Starry Snood by Shaina Bilow

Starry Snood

September 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
240 - 275 yards (219 - 251 m)
Small/Medium (Large/Extra Large)
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Experience Level: Intermediate

Add a little dazzle to your knitting and your wardrobe with this sparkling snood hat (you can get away with calling it a slouch hat, beanie, toque, or beret, too). The Starry Snood is worked in soft merino wool and sprinkled with glass beads. It is as beautiful worn all day on a bad hair day as it is worn as a removable accessory on a night out with friends. This project also makes an impressive gift for the holidays or for loved ones with cool-weather birthdays. The combination of bead colors and yarn is practically endless!

Construction Details
Beads are strung onto the yarn before working the hat. The hat is worked from the top center of the hat towards the brim. Since the beads are gathered more densely at the top of the hat, the construction allows the knitter to work the majority of their beads right at the beginning of the project. This means there will be less wear-and-tear on the yarn as beads move along the strands. Pattern is written in words and in chart form. Knit according to preference.

Techniques Necessary
• Stringing beads onto yarn using a large-eye beading needle or dental floss threader
• Invisible Circular Cast On (description for a modified version is provided on pattern)
• Knit
• Purl
• Increases (m1 and kfb)
• Slip stitch with yarn (and bead) in front
• Decreases (ssk and k2tog)
• Bind off (optional: working an Invisible Ribbed Bind Off)

Size options: Small/Medium (Large/Extra Large)
Finished Measurements: 24” circumference x 10.5” depth (27.5” circumference x 11.5” depth)
Approximate Finished Brim Circumference: 18” (20.5”)

Yarn: DK weight yarn (CYCA #3) 240 (275) yards.
Hats shown in Filatura di Crosa “Zara” (100% merino wool; 137 yards per 50g ball).

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4” in circular stockinette stitch on size 6 (4 mm) needles.

Needle: US 6 (4 mm) 16”, 24” circular needles and US 6 (4 mm) long length DPN and US 5 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needle. Recommended: use a 32” US 6 (4 mm) circular needle for magic loop. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Beads: 228 (342) size 6/0 round (approx. 3.3mm circumference with a hole size of 1.7mm) glass seed beads. Dyna-Mites brand seed beads were used in samples.

Additional materials: large eye beading needle or dental floss threader, stitch marker, row counter, tapestry needle.

Additional Notes:
• The large is perfect for recipients with lots of hair, a larger head, or those with a need to cover the head/hair. The small size is great for people with smaller to average head size and a medium amount of hair.
• Designer recommends using the magic loop or 2-circulars method to begin the hat as stitches increase rapidly and closely. If you prefer DPN, make sure you are using longer DPN needles – about 6-8” long or more.
• Avoid using yarns that are densely spun (cottons, for example) as the beads may not fit over the yarn. Also avoid yarns that are too soft (100% or majority cashmere) or single-ply as the weight and movement of the beads may break or shred the yarn.
• The cast on and bind offs referenced in this pattern can be found in the book “Cast On, Bind Off”. Bestor, Leslie Ann. (2012). Cast On, Bind Off. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.