Years ago, my roommate purchased a chunky knit cowl to get her through the winter months. When she told me it was called a snood my mind immediately went to the video game featured in AIM away messages from 1999-2002, but shockingly the two are unrelated. Now that I’ve dated myself quite a bit, let’s explore the history of this term a little. As early as the middle ages, a snood referenced a specific type of headwear similar to a hairnet that hangs off the back of the head like a hood. Female factory workers often sported snoods in the 1940s and some women still wear them today for religious purposes. How the term evolved from hairnet to hooded infinity scarf is unclear… regardless it still has nothing to do with a video game. Fortunately, I’m not here to investigate the etymology of the term. I’m here to tell you how incredibly easy they are to make! Let’s get into it:
Begin by casting on 60 stitches and work in a seed stitch pattern until you use 3 skeins or your material measures around 28 inches.
Seed Stitch Pattern:
Odd rows: K1P1
Even rows: P1K1
Bind off, use a mattress stitch to join your edges, weave in your ends and you’re done!
This piece is perfect for beginners and works up pretty quickly when using such large needles. I actually still make my snoods on the same needles I used to learn. In addition to being a quick and easy undertaking, they are super warm and extremely versatile for those surprise snow showers and strong wind gusts of winter. I use mine constantly throughout the season, some times even as a small lap blanket in frigid restaurants. It's an essential accessory when you are a prominent member of the Always Cold Club. I would love to see if anyone gives this pattern a try, but if not you can grab one for yourself from the Etsy shop there are two up for sale now!