Almost anyone familiar with the Renaissance Faire will be familiar with the snood, the lacy net-style head covering. This tutorial will explain how to make a smaller version, to cover a bun, but it can easily be adapted for a larger size by continuing to increase chain stitches and crochet until the snood is larger enough for a full head. The finishing instructions will be the same.
Materials For this snood, you will need a stretchy yarn or a thick dyed elastic thread suitable for crochet. If you are using yarn, you will still need some elastic for the band. You will need a crochet hook, size C, D, or E. This is loose work, so the tighter you crochet, the larger letter hook you should use.
Chain 6 stitches past the slip knot on your hook. When you get to the last stitch, place the hook into the first stitch in the row and create a circle with a slip stitch. Slide your hook into the circle, under the stitches, and single crochet as though the hook was under the bar of a stitch. Repeat this until you have gone all the way around the circle and covered it in fresh stitches (see center on picture above for example).
Slide your hook into the 2nd stitch to the left. Yarn over. As you pull it through, gently stretch the loop and the bar from the previous loop until the new row is about ½ inch from the previous row. Yarn over and pull through to finish the stitch, and then chain 3 more stitches. Repeat this until you have completed the 2nd row.
The instructions for the 3rd row are the same, except you need to chain 4 stitches between each stretched single crochet. For the 4th row, chain 5 and for the final row, chain 6 stitches between single crochets. Leave the live stitch on the hook for now.
If you used elastic thread instead of yarn, you can skip the next step. Just slip stitch around the last row and finish the work.
If you used yarn, to finish the band you will cut a piece of elastic that is ½ inch smaller than the 5th row. Hold the elastic against the final row. Create single crochet stitches in every stitch around the row with your yarn, so that the elastic is covered by the working yarn with every stitch. Tie off and hide any loose ends.