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Five-minute fashion DIY: scarf to snood

Turn an old scarf into a trendy snood in just five minutes. By Adrienne Wyper

woman in purple snood

Snoods are having a stint in the fashion spotlight; they're e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. And with good reason. They're very cosy, they can double up as headgear (just pull a loop of the snood up over the back of your head), and versatile: wear one in a long loop like a giant necklace, or twist round and round your neck for maximum heat retention. And once your snood is on, it stays put, no constantly flipping the ends back over your shoulder. And you can join this trend in about five minutes flat.

Turn a scarf into a snood

All you need is an old scarf, hand-knitted, machine-knitted, crocheted or fabric.

To transform your scarf into a snood, all you need to do is to join the ends together to form a loop. If your scarf is knitted or crocheted, you'll need some yarn in the same colour (or contrasting colour if you prefer). Remove any tassels or fringing first. With a large-eyed needle, stitch the two ends of the scarf together.

If you don't have an old scarf you want to use, knit your own super-simple snood: cast on enough stitches for your desired scarf width. Knit until scarf is long enough. Knit entirely in garter stitch, or try knit and purl alternate rows, for stocking stitch. You can also try 'knit one, purl one' for a ribbed effect, or 'knit two, purl two' for a more defined rib. Stitch the ends together with the same yarn to form a loop.

Alternatively, click here for a Martin Storey snood knitting pattern, designed to go around your neck just once.

Did you know? The word 'snood' used to refer to a type of hairnet, worn on the back of the head to hold the hair.


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