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Friday, 19 July 2013

Beaded Snood

When I was little, my Mum made me a couple of small hair nets (bun covers) which I loved and used to wear all the time.  She had woven some beads into them, and to me that made them special!  When I started crocheting snoods, I thought wouldn't it be fabulous to add some beads just like Mum used to!  So I set about working out how to do it :)

Here's a photo of my beaded snood - I don't have much hair to fill it out at the moment, but once my hair grows a bit longer, it will look a bit fuller :)

My beaded snood :)
Below is the pattern as to how to make the snood.  For instructions for how to incorporate the beads, just scroll down a bit further :) 


This pattern has been adapted from a web-archived snood pattern found here, although the pattern below doesn't give quite as loose a weave as that one.  

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Materials:
  • Size 2.25mm crochet hook
  • Half a 50g ball of 4 ply crochet cotton (I used Sullivans Natural Soft)
  • 165 beads with a centre hole large enough to string onto a single thickness of crochet yarn.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Instructions:
Prestring all of the beads onto the yarn before starting to crochet.  (I like to string a few more than I will actually need - maybe 200, just to make sure I have enough!  You can always slip any extras off at the end, but it is much harder to add them in if you didn't put enough on in the first place.)

Some prestrung beads on the cotton.
If you are using a specific pattern of different beads, string them on in the reverse order to which you want to use them (ie outer rings before inner rings).

For instructions on how to incorporate each bead, scroll down the page.

Pattern:
Round 1:  Ch 6, slip stitch into first ch to form a ring.

Round 2:  Ch 4.  *DC into centre of ring, Ch 1* 11 times.  Slip-stitch into third ch of Ch 4 strand to join.  (12 posts around circle)

Round 3: [Place bead in every fourth DC - total 3 beads around circle]  Ch 5, DC into first Ch 1 space.  *Ch 2, DC into next Ch 1 space* around circle.  Ch 1, slip-stitch into third ch of beginning Ch 5 strand to join. 

Round 4: Slip-stitch into centre of first Ch 2 space.  *Ch 5, SC into centre of next Ch 2 space* around circle.  Ch 5, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 5 strand to join.

Round 5:  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 5 strand (to get to centre of strand).  *Ch 6, SC into centre of next Ch 5 strand* around circle.  Ch 6, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 6 strand to join.

Round 6: [Place bead every second SC - total 6 beads around circle]  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 6 strand, placing bead into final slip-stitch.  *Ch 7, SC into centre of next Ch 6 strand* around circle.  Ch 7, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 7 strand to join.

Round 7:  Slip-stitch into first 2 ch of Ch 7 strand, Ch 5, SC into centre of same Ch 7 strand.  *Ch 5, SC into centre of next Ch 7 strand, Ch 5, SC into centre of same Ch 7 strand* around circle.  Ch 5, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 5 strand to join.  (24 loops around circle)

Round 8:  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 5 strand.  *Ch 6, SC into centre of next Ch 5 strand* around circle.  Ch 6, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 6 strand to join.

Round 9: [Place bead every second SC - total 12 beads around circle]  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 6 strand, placing bead in final slip-stitch.  *Ch 7, SC into centre of next Ch 6 strand* around circle.  Ch 7, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 7 strand to join.

Round 10:  Slip-stitch into first 4 ch of Ch 7 strand.  *Ch 8, SC into centre of next Ch 7 strand* around circle.  Ch 8, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 8 strand to join.

Round 11:  Slip-stitch into first 2 ch of Ch 8 strand, Ch 5, SC into centre of same Ch 8 strand.  *Ch 5, SC into centre of next Ch 8 strand, Ch 5, SC into centre of same Ch 8 strand* around circle.  Ch 5, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 5 strand to join.  (48 loops around circle)

Round 12:  [Place bead every second SC - total 24 beads around circle]  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 5 strand, placing bead into final slip-stitch.  *Ch 6, SC into centre of next Ch 5 strand* around circle, Ch 6, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 6 strand to join.

Round 13:  Slip-stitch into first 3 ch of Ch 6 strand.  *Ch 7, SC into centre of next Ch 6 strand* around circle.  Ch 7, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 7 strand to join.

Round 14:  Slip-stitch into first 4 ch of Ch 7 strand.  *Ch 7, SC into centre of next Ch 7 strand* around circle.  Ch 7, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 7 strand to join.

Round 15:  [Place bead every second SC - total 24 beads around circle] Slip-stitch into first 4 ch of Ch 7 strand, placing bead into final slip-stitch. *Ch 8, SC into centre of next Ch 7 strand* around circle.  Ch 8, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 8 strand to join.

Round 16:  Slip-stitch into first 4 ch of Ch 8 strand.  *Ch 8, SC into centre of next Ch 8 strand* around circle.  Ch 8, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 8 strand to join.

Round 17:  Slip-stitch into first 4 ch of Ch 8 strand. *Ch 9, SC into centre of next Ch 8 strand* around circle.  Ch 9, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 9 strand to join.

Round 18:  [Place bead every SC - total 48 beads around circle]  Slip-stitch into first 5 ch of Ch 9 strand, placing bead into final slip-stitch.  *Ch 9, SC into centre of next Ch 9 strand* around circle.  Ch 9, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 9 strand to join.

Round 19:  Slip-stitch into first 4 of Ch 9 strand.  *Ch 10, SC into centre of next Ch 9 strand* around circle.  Ch 10, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 10 strand to join.

Round 20:  Slip-stitch into first 5 of Ch 10 strand.  *Ch 10, SC into centre of next Ch 10 strand* around circle.  Ch 10, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 10 strand to join.

Snood now measures approx 12 inches in diameter when stretched out into a flat circle.  This size suite me just fine, but if you prefer a larger snood, continue to repeat pattern of increasing Ch strand length by one ch every two rounds, and continue pattern of inserting beads into every third round. Otherwise finish off as below. 

Round 21:  [Place bead every SC - total 48 beads around circle]  Slip-stitch into first 5 of Ch 10 strand, placing bead into final slip-stitch.  *Ch 5, SC into centre of next Ch 10 strand* around circle.  Ch 5, slip-stitch into base of first Ch 5 strand to join.

Round 22:  Ch 4.  *DC into Ch 5 strand, Ch 1* three times.  Repeat previous sentence into each Ch 5 space around circle.  Ch 1, slip-stitch into third ch of starting strand to finish.  Cut yarn, pull loop through.  Weave ends in to finish. 

Drawstring:
Crochet a single chain long enough to go around your head, plus enough to tie in a decent bow.  Cut yarn, pull loop through.  Weave through posts of final round of crocheting, and fit to head size to tie off.
(Alternately, drawstring can be made by braiding lengths of yarn, twisting to form a rope braid, or using a ribbon or similar).

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How to incorporate a bead

So above is the pattern for the snood, but how do you actually place a bead in as per the instructions above??

To place a bead in a particular stitch, before you go to do that stitch grab a bead from your prestrung stash and slide it all the way up to the crochet hook like so:

Bead slid all the way up to the crochet hook.
Then go ahead and crochet the stitch as normal, ignoring the bead in the way.  When you do this, the side of the work facing away from you is the front side!!

This is what it looks like from the front once it's incorporated:

What it looks like from the front.

Notice how the crochet hook is facing the other way because I have turned the whole thing around to take this photo.

It really is that easy!  Now go ahead and incorporate some beads into your crochet work :)