, and sew them onto the snood using yarn in a coordinating color. You could also use a contrasting color to make the buttons pop.
Tassels: Tassels are a fun and easy way to add some movement and texture to your snood. You can make tassels using yarn in a coordinating color and attach them to the bottom of your snood using a crochet hook or needle.
Pom-Poms: Pom-poms are another playful embellishment that can add some whimsy to your snood. You can make pom-poms using a pom-pom maker or by hand, and attach them to the your snood.
Ways to Wear Chunky Crochet Snood
There are several ways you can wear and style your crochet snood, such as:
Single Wrap: Simply wear your snood around your neck like a scarf.
Double Wrap: If you’re looking for added warmth, double up your snood by wrapping it twice around your neck. This creates a cozy cowl effect, and is perfect for colder weather or when you need extra protection from the wind.
Hooded: For a more unique look, twist your snood in front and pull one piece up over your head to create a cozy hood, while the other piece sits around your neck. This is a great option for when you want to keep your head and ears warm, and is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or skiing.
“Beret”-style: To achieve this cute, round, “beret” look, twist your snood in the back and pull one piece over your head. Then, pull that piece around your neck a bit forward to tighten the part around your head like a hairnet. This creates a fun and playful look that is perfect for casual outings or when you want to add some extra flair to your outfit.
Overall, a chunky crochet snood is a versatile and stylish accessory that can be worn in many different ways. With the right yarn, hook size, and stitch pattern, you can create a beautiful snood that is both warm and comfortable to wear. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lengths, widths, and ways to wear it to make it uniquely yours!