Monday 15 November 2010

Snuggly snoods: tutorial

I am officially in LOVE with snoods this year. I've crocheted two so far and am working on my third which will be a Christmas gift. I didn't follow any pattern, just played about and this was the outcome.

This blue one was my first attempt - I stopped when I ran out of blue wool, but I don't really use it much as I think it needs to be bigger. The cherries motif is just a series of crocheted circles, I think it turned out quite cute.

I am re-creating the one I'm wearing in the photograph above as a Christmas gift as I love mine so much. I can't decide whether to decorate it with a bow, or with cherries or with crocheted flowers...or something else?

Another difference with the one I'm currently working on is that I am crocheting it in a continuous round so that there is not a join up the back.

Anyway, just in case any of you would like to know how I made them, here's a little tutorial - they're easy peasy!

You need:
A big fat crochet hook (I used 8mm)
Big fat wool (I used 1.5 balls of Rowan Big Wool)

I'm using UK crochet terms, but I've linked to videos (some of which use the US terminology just to make it more confusing!) so you can see exactly what I mean.

Row 1
Chain 60 (this fits as shown in the pic of me above - but you could make it longer so you can wind it round your neck a couple of times, or shorter so it sits more snugly) * join into a circle with a slip stitch

Row 2
Chain 2 * treble crochet (tr) into each chain along the original row * when you've got all the way round slip stitch into the very first stitch treble crochet to join

Row 3
Chain 1 * double crochet (dc) into each treble * slip stitch into the first double crochet in the row to join

Rows 4 - end
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you get to the length you like. I did 8 reps altogether to get one measuring about 35 cm. It might be nice to make it even longer though so that you can pull it up over your head!

The bow is really simple too. I used  a 3 mm hook.
Chain 20 * half treble crochet into 3rd chain from hook and all the way along the row * chain 2 and repeat for 7-8 rows or until the bow is as large as you want it to be.

To do the middle of the bow, chain 8 * htc into 3rd chain from hook and all the way along * finish off and stitch together to form a bow.

Stitch it all together, weave in the ends and snuggle up!

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